ERIC Number: EJ746601
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 39
Negligent Liability Issues Involving Colleges and Students: Balancing the Risks and Benefits of Expanded Programs and Heightened Supervision
Pearson, Douglas R.; Beckham, Joseph C.
NASPA Journal, v42 n4 p460-477 2005
Student affairs professionals recognize that learning experiences transcend the classroom, and they have expanded the range of programs and services available to students well beyond the laboratory and lecture hall. The authors survey judicial opinions involving institutional liability for negligence and conclude that the expansion of educational programs carries the potential for heightened risk. Student affairs professionals must be sensitive to these risks and take steps to foresee dangerous conditions, making sure that the level of reasonable, prudent care is commensurate with the degree of risk associated with the activity and educating students about the risks attendant to their participation.
Descriptors: Negligence, Risk, Legal Responsibility, Higher Education, Student Personnel Services, School Security, Court Litigation, Athletics, Extracurricular Activities, Safety, Violence, Hazing, Drinking
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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