The Office of Legal Affairs provides training for employees and units on numerous topics. A list of topics can be found below. Trainings can be customized to specific departments and colleges. To request training please email

If there is a training not listed below which would be beneficial to your unit, contact and additional training can be provided.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or Clery Act is a federal statute that requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. This training will outline the basic requirements of UTA to maintain compliance with the Act, including information about Campus Security Authorities and their obligations to report crimes reported to them within the scope of their employment.


The information in this training is important for all UTA employees to know.

Every department on campus uses contracts, sometimes without even recognizing it. Whether it is for software usage, equipment purchases, speaker engagements, hotels, events, conferences (both attended and hosted), etc., contracts are a common and necessary part of a thriving university. This training will cover the contracting process from start to finish, give helpful hints to make the process smoother, and assist UTA departments in getting better and faster results for their contracting needs. It will also provide tips on how to manage a contract once signed, ensure vendor performance, and make any updates/amendments.


The information in this training is important for all members of the UTA community who are involved in any aspect of the contracting process from the very first negotiation to the moment the contract is signed.

If you use music, movies, pictures, books, articles, or any other work created by someone other than you, you have come across a copyright issue. This training will help answer the most common questions about how copyrights work on campus, when a license is needed, and what licenses UTA already has and how you take advantage of them. This training will also help explain and clarify when the fair use “education exception” to a copyright is available and how to use it.


The information in this training is important for UTA employees who want to use copyrighted works.

A department chair serves as both a faculty member and an academic administrator, providing leadership and management to the department/division consistent with the university mission and goals. Chairs also engage in teaching, research/creative activities, and service as determined by the overall distribution of their workload. This broad range of responsibilities intersects with many policies, procedures, and laws that impacts department chair decisions and strategies.


The information in this training will assist department chairs in dealing with faculty issues, understanding applicable UTA policies, and preventing legal claims and complaints within the department.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended (FERPA) is a federal law, also known as the Buckley Amendment. It protects the privacy of a student's educational records and applies to all educational agencies or institutions that receive funds under any program administered by the US Department of Education. FERPA gives students the right to review their educational record and the right to control who has access to that record. This training discusses these privacy rights, when and which exceptions apply, and how to comply with challenging FERPA issues.


The information in this training is important for UTA employees who want to better understand FERPA and confidentiality obligations applicable to student records.

The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA or University) is committed to providing an educational and work climate that is conducive to the personal and professional  development  of  each  individual.  The freedom of  speech,  expression,  and  assembly  are  fundamental rights of all persons and are central to the mission of the University. Despite this freedom there is still speech that is not appropriate and may be restricted by the University. Also, there may be speech that is offensive, that does not reflect UTA’s mission, but still remains protected speech. This training will help employees better understand free speech and expression in classroom and out-of-class activities and to respect the protected speech and activity of others.


The information in this training is important for UTA employees who want to better understand free speech and First Amendment rights.

This training will provide basic employment law concepts that are important for new supervisors to be aware of as they shift from an individual contributor role to leadership responsibilities. It will include UTA specific policies and procedures, as well as federal and state laws, which affect how managers perform their duties.


The information is this training is important for UTA employees who have less than three full years of management experience.

Supervising a university work environment requires advanced skills in shared governance, leadership, counseling, motivation, and communication to create an effective and positive workplace. This training will provide supervisors with an overview of policies, procedures, and laws affecting the work environment and supervisor-supervisee relationship to position the supervisor to be an effective leader.


The information is this training is important for UTA supervisors who want to better understand their rights and responsibilities as supervisors, the rights of employees, and how to deal with difficult employment issues and challenging employees. 

The Texas Public Information Act (TPIA) is a Texas state statute that gives the public the right to request access to government information. This training will cover the requirements of the Act including (a) how a member of the public can make a request to see UTA documents, exceptions to disclosure of certain UTA records, and the process for providing records to a requester. Additionally, this training will cover what a university employee should do if they are served with a subpoena requesting documents about a UTA employee or student.


The information in this training is important for all UTA employees to know.

Technology is ubiquitous on a university campus and navigating the rules, regulations, and laws around privacy, security, and accessibility can be challenging. This training will assist anyone involved in reviewing possible software solutions, purchasing software, and those who just want to know about how the process works at UTA. UTA has several tools and processes in place to assist departments and individuals in managing this ever-expanding field, and this training will instruct the learner how to best use those tools for a faster and easier software purchase process.


The information in this training is important for UTA employees involved in acquiring or purchasing software. 

This training will outline the process for hearing officers to conduct a student conduct hearing, including conducting the hearing, reviewing evidence, making a decision, writing the decision letter. It also covers training for appeal officials, including how to review evidence for an appeal and write an effective appeal letter.


The information in this training is important for UTA employees who may engage in the Student Conduct Discipline Process, including Hearing Officers, Student Conduct Officers, and Appeal Officials.

It is the policy of UTA to provide an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the university community. In accordance with federal and state law, UTA prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment, on the basis  of  race,  color,  national  origin,  religion,  age,  sex,  sexual  orientation, pregnancy,  disability,  genetic  information,  and/or  veteran  status.  UTA also   prohibits   discrimination   on   the   basis   of   gender   identity,   and   gender expression. Despite this, instances arise where individuals are not sure what constitutes unlawful discrimination, or how to address what might be bias or discrimination.


The information in this training is important for UTA employees who want to better understand UTA policies prohibiting discrimination, how to address perceived discrimination, and create an environment of exclusivity.