University Safety and Assurances

Student Organizations Waivers


DO STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS NEED WAIVERS?

  1. When offering voluntary High Risk activites or events on campus (e.g., Sumo Wrestling, Rock Climbing, Flag Football) that are not University Sponsered events.
  2. When sponsoring voluntary trips that involve High Risk activites that are Not University Sponsored.

WHY USE WAIVERS?

A waiver for student organization use must include two purposes:

1. To explain the risks associated with the acticity and to inform the participant that they are assuming the risks by participating.

2. To hold the Releasees and their officers, employees, agents and volunteers harmless from any and all claims,

a. Each purpose in the waiver must have a seperate signature line.

b. Each waiver should give the signer the opportunity to bargain over the terms. That is why the first purpose in the agreement must list the person (usually a Student Organization Advisor or a Student Activities Office Staff Representative) knowledgeable about the event or the trip and his/her phone number. This gives the signer of the document someone meaningful to contact to discuss the terms.

WHAT KIND OF WAIVER(S) SHOULD STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS USE?

Use the following templates.

  1. Student Organizations Template
  2. Consent for Emergency Treatment Template

These forms are set up for events and activities that are sponsored by the student association or student organizations only. These forms clearly delineates that the activity is NOT sponsored or organized by UWM.

WHO KEEPS WAIVERS FOR STUDENT ORGANIZATION SPONSORED EVENTS AND FOR HOW LONG?

  1. The Student Association and/or Student Organization Sponsoring the event.
  2. It is good practice to keep the original and/or scanned copies for the current year plus three years.
  3. The waivers should be kept in a clearly marked file by event and year in the student organization office(s).