September

Insights from URMIA's president

URMIA President Marjorie F.B. Lemmon

By Marjorie F.B. Lemmon, ARM, CPCU, CRM, Risk Manager at Yale University and President of URMIA.

I cannot believe that my time as the president of URMIA is almost at an end. The old adage about time flying has certainly rung true this past year, and it was definitely because I was having fun! But it was mostly because your organization has been very busy. I will speak in more detail about our 2014-2015 accomplishments and the state of our organization during our time together at the URMIA Annual Conference in Minneapolis in October, but I would like to give you an overview now.

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Assessing and lawfully managing the risk of adjunct unionization on college campuses: Tips for addressing the trend

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By Allison C. Ayer, Esq., Founding Partner of Vrountas, Ayer & Chandler, PC.

Part III – Tips for lawfully addressing the trend of adjunct faculty unionizing
Having provided background information about the growing trend for college faculty to unionize in the previously published Part I and Part II of this article, the third and final installation of this article explores ways your organization can address the trend of adjunct faculty unionization.

In light of the trend of adjuncts successfully forming and joining unions and the recent pro-labor Pacific Lutheran University decision discussed in Parts I and II of this article, colleges and universities are well-advised to evaluate if they are vulnerable to unionization and how they would deal with unionizing efforts on their campuses. It is important to remember that the precise response will differ with each institution, depending on its specific risk assessment, as well as the individualized educational, philosophical and social missions of the school. Because there are special legal rules about what an employer can say or do to monitor and combat union efforts, it would be prudent to involve general counsel or hire an outside labor attorney to help colleges and universities navigate the unionization process in a lawful, effective manner. That said, the considerations below provide some general guidance for colleges and universities to decide how best to manage the risk that adjuncts will initiate unionization efforts and to identify strategies to lawfully avoid unionizing on campus.

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Preparedness planning: Upgrade your study abroad program

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By Barbara Vitkauskas, Vice President of Partner Development and Business Development, iJET International.

As an integrated risk management provider, some of the biggest challenges our university clients face are centered on properly preparing and effectively tracking student travelers. Many students are novice travelers with limited prior knowledge of potential threats associated with their travel destinations. What’s more, study abroad program policies differ from those governing employee travel, offering higher learning institutions less control over student travel plans and data collection. In most cases, students do not make the connection between travel abroad program policies and their well being.

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By Larry V. Stephens, Director of Insurance, Loss Control & Claims at Indiana University, past president of URMIA, and chair of URMIA's Honors Committee.

Calling all members! The URMIA Honors Committee is responsible for celebrating our own with the Distinguished Risk Manager Award (DRM), respecting long-time active members with Emeritus Standing, and seeking YOUR creative solutions for our Innovative Risk Management Solutions Award. Help us honor our association's champions: submit a nomination or project by September 15.

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Board corner: Report from URMIA's Annual Conference Committee

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By Barbara Schatzer, Senior Director of Risk Management at University of San Diego, URMIA board member, liaison to URMIA's 2015 Annual Conference Committee, and chair of URMIA's 2016 Annual Conference Committee.

Near and dear to all URMIA members is our annual conference. Every fall, hundreds of members come from across the country and across the oceans for four or more days of education, networking, camaraderie and support. The most amazing thing about this gathering is that they are conceived, designed and orchestrated by members just like you.

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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 4th annual Risk Management Week, URMIA's new Affiliate Innovative Resources library, registering for URMIA's 46th Annual Conference in Minneapolis, ISO 31000 training from URMIA and PRIMA, and sponsoring URMIA's annual conference!

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Copyright Andreanna Moya

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

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URMIA members in the news

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

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FEATURED ARTICLE

URMIA survey shows prevalence of travel e-Learning programs among member institutions

By Caroline Zaw-Mon, Risk Project Manager, University of Denver, and Glenn Klinksiek, Knowledge Center Content Manager, URMIA.

URMIA surveyed its members in July 2015 to find out whether members use e-Leaning orientation materials for their international travelers. Conceptually, e-Learning materials could provide pre-trip online orientation materials and training for travelers. An objective of e-Learning programs would be to generate wider participation than in-person orientations, especially outside of formal study abroad programs.

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News Briefs

Clery Center for Security on Campus offers campus safety resources during National Campus Safety Awareness Month
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AGB releases statement on fiduciary responsibilities of governing boards
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Campus Fire Safety Month 2015 focuses on safety and education around the dangers of campus housing fires
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Tennessee's model for free two-year education welcomes more students than anticipated
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Researchers uncover how some students cheat at MOOCs
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Announcements

URMIA announces its 2015 annual conference scholarship recipients
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Submit your award nominations by September 15!
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Congratulations to the winners of URMIA's 2015 Salary Survey drawing
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URMIA and PRIMA offering ISO 31000 workshops in 2015
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Send us your innovative solutions and services for the Affiliate Innovative Resources library
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Register today for Northern Stars of Risk, October 10-14 in Minneapolis
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Start planning for URMIA's 4th annual Risk Management Week
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