What is a Certificate of Insurance and how do I get one?
A Certificate of Insurance shows evidence of the University of Massachusetts insurance coverage. This may be requested by clicking on the following link. http://www.massachusetts.edu/treasurer/certofinsurancerequestform.cfm
Where can I get information about Worker's Compensation?
The University of Massachusetts, as an entity of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is self-insured for Worker's Compensation in accordance with Chapter 152 of the Massachusetts General Laws.
What do we need if we are hosting a group on campus?
The Treasurer's Office suggest obtaining a Certificate of Insurance from the group's general liability insurance carrier to evidence that they have insurance coverage. The University should ask to be named as an "additional insured" on the policy for purposes of the event.
Are building contents covered under any insurance?
If this is UMass property, in general it would not be covered under insurance as we are, prohibited by Massachusetts General Law Chapter 29 section 30 from insuring property. Some specific leased property is required to have insurance. If you have any questions please contact the Treasurer's Office at 774-455-7588.
There is indemnification and/or hold harmless language in my contract. Can the University agree to this?
No. Article 1 section 62 of the Amendments of the Massachusetts Constitution prohibits the University, as an entity of the Commonwealth, from indemnifying and/or hold harmless a third party. You should strike this language before executing the contract.
What do I do if I am involved in an automobile accident using a state vehicle?
Contact the campus police or town police where the accident occurs. Complete the Auto Loss Notice that is in the vehicle or print one from the Treasurer's Office website. The loss notice can be found by clicking on the link titled Owned Vehicle Auto Loss Form. http://www.massachusetts.edu/treasurer/ownedauto.html
Our office's State owned vehicle was involved in an accident and was damaged. Is it covered by insurance?
No. The University is self-insured for damages and injuries caused to third parties and to damages done to the University State owned vehicle. It is up to the department to get their own vehicle fixed. However, an auto loss form should still be filled out and sent to the Treasurer's office. Additionally, if the other driver was at fault, a claim for repairs and/or injury should be made against the other driver's insurance company. Contact the Treasurer's Office who will handle/coordinate this claim.
What do I do if I am involved in an accident while driving a University Leased Vehicle?
The University has insurance in place for all leased vehicles. The accident MUST be reported to the University Treasurer's Office as soon as possible. The Treasurer's Office will then contact the current auto liability insurer, and provide information regarding the loss. The insurer will then contact the appropriate department and driver to get a statement. The insurer will also advise the department where to bring the vehicle to get an appraisal.
If I am involved in an automobile accident while using my own vehicle for business purposes, am I covered by the University policy?
If you are using your own vehicle while on University business, your own insurance policy would be primary. The University's hired/non-owned policy would be secondary and cover liability only, damages or injuries to a third party.
Is a University student participating in a University sponsored event/program/group allowed to rent a vehicle?
If a University student, participating in a University sponsored event/program/group, needs to rent a vehicle specific to or for a University sponsored purpose, regardless of how they rent a vehicle, that student should rent a vehicle in the name of the University (i.e. UMASS Hiking club) and name the student as the driver. The University sponsored student group/program/event MUST also purchase the extra insurance provided by the rental agency (both liability and collision).
If I am renting a vehicle for University business purposes, should I pay for, or deny, the extra insurance that if offered?
The below guidelines are only applicable to University Employees.
When renting a car for University business, the employee should:
When renting a car for University business, the employee should:
If in doubt as to whether or not the employee's University issued business credit card provides primary physical damage coverage, it is a good idea to purchase the coverage from the rental company. The Physical Damage Insurance coverage offered by the rental company is a good protection at usually a low daily rate. Please contact the University Treasurer's Office if you have any questions regarding a rental or credit card contract.
I am injured in an accident while driving a state vehicle. Am I covered in any way?
If you are hit by another vehicle, you may be able to make a claim against the other driver's insurance company for your injuries. You should also check Human Resources on your campus regarding a worker's compensation claim.
Can students drive University of Massachusetts vehicles?
Student employees must be eligible to be employed and must be on the payroll at the time they are assigned the duties of driving the state-owned or leased vehicle in order to be covered under the University's liability provisions. Only employees of the University should be driving University vehicles.
Am I allowed to rent a 15 passenger van?
Since 2001, the National Transportation Safety Board has issued several reports and warnings about the rollover propensity of 15-passenger vans. The Treasurer's Office does not recommend the use of 15 passenger vans. If you MUST rent a 15 passenger van, you NEED to purchase the collision damaged waiver and excess liability insurance offered by the rental company. Please contact the Treasurer's Office for additional information.
What if someone is injured on our premises?
Ask the person if he/she needs assistance. Contact the University police. Fill out the General Liability Accident Form. You can obtain this form by clicking on the following link http://www.massachusetts.edu/treasurer/insuranceclaims.html. You should never make a statement regarding liability or payment of bills.
If I am injured while performing some of my duties as an employee of the University, am I covered by a University insurance policy?
The University does not have an "accident" policy. Our General Liability Policy covers injury and property damage we may cause to others. An employee who is injured should contact their campus Human Resource Office regarding worker's compensation.
Who and what does general liability insurance cover?
University employees, students, faculty, volunteers are covered under the University's general liability policy. In general, this covers bodily injury and property damage that we may cause to others due to negligence.
Will the general liability insurance cover us off campus?
Yes, as long as you are on University of Massachusetts business or at a University of Massachusetts sponsored event.
Are student interns covered while working off campus?
If the student is acting under the direction of the employer, then they would be considered like an "employee" and the employer's insurance policy should respond. If the student has a faculty teacher with him/her on the job sight directing their work, our insurance policy would usually respond.
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