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Campus Fires Continue - GradGuard can help.

Posted by John Fees on Oct 30, 2018 9:12:44 AM

In the past few weeks, campus fires in university residence halls have been reported at Mississippi State University, Duke University and University of Oakland

We are relieved to know that no reports appeared that said students injured, but many students experienced financial losses due to the water damage. Here is a sample of one campus fire.

"At approximately 9:55 p.m., a fire was reported in the third floor A wing of Oak Hall, a residence hall located on the south end of the MSU campus. Fire damage was reported in the room where the fire started, and approximately 30 other rooms were damaged by water when the fire suppression system was triggered. No injuries were reported from the fire.

Approximately 60 students were impacted by the fire, and university officials have provided and will continue to provide accommodations for those students. Those accommodations include temporary housing at a local hotel, as well as academic and parking accommodations."

As a campus official, you are fortunate if you haven't experienced the financial loss from a campus fire. It is likely that eventually your campus will experience a loss similar to the Duke example where the estimated loss was more than $160,000.

According to Clery Act reports, in 2016, the number of fires that occurred in on-campus student housing facilities was up 6.7% from 1,916 in 2015 to 2,044 fires in 2016. 

   The data is remarkably consistent with year over year changes typically less than 10%.  

Campus Fire Trend Chart by Clery

These incidents are often a surprise college students and their parents. In fact, many students and families are often caught unprepared, and expect the college or university will replace their stolen or damaged property or forgive a mistake that damaged other students property. 

GradGuard's renters insurance is designed to help reduce losses for both students and schools. Our renters insurance program can replace damaged property when the school may not. In addition, our insurance provides coverage for the loss-of-use that may occur following a fire, so the cost of a nearby hotel can also have coverage.

At no cost to schools, GradGuard's renters protection program makes it easy for colleges and universities makes it easy for colleges and universities to collect when property is damaged by a fire or water damage. 

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GradGuard's renters insurance program also helps schools officials avoid difficult conversations with students when they may be surprised that a school may not replace stolen or damaged property or when the school seeks for a student to pay for the damages they cause.

In addition to protection from campus fires, GradGuard's renters insurance also helps to replace stolen or damaged student property such as those that are a result of criminal offenses which Clery Act data demonstrates grew by almost 3% from 36,337 in 2015 crimes to 37,389 in 2017.

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The data on the frequency of campus fires combined with the money at stake, your students and school are smart to consider GradGuard's renters insurance program that is designed just for college life.  

Topics: GradGuard, college renters insurance, renters insurance, Clery Act, Campus Crime, Campus Fire

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