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Addressing Online Harassment in an Educational Setting

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Produced on April 21, 2020

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Course Information

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Online learning can increase accessibility for students, but it also presents significant challenges. In particular, students, educators, and administrators all struggle to address bullying and harassment when they move outside the traditional classroom. This trend has been developing for many years as students began using online applications, both school-sponsored and otherwise, but with the mass move online during the COVID pandemic, the legal issues surrounding online harassment are about to balloon, and the liabilities for educators could last many years.

This program will provide an overview of the harassment and free speech issues that can arise both in an online learning setting and in online communications among students that take place outside of school-sponsored forums. Presented by Samantha Harris, the program will benefit attorneys who represent students, teachers and faculty, administrators, and educational institutions at both the K-12 level, and at institutions of higher education.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Analyze how Title IX and other harassment laws apply to online speech and expression
  2. Discuss how the First Amendment and/or institutional policies on the free expression may limit an institution’s ability to discipline students for online expression
  3. Apply these principles to situations that might arise in light of the mass move to distance learning during the COVID-19 crisis 

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Samantha Harris

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

Samantha Harris is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and is of counsel to the firm of Mudrick & Zucker, where she concentrates her practice in the areas of campus discipline, Title IX, and free speech.  For more than 15 years, she has advised students, faculty, administrators, and attorneys on issues of free speech and due process on campus. She lectures regularly about students' rights at campuses and conferences around the country, including at the Judicial Conferences of the Third and Fourth Circuits. Ms. Harris has been published in Inside Higher Ed, the New York Daily News, Reason, The Washington Post, Vox, and other publications, and has represented FIRE on ESPN, Fox News, NPR, and more.

Ms. Harris received her undergraduate degree in Politics from Princeton University in 1999, and went on to earn her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2002. She completed a judicial clerkship with the late Judge Jay C. Waldman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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Allen H.

Well organized and informative.

samantha A.

She was great

Jeffrey S.

knows her stuff

Stephanie B.

Very timely course!

Linda D.


Dean K.

I enjoyed the presentation.

Alden G.

Timely and very clear and informative

Jeff D.

Excellent presentation. Thank you.

Michael W.

Very timely and thorough. Good use of hypotheticals to re-enforce the principles discussed.

Amy S.

Very timely. Online instructors can use this info to create content/viewpoint neutral policies regarding unacceptable online conduct.

David S.

This course is among the very best that I have taken. Thank you.

Ana M. M.

Excellent and informative

Howard J. G.

A very timely overview of Title IX discrimination as it applies both generally to education, and more specifically to the online learning environment we're currently in. Ms. Harris was excellent.

Mark S.


Anne P.

Presenter did an excellent job, using her materials as back up to her lecture and not simply reading from them as another presenter did. She also had excellent hypotheticals explained how the laws are to be applied. Excellent!

Craya C.

Very, very good presentation. An area of law that scares most of us. The presentation importantly points out the vast degree of complexity that cyber-environments are wedging into constitutional law and civil rights litigation considerations. The next client that wants to see me about a relevant case along these lines, I will go back and review this video before interviewing my client.

Raymundo M.


Deanna M.

She was GREAT! Very relevant topic.

Andrew B.

Very informative.

Lori G.

This was an enjoyable program that has particularly relevance given the prevalence of online learning.

Nicole C.

Really informative and great catch up on current case law

Eli A.

Great class. Very relevant and informative.

Kenneth W.

Interesting and presented nicely.

Heather W.


Jen L.

This was a great program- very applicable to real life situations!

Wendy P.


Walter N.

Thoughtful and provocative

Joe A.

Nice presentation!

Jessica B.

Loved the Zoom background!

alex g.

Great teacher!! Thanks!!

LeeAnn P.

Very practical and helpful application tips for the caselaw.

Ferdinando ("Fred") P.

Very Informative

Dawn L.

great presentation! very informative!

Patricia D.

Very informative

Melissa E.

Great work!

Michael C.

very helpful

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