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.

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 do arrive.

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 bedroom behaviors.

CLASSROOM LAW: Professorial Privilege to Plagiarism
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.

Coming Soon!
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:

Bass/Schuler Entertainment
4001 W. Devon Ave., Ste. 510
Chicago, IL 60646
773.481.2600 (phone)
773.481.2601 (fax)


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