Course Details

Fundamentals of Law, Policy and Governance for Higher Education Professionals Working in Compliance Areas. Prerequisite for Compliance U Enrollment

Professor Peter Lake


COMPLIANCE U™ features the work and expertise of Professor Peter F. Lake, Charles A. Dana Chair and Director, Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy, Stetson University College of Law.

Lake is the developer of the “ Four Corners of Regulatory Compliance” framework and the author of, “ The Rights and Responsibilities of the Modern University: The Rise of the Facilitator University” (2d ed. 2013) and “ Higher Education and the Law: Cases and Materials” (2014) (co-author J. Areen).


  • Director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law
  • Interim Director of Title IX Compliance at Stetson University
  • Internationally-recognized expert on higher education law and policy
  • Alpha Chi Omega women's fraternity, Vision Award 2003
  • Featured author at the 2008 Pivotal Publications Colloquium at the University of Connecticut
  • Distinguished speaker for the 18th annual Jack Beyerl Student Affairs Lecture at Ball State University in 2013.
  • Higher education law and policy
  • Teaches and writes in the areas of torts
  • Student Mental Health and the Law: A Resource for Institutions of Higher Education (2008)
  • Journal of College and University Law
  • The Four Corners of Title IX Regulatory Compliance: A Primer for American Colleges and Universities (Hierophant Enterprises, Inc. 2017)
  • 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)
  • Beyond Discipline – Managing the Modern Higher Education Environment (Hierophant Enterprises, Inc. 2009)
  • Center for Academic Integrity
  • Review board for the U.S. Department of Education's Higher Education Center
  • Develop basic understanding of the multiple levels of compliance.
  • Examine the concept of congruence in compliance work
  • Learn how to identify and operationalize the spirit of the law
  • Identify major area of federal and state legal compliance mandates
  • Learn critical and basic compliance metrics every student affairs educator should know
  • Consider the impacts and opportunities for higher education in Compliance U™
  • Identify helpful compliance resources
  • Develop skills in using some key compliance terminology
  • Discuss critical areas of compliance going forward and “the Five Eras”

Course 1 - Foundations of Law, Policy and Governance in Higher Education

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