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    Combatting Food Insecurity on Campus

    Food insecurity, the lack of resources to obtain nutritious food, affects college students throughout the country. When resources are low, students must choose between educational expenses (such as tuition, books, supplies, and housing) and food. Fortunately, many higher education institutions can help tackle this issue head-on and provide security to students who otherwise would go without some meals. Read this Insights blog to learn more.
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    New Federal Guidance on Transgender Students: Suggestions for a Supportive Environment

    On Feb. 22, 2017, the departments of Justice and Education issued a “Dear Colleague” letter (DCL) to rescind prior guidance that required access to sex-segregated facilities based on gender identity rather than birth sex. They now defer to schools and states to make those decisions. Significantly, the guidance does not negate all Title IX protections for transgender students. This Insights blog includes actions institutions can consider.
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    Boarding Schools: Housing International Students Over Holiday Breaks

    A boarding school’s duty to supervise its international students doesn’t end over holiday breaks. Due to time and expense constraints, international students often have difficulty returning home. With proper planning and good communication, boarding schools can meet their supervisory responsibilities and offer engaging activities for their international students who remain at school during breaks.
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    Bunk Bed and Loft Bed Safety

    Space-saving lofts and bunk beds are popular in residence halls, but UE claims show that students have suffered serious brain and spinal injuries after falling from these beds or the ladders attached to them. Schools and colleges can prevent these injuries by following a few safety precautions.
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    Compliance With Federal Fire Safety Provisions

    In January 2000, three Seton Hall University freshmen were killed and approximately 60 people were injured in a residence hall fire that two students set as a prank. According to The Center for Campus Fire Safety, from 2000 through 2012, 19 people died in on-campus and Greek housing fires.
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    Protecting Against Bacterial Meningitis

    Bacterial meningitis is rare, but when it strikes, it can be lethal. An outbreak at a Southern elementary school caused the deaths of two students; five others were hospitalized. In another incident, a freshman from a UE-member college developed flu-like symptoms and was referred by the campus health center to the emergency room for further evaluation. The student had contracted meningitis and required amputation of one of her legs and two of her fingers.
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    Student Housing During Breaks

    If institutions allow students to live in residence halls when school is not in session, issues may occur during these downtimes due to reduced staffing and services on campus. The following tips on identifying students who plan to remain in residence and notifying them about any policy or procedure considerations can help you avoid or manage these risks.
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    Minors as Visitors in College Residence Halls

    From “Little Siblings Weekend” to prospective student visits, children under age 18 occasionally visit and stay overnight in college and university residence halls. United Educators’ claims show that visiting minors have suffered injuries from slips and falls, alcohol use, sexual assaults, and physical assaults. Institutions can prevent many of these accidents and injuries by adopting and enforcing policies and procedures to educate host students and emphasize safety. In addition, mandatory application and permission forms enable institutions to better respond when an incident occurs.
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    Bed Bug Mitigation

    Bed bug infestations can create stress and discomfort for students and others who are affected and are costly and time consuming for educational institutions to mitigate. Unfortunately, infestations can occur despite any preventive measures your school or college has put in place. Follow these key steps to quickly and efficiently address the problem.
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    Youth Homestay Placements

    Schools and universities that arrange homestay placements enrich the worldviews of visiting international students, host families, and the campus community. They can also expose unwitting participants to illicit drug and alcohol use, sexual misconduct, and other problem behavior.
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    Residence Hall Safety

    Residence Hall Safety

    Residence halls are often the center of student life on campus, but they can become dangerous places if not properly maintained. This analysis of residence hall claims features targeted best practices to help you keep your institution’s residence halls safe for your students.
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    Off-Campus Housing

    Off-Campus Housing

    Colleges and universities have been held liable for injuries or losses that occurred in off-campus housing. This United Educators (UE) Risk Research Bulletin details ways institutions can manage this risk and ensure the safety of students who choose to live off-campus.
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    Campus Fire Safety Resources

    Implementing a Campus Fire Safety Program United Educators Telephone Roundtable Reference Materials Thursday, March 15, 2007 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time Presented by Ed Comeau Publisher Campus Firewatch Edie Curry Fire Chief University of Alaska, Fairbanks Alyssa Keehan Risk Analyst United Educators UE Telephone Roundtable


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    Residence Hall Safety PowerPoint

    Reducing Serious Injuries in Residence Halls with Informed Facility Management Risk Research Bulletin, March 2008 UE Claims Study Claims in residence halls (2003–2007) Over 500 claims and $9 million in losses 66 fatalities, hundreds of assaults, and many serious falls Many severe injuries related to facility management.


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