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Monday, 11/4/13


Student Life, Student Affairs, and Greek Life


Webinar: "Working with Student Organizations: The Risk Management Process for Students and How to Manage Your Own Risks"


Date and Time: Monday, 11/4/13, 1-2 pm Eastern - Register Today (for FREE!)

Description: Institutions of higher education generally have a wide variety or student organizations conducting meetings and holding events at any given time. What are the unique risks that are particularly important to consider for student organizations? This webinar will highlight some of the risks for student organizations that warrant your institution's attention. The session will review legal precedents, as well as risks involving Greek organizations, club sports, and other undergraduate and graduate student groups. Key risks include funding considerations, travel, events, involvement of faculty advisors, third party contracts, and insurance, as well as enforcement of campus policies on alcohol, hazing, and non-discrimination.

Craig McAllister, CPCU, ARM
Director of Risk Management and Insurance
Cornell University

Craig McAllister is director of the Department of Risk Management and Insurance at Cornell University and has been in this position since 2011, previously serving as the assistant director beginning in 2001. His current duties include providing strategic risk management advice, training, and consultation to the academic and operating units of Cornell. In addition, he is a member of the international crisis team, chair of the Student Health Insurance Advisory Committee, and is responsible for the purchase of insurance and management of claims for the university. Mr. McAllister has presented at several national conferences and teaches classes on risk management. Mr. McAllister is a past president of the Upstate New York Chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS). He holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation, along with the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and the Associate in Claims (AIC).

Catherine A. Holmes
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Leadership, Engagement, and Campus Activities (SLECA)
Cornell University

Catherine Holmes is associate dean of students and director of student leadership, engagement, and campus activities at Cornell University. She has been employed at Cornell since 1990 and has worked in higher education for over 25 years. She supervises a team of professional staff members, advises several major student organizations, manages a number of major events including Slope Day and Welcome Weekend, serves on the university crisis management team, trains student leaders, chairs the Event Management Planning Team for the university, and consults regularly with colleagues and students relative to club and organization issues and event management. She is the recipient of several awards including Outstanding Advisor, Edgar A. Whiting Award, and the Andrew Dickson White Administrator of the Year.


Resources to Share

Here are just a few resources for higher education administrators, students, faculty, and staff:

Working with Students and Student Organizations:

  • Getting your Sailors to Toe the Line: Imbuing Effective Risk Management Practices in Today’s Millennial Students, Bill Powell, Gallagher Higher Education Practice; Susan Wrinn, Marsh USA Inc.; and Marjorie F.B. Lemmon, Yale University, URMIA's 2012 Annual Conference (URMIA login required; audio recording and handouts available). How do today’s Millennial students perceive risk? Are current methods of communicating risk and good behavior effective, or do they need to be changed? How can universities empower students to take ownership of risk? Attendees at this session heard from current students as they shared their perspectives of risk and safety relating to a broad spectrum of exposures, including student drug and alcohol use, Greek life, internships and practicums, and study abroad.
  • Student Event Planning Website, Texas A&M University: This website provides a great model for other institutions in providing proactive risk management guidelines to help student organizations plan and host events where everyone involved has a safe and fun experience. Texas A&M also provides a basic set of guidelines to proper pre-event planning in its Student Organization Manual.

Alcohol Abuse and Drinking Risks on College Campuses: 

  • provides a number of resources for students, parents, and college administrators regarding alcohol abuse. News items, research, statistics and summaries, and resources that can be used throughout the year - this is your one-stop shop to communicate with parents and students.
  • Beyond Student Affairs: Institutionalizing Prevention of High-Risk Drinking, Cindy Berg, UE Perspectives. This article supports the case for other institutional stakeholders to be involved in alcohol prevention efforts on campus and reduction of alcohol related risk. With institution-wide support for alcohol prevention, real progress in reducing the dangers of high-risk drinking is possible.
  • Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention, Education Development Center, Inc. Alcohol use varies from campus to campus and among groups of students. Campus administrators need to measure and examine drinking behaviors on their own campuses when seeking out effective ways to address the risk of college student alcohol abuse. Visit the site for practical ways to assess these issues on your campus.
Anti-Hazing Resources:
  • National Hazing Prevention Week, Scheduled for September 23-27, 2013, this week is an opportunity for campuses, schools, communities, organizations, and individuals to promote the prevention of hazing. If you can't wait until September, campuses are encouraged to hold their own events any time of the year. The main National Hazing Prevention Week website offers great ideas, resources, and ways to get started.
  • offers a number of resources, including state-by-state hazing laws. Don't miss reading the National Agenda for Hazing Prevention in Education, a resource developed to draw attention to research about hazing, including its risks; advance and promote research-based hazing prevention efforts; bring together individual and group efforts into a cohesive response to hazing; and maximize resources to support and advance hazing research and prevention.