December

White House memo regarding biosafety and biosecurity may impact your institution

Copyright John
Copyright John

By Leta Finch, Co-Chair of URMIA's Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee

On October 29, 2015, the White House released a joint memo from Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and the Office of Science and Technology with plans to enhance biosafety and biosecurity at infectious disease laboratories. This comes as a result of recent laboratory incidents that have had a negative impact on the United States reaching its goal of conducting state-of-the-art life sciences research while protecting those working in the research process from exposure to harmful pathogens.

Read more...


Risk Management Week webinar recordings and resources now available

Copyright Ged Carroll
Copyright Ged Carroll

URMIA is happy to announce that its 2015 Risk Management Week webinar recordings are now live on the Risk Management Week website. All recordings are available to the public, so share the links to these recordings with your colleagues and anyone else who could benefit from these primers on higher education risk management issues.

Read more...

 

 

Excessive drinking in college-aged populations abroad

Copyright IntangibleArts
Copyright IntangibleArts

By Melissa Dudley, Health Intelligence Analyst, iJET International.

Heavy drinking among students is an issue besetting almost every university campus around the world. University students, regardless of which continent they are on, are susceptible to problematic alcohol usage. In a foreign country, students may be exposed to a variety of unfamiliar drinking customs. In some cultures, heavy drinking is viewed as socially acceptable and the norm. Moreover, alcohol content, minimum purchasing age and standard drink sizes can vary. Regardless of location, the repercussions associated with heavy drinking can range from minor to lethal and, unfortunately, can victimize innocent bystanders. Studying abroad increases in popularity every year. In fact, the number of students studying internationally increases by 12 percent each year. Due to this growing student population abroad, risk managers need to be aware of global variations in alcohol customs and consumption so that they are not only better able to prepare to launch students abroad, but also to fine tune screening tests used to monitor excessive drinking.

Read more...

 

 Copyright Ben Sutherland
Copyright Ben Sutherland

By Allan F. Brooks, CPCU, ARM, ARe, AU, URMIA Board Member, Board Liaison to URMIA's Communications Committee, and Director, Risk Management and EH&S, Chapman University, Orange, CA.

Welcome to the Communications Committee board corner report. My name is Allan Brooks, a member of the URMIA Board of Directors, and also serving as the Communications Committee liaison to the board. For the past nine years, I have served as director of risk management, insurance and environmental health and safety at Chapman University. Located in Orange, California, Chapman is a mid-sized private university with a total undergraduate and graduate enrollment of 7,570 students.

Read more...

 

Copyright URMIA
Copyright URMIA

Each year, URMIA hosts in-person regional and annual (national) conferences around the country, as well as online webinars designed to minimize your cost and time away from the office while maximizing your educational and networking opportunities. Read on to learn about URMIA's 2016 Regional Conference series and scholarships, submitting content for URMIA's 47th Annual Conference and 2016 URMIA Journal, URMIA's new Affiliate Innovative Resources library, and ISO 31000 training from URMIA and PRIMA!

Read more...


 Copyright Dafne Cholet
Copyright Dafne Cholet

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.

Risk Management Resources

  • NCCPS events list. National Center for Campus Public Safety. Review upcoming webinars and other professional development opportunities from NCCPS and its partners.
  • Patent Liability Survey Report. URMIA. A report on patent liability insurance practices from Boise State University's Kip McBean and URMIA's Glenn Klinksiek.
  • Help us continue sharing the latest in risk management solutions from URMIA's affiliate members by contributing to the Affiliate Innovative Resources library. URMIA's affiliate members can now submit service information to this library to share with institutional members. Some restrictions apply. Submit your content here or email your articles, fact sheets, and other resources to the URMIA National Office at urmia@urmia.org.

Read more...

 

URMIA members in the news

 Copyright jcrakow
Copyright jcrakow

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

Read more...



Insights is the monthly online newsletter for the University Risk Management and Insurance Association. Published by URMIA’s Communications Committee, this newsletter contains more than the latest information about URMIA. Insights gathers thoughtful commentary on higher education risk management as well as tutorials and detailed explanations of risk management practices and tools.

Have an article or news to share? Send it to the editor!

FEATURED ARTICLE

Paris attacks: An update from OSAC and URMIA's International Committee

By Rick Rosenfeld, Vice President of Risk Management & Client Services at WorldStrides, and Kathy E. Hargis, MBA, Associate Vice President of Risk Management & Compliance at Lipscomb University, Co-chair of URMIA's International Committee, and President-elect of URMIA.

We know many of you are looking for updates on the situation in Europe as it relates to study abroad. One of the members of URMIA's International Committee, Rick Rosenfeld, was with many of our members at the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Briefing in Washington last week. Rick has compiled the following report that we wish to share with you.

Read more...

News Briefs

Making race-related protests unnecessary on college campuses: What leaders can do
Read more...

Diversity plan at Brandeis University ends 12-day student protest
Read more...

Online threats shut down college campuses
Read more...

Mandatory sexual assault reporting may hinder researchers working to prevent campus sexual assault
Read more...

Incorporating mental health professionals to address the risk of a campus shooting holistically
Read more...

Affiliate Innovative Resources

Log in to see this information

Either the content you're seeking doesn't exist or it requires proper authentication before viewing.

Announcements

Apply for a Regional Conference scholarship; applications due 1/8/16
Read More...

Save the dates! URMIA's 2016 Regional Conference series
Read More...

Submit your URMIA Journal articles and Annual Conference presentation ideas
Read More...

URMIA partners with ASIRT to offer discounted road travel resources and membership to risk managers
Read More...

URMIA and PRIMA offering ISO 31000 workshops in 2015
Read More...

Send us your innovative solutions and services for the Affiliate Innovative Resources library
Read More...

Upcoming Events