In this episode, Lindsay Bond, executive director of the Higher Education Protection Network (HEPNet), and Melanie Bennett, senior risk management counsel at United Educators, discuss how colleges and universities can protect minors in remote learning programs.
In this episode, United Educators risk management consultants Hoda Hussein, Justin Kollinger and Sam Swartout forecast the top risks impacting schools, colleges and universities in 2021. They discuss their insights, relevant risk trends and considerations institutions should keep in mind should these risks surface on campus.
In this episode, United Educators risk management consultant Liza Kabanova interviews three heads of schools, Penny B. Evins (Collegiate School), Terry Macaluso, Ph.D. (Eastside Preparatory School), and Mike Davis, Ph.D. (Colorado Academy), about the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on K-12 independent schools. They discuss lessons learned, on-campus success stories, and the value of a proactive risk management process throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
United Educators risk management consultants Liza Kabanova and Justin Kollinger discuss lessons learned during research for the 2020 edition of the book "An Accountability Guide for University and College Boards." Topics covered include the value of ERM programs today, new and emerging risks, and practical lessons for senior administrators and boards looking to start or refresh ERM programs.
United Educators risk management consultants Liza Kabanova and Justin Kollinger discuss the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic in education – as well as new and emerging risks.
In this episode, Jamie Forbes, CEO of Learning Courage, and Melanie Bennett, risk management counsel at United Educators, discuss how schools can protect children in a remote learning program from sexual misconduct.
In this episode, Heather Salko, senior risk management counsel at United Educators (UE) interviews Alyssa Keehan, UE's director of risk research about whether waivers and assumption of risk forms are a valuable risk management tool, when to use these forms, and some tips for writing them.
In this episode of the Prevention and Protection podcast, Quincy McLaughlin, associate head of school and head of upper school at Greenhills School in Michigan, explains how K-12 schools can train volunteers to prevent and report student sexual misconduct.
In this episode, Scott Warner of Husch Blackwell discusses considerations higher education institutions should keep in mind when planning for students to return to campus in the wake of the COVID-19, or coronavirus, pandemic.
In this episode, attorney Ellen Babbitt discusses managing the risks of higher ed academic program changes driven by economic pressures; these range from eliminating majors to closing institutions. Ellen and her colleagues at Husch Blackwell wrote UE’s recently released publications on the topic, including an overview guide and four detailed checklists.
This discussion with Jody Shipper of Grand River Solutions focuses on tips to employ and pitfalls to avoid when conducting your Title IX investigations remotely while campuses have moved to online work and instruction during the COVID-10 pandemic of 2020. Listen to how your institution can continue to conduct high quality investigations that remain compliant with Title IX.
This discussion between Robb Jones, former senior vice president and general counsel for resolutions, and Heather Salko, senior risk management counsel, both of United Educators, analyzes two recent Title IX court decisions in the Sixth Circuit. These case developments have an impact in that federal circuit but likely will have an impact in other circuits as well. Listen to how these court decisions may change Title IX on your campus.
In this episode, United Educators risk researcher Christine McHugh interviews senior resolutions counsel Rhonda Hurwitz about the recent class action settlement agreement related to concussion management and medical monitoring. The discussion explains the lawsuit that led to the settlement, the settlement’s provisions, and the benefits for institutions which comply with the provisions by the May 18, 2020, deadline.
In this episode of the Prevention and Protection podcast, United Educators attorney Kimberly Cole interviews Dr. Leah Cox, vice president for inclusion and institutional equity at Towson University, about the role that campus diversity and inclusion offices can play in managing campus protests.
Most claims brought against UE members will be dismissed or settled before going to trial. Many settlements are achieved through mediation, allowing the parties to negotiate through a neutral third party. In part two of this two-part episode of the Prevention and Protection podcast, Joan Morrow, a mediator with extensive experience mediating cases involving educational institutions, shares her insights on making mediations effective.
Most claims brought against UE members will be dismissed or settled before going to trial. Many settlements are achieved through mediation, allowing the parties to negotiate through a neutral third party. In part one of this two-part episode of the Prevention and Protection podcast, Joan Morrow, a mediator with extensive experience mediating cases involving educational institutions, shares her insights on making mediations effective.
The Safe Sport Authorization Act, signed into law in early 2018, protects athletes from abuse with new reporting and training requirements for amateur sports organizations. In this episode of the Prevention and Protection podcast, Phil Catanzano, a senior counsel and member of the Education Team at the Holland & Knight law firm, explains the act and recommends actions for schools and colleges.
Alyssa Keehan, director of risk research, interviews Heather Salko, senior risk management counsel, about the UE student mental health claims study.
When court cases are nearing trial, United Educators (UE) often employs a trial consulting firm to conduct a mock trial to gain insights into how the case may play out before a jury. These insights help defense counsel adjust their trial strategy and work with witnesses to present the best possible defense of UE's members. In this episode of Prevention and Protection, trial consultant Jill Huntley Taylor explains the process behind mock trial exercises and how using mock juries can help strengthen a school's legal defense as a claim heads to trial.
Indemnification provisions in contracts used by institutions can either help or harm, depending on how they are worded. Careful review of every contract is important to understand whether the indemnification provision is beneficial to your college or university. This episode of Prevention and Protection offers tips on how to avoid common indemnification problems as you enter into contracts on behalf of your institution.
United Educators' (UE) new claims study, Educator Sexual Misconduct at Independent Schools: Insights From UE Claims, examines trends in independent school educator sexual misconduct claims received between January 2011 and December 2016. In this episode of Prevention and Protection, UE's Alyssa Keehan, director of risk research, and Melanie Bennett, risk management counsel, discuss findings from the study.
In 2017, the Department of Education withdrew Obama-era guidance stating that under Title IX, schools must treat students consistent with their gender identity rather than their birth sex. There is currently no clear federal standard and, as a result, the legal requirements vary by a school’s location. In this episode of Prevention and Protection, attorney Josh Whitlock and Hillary Pettegrew, UE senior risk management counsel, discuss the current state of the law and steps that schools can take in the midst of this uncertainty.
Phone and computer evidence can provide clarity in Title IX investigations. In this episode of Prevention and Protection, Melanie Bennett, risk management counsel, speaks with Kelsey Feeheley, claims counsel, about UE's Title IX claims involving technology and the lessons they provide.
The NCAA passed a policy in 2017 requiring its member schools to train student athletes and athletics staff about sexual violence prevention. In this podcast, UE's Alyssa Keehan interviews Janet Judge, a partner at Holland & Knight and a national title IX athletics expert about the contents of the new NCAA policy and how colleges can comply.
The recent #MeToo movement focused national attention on social media postings documenting sexual abuse. In this podcast, UE's Melanie Bennett interviews David Wolowitz, a partner and co-chair of the Education Practice Group at McLane Middleton, about independent school response to student social media disclosures of sexual harassment.