Legal Concerns with Academic Engagement Programs in Developing Countries
Molly Eckman, Ellie Kriner, Kevin Prucino, Meng Lian, Xiling Tang, Jeffery Erickson, and Khanjan Mehta
International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering, Humanitarian Engineering, and Social Entrepreneurship
Eckman, M., Kriner, E., Prucino, K., Lian, M., Tang, X., Erickson, J., Mehta, K., “Legal Concerns with Academic Engagement Programs in Developing Countries” International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering, Humanitarian Engineering, and Social Entrepreneurship, Vol. 10, No. 2., pp 18-28, 2015
Universities and other institutions of higher learning have seen an increase in the number of academic programs that involve engagement with external communities, especially in the developing world. These programs may include travel abroad, community service, or the design and commercialization of new products. Despite this growth, many faculty and program leaders remain unaware of the legal concerns and challenges that might arise on these types of activities. This article informs faculty on the legal nuances relevant to different types of academic engagement programs. Representative examples of each type of program are used to illustrate legal concerns that may arise, and compromise academic engagement programs.