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.
Please note that university employees conducting their employment duties (including graduate students conducting their own research) do not need to sign waivers.
If you require assistance drafting a waiver and/or release of liability, please contact Tammy Tang at (780) 492-8875.