Manage Risk & Liability During Academic & Student Organization Excursions
The risk for personal injury or liability during an off-campus excursion is one every institution strives to minimize. Faculty, staff and administrators must understand the challenges associated with academic and student organization off-campus excursions in order to accomplish educational goals while protecting the institution, the employee and the student(s). No trip is immune from a potential lawsuit.
Align policy with practice so you can coordinate off-campus excursions in a way that will minimize risk to your institution, you and your students.
Foreseeability and negligence are key concepts that should worry you with regard to off-campus local, regional and international trips, because there is no doubt that there are liabilities and risk associated with the choices you make when coordinating and managing transportation and conduct.
As a result of this webinar, you will be able to:
- Adapt sample policies and procedures to your campus that do not limit academic endeavors – train your faculty and staff about off-campus trips and liability issues to help ensure you are on point to limit exposure to risk.
- Include suggested requirements in a syllabus or conduct agreement for off-campus local, regional and international excursions – you’ll learn what has saved institutions in these circumstances, and what sunk them, so you can eliminate the chance of similar pitfalls.
- Design a checklist for faculty and staff leading and advising off-campus excursions – decrease your liability while improving your faculty and staff’s ability to recognize potential issues and respond to a crisis should it arise.
- Put key risk management strategies in place for your faculty, staff and student trip leaders before they leave your campus – avoid your policies being scrutinized and the basis of a lawsuit.
- Evaluate the current risks of off-campus trips in light of COVID — consider transportation challenges, restricting to vaccinated only, lodging considerations and destination requirements to ensure you can pivot as necessary to avoid confusion and added stress.
- Minimize liability and prepare for problem scenarios, including medical evacuation, student death and unrest – be able to align practice with policies in terms of coordinating trips in a manner that will minimize risk, based on best practices and case law, including U.S. and international travel considerations.
- Adapt sample travel documents and agreements that you can use with students on your campus — this will allow you to create a simple, streamlined process for your campus so educational goals can be accomplished without fear, annoyance and significant red tape.
Dr. Grant L. Azdell currently serves as Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.
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Included When You Purchase
- 90-minute online session with carefully selected expert(s)
- Unlimited access to view webinar recording on demand
- Materials for your team (handouts, discussion questions, etc.)
- Certificate of completion for each participant
- Weekly newsletter – What's Working on Campus
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