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Twice a year, Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pa., conducts a shelter-in-place drill. It’s an opportunity to prepare every student, faculty member, and administrator for a possible emergency. The first time a shelter-in-place drill was conducted, there was about 60 percent compliance.
Despite decades of legislative activity to combat it, workplace harassment and discrimination continue to occur all too often. According to a United Educators (UE) claims study, UE and its member institutions spent $31 million to defend and resolve workplace harassment and discrimination claims over a recent 10-year period.
About a decade ago, public school officials in Omaha, Neb., decided to begin updating their playgrounds. They did so because some equipment was not accessible to children with disabilities, and some of the equipment was obsolete or didn’t meet current safety standards. Since then, they’ve updated approximately 166 playgrounds at 64 elementary schools and two middle schools.
Purdue University’s Risk Management Department was at a crossroads. It could continue on the road it was traveling, which allowed most employees and students to sign out a motor vehicle whenever they wanted one. It could select a more arduous route, severely restricting use of university cars and vans. Or it could find a middle course that accommodated drivers’ needs and advanced key transportation safety principles.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014 dominated headlines and incited fear of a pandemic in the United States. Emory University Hospital in Atlanta was the first to treat infected aid workers brought home from Africa to the U.S. for treatment, including a doctor who was infected while working in Liberia with Samaritan’s Purse, an aid group. Photo credit to WXIA-TV in Atlanta.
Maintaining security on an urban college campus is particularly difficult, with the public passing through the grounds throughout the day. Increasingly, educational institutions in cities are turning to technology to boost safety. Yet the human element remains the cornerstone of any effective security program, said Jay Gruber, chief of police for Georgetown University in northwest Washington, D.C.
When David Liner, director of risk management and executive director of environmental health and safety at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, discovered that SMU faculty members were researching traumatic brain injury (TBI)—a topic he was focusing on—he had an epiphany: The institution should approach this risk management challenge from an enterprise standpoint.
The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark has grown from a small technical school to a public university with 10,000 students across 45 acres. Despite this rapid expansion, the Office of Health and Environmental Safety still has only one staff member, Dr. Norman Van Houten, its director. When it became difficult to keep up with required safety and regulatory checks, he enlisted graduate students to help, providing part-time jobs and professional training for them while increasing overall attention to safety on campus.
Most higher education institutions haven’t embraced the concept of enterprise risk management (ERM), according to recent research by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) and United Educators (UE).Grinnell College is trying to change that—one small liberal arts college at a time—beginning at home.
Each of the University of Kentucky’s (UK) 39 club sports programs—from aikido to water polo—has unique needs and risks, requiring an individualized approach to risk management. In light of this, the university implemented a Club Sports Risks Management Plan Development Program, requiring each club to develop an annual customized risk management plan to address specific risks, medical supervision, emergency action plans, and travel policies.
The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is a university on the move. What was once a traditional liberal arts school in San Antonio has grown to more than 7,000 students across Texas and more than 1,000 students on international campuses in Mexico and Europe.
While high-risk student drinking isn’t unique to the University of Wyoming (UW), its success in addressing the issue is. UW, the only four-year institution of higher education in the state, enrolls approximately 10,000 students on the Laramie campus, three-fourths of whom are Wyoming residents.
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