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All sorts of things can go wrong when you’re running a student organization. Your students could get rowdy and injure themselves at an orientation event. Transportation accidents may occur en route to an off-site event. Facilities or property may be damaged.
If you let your anxious imagination run away with you, you can come up with reasons to say “No” to nearly any student request or proposed activity.
Now, you can calm down.
With a thorough grasp of the issues involved, and proper planning, student organization advisors can confidently say, “YES!” while maintaining safety and limiting risks.
By understanding the concepts of authority, duty to care, negligence, and torts—and by using legal common sense—you can help organizations run an exciting calendar of events without exposing yourself or your school to liability.
Risk Management for Student Organization Advisors: A National Center for Student Leadership White Paper explains these important terms in plain English (not Legal-ese) so that you can take the steps necessary to safeguard organizational activities and reduce potential problems.
This 45-page report also includes strategic information on:
This white paper concludes with a summary review sheet of relevant risk management concepts, for easy reference. It also includes a case study with processing questions, along with a sample pre-event planning form.
Based on a presentation by Cynthia Olvera, a risk management and organizational development specialist at Texas A&M University, this white paper takes a practical and realistic approach to empowering students and advisors to think proactively about mitigating risks so that activities may proceed safely with full coverage in place in case of unforeseen events.
Presented by Cynthia Olvera
Cyn Olvera is the perfect mix of Southern hospitality and Latina sassiness! She provides a welcoming environment for idea and information sharing – but be prepared, she is not your average presenter. With a sense of humor and years of experience advising student leaders, she takes a practical approach to empowering students and advisors to think proactively regarding such topics as risk management and cultural shifts in student organizations. Cyn wants to spread the word that risk management isn't about being the party police! An organization wants to travel...to Haiti? A group wants to host a sports car race? She'll show you how to get to YES for these events while maintaining a high standard of quality in risk management. She is an energetic professional who combines research and wit to involve participants in a fun and interactive experience.