Va. College Presidents Seek Liability Protection For Administrators, Counselors

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

The presidents of the state's public colleges and universities are seeking legislation to protect administrators and campus counseling centers from liability in lawsuits such as the one filed after the Virginia Tech massacre.

Tech President Charles Steger, who is chair of the Council of Presidents, said he has met with the state's attorney general on the need for legislation, but does not know if a decision has been reached on whether the attorney general will seek it this session.

"I was personally sued for $20 million," Steger said of the lawsuit filed by the parents of two students killed in the 2007 shootings. Before the case was tried, Steger was removed as a defendant from the suit, which the families won and Tech is appealing.

The liability issue was on the top of a list of priorities the presidents brought to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia at its two-day meeting at the University of Mary Washington.

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