Yes, there are ways to assess and mitigate risk. These include assessment tools such as risk matrix, as well as intentional planning and the setting of expectations for members. Ensuring that your organization's governing documents address situations that may arise such as removing a member and ensuring due process are also ways to mitigate possible risk. Waivers and insurance are other ways to mitigate risk.
Risk Matrix: A risk matrix can be found at the bottom of this page. It is an educational tool that can assist in identifying and discussing potential risk issues. This form is intended for use as part of a larger event-planning discussion on risk management.
Waivers: The purpose of a waiver is to protect the sponsor of an activity or event from legal liability if injury, loss, or damage occurs as a result of the activity or event. By signing a waiver, participants agree that they are aware of the risks of the activity or event and further agree that they will not hold the sponsor of the event (or any of the individuals acting on behalf of the sponsor) legally responsible for any harm that occurs while attending or participating in the event. Waivers do not guarantee protection from legal liability, but are considered a good practice when holding an event. For more information and assistance with waivers, contact Carolina Student Legal Services at 919-962-1303 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Insurance: Purchasing insurance is another way to manage risk for events and activities. Registered student organizations are not covered by the university's insurance, so groups are responsible for purchasing this coverage themselves. If you have questions about insurance, contact Student Life & Leadership (919-962-1157, email@example.com). As you plan your events, make sure you are considering risk. For more information on risk management, contact Carolina Student Legal Services (919-962-1303, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Student Life & Leadership (919-962-1157, email@example.com).