SMU's Risk Management takes part in special national week

SMU's Office of Police and Risk Management is taking part in a national observance dedicated to understanding the value of risk management in higher education.

Risk Management WeekSMU's Office of Police and Risk Management is taking part in a national observance Nov. 4-8 dedicated to broadening the campus community's understanding of the value of risk management in higher education through learning sessions and webinars.

Risky Business Week is dedicated to exploring campus risk management and the professionals who work to protect students, faculty, staff and the institution they serve.

This special week aims to build awareness of how risk management can provide innovative and effective solutions to the challenges facing SMU in the pursuit of its academic, social, and economic goals. The University will offer both learning sessions and webinars.

Risk Management learning sessions will take place will take place in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum.

The Learning Sessions

Day and Time Session
Nov. 4
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Introduction to Risk Management Trends
All faculty, staff and students welcome.
Nov. 6
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Avoiding Web Nightmares
Focus on the protection and unwarranted access to computer and data sources.  TOPICS: Cyber Security, Social Media, Intellectual Property
Nov. 7 
9 - 10:30 a.m.
Protection of Minors on Campus
In compliance with Senate Bill 1414 and SMU’s Mandatory Training for all SMU Employees 
Nov. 7
1 - 2 p.m.
Active Shooter
Emergency Preparedness: What Would You Do?

The Webinars

Day and Time Session
Nov. 4
Noon - 1 p.m.
Working with Student Organizations: The RM Process for Students and How to Manage Your Own Risks
Institutions of higher education generally have a wide variety or student organizations conducting meetings and holding events at any given time. What are the unique risks that are particularly important to consider for student organizations? This webinar will highlight some of the risks for student organizations that warrant your institution's attention. The session will review legal precedents, as well as risks involving Greek organizations, club sports, and other undergraduate and graduate student groups. Key risks include funding considerations, travel, events, and involvement of faculty advisors, third party contracts, and insurance, as well as enforcement of campus policies on alcohol, hazing, and non-discrimination.
Nov. 5
1 - 2 p.m.
Transportation Locally and Around the World
Whether it's a student group traveling across the city, a grad student attending a conference in another state, or a faculty member taking a group of students around the world, transportation and vehicle risks are everywhere. Anyone involved with transportation on college campuses, including travel and fleet management, student group advisors, trip chaperones, risk managers, international travel offices, staff and faculty decision makers, athletics, and safety and security will benefit from this webinar.
Nov. 6
Noon - 1:15 p.m.
Know Before You Go - Vaccinating Against Travel Risks: Best Practices for Policy and Preparation
As university-sponsored international travel grows, the risks associated with that travel grows proportionately. Faculty and staff who travel abroad with students should also have a plan in place and be well-versed in the details of that plan to help manage risks as they arise. This webinar will address some of the policy considerations and legal concerns facing colleges and universities whose students, faculty, and staff are engaging in international travel opportunities, as well as provide hands-on, practical ways that travelers can travel safely once they are abroad.
Nov. 7
11 a.m. - Noon
How Can YOU Protect Your Institution's Data in Your Daily Activities?
As the number of computing devices continues to grow, so does the ease of access to an ever increasing amount of data that is pervasive in our day to day lives. Also growing are the methods used by "hackers" to access that data. As a result, the risk to our business and personal data continues to grow, and we need to be aware of what "data" is, where it resides, and what we can do as individuals to boost our institution's and our own personal data security.

SMU's Office of Police and Risk Management is a member of the national University Risk Management and Insurance Association.

This marks the second year that URMIA has designated a week for emphasizing the value of risk management in higher education. Their goal is to build a culture of risk management to the campus. Campus risk management is everyone’s job all year long.

For more information about risk management at SMU, visit

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