18.  KANSAS TORT CLAIMS ACT/LEGAL DEFENSE OF EMPLOYEES

Lawsuits against state employees, including faculty and staff, are controlled by and handled pursuant to the provisions of the Kansas Tort Claims Act (K.S.A. 75-6101 et seq.).  The Act seeks to limit liability and provides that the State of Kansas shall, subject to certain limitations and qualifications, defend and indemnify state employees, including state university faculty and staff, sued as a consequence of actions taken by state employees while acting within the scope of their employment.

Subject to institutional policies, any employees of a state university who is sued for any alleged nonfeasance, misfeasance or malfeasance of the duties of the employee’s position shall immediately notify institutional legal counsel to initiate an appropriate request to the Attorney General for legal defense.  Specific questions about protections provided pursuant to the Kansas Tort Claims Act or the legal defense of employees may be referred to institutional legal counsel.