Losses From Alleged Perpetrator Insurance Claims Revealed in Higher Ed Sexual Assault Study

August 22, 2017

A new study from Canopy Programs by United Educators (UE) provides data and insights into claims brought against higher ed institutions by alleged sexual assault perpetrators. The study, Student Sexual Assault Claims: When Alleged Perpetrators Become Plaintiffs, provides recommendations, backed by UE data, for higher ed administrators to use in assessing and strengthening policies, practices, and campus culture.

The study reveals that losses in perpetrator claims were driven largely by defense costs, which accounted for 71 percent of losses. In contrast, for victim claims, only 37 percent of losses were for defense costs. Many of the perpetrators filed claims in response to the severity of the sanctions imposed against them; nearly half were brought by a perpetrator who was expelled.

“Our findings demonstrate that administrators are doing a better job addressing these matters than what you might expect. However, there is still a great deal of work to be done on campuses to ensure that all allegations are appropriately handled. We hope that institutions will use our study as an opportunity to evaluate their own policies and practices,” says Constance Neary vice president for risk management at UE and Canopy Programs advisor.