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    K-12 Public Schools Large Loss Report 2019

    The K-12 Public Schools Large Loss Report 2019 summarizes major damage awards and settlements of $250,000 or more that affected public K-12 schools in 2017 and 2018. The cases include a $36.1 million jury award in a school bus incident, a $15.7 million settlement in a sex abuse lawsuit, and a $1.1 million award for an athletic injury.
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    Independent K-12 Schools Large Loss Report 2019

    The Independent K-12 Schools Large Loss Report 2019 summarizes major damage awards and settlements of more than $250,000 that affected independent schools from 2011 to 2018. It can help schools assess their risk management practices and insurance coverage. The cases include a $25.3 million award in a sexual molestation case, a $16.5 million settlement of more than 400 claims of sex abuse, an $8 million child abuse settlement with 88 former students, a $5.87 million award for an athletics injury, and a $4 million wrongful termination lawsuit.
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    Equestrian Activities at School: Managing the Risks

    Many K-12 and higher education institutions offer horseback riding programs. Although these programs provide multiple benefits, the inherently dangerous nature of the activity – including the relatively high risk of head injuries – means that schools must take special care to implement and enforce procedures to manage the risks and maximize student safety.
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    Holiday Decorations and Fire Safety

    As winter approaches, holiday decorations will appear in campus buildings and residence halls. Decking the halls is an excellent community-building activity, but holiday decorations can pose fire risks. United Educators (UE) recommends developing and enforcing safeguards.
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    Provide Suicide Prevention Training at K-12 Schools

    Recent legislation passed in 11 states requires suicide prevention training for faculty, staff, and students (in some states) for elementary and secondary students. United Educators recommends schools consider implementing such training, regardless of whether your state requires it. Use the suggestions in this Insights blog to shape or assess your training program.
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    Large Loss Report 2019

    The Large Loss Report 2019 summarizes major damage awards and settlements of more than $250,000 that affected schools, colleges, and universities in 2018. The most frequent and costliest cases involved sexual abuse claims, many of which had multimillion-dollar settlements in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Educational institutions can use this report to assess their risk management practices and insurance coverage.
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    Eating Contests: Managing the Risk While Preserving the Fun

    Campus eating contests are often fundraising events for student organizations. They can be a fun way to get students involved in a cause and raise money, but if not managed properly, they can also cause injury to student participants. Read this blog for tips on effectively reducing risk for your next campus eating contest.
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    Heightened Vigilance Required in Study Abroad Risk Management

    Following an appeals court ruling upholding a $41.5 million jury verdict against the school in a study abroad matter, UE reminds schools that increased vigilance about sound risk practices related to school-sponsored overseas travel is critical. This Insights blog suggest steps schools and colleges can take to protect their students and institutions.
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    Large Loss Report 2017

    The Large Loss Report 2017 summarizes major damage awards and settlements of $250,000 or more that affected schools, colleges, and universities in 2016. The cases include a record $950,000 jury award in a Title IX sexual assault report case and a $10.5 million settlement for a student who suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was attacked at a pep rally. Institutions can use this report to assess risk management programs.
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    Preparing for Medical Evacuations Abroad

    Thousands of students participating in international travel programs suffer serious injuries or illnesses each year. In fact, UE’s 2015 claims study found that 22 percent of study abroad claims stemmed from an injury or illness. In serious incidents, students may need medical evacuation services from remote locations or require advanced medical facilities. Institutions are preparing by purchasing medical evacuation coverage and enlisting additional resources. Read Insights to learn more.
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    Checklist for Responding to a Student Death

    According to one study, approximately 9,000 college students die each year in the U.S. However, the unique circumstances of each death may prompt differences in the institution’s response. Campus administrators should use this United Educators (UE) checklist for guidance on how to consistently and appropriately react with compassion.
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    Keeping Schools Safe for Learning

    Keeping Schools Safe for Learning

    In the aftermath of mass school shootings like those at Columbine High School and Sandy Hook Elementary School—in addition to frequent smaller attacks, such as the recent fatal shooting at a high school near Portland, Ore.—enhanced security has become the new reality for schools. The challenge facing K-12 administrators is how to keep students safe while maintaining an open and inviting educational environment in which students can learn and, at times, just enjoy being kids.   


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    Traumatic Brain Injury Liability: What Educational Institutions Need To Know

    Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are an emerging risk that could have significant liability consequences for educational institutions. All 50 states now have concussion laws to better protect athletes and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) developed an educational initiative around preventing, recognizing, and responding to concussions. Educational institutions can be prepared to respond to this emerging risk by implementing a comprehensive concussion management program. 


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    Webinar: Managing the Unthinkable

    This webinar features contributors from the newly released book Managing the Unthinkable: Crisis Preparation and Response for Campus Leaders and offers strategies to prepare for and deal with crises on campus.


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    Crisis Response Learning Program

    Crisis Response Learning Program

    This learning program was developed to help your institution prepare, improve upon, and test your plan for responding to a wide range of potential internal crises that are unique to educational institutions.

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    Resources for Responding to a Medical Emergency

    911: Is Your Campus Ready for a Medical Emergency? United Educators Telephone Roundtable Reference Materials Thursday, June 5, 2008 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time Presented by: Robert C. Dillard Chief, University Police Department University of Richmond Christiane Groth Risk Analyst United Educators Moderator: D. Frank Vinik S


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