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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Experiences in Engineering Community Engagement

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Community Engagement Division

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23.1048.1 - 23.1048.19



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Francis J. Hopcroft Wentworth Institute of Technology

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Francis Hopcroft is a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and an institute leader in International Service Learning initiatives in Peru and other areas of South and Central America.

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RISK VS. LIABILITY ASSOCIATED WITH OFF-CAMPUS STUDENT EXCURSIONSWhenever student groups decide to take a trip off campus, whether to near-by museum or a faroff foreign country to conduct service learning projects, the first, knee-jerk reaction frompractically any administration is one of horror that the students will be creating a significant“Liability” for the Institution by their actions. It is the contention professed by this paper thatthere is NO liability associated with any of those activities. To be sure, there are risks associatedwith every activity, on campus and off campus, but liability comes from the failure to properlymanaged foreseeable risk. And until administrators and administrations come to grips with therealities of risk versus liability, and the ways to manage both, there will continue to be stress andstrife on all campuses on which the faculty and the student body seek to enhance the educationalexperience with true experiential learning.This paper will explore some of the issues and potential solutions to this growing problem. 1

Hopcroft, F. J. (2013, June), RISK VS. LIABILITY ASSOCIATED WITH OFF-CAMPUS STUDENT EXCURSIONS Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22433

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