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Overview

Colleges and universities turn to Ben to navigate complex compliance issues.

With experience in the general counsel’s office at Valparaiso University, Ben sees the concerns and issues facing higher education through the eyes of clients, particularly regarding the Clery Act and Title IX. He analyzes, revises and drafts annual security reports required under the Clery Act, reviewing campus records to decide which incidents should be included. He also conducts proactive audits to spot potential issues and offer solutions that help avoid findings of noncompliance in program reviews. If clients receive notice of a program review, Ben guides them through the response from beginning to end.

Ben also counsels clients on a variety of other student and employee matters, including conduct and discipline, classification and compensation, academic grievances and grade appeals. He reviews student, staff and faculty handbooks to help ensure alignment with best practice and compliance in areas such as:

  • Title IV
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)/Section 504
  • Drug Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA)
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

A former football player and coach, Ben enjoys, appreciates and applies a team approach with his colleagues and clients, crafting solutions that meet the needs of the institution while meeting regulatory demands.


Industry

Service

Education

  • J.D., Valparaiso University Law School
    • cum laude
  • M.S., Valparaiso University
    • Sports Administration
  • B.A., Anderson University
    • Social Studies Education

Admissions

  • Indiana
  • Missouri

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
Thought Leadership
Outside the Office

Ben spends most of his free time with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys an occasional round of golf, attending concerts, and hanging out with family and friends around a campfire. A former football player and coach, Ben loves watching the sport and going to games at all levels: high school, college and pro.

Community Leadership
  • Eastbrook High School, Marion, Ind., football and baseball coach, 2006-2009
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, 2011