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    Increased Risks and Costs of Arming Educators

    Recent school shootings have renewed the conversation about arming K-12 educators. Some schools have armed teachers in place as authorized by the state, county, or school board. Others are weighing the benefits and dangers. Arming teachers or other staff can disrupt the educational atmosphere, even when the intention is to improve safety. When deciding whether to arm staff, schools should consider the heightened costs, risks, and liability.
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    Webinar: Q&A With an Expert on Preventing School Shootings

    Recent school shootings have prompted schools, colleges, and universities to examine their practices for preventing these tragedies. This special question and answer session features leading legal and threat assessment experts Jeff Nolan and Marisa Randazzo, who answered questions regarding best practices for school threat assessment teams, emerging trends in school shootings, and liability issues surrounding an institution’s prevention efforts.

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    Assessing Safety of Travel Abroad

    In January 2018, the U.S. State Department introduced a new travel advisory system that provides information about foreign travel safety and supersedes all prior travel warnings and travel alerts. The new system ranks all countries in one of four levels, using factors such as terrorism, crime, and natural disasters. Read this Insights blog to learn more about the system and see recommendations from United Educators (UE) about managing study abroad programs.

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    Is Your Campus Prepared to Lend Assistance After a Disaster?

    Is Your Campus Prepared to Lend Assistance After a Disaster?

    If a disaster should strike in your area, is your campus prepared to provide assistance? Do you have a plan for assessing and providing what is needed in a relief effort, even if your students and faculty are still on campus? This United Educators (UE) bulletin provides key questions to consider when preparing a disaster relief plan.
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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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    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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    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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    Catastrophic Weather Events

    The start of the season for severe weather—floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires, and hurricanes—is a good time for educational institutions to evaluate their plans for responding to a natural disaster. Hazardous weather is an increasing occurrence, and so are governors’ requests for disaster declarations. There were 99 disaster declarations last year, a 22 percent increase over the prior year, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Below are some key points to consider when developing your catastrophic weather plan.
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    Checklist for AED Programs in Educational Settings

    Checklist for AED Programs in Educational Settings

    Does your educational institution have an established automated external defibrillators (AED) program? This United Educators (UE) checklist will help those responsible for creating and overseeing a campus AED program when planning a new program or conducting a review of an existing one.
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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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    Disaster Preparedness Resources

    Preparing for Disaster: Supporting Your Community’s Emergency Response Efforts REFERENCE MATERIALS Tuesday, April 18, 2006 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time Presented by G. Scott Anderson Vice President of Administration and Planning Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) William Ballard Associate Vice President, Administr


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    Resources for Special Event Risk Management

    Reference Materials United Educators 2009 Special Event Risk Management United Educators Roundtable Thursday, December 10, 2009 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time Reference Materials United Educators 2009 Contents Speaker Biographies ...............................................................................................3


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