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Why aren't professors and universities liable for the death of students? 
7th-Aug-2014 03:54 pm
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A recent article in Chemistry World reminded me of an earlier blog post about the death of the student Sheri Shangji in a chemistry laboratory. The blog post describes that basically, if a student is killed in a university laboratory, neither the professor concerned nor the university are liable to any significance. Ignoring an example such as the Union Carbide Bhopal disaster, it seems incredulous that universities are not liable (as other entities throughout the private sector )for the safety of students (also echoed by other departments elsewhere, at least according to another blog post. Is anyone aware of a similar case elsewhere, e.g. within EU and if so, how does European state and EU laws compare?

7th-Aug-2014 11:17 pm (UTC)
Most important thing to take from the Sangji case, of course, is that negligent professors will get hit with a severe punishment of barely any community service.
7th-Aug-2014 11:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I have no idea about liability in EU law - but the stereotype that American labs are less safe, and have fewer safety rules, than European ones is true in my limited experience and from my friends' (not referring to my current lab).
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