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    June 2013

    Minors on Study Abroad Trips

    Study abroad programs for secondary school students present unique risk management challenges. UE recommends conducting safety assessments, using releases and assumption of risk forms, and hosting orientation meetings to help ensure the safety of minors on study abroad trips. Take the following steps to minimize risk in study abroad programs and protect your school from liability:
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    June 2013

    Preparticipation Exams for High School Athletes

    Preparticipation exams (PPE) are an effective means of establishing a basic standard of health for interscholastic athletes. State athletic associations mandate the PPE’s content and frequency and who can administer it; some require a standardized form. Several medical associations collaborated to develop a Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Guide, establishing good practices for identifying athletes who may be at increased risk of harm.
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    June 2013

    Clarifying the Jurisdiction of Campus Police

    When campus police are unclear about their geographic authority or jurisdiction, serious problems can arise. For example, in a recent UE claim, campus police broke up an off-campus fraternity party and arrested several students. A student was later denied an internship because of the arrest and sued the institution alleging improper arrest. Because the police were mistaken about their law enforcement authority in off-campus areas, the institution had no defense and was fully responsible for the harm to the student.
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    June 2013

    The Long-Term Impact of the Freeh Report

    As a risk management and governance report, the Freeh Report stands out for providing guidance, reflection, and a road map for administrators and trustees as they consider ways to improve communication, establish accountability, and reduce risks. And Penn State (PSU) has made great strides since the report was first published, strengthening security to protect minors, improving the structure of the board, conducting training on the Clery Act, and making a significant commitment to train the entire PSU community on abuse awareness.

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