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The 2021 Florida Statutes

Title XLVIII
EARLY LEARNING-20 EDUCATION CODE
Chapter 1012
PERSONNEL
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F.S. 1012.85
1012.85 Payment of costs of civil actions against officers, employees, or agents of Florida College System institution board of trustees.
(1) Whenever any civil action has been brought against any officer of the Florida College System institution board of trustees, including a board member, or any person employed by or agent of the Florida College System institution board of trustees, of any Florida College System institution for any act or omission arising out of and in the course of the performance of his or her duties and responsibilities, the Florida College System institution board of trustees may defray all costs of defending such action, including reasonable attorney’s fees and expenses together with costs of appeal, if any, and may save harmless and protect such person from any financial loss resulting therefrom; and the Florida College System institution board of trustees may be self-insured, to enter into risk management programs, or to purchase insurance for whatever coverage it may choose, or to have any combination thereof, to cover all such losses and expenses. However, any attorney’s fees paid from public funds for any officer, employee, or agent who is found to be personally liable by virtue of acting outside the scope of his or her employment or acting in bad faith, with malicious purpose, or in a manner exhibiting wanton and willful disregard of human rights, safety, or property may be recovered by the state, county, municipality, or political subdivision in a civil action against such officer, employee, or agent.
(2) Failure by a Florida College System institution board of trustees to perform any act authorized by this section shall not constitute a cause of action against a Florida College System institution or its trustees, officers, employees, or agents.
History.s. 771, ch. 2002-387; s. 190, ch. 2011-5.