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Early reporting and active involvement by the institution and UE aressential for successful claims resolution. An institution that fails to meet the reporting responsibilities outlined in its insurance policy risks denial of coverage or loss of full benefits. Reporting considerations vary with the type of policy.
Fraternities and sororities provide students with strong social ties and philanthropic opportunities. Despite these advantages, a number of colleges and universities are re-evaluating their relationships with Greek organizations, particularly fraternities.
Each year, more than a quarter million college students participate in academic study abroad programs. The organization and oversight of these programs is an immense undertaking with many risks.
Maintaining a fleet of vehicles can be an asset to your campus community. However, institution-owned vehicles driven by students or employees can lead to liability concerns and expensive litigation when incidents occur or subpar policies are in place.
Title IX compliance in sexual assault prevention and response has been an important issue for administrators at colleges and schools. However, they may not be aware that Department of Education (ED) regulations prohibiting discrimination under Title IX on the basis of a student’s pregnancy or parental status have been in effect since 1975.
Bunk beds and lofts can help organize a dorm room to maximize the space. However, UE claims have shown that if proper precautions are not taken, these beds and lofts can cause severe injury to students for which your institution may be held liable. From broken bones to brain damage or paralysis, most severe injuries reported happened when students fell from the top bunk or loft.
College students and their families want to make a good investment in education, especially during times of an uncertain economy and rising costs. And they expect that investment to result in an academically recognized degree or certificate. So when accreditation issues arise, lawsuits can follow.
Title IX compliance has become an increasing concern for educational institutions. The “Dear Colleague” letter (DCL) issued in 2011 by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education added requirements that change the way institutions must respond to and investigate alleged sexual assault or misconduct.
Both the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and United Educators (UE) have noticed a steady increase in retaliation claims.
The high volume of contracts at an institution can create arduous and time-consuming contract reviews. However, ironing out these important details before signing a contract will greatly reduce an institution’s risk of liability should an injury or loss occur.
Many schools and universities have revised policies, increased the use of armed guards, and implemented other security measures to better protect students, faculty, and staff. However, it is critical that institutions understand the inherent risks in working with campus and third-party security forces; the use of excessive force when dealing with a suspected threat can pose an additional safety risk in a volatile situation.
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides eligible employees up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave per year to address medical issues or care for loved ones. FMLA can also be used to meet qualifying needs arising from an employee’s spouse, child, or parent serving on active military duty. When employees on FMLA return to work, they are to be reinstated in the same position or in a job of equal pay and responsibilities.
Achieving tenure is often the pinnacle of a college or university professor’s career, realized after years of hard work, research, and publications. The extensive effort behind a tenure application and the potential for lifetime appointment means denial of these coveted positions can lead to costly claims. Often, these claims allege that the institution failed to adhere to tenure review policies and treat the candidate fairly.
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