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The Rights and Responsibilities of the Modern University: Who Assumes the Risks of College Life? Paperback – February 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0890896754 ISBN-10: 0890896755

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Carolina Academic Press (February 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890896755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890896754
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,369,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This work is a significant contribution to the law of student safety....It reconciles the best advice of a university lawyer with the best instincts of an experienced student affairs administrator. --Paul J. Ward, Arizona State University and Former President, National Association of College and University Attorneys; and Christine K. Wilkinson, Vice President for Student Affairs, Arizona State University

By now it is probably obvious to college counselors and psychotherapists why this book will be immensely relevant and essential to their professional work. It contains valuable legal and historical information that can provide context and guidance in their direct work with student clients and it is a bright beacon that can inform and illuminate their consultation services with colleagues. I recommend it to readers unqualifiedly. --Gerald Amada, PhD, Journal of College Student Psychotherapy; Vol. 17, No. 2, 2002

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
Book Review By Joel C. Epstein Associate Director & Senior Attorney
Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention
The Rights and Responsibilities of the Modern University: Who Assumes the Risks of College Life? By Robert D. Bickel and Peter F. Lake (Carolina Academic Press, 1999).
There is an important new book out by Robert Bickel and Peter Lake, law professors at the Stetson University College of Law. The book, The Rights and Responsibilities of the Modern University: Who Assumes the Risks of College Life?, considers the evolving legal nature of the American university in the final decade of the 20th Century.
In the book, based on a detailed analysis of legal decisions from dozens of tort cases involving colleges and universities, Professors Bickel and Lake describe the emerging judicial view of "university as facilitator," where higher education officials help students navigate their way toward full independence and individual responsibility. The doctrine of in loco parentis is dead, but the alternative of being a passive bystander as students die or do themselves and others serious harm through unchecked [and often illegal] behavior is equally untenable. Bickel and Lakes' work describes the evolution of the university/student relationship in a style that is scholarly yet easily understood by lay readers.
Thanks to their thoughtful law review articles over the years in the Journal of College and University Law, Bickel and Lake are already household names among college and university attorneys.
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