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URMIA Journal publishes Praesidium experts’ advice for reducing sexual abuse of minors served by college and university programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARLINGTON, Texas (Oct. 14, 2014) – Three professionals from Praesidium, Inc. – Candace Collins, JD; Richard Dangel, Ph.D.; and Aaron Lundberg, LMSW – co-authored an article on managing the risk of minors on campus for the University Risk Management and Insurance Association’s 2014 URMIA Journal.

In Praesidium’s article, “Six Lessons Learned in Managing the Risk of Minors on Campus,” the authors share insight gained through Praesidium’s work with colleges and universities to keep minors on campuses safe from sexual predators and to protect institutions’ reputations. “Over the last several years, universities have made significant strides in developing programs to protect minors on campuses,” said Lundberg, Praesidium’s vice president of account services and COO. “We’ve learned some important lessons from closely working with them on their efforts.”

The scandal involving Jerry Sandusky woke up higher education leaders to the risks they face in offering programs to minors on their campuses and in the community. “The numbers of minors served on college and university
campuses is increasing as sports, outreach and academic programs aimed at youths other than university students gain in popularity,” said Collins, a Praesidium account manager for higher education. “Many higher education
institutions have realized the importance of developing policies and practices that protect these underage visitors in their care.”

In the article, the authors provide examples of obstacles faced by colleges and universities when managing the risk of minors on campus. They explain that well-defined policies, along with screening, training, monitoring and supervision, are the first steps to protecting minors.

“Keeping minors safe on campus requires an integrated, system-wide approach,” said Dangel, president & CEO of Praesidium. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to share our experience with higher education risk managers across the country.”