ERIC Number: ED260632
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Legal Issues in Experiential Education. PANEL Resource Paper #3.
Goldstein, Michael B.
Legal issues relevant to experiential learning are identified to help program administrators know when to seek expert assistance and advice. Much of the law of experiential learning is based on specific statutory provisions and decisions. The student involved in experiential learning may assume certain learning outcomes very different from those of the institution, and the understood requirements for the award of credit or credentials for the learning may also differ. These variances may result in a lawsuit, with the student alleging a breach of an implied or expressed contract of instruction. A written learning contract should state the mutual rights and responsibilities of the learner and the institution. Other issues are whether the college or agency should be held liable for acts of the student when agency clients are injured. Insurance against liability caused by the acts of its students is a wise investment. Having students sign a waiver of liability is not necessarily adequate protection against risk of injury to the student. Attention is also directed to agreements between the college and the agency, responsibilities of the student and the college, and implications of using federal funds. (SW)
Descriptors: Accountability, Administrator Responsibility, College Students, Court Litigation, Educational Malpractice, Experiential Learning, Field Experience Programs, Higher Education, Injuries, Insurance, Internship Programs, Legal Responsibility, Performance Contracts, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Society for Internships and Experiential Education, Raleigh, NC. Peer Assistance Network in Experiential Learning.
Note: For related documents, see HE 018 617-635.