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Duty of Care in Action: Keeping Your Students and Faculty Healthy, Safe and Secure


As students and faculty continue to travel abroad to a variety of destinations each year, colleges and universities struggle to determine their legal obligation to keep them healthy, safe and secure.

When incidents occur overseas, such as the Haiti earthquake, it’s challenging for universities to assess their exposure because they have not always collected travel or location information for their students, faculty and staff. • Employers have a duty of care to act in a prudent manner to promote safety and security of employees, faculty, administration and students. Employees have a duty of loyalty to follow the policies and procedures of their employer. There is often a “sweet spot” where employer and employee obligations overlap.