The Biggert-Waters Act of 2012 and Impacts on Flood Insurance Policies

By Rick Vohden, Senior Vice President and National Education Practice Leader at Marsh USA Inc. and committee member of URMIA's Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee

The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12) is a law passed by Congress and signed by the President in 2012 that extends the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years, while requiring significant program reform. This article provides an overview of the Act, as well as potential impacts to higher education and NFIP policies.


Government and Regulatory Affairs Blast: Federal Sentencing Guidelines and Risk Management

URMIA's Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee (GRAC) is proud to release its first in what will become a regular series of informational "blasts." These briefings are designed to give you the basic facts about a wide variety of legislation and regulations that may have an impact on risk management at your institution. This month's blast features federal sentencing guidelines, what you need to know, and how they might apply at your institution. For a downloadable, printable copy of this GRA Blast to share, click here.


Board Corner: Report from URMIA's Affiliates Committee

By Marjorie F.B. Lemmon, ARM, CPCU, CRM, Risk Manager at Yale University and board liaison for the URMIA Affiliates Committee

As part of my role as URMIA's president-elect, I have the privilege of being the liaison from the URMIA Board of Directors to the Affiliates Committee. This committee is made up of one of our most important member types. Our affiliates are not simply our service providers and the financial sponsors of URMIA's many initiatives: they are true supporters of URMIA and are dedicated to the development of our Institutional Members and the success of the organization. The committee is being chaired for the second year by Jane Dickerson, senior vice president at Risk Strategies Company and one of URMIA's biggest champions, and she is joined by a group of members who are equally tireless, supportive, and, frankly, just plain fun to be around!


All About URMIA: The Latest Updates About Your Association

Here at the URMIA National Office, we are excited to see where 2014 takes all of us. Conference schedules are now available for the first three of our five spring regional conferences, registration is open for our first FREE member webinar of the year on additional insured status and recent amendments, and an encore presentation of the popular URMIA/NAFSA international risk management workshop will be coming to San Diego in May. We also encourage you to get more involved with your association by submitting a presentation for URMIA's 2014 Annual Conference or an article for the 2014 URMIA Journal. Read on to learn more about these opportunities!

The Latest Risk Management Events, Opportunities, and Resources

Each month, this article provides some of the latest risk management resources, as well as a calendar of upcoming events, webinars, conferences, and other learning opportunities in which you or your campus colleagues may be interested.

URMIA Members in the News

Help us welcome our newest members, and see what professional updates your colleagues have to share from the last month.


OSAC and URMIA Partner Up This February Before the Southeastern Regional Conference

In February, URMIA is happy to partner with the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) on its College and University Health, Safety, and Security Seminar. The seminar, to be held on February 18, 2014, immediately before URMIA's Southeastern Regional Conference, will address critical issues facing education abroad professionals including crisis management, student health, personal security, risk management, and more. Learn more about the OSAC Seminar and URMIA's first regional conference of 2014!


News Briefs

Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) Extension Bill Remains on Schedule for First Quarter of 2014

President Obama Targets Campus Sexual Assault in Recent Report

Purdue Student Killed by Fellow Student in Campus Attack

The 25 Most International Universities: Are You on the List?