Liability Releases and Waivers
Releases and waivers serve to minimize legal exposure to the University in the event of injury to a participant or property damage in connection with a University-related trip, program, or activity.
Why are release agreements so important?
How are release agreements retained?
When are waivers required?
The use of waivers are required when departments sponsor activities that are inherently risky. In general, departments should use waivers for physical activities, extracurricular activities, off-campus travel, and/or minors.
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General Waiver – Elective/Voluntary Activity is used when members of the public or students participate voluntarily in University-sponsored activities like summer camps, recreation classes, etc.
General Waiver – Required Activity (High-Risk) is for activities or field trips that students are required to participate in in order to pass a required class. University employees acting within the course and scope of employment must be supervising these activities. This version omits the provision that waives University liability for losses resulting from its own negligence.
Visitors and/or volunteers in laboratories should refer to section 5.4.7 Visitors to Laboratories of the Office of Research Safety's Laboratory Safety and Chemical Hygiene Plan web page. Please email the completed Visitor and Volunteer Lab Agreement forms to Juan-Carlos Perez.
Activities Involving Minors
Please refer to Northwestern’s Youth on Campus for additional forms and resources. Please remember that pursuant to University policy, any Covered Program that involved minors must be registered with the Office of Risk Management.