University of California, Riverside

Risk Management

Contractual Liability - Indemnification

Contractual Liability

Risk Management supports all University departments and auxiliary enterprises by identifying and strategically managing all business contractual risks associated with their activities consistent with the University’s mission of education, research and public service.


Indemnification provisions in contracts/agreements, sometimes called the 'hold-harmless' clause, specifies who will pay for loss or damage arising out of the performance of the contract/agreement.

The University is only permitted to sign contracts, grants, permits and agreements etc. when the indemnification language limits the University's liability to acts over which it has control and to the extent the University exercises its control.

Regents' Standing Order 100.4 prohibits campuses from assuming third party liability without the Regents' approval. The University requires contractors, consultants, vendors, and facilities' user with whom it does business to assume responsibility for liabilities that arise from their negligent acts or omissions.

Risk Management will review indemnification language for compliance with Regent's policy. Be advised that this may require negotiation with the other party's risk managers, contracts departments, attorneys etc. which will require additional time, so please involve Risk Management early on in your contractual process.

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Risk Management Office
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