TitleStudent Environmental Health & Safety, Risk Management Program Request Date2012-11-29
DepartmentSafety and Risk Management
RequestorJeff Shada Phone994-3546
Campuses Bozeman Billings Havre Great Falls FSTS Extension MAES
Cross Depts This proposal crosses all teaching, research and service departments and programs within MSU.
Proposed Dates Start: July 1, 2013 End: Continuing
The establishment of a Student Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and Risk Management (RM) Program is essential in response to increasing experiential educational and research opportunities provided to and encouraged among MSU graduate and undergraduate students. Establishment of a central program to coordinate and implement safety and health programs and appropriate risk management strategies and activities will contribute to the success of those undergraduate and graduate student experiential programs and activities.

Undergraduate research, service, instruction, internship, and international experiences will be emphasized
A student oriented EHS/RM program is aligned very strongly with the core themes and objectives outlined in the MSU Strategic Plan. It facilitates and enhances MSU's ability to provide educational experiences, the creation of knowledge and art through student discovery and research opportunities, our ability to provide service domestically and internationally, and will ensure that MSU provides the best environment to support continued student success.
Funding Type: One-Time Only Funding Base (3-yr Recurring) Funding
  FY13 FY14 FY15 Base ($) OTO Startup ($)   FTE;
Salaries       67500       
Benefits       21600       
Materials & Supplies       2000       
Travel       2500       
Contracted Services              
Other Operations       3500       
TOTAL 97100     
Please comment, if necessary, regarding cost and requirements.

The above cost estimates are considered a conservative estimate to implement this program.  Support from existing EHS and RM programs can be provided to ensure efficacy of the Student EHS/RM Program.

It should be noted that the above cost and FTE estimates provide for a central program management and oversight.  Institutional costs of various student centered insurance packages can either be centrally funded or paid by departments based upon student participation in various activities. 

Describe the Proposal

Increasing emphasis upon programs that provide and/or require both on and off campus experiential components require appropriate risk assessment and risk mitigation activities.

The Student Programs EHS/RM Coordinator will establish a methodology to evaluate environmental health and safety and liability risks and introduce controls to minimize the adverse impact upon students' educational goals.  The coordinator will evaluate student experiential activiites and work with the appropriate faculty and staff to integrate controls into student academic, research and service activities.

MSU students enter into a number of experiential activities that are in concert with the University's mission and core values.  Student experiential activities can include student internship, research, volunteer, domestic and foreign travel, independent study and academic project activities.  An increased emphasis upon undergraduate research and creativity programs has resulted in a need for an increased focus upon student environmental health, safety and risk management.  MSU Safety and Risk Management has, within current resources, provided some assitance with regard to these student EHS/RM experiential activities, however to guarantee student success an investment in a dedicated student centered EHS/RM program should be undertaken.

Describe the broader impacts and benefits of this proposal

The broader impacts and benefits to be obtained through the delivery of this proposed program, in addition to student success, include improved student health and safety.  Additionally, professional and liability risks associated with these student activities will also be more consistently identified and controlled.

Student programs and activities that are non-occupational but which are academic, research, or service activities fall into a resource gap that is outside SRM's traditional programs and ability to effectively manage.  MSU's institutional risk will be significantly lowered and its reputation significantly enhanced through adequate management and administration of student EHS/RM programs.  Implementation of a broader and more adequate methodology affecting student safety and risk management will add significant value to MSU as a competitive higher education organization. 

Implementation Plan

Jan. 1, 2013 to March 31, 2013:  Develop roled description and scope of duties for Student EHS/RM position.

April- June, 2013:  Conduct position search and hire candidate for position.  (SRM may elect to identify and establish a current MSU employee possessing the necessary knowledge, skills, ability and educational background into this position on a temporary professional letter of appointment.)

July 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013:  Development of program policies and procedures will occur.  Program activities will be designed and evaluated for efficacy.  Implementation will occur.

January 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016:  Program implementation and assessment cycles will continue.

Assessment Plan

Formative assessment will include feedback from SRM Director, MSU Provost and Dean of Students.

Risk and hazard assessments will be conducted within student experiential programs to identify potential hazarards and risks.  Hazard mitigation strategies will be designed, implemented and evaluated for efficacy.

Specific mitigation strategies will be identified to aid in reducing repetitions of identified and recurring incidents and problems

Student program and activity self assessments will be led by the Program Coordinator to provide qualitative feedback regarding the program's interactions and impact upon student success outcomes.

If assessed objectives are not met in the timeframe outlined what is the plan to sunset this proposal?

The student EHS/RM Program can be modified as indicated by assessment results.  If student success objectives are not being supported by the program, the SRM Director may elect, with consultation from the Provost and Dean of Students to decentralize program activities.

Executive/VP: Terry Leist (