A waiver is a legal contract between two parties; the participant in the event and the organization offering/organizing the event.

The participant's signature creates a binding contract whereby the participant gives away his/her right to sue. The purpose of executing waiver is to require the participant to take responsibility for their own actions and assume the risks of any foreseeable or non foreseeable risks that result in injuries or death when they voluntarily participate in a program/events.

A properly worded and executed waiver or informed consent form can also serve as a reliable and valid legal tool that can limit the university's liability and reduce the exposures to claims by third parties. 

Insurance & Risk Assessment will not issue waivers for personal activities (any activity not organized by, related to and approved by the university).

Examples of activities organized by the University of Alberta requiring waivers:

  • Recreational activities such as ski trips or field trips
  • Activities attended by employees outside the course of their duties
  • Student travel for overnight trips and/or trips outside of Alberta
  • Off-campus travel involving students (includes international travel)
  • Events involving high-risk activities such as physical activity
  • Activities or events that are open to the public

If you require assistance drafting a waiver, please take the following steps:

  1. For activities including international travel, please use the Off-Campus Activity & Travel Planning Tool to complete a risk assessment of your trip before submitting the waiver request form. Please submit your request at least 1 month in advance of the trip.
  2. For all other activities, complete the waiver request form at least 15 business days prior to your event.
  3. You can expect a response from Insurance & Risk Assessment within 1 week.