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Joseph C. Storch

Joseph C. Storch

Joseph Storch is an Associate Counsel in the SUNY Office of General Counsel and Chair of the Student Affairs Practice Group. He concentrates his practice on student affairs, intellectual property, and campus safety and serves as Principal Investigator on more than $9 million in grants and external funding to support innovations in violence prevention and response on campuses and in the community. He oversees the SUNY Student Conduct Institute, which offers compliance and best practice training to college staff engaged in response to violence and conduct violations. Joe has provided live training to thousands of higher education professionals in over 25 U.S. states, manages a webinar series that reaches thousands of professionals annually, furnishes technical guidance to numerous education institutions, organizations, and associations, and has twice served as an expert witness before the United States Senate (Armed Services, 2019; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, 2016). He regularly advises legislators and staff at the federal and state level on best practices in drafting and analyzing pending domestic and international campus violence prevention legislation. In 2014, Joe received the Commissioner’s Award from the State University Police for contributions to safety on campus. In 2015, he served as a technical adviser to the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, developing comprehensive legislation enacted in July 2015 as Article 129-B of the Education Law (also called “Enough is Enough”) and has since served as principal author on guidance issued to implement that law. That same year, the National Association of College & University Attorneys awarded him its First Decade Award. Beginning in 2016, Joe has overseen the SUNY’s Got Your Back program which has provided over 100,000 comfort bags to victims and survivors of violence, while educating thousands of students and community members. In 2017, the One Love Foundation recognized his work in relationship violence prevention with its Unsung Hero Award and in 2018 the Pride Center of the Capital Region awarded him its Straight But Not Narrow award. Joe is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of SUNY Oswego where he served as Vice President of the Student Association, of the University at Albany with a Masters of Public Policy, and of Cornell Law School where he served as Moot Court Board Chancellor. After graduating, he clerked for the New York State Appellate Division, 3rd Department. Joe served four years as Executive Editor of the Student Affairs Compliance Report & Analysis and is the author of more than 70 articles and book chapters in law reviews, practitioner journals, and popular media, most centering around campus safety or copyright law.

Recent publications:

Risk Management Considerations Regarding the Clery Act, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and Title IX When Students Study Abroad
- University Risk Management & Insurance Association © 2016.

3-D Printing Your Way Down the Garden Path: 3-D Printers, the Copyrightization of Patents, and a Method for Manufacturers to Avoid the Entertainment Industry’s Fate
- NYU Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law (JIPEL) © 2014.


Joseph Storch, The American Bar Association’s book, Town and Gown: Legal Strategies for Effective Collaboration, Chapter 8, Campus Security & Local Criminal Enforcement Entities, July 2013

Joseph Storch, Prayer at Public College and University Events: Parsing the Free Speech, Free Exercise and Establishment Clause Issues, NacuaNote, National Association of College and University Attorneys, Vol. 11, No. 11, May 3, 2013

Andrea Stagg and Joseph Storch, Brief Analysis of the Violence Against Women Act, State University of New York, March 7, 2013

Joseph Storch and Brendan Venter, Holiday and Religious Displays on Campus: Threading the First Amendment Needle, NacuaNote, National Association of College and University Attorneys, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Nov. 15, 2012)

Joseph Storch, The Clery Act and Overseas/Distance Study: New Developments and Compliance Guidance, NacuaNote, National Association of College and University Attorneys, Vol. 10, No. 5, Feb. 29, 2012

Joseph Storch, The 2011 Clery Handbook: New Developments and Important Changes, NacuaNote, National Association of College and University Attorneys, Vol. 9, No. 12, June 10, 2011

Joseph Storch, Heidi Wachs and Kent Wada, FAQ for DMCA Designated Agents at Higher Education Institutions, EDUCAUSE Institute of Computer Policy and Law, Apr. 2011

Joseph Storch, Let’s Require Our Students to Aim Higher, Albany Times Union, p. B1, Jan. 30, 2011

Joseph Storch and Heidi Wachs, A Legal Matter: Peer-To-Peer File Sharing, The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act: How Congress and the Entertainment Industry Missed an Opportunity to Stem Copyright Infringement,  74 Albany Law Review 313, 2011

Joseph Storch, Safety, Missing Students and Fire Reporting Requirements of the Higher Education Opportunity Act, NacuaNote, National Association of College and University Attorneys, Vol. 8, No. 13, Aug. 25, 2010

Joseph Storch and Heidi Wachs, Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Requirement of the Higher Education Opportunity Act, NacuaNote, National Association of College and University Attorneys, Vol. 8, No. 11, July 22, 2010

Seth Gilbertson and Joseph Storch, Cloud Contracting: Outsourcing, NacuaNote, National Association of College and University Attorneys, Vol. 8, No. 4, Dec. 16, 2009

Benjamin Bleiberg and Joseph Storch, A System for Fighting Digital Defamation, Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 2, 2009

Joseph Storch, In Loco Parentis, Post-Juicy Campus, Inside Higher Ed, Sep. 17, 2009

Joseph Storch, Needed: A Single Electronic Source for Textbooks, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Vol. LV, Num. 22, p.32, Feb. 6, 2009

Joseph Storch, Hey RIAA and MPAA: Time to Shift Gears, Inside Higher Ed (Dec. 22, 2008)

Joseph Storch, Jailing Ourselves: Standards Used for Declaring U.S. Citizens Enemy Combatants, Court Review, Vol. 43, Num. 3, p. 140, 2008

Joseph Storch, Facility Liability for Damage or Destruction of Cryopreserved Embryos, Medical Trial Techniques Quarterly, Vol. 52, Num. 1, p. 233, Oct. 2005

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