The University, it’s Board of Trustees, officers, employees, and others can from time to time be charged with legal liability for negligent actions, wrongful acts or tortious conduct as the result of a real or alleged failure to fulfill a University obligation or duty. Various risk management practices may be applied to minimize the chance of such legal liability and to finance the costs of such claims.
Allegations of wrongful termination, discrimination, or other employment related claims can be minimized by doing the following:
- Do not demonstrate unfair or deferential treatment of others on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other impermissible criteria considered to be unlawful discrimination.
- Define appropriate skills, education, training and essential functions in all position descriptions.
- Conduct annual performance appraisals of all employees you supervise and be honest in your appraisal of them.
- Do not ignore complaints, investigate them.
- Refer discrimination or sexual harassment complaints to the Affirmative Action office.
- Do not retaliate against employees who file grievances or workers’ compensation claims
Any hazards identified on University property that could damage property or injure persons (such as falling ice or snow from buildings, icy walkways, blocked fire extinguishers or burned out exit lights) should be reported IMMEDIATELY to Facilities Operations and Maintenance for correction. Call Fix-it at 831-1744 or email Fix-It@udel.edu.
University departments and personnel are involved in a number of activities and operations, ranging from athletics, field trips, study abroad programs, special events, intellectual property development, research, student clubs, etc. Any of these operations could result in injury to persons or damage to property. Controlling the risks associated with such operations requires techniques such as making good decisions, employing best practices, providing supervision, orientation and training for a particular activity, having emergency procedures in place, and weighing the benefits versus the risks to determine whether a particular activity should even be undertaken. For assistance in developing sound risk management techniques for any of your operations, contact the Office of Risk Management.