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Wonderlust Friday Forum

Community Room

Wonderlust Friday Forum:  Matthew F. Caires, Dean of Students at MSU speaks to the Friday Forum about education in the 21st century. 

Friday, November 8 from 12:00 -1:30 PM

Alcohol Abuse, Sexual Assault, and Violent Behavior on Campus:

 What Legal Responsibility Does a University Have

To Protect Students from Foreseeable Injury?

Since the first university was established in the U.S. in the 17th century, universities have used the concept of in loco parentis (“in place of the parents”) to influence and control student behavior in and outside the classroom. 

MSU Dean of Students Dr. Matt Caires will provide a historical overview of the concept of in loco parentis and talk about the history of the relationship between undergraduate students and their universities, how universities work to balance their responsibilities with student rights, how in loco parentis continues to evolve in the 21st century, and how all of this relates to current issues at MSU.

Matt Caires has served as MSU Dean of Students since 2011.  He holds a doctorate in higher education/adult education from the University of Wyoming.  Matt is dedicated to reducing sexual assault and other forms of violence, particularly in the context of higher education.


Free. No registration required. We hope you will join us! 

Friday Forum is a monthly speaker series sponsored by MSU Wonderlust, a nonprofit organization affiliated with Montana State University's Extended University and hosted by the Bozeman Public Library. It is free and is open to the public. Brown bag lunches are encouraged. Coffee and tea are provided.

2nd Friday of the Month, September–May
Noon to 1:30 PM

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