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Certificates from Others

When others are contractually required to provide the University with a certificate of insurance, a copy of the certificate should be retained by the relevant department. Risk Management staff is available to review certificates of insurance to ensure compliance.

Third-Party Insurance Requirements

All third-party contractors and vendors should have a certificate of insurance completed by an insurance broker or agent and have the following minimum insurance limits, unless approved in advance by the Office of Risk Management:

Commercial General Liability, Auto and any Umbrella/Excess Liability shall include the following provisions and endorsements:

Frequently requested coverages by the University

The following are the most common requested by the University. Other lines of insurance coverage may be required for certain types of exposure and limits of liability may vary depending on the type of contract. For more specifics, please contact 

Certificate Holder

Northwestern University
Office of Risk Management
2020 Ridge, 4th FL
Evanston, IL 60208-4335

Please refer to this checklist as a resource for evaluating certificates received from third-parties.

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