Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Do injuries that happen in London stay in London? College and university liability for injuries to students participating in off -campus curricular programs
by Matthews, Catherine L., Ph.D., Indiana University, 2009, 157; 3344620
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to identify and analyze the legal duties that colleges and universities owe to their students under a theory of negligence and to recommend policies to colleges and universities within the legal framework established by the case law reviewed for this study. A traditional legal methodology was used according to the conventions of legal scholarship. The findings suggest that courts continue to exercise judicial deference to colleges and universities in decision-making that is primarily discretionary. Courts also weigh policy considerations in their analysis of specific cases. In most cases, courts require a special relationship between students and the college or university; this relationship will create a duty under which students can recover. Courts are, however, reluctant to find that such a relationship has been established. Nonetheless, student plaintiffs can prevail in some situations, especially when colleges and universities exercised a great deal of control over the students or the situation and failed to exercise reasonable care in that situation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bean, John P.
Commitee: Eckes, Suzanne, Gjerdingen, Donald H., Priest, Douglas
School: Indiana University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 70/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: School administration, Higher education
Keywords: Curricular, Injury, Law, Liability, Off-campus programs, Students, University
Publication Number: 3344620
ISBN: 978-1-109-02764-8
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