About Us

WELCOME TO COMPLIANCE U—21st Century Continuing Education on Higher Education Law, Policy, and Governance for Educators with Professionals


ACPA, working in collaboration with higher education law and policy expert Peter Lake, developed Compliance U™ for higher education professionals.


Compliance U™ is the first comprehensive, educationally designed and sequenced continuing education resource focused upon compliance, a critical component of work in Student Affairs as reflected in the Law, Policy and Governance (LPG) competency area articulated by ACPA and NASPA for educators with professionals. Compliance U™ meets the needs of our rapidly evolving profession by providing continuing education designed to meet our ongoing educational needs.


Until now, achieving and maintaining LPG competency has been unattainable for many professionals. Higher education degree-granting programs typically provide some LPG instruction; law school generally focuses on teaching lawyers to practice law with limited instruction on higher education culture or higher education specific compliance. Continuing education modules by various providers may presume foundational knowledge or be too basic. Patching together a coherent, sequenced continuing education learning experience from the variety of sources available to the field can be a major challenge for a learner.  Accessibility and affordability are often insurmountable barriers. Some compliance “instruction” may be little more than indoctrination, cult of personality, or a sales pitch. Educators with professionals deserve the opportunity to learn about compliance with instruction designed by educators for educators, who are deeply committed to higher education’s critical role in promoting equity and social justice through compliance.


No longer. Compliance U™ is a program of compliance instruction where you learn what you need to learn on your schedule, 24/7/365, at an affordable price. You learn at your pace to meet your goals.  Imagine feeling empowered by compliance knowledge. This is Compliance U™, where competencies and assessment replace time-in-seat metrics, where value drives cost, where learning outcomes replace degrees, where you learn collaboratively with subject matter facilitators who are teachers first, where what you learn is more important than grades; where disciplinary silos are replaced by trans-disciplinary perspectives.


Compliance U™ offers you the opportunity to follow multiple continuing education pathways,  each sequenced with foundational, intermediate and advanced learning modules. All learning modules are subject to assessment suitable to that module allowing you to earn badges leading to completion certificates. Earning completion certificates will enable you to advance to other learning modules in Compliance U™.

Prerequisites and sequencing for pathway badges are clear and straightforward. You will also have the opportunity to update your pathway badge as new and updated modules in a pathway emerge, demonstrating your ongoing commitment in a pathway. You may follow as many pathways as you like. The instructional design of each module is based upon the level of competency, the nature of the content and the appropriate method of assessment. Some modules will be digital asynchronous, others digital synchronous, others hybrid live and digital, and some (particularly certain advance modules) will be all, or mostly, live instruction.


Your journey begins with the first foundational module for all pathways, FOUNDATIONS OF COMPLIANCE FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS PROFESSIONALS  Compliance 101. This fully digital, asynchronous, module and all Compliance U courses are available to ACPA members at a special membership rate, and as with all COMPLIANCE Uprogramming, ACPA members, as a membership benefit, will receive priority admission to modules and will be the first to learn of new modules and pathways as they become available.


Compliance U™. is fluid and evolving—growing with your needs, interests and the demands of our field. More modules will come on line regularly.  The future of compliance-focused continuing education has arrived where the spirit of the law belongs to us……




Peter Lake is professor of law, Charles A. Dana chair and director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law. In 2015, he served as the Interim Director of Title IX Compliance at Stetson University.


He teaches and writes in the areas of torts, higher education law and policy, insurance, and jurisprudence, and has won several awards for his teaching and scholarship. He is an internationally-recognized expert on higher education law and policy and has been quoted or referred to in the New York TimesWall Street JournalUSA TodayChicago Sun TimesThe Chronicle of Higher EducationTime,Newsweek, Cosmopolitan, various reported legal decisions including the supreme courts of Virginia and Florida, and the most recent Restatement of the Law of Torts. He has appeared on several major media networks including NPR, ABC and CNN.  Professor Lake has authored numerous law review articles and other publications, including four books: Higher Education and the Law: Cases and Materials[with Judith Areen] (West Academic Publishing 2014), The Rights and Responsibilities of the Modern University: The Rise of the Facilitator University(Carolina Academic Press 2013), Foundations of Higher Education Law & Policy: Basic Legal Rules, Concepts and Principles for Student Affairs (NASPA 2011), and Beyond Discipline – Managing the Modern Higher Education Environment (Hierophant Enterprises, Inc. 2009).  Professor Lake is currently authoring a book on Title IX which should be published in the fall of 2016.


Professor Lake is a highly sought after speaker and futurist, particularly in the field of higher education law and policy, where he has served as a presenter or keynote speaker at several hundred international, national, regional, and local meetings. Professor Lake received a major national award from the Alpha Chi Omega women’s fraternity when he received the Vision Award at their convention in 2003. He also was honored as the featured author at the 2008 Pivotal Publications Colloquium at the University of Connecticut, and as the distinguished speaker for the 18th annual Jack Beyerl Student Affairs Lecture at Ball State University in 2013. 


Over the years and in recognition of his work, Professor Lake has served on several boards, including the board of editors of the Journal of College and University Law, the Center for Academic Integrity, the review board for the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center, the academic advisory board of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, and the board of advisors to The Network. Professor Lake served on the roundtable for the development of Student Mental Health and the Law: A Resource for Institutions of Higher Education (2008), published by the JED Foundation, and was an Advisory Board member for Balancing Safety and Support on Campus: A Guide for Campus Teams (2012), published by the Jed Foundation and the Higher Education Mental Health Alliance.  Professor Lake is also involved in the VTV Family Outreach Foundation’s 32 National Campus Safety Initiative (32 NCSI) project, serving as the chair of the council of experts.  He also serves as the chair of Stetson University College of Law’s Annual National Conference on Law and Higher Education, which is held in Orlando, Florida, each February.  Professor Lake has produced training videos and numerous live workshops on Title IX compliance issues.


Professor Lake is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.