As hundreds of thousands of students across the country are delving into their first year of college, parents may still be uneasy about the number of things that could go wrong. Particularly when their child is studying several hours away or abroad, they may have an expectation that the university will serve as a kind of surrogate parent, seeking to protect students from harm.
It’s true that many colleges do tout their “safety records” as a draw to new students and parents.
But the extent of the protection that is offered may be limited, as we saw recently with the case of Regents v. Super. Ct., recently before the California Court of Appeal Second Appellate District, Division Seven. Of course, this is an out-of-state case and each state may have varying standards, but it’s worth examining when talking about the extent of duty a university owes its students.