Academic Freedom Versus Health & Safety: It Doesn’t Have to be a Fight


A recent article appearing in the Minnesota Daily highlighted some faculty concerns regarding the politicizing legislation that passed last year in Minnesota concerning study abroad.  The law effectively requires colleges and universities in Minnesota to file a report each year detailing deaths of program participants and accidents and illnesses that required hospitalization of participants on their study abroad programs.  These reports are to then be made available to the public with the idea being that students and their parents can make more informed decisions about studying abroad.  The law is first of its kind for the field of study abroad and has brought about much discussion about whether or not more states will be likely to follow.

In this particular article, though, the concerns on the part of faculty are related to University of Minnesota policy that some interpret as preventing faculty from advising students on study abroad programs outside…

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About Roger Nield MBE

Safety Director for the SMPL Organisation and supporting our Vulnerable Veterans Programme.
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