You Can Understand the Law
In fact it's a skill that college students can't afford to be without.
Whether you're planning a party or fighting sweatshop labor, you
need to know your rights. The law invades almost every aspect of
campus life. Just logging on to the school's computer system, for
example, opens up countless legal issues: Can the school monitor
your myspace page to see what you're up to? If they find something
incriminating, what can they do? Can they read your e-mail? What
about file sharing?
The same applies in the dorms, in the classroom, even at off-campus
parties. Do you know what to do if the cops show up at your kegger?
Or how to prevent them from showing up in the first place?
CO-STAR's seminars answer these types of questions. Presented by
CO-STAR's founding executive director, C.L.
Lindsay, they teach college students how to navigate tricky
situations with the law and how to avoid run-ins with the authorities
in the first place.
The multimedia programs are interactive, innovative and entertaining.
They take the mystery out of legalese and explain student rights
in a clear, cogent and often outright funny way.
ALCOHOL & PARTIES
Current Seminar Offerings
This program is a party-throwers prep course, discussing everything
hosts need to consider before they litter the campus with invitations
and tap the keg.
Pre-party preparations; monitoring the party in progress; and, post-party
legal cleanup are all explained. For example, promoting a party with
posters, on-campus or in town, could technically make the party a
"public event" allowing the police or other authorities
to enter the party without a warrant or permission. Attendees are
taught to avoid a number of similar pitfalls, including how to legally
serve liquor, how to legally ask partygoers for monetary contributions,
guarding against citations for serving alcohol to minors, avoiding
garnering unwanted attention from neighbors and others. The program
also teaches what to do if, despite their best efforts, the authorities
SEX & THE LAW
On a modern college campus, sex has as much to do with avoiding
violence as it does with finding a soul mate. This program covers
both sides of the equation. Rape (including date rape and statutory
rape) stalking; sexual abuse; and, domestic abuse are all discussed-what
constitutes each crime, the penalties for each, how to report an
incident, and strategies for avoiding victimization.
The common legal issues that arise in the course of any person's
sexual life are also explained-access to contraception, for both
minors and adults, abortion rights, including the laws of parental
and partner consent and the sometimes strange statutes that govern
CLASSROOM LAW: Professorial Privilege to
We've all been there, a clumsy or awkward run-in with the school's
teaching elite. Dealing with professors can be intimidating ...
and difficult. So
you need to know what your rights (and the odds) are before you
walk through the classroom door. This seminar gives students the
basic skills they need to deal with teaching faculty. It also gives
students a step by step guide for challenging an unfair grade. The
second half of the program focuses on academic dishonesty. What
constitutes "cheating"? What exactly is "plagiarism"?
What happens if I "buy my thesis from some guy on eBay"?
Methods employed by professors to detect cheaters as are strategies
for dealing with an (God forbid) accusation.
CAMPUS COMPUTING: From Free Speech to Facebook
The Internet's ability to bring the world at large to every computer
terminal opens students and their institutions to a slew of potential
legal problems. The advent of social networking sites like myspace
and facebook have putboth
universities and their students in a precarious and, largely undefined
space. Add to that the fact that students are commonly accused of
online harassment, electronic stalking, copyright infringement,
and software piracy and its clear that cyberspace can be a dangerous
place, indeed. This program teaches students everything they need
to know about their online lives: What their rights are; how the
laws operate; what potential liabilities await them. And, most importantly,
they'll leave knowing how to protect themselves both legally and
personally when they log on.
LANDLORD & TENANT LAW
Knowing that the majority of their tenants won't have the required
knowledge or ability to stand up for their rights, college-town
landlords often take advantage of their tenants' ignorance through
extortion and flagrant neglect. They can be incredibly adept at
dodging their obligations and responsibilities. This program shows
students how to manage the most common conflicts that arise between
tenants and landlords. It begins with a basic discussion of leases
and rental agreements-common clauses, negotiating for the best possible
terms and the responsibility of signatories. From there it moves
to selected tenant issues including security deposits, roommate
issues and privacy rights.
Check Back Regularly for New Seminars
For booking information contact:
4001 W. Devon Ave., Ste. 510
Chicago, IL 60646