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Insurance basics for members' parents

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A brief review of how the insurance program works geared specifically toward sorority members' parents.

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Insurance basics for members' parents

  1. 1. Insurance Basics for Members' Parents How your daughter's sorority's insurance program affects you  MJ SORORITY
  2. 2. Property claims annually on college campuses 100,000 MJSORORITY.COM The Independent Insurance Agents of America estimate that 100,000 property claims occur on college campuses annually. In addition, today’s students are bringing more and more expensive items to school with them than ever before. For that reason, we believe that it is our responsibility to communicate to the chapter members and their parents the specifics of the sorority's insurance coverage. 
  3. 3. What does the insurance cover? Property Liability Automobile THE INSURANCE PROGRAM IS BROKEN DOWN INTO SEVERAL TYPES OF COVERAGE. THE FOLLOWING ARE MOST CONSEQUENTIAL FOR MEMBERS AND THEIR PARENTS
  4. 4. Property Beds, desks Living and sitting room furniture Kitchen equipment THE INSURANCE PROGRAM COVERS THE PROPERTY THAT THE SORORITY OWNS AT THE CHAPTER HOUSE.
  5. 5. Your daughter's property It is the responsibility of the resident member to make sure that her personal property is protected while living in the chapter house. Many chapter members’ property would still be covered under their parent’s homeowners policy; however, we recommend that chapter members and their families verify their homeowners policy extend to cover a student’s personal property while away at college.  HOW SHOULD YOU PROTECT YOUR AND YOUR DAUGHTER'S PROPERTY WHILE THEY ARE AWAY AT COLLEGE?
  6. 6. A student in school full time, as defined by the school, who was a resident of your household before moving out to attend school, provided the student is under the age of: (1) 24 and your relative; or (2) 21 and in the care of a person described above (there have been a number of states that have enacted legislation that extends the age limit beyond 21 years, so be sure to verify the age limit in your insurance policy language)  THE INDUSTRY STANDARD LANGUAGE FOR HOMEOWNERS' POLICIES DEFINES COVERAGE FOR STUDENTS AS FOLLOWS: *It is important to review your own personal policy.
  7. 7. College students are typically covered for ten percent of the contents limit under their parent’s homeowners policy.  Under the standard homeowners policy, the contents coverage only provides named perils coverage, which means that losses would be covered only if they arise from causes of loss listed in the policy. We recommend that you verify with your insurance agent that the policy provides all-risk coverage.  If a student chooses to declare independent status, perhaps for loan purposes, they would likely not be covered under their parent’s homeowners policy.  OTHER ISSUES TO CONSIDER REGARDING HOMEOWNERS POLICIES: *It is important to review your own personal policy.
  8. 8. Alternative Options If you would prefer not to rely on your homeowners insurance or you do not have access to homeowners insurance for whatever reason, we highly encourage you or your daughter to purchase renter’s insurance, which will cover her personal property and is very affordable. For example, National Student Services, Inc. (www.nssi.com), the nationwide leader in college student property insurance, offers $10,000 worth of coverage with a $50 deductible for about $250 in annual premium. If you or your daughter purchases a renter’s policy, we recommend that you confirm that the following perils are covered: theft, fire, flood, and wind. In addition, some of the most common causes of loss to a laptop include drops and damage from liquids being spilled into the laptop, so it is important to verify whether or not those types of claims would be covered.  RENTER'S INSURANCE
  9. 9. Liability CoverageTHE LIABILITY INSURANCE IS THIRD-PARTY COVERAGE, MEANING THAT IT PROTECTS THE INSUREDS (THE SORORITY, HOUSE CORPORATION, CHAPTER, MEMBERS, VOLUNTEERS, ETC.) SHOULD THEY BE NAMED IN A LAWSUIT FROM A THIRD-PARTY .  Your daughter’s sorority has purchased the broadest coverage possible to protect your daughter should she be named in a lawsuit due to her affiliation with her sorority, so long as she is following the guidelines of the organization. The liability insurance is third-party coverage, meaning that it protects the insureds should they be named in a lawsuit from a third-party. 
  10. 10. THE VENUE WHERE THE PARTY WAS HELD, AS WELL AS THE INJURED PARTIES, SUE YOUR DAUGHTER, THE  SORORITY, THE CHAPTER, AND MANY OTHERS. SO LONG AS YOUR DAUGHTER WAS FOLLOWING THE RULES AND POLICIES OF THE SORORITY, SHE WOULD BE PROTECTED BY THE ORGANIZATION’S INSURANCE PROGRAM. SO WHAT DOES THAT MEAN, REALLY? AN EXAMPLE... AT THE PARTY, A FIGHT BREAKS OUT AND SEVERAL PEOPLE ARE INJURED. LET’S SAY YOUR DAUGHTER SERVES AS THE CHAPTER PRESIDENT AND PLANS A PARTY FOR HER CHAPTER.
  11. 11. What if my daughter is injured at a sorority event, the chapter house, etc.? If your daughter is injured at a sorority-event or at the chapter house, she will need to rely on her own personal medical insurance to cover the costs of her injuries. It is helpful to think of your own homeowners coverage. If you were injured falling down the stairs of your own home, you would not expect your homeowners policy to pay for your medical costs. Similarly, the insurance program does protect members and other named insureds from claims arising from a third-party, but it does not pay for medical costs arising out of a personal injury to a member.
  12. 12. Automobile Liability If your daughter takes her car to school, your automobile policy will continue to cover her personal automobile while she is away at school. If she does not take a car with her to school, you will want to ensure that she is still listed as a driver under your automobile policy, if she plans to drive any automobile while away at school. Several insurance companies offer “student away at school” discounts for this types of coverage, so be sure to check with your insurance agent before she leaves for college.  DISCUSS WITH YOUR LOCAL AGENT!
  13. 13. Driving on behalf of the sorority If your daughter drives her personal automobile on sorority business and is involved in an accident, she will not be covered by the sorority's automobile liability policy. The sorority's automobile liability policy exists to protect the organization if it is named in a lawsuit involving an automobile, not individuals. 
  14. 14. An exciting timeFOR MANY CHAPTER MEMBERS, COLLEGE IS THE FIRST OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO LIVE ON THEIR OWN AWAY FROM HOME. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT CHAPTER MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES TAKE THE NECESSARY STEPS TO ENSURE THAT THEIR PERSONAL PROPERTY, WHICH CAN OFTEN BE VERY EXPENSIVE, IS FINANCIALLY PROTECTED VIA INSURANCE. 
  15. 15. Further study If you are interested in studying the organization’s insurance program further, we recommend you review the expansive Insurance Summary on our website: www.mjsorority.com. We realize that this can be a confusing issue, so please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. KNOW WHERE TO GO
  16. 16. HTTPS://MJSORORITY.COM/ABOUT-US/WHO-TO- CONTACT Contact us with any questions. We look forward to working with you!

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