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Tort Liability Insurance
Policy

Document Number: SOEDU--105 Revision #: 1.0
Document Owner: Executive VP Date Last Updated: 07/11/2013
Primary Author: Dean of the School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts Status: Approved
Date Originally Created: 03/06/2012

General Description
Description:

Information about tort liability insurance requirements relative to School of Education and Public Policy policies and procedures.


Purpose:

Delineation of policy.


Scope:

Students


Responsibility: Academic Affairs
Deans

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Requirements
Relevant Knowledge: In order to comply with this policy you should know:
Standards of good practice
Current University policy

Terms and Definitions: Additional training

Corrective Action

Loss of privilege, general

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Policy Provisions
1.

Tort Liability Insurance


Undergraduate Teacher Education Candidates* must demonstrate that they have Tort liability insurance at two points in the Teacher Education Progression (TEP)  - The TEP I and TEP II checkpoints.

 

Graduate Teacher Education Candidates (Track II only) must demonstrate that they have Tort liability insurance at the TEP II checkpoint prior to student teaching.

 

It is strongly recommended that ALL Teacher Education Candidates who are enrolled in any course that requires field experiences have tort liability insurance at the time of their observations. Candidates who do not maintain insurance may be liable for any incident that leads to a law suit that occurred while they are in a school building.

 

Candidates who choose not maintain tort liability insurance except at TEP checkpoints accept personal responsibility and assume all personal risk. If there is no proof of coverage on file at the Cumberland University School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts, it is taken to mean that the candidate has either chosen to maintain coverage without notifying the office, or has chosen to let coverage lapse.

 

Proof of tort liability insurance for the TEP interview checkpoints must come from one of two places. Two Teachers' organizations (unions) offer tort liability to teacher candidates.

 

Membership in either the Student Tennessee Education Association or the Professional Educators of Tennessee will grant teacher candidates with tort liability insurance. Each organization offers different opportunities to the teacher candidate; each candidate should read carefully the benefits of membership in each group and make the choice most appropriate to them.

 

(* A teacher education candidate is anyone seeking initial teacher licensure through a Cumberland University Program.)


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Performance Evaluation
Performance Metrics: Compliance with standard policy and procedure

Consequences: Further training
Loss of privileges

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Subject Experts
The following may be consulted for additional information.
Dean of the School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts

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