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    Checklist: Administering Medications in K-12 Schools

    Many students need to take medication throughout the school day for a variety of medical reasons. However, this practice can also pose a variety of risks—from the repercussions of incorrect or missed dosages to improper prescription medication storage. Use this checklist to ensure your process for administering medication considers and mitigates all risk factors.

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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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    Food Allergies in K-12 Schools

    The number of children with food allergies increased by 50 percent between 1997 and 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, recent actions by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) signal increasing enforcement of federal laws that prohibit discrimination against people with food allergies. K-12 schools should update their food allergy policies and procedures to ensure student safety and comply with evolving legal requirements.
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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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    Student Mental Health on Campus: A Review of Claims

    United Educators (UE) reviewed and analyzed 223 claims related to student mental health—including attempted and completed suicides—received from January 2011 through December 2016. This report focuses on key data points and lessons from the claims. Review the claims study and its supplemental resources to learn how to respond to these challenges on your campus.

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    Addressing Accessibility in Your EIT Vendor Contracts

    Electronic information technology vendors supply important campus communications systems, including websites and curriculum databases. Institutions are responsible for enduring vendor-provided technology is accessible to people with disabilities. Read this Insights blog to learn how to implement federally mandated standards for technology vendors as part of campus accessibility efforts.
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    K-12 Public Schools Large Loss Report 2018

    The Large Loss Report 2018 summarizes major damage awards and settlements of $250,000 or more that affected public K-12 schools in 2017. The cases include a $36.1 million jury award in a school bus incident and a $3.58 million settlement in a sex abuse case.
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    Large Loss Report 2018

    The Large Loss Report 2018 summarizes major damage awards and settlements of $250,000 or more that affected schools, colleges, and universities in 2017. The cases include a $10 million jury award to a student who was raped in her on-campus apartment, and a $6.5 million settlement in a gender and sexual orientation lawsuit filed by two university athletic department employees. Institutions can use this report to assess their risk management practices and insurance coverage.
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    Accommodating Students With Disabilities in the Title IX Process

    Colleges and universities are obligated to consider and appropriately respond to requests for disability accommodations during Title IX-related allegations of sexual violence—specifically during the investigation, adjudication, and when providing interim measures. Read Insights for considerations on how institution policies should address and respond to these requests; practical considerations in evaluating requests and providing accommodations; and potential due process issues.
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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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    Legal Literacy for Supervisors

    Supervisors are the first line of support for faculty and staff who are encountering challenges in the workplace. This United Educators (UE) report is a short guide for supervisors that addresses the most common legal challenges in the workplace and how to best address them.
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    Checklist for Indoor Floor Safety

    Checklist for Indoor Floor Safety

    Frequently resulting from building users tracking in dirt or water on their shoes, faulty maintenance practices, spilling beverages, dropping papers or trash, or simply wearing down floor surfaces, slip-and-fall accidents can be reduced at your institution by implementing the simple strategies suggested in this United Educators (UE) checklist.
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    Beekeeping on Campus

    Many higher education institutions and K-12 schools are interested in establishing apiaries—places housing hives for honeybees—on campus. Keeping bees can be beneficial and rewarding, but a successful experience requires advance planning.
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    Service Animals and the ADA

    The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ), which interprets sections of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), recently signaled that it is stepping up enforcement of service animal provisions. In July 2015, DoJ issued “Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA” (FAQs), which reinforced its 2010 guidance.
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    Accommodating Students with Disabilities in Clinical Programs

    Managing students with documented disabilities in clinical programs can present unanticipated difficulties. If a student is “otherwise qualified”—i.e., meets the academic requirements—to participate in the degree program, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act require institutions to provide reasonable accommodations for his or her disability.
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    Invisible Disabilities at the 25th Anniversary of the ADA

    July marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the law prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities at public and private educational institutions. The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that more than 90 percent of disabilities are invisible—in other words, not observable or apparent. Examples include learning disabilities and attention deficits, autism spectrum disorders, mental or psychiatric impairments, and chronic diseases.
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    Large Loss Report 2015

    The Large Loss Report 2015 summarizes major damage awards and settlements exceeding $250,000 that affected schools, colleges, and universities in 2014. Cases include a $1.28 million settlement in a sex discrimination lawsuit against a university, a $75 million settlement with the NCAA to settle class action lawsuits for head injuries, and a $139 million settlement in a K-12 sex abuse case—the largest settlement of its kind.
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    OCR Guidance on Accommodating Students With Disabilities in Athletics

    The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education recently issued a "Dear Colleague" letter (DCL) interpreting federal law requirements for public school athletic participation by students with disabilities. Advocacy groups quickly hailed the DCL as an important tool for students and their parents. Consequently, schools need to review their procedures to ensure DCL compliance and determine whether program changes are necessary so students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate.

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    Employment Law Essentials Resources

    Employment Law Essentials for Supervisors and Human Resources United Educators Web Conference Reference Materials Wednesday, April 16, 2008 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time Presented by Stan Davis Partner Shook, Hardy & Bacon Jennifer Kirkland Associate General Counsel for Compliance Support Washington and Lee University Moderat


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