November

Passing the gavel: Insights from URMIA's new president

URMIA President Kathy Hargis

By Kathy Hargis, Associate Vice President of Risk Management and Compliance, Lipscomb University and URMIA President.

It seems like just yesterday that many of us were gathered in San Diego for another outstanding annual conference. Let me say thanks once again to the 2016 Annual Conference Committee chairs, Barbara Schatzer, Sue Liden, and Sam Florio; the entire conference committee; and the URMIA National Office staff for a job well done! 

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URMIA offers conference and student scholarships

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Did you know that URMIA offers two different types of scholarships? Many years ago, URMIA's Membership Committee wanted to find additional ways to enable members to attend our conferences, so each fall and spring they began soliciting applications from members for conference scholarships. The URMIA Board of Directors also wanted to find other pathways to give back to URMIA members and the profession of higher education risk management. A scholarship task force was created, and in 2016 we launched our Student Educational Scholarship Program, targeted at rising juniors, seniors and master's/doctorate students who are studying risk management. The task force was turned into a standing committee at the end of 2015 to show the organization's commitment to invest in the future of the risk management profession as a whole.

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Board corner: Report from URMIA's Inter-Association Alliances Committee

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By Jenny Whittington, Executive Director and liaison to the IAAC committee, URMIA.

Welcome to the board corner report from the Inter-Association Alliances Committee (IAAC). The IAAC was originally developed to promote URMIA within other affiliated higher education associations. As the strength of URMIA’s profile has grown, the IAAC has taken a strategic approach to its support of related associations. This approach aligns with the committee’s mission to assist in advancing the reputation and visibility of URMIA as the preeminent (re)source in higher education risk management through partnerships and alliances with other associations that have an impact on and/or role in risk management in higher education.

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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 the now available content from URMIA's 5th annual Risk Management Week, resources from our biggest annual conference ever, ISO 31000 training from URMIA and PRIMA dates for 2017 and much more.

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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

  • Lloyd’s City Risk Index 2015-2025, Lloyd's. Available for the first time, this website analysis shares the potential impact on the economic output (GDP@Risk) of 301 of the world’s major cities from 18 manmade and natural threats. Click on the different tabs to explore the site's interactive aspects. Beth Carmichael shared this resource with the membership, saying, "I think this has applicability to all of us, not just those in the cities identified. These threats are likely to be national and global impacts."
  • Artificial Intelligence - Emerging Risk? Glenn Klinksiek, URMIA knowledge center manager, recently shared several resources regarding the risks of artificial intelligence. See: "Artificial Intelligence – Emerging Risk?," CBS News; "What happens when robots replace all of our jobs?," Christian Science Monitor; and "The jobs we'll lose to machines — and the ones we won't," TED Talks.
  • FAQs About Affordable Care Act Implementation Part 33, Treasury Department, Department of Labor (DOL) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). On October 21, three federal departments issued a Frequently Asked Question in which they indefinitely extended prior enforcement relief for premium reduction arrangements offered by colleges and universities in connection with student health plans. This relief from certain Affordable Care Act enforcement actions applies to colleges and universities that provide subsidies to student employees covered by the institutions' student health plans, both insured or self-insured.
  • Business Travel in Age of Sharing Economy, International SOS and Control Risks. In response to the growing global use of sharing economy services, such as Uber and Airbnb, International SOS has found that as many as 75 percent of businesses do not have clear policies in place for staff using such services. Meanwhile, an organization’s exposure is likely to increase, with almost half of respondents anticipating their use of shared transport services will grow. The company has released this report to provide an overview of the benefits, risks and legal considerations of using shared transport and accommodation services during business travel. Download a complimentary copy of the report here.
  • Risk Assessment Tool, Oregon State University, and Risk Assessment Toolbox, University of California. These risk assessment tool samples offer excellent resources for campus-wide risk management efforts. The OSU Risk Management Risk Assessment Tool helps departments, units and individual events or projects make decisions based on current risk information. The University of California's Risk Assessment Toolbox provides a variety of risk assessment tools for various purposes for both internal use and for use by everyone.
  • NCCPS Report on Impact of Marijuana Legalization (Sept 2016), The National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS). Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States, and its popularity is growing. The number of institutions of higher education (IHE) that operate in states where marijuana use is now legal or decriminalized is expanding, and these changes are creating new challenges for campus safety officials at IHEs across the nation. This report, “The Effects of Marijuana Legalization and Decriminalization on Campus Safety at Institutions of Higher Education,” was developed following a facilitated discussion on emerging issues that included campus safety executives from 11 IHEs in seven states. They identified and discussed specific challenges IHEs face related to marijuana legalization and decriminalization and grouped them into five categories: rapidly changing science, inconsistent data collection, resource constraints, outdated policies and perception problems. Participants also discussed personnel management, training and funding related to these challenges.

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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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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.

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URMIA providing in-depth risk management track at ACUA's Midyear Conference, March 26-29, 2017

As part of URMIA’s strategic planning efforts, a relationship has been building with the Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA) to strengthen our appreciation for our disciplines. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between URMIA and ACUA to be part of the ACUA Midyear Conference in Austin, Texas, on March 26-29, 2017. The Midyear Conference is designed as a 2.5-day intensive course in which participants select one of five or more tracks on which to focus. Tracks typically focus on topics such as fraud, compliance, audit essentials, information technology or training on audit software. Thanks to our partnerships, this year's tracks will include 10 breakout sessions on higher education risk management.

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News Briefs

US Department of State issues travel warning for Turkey
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Sharp increase in three STDs among young adults prompts concern among colleges
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Arrest made in email hacking case affecting users at 75 colleges
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Penn State receives unprecedented fine for Clery Act violations in Sandusky case
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Delta State University becomes last public university to remove Mississippi state flag
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Announcements

URMIA's 2017 regional conference dates and locations announced
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URMIA's 2017 Annual Conference call for presentations open soon
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Risk Management Week held from November 7-11
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URMIA's 47th Annual Conference was our largest conference ever!
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URMIA supports the 2016 Women's Leadership Institute
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URMIA retiree and emeritus members connect online
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URMIA and PRIMA partner to offer two ERM trainings in 2017
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