Civic Engagement
Liability and Risk Management

Effective risk management identifies threats, controls loss, protects against injury and takes appropriate action to ensure legal compliance in academic civic engagement experiences. 

The four basic steps for risk management are:

- Acknowledge and identify risks
- Select risk management tools
- Evaluate and prioritize risks
- Evaluate results and revise strategies

Adapted from Campus Compact's Establishing and Sustaining an Office of Community Service (out of print)

Below are relevant resources.

  • CIMA (the volunteer insurance carrier that multiple NC campuses use and recommend)
  • Non-Profit Risk Management Center - established in 1990 to provide assistance and resources for community-serving nonprofit organizations. As a nonprofit, the Center is uniquely positioned to both understand and respond to questions with practical, affordable suggestions for controlling risks that threaten a nonprofit’s ability to accomplish its mission.

Sample Liability Docs 

See forms at the bottom of the page

Under the category of Forms, there is a Student Agreement form that is the college Service Learning liability form.

  • Sample partnership agreement between a campus and community partner from Maricopa Community College (AZ)


2009 Network/Regional Meeting webinars 

We hosted a professional development training on this topic August 4 and 6, 2009.  

"Risk Management and Liability Considerations in Civic Engagement Work"
Facilitators: Steve Kenny (August 4) Director of Risk Management Services, UNC - Chapel Hill
Jen Gilbride-Brown (August 6) Senior Program Director for Faculty & Campus Development, Ohio Campus Compact.

Steve Kenny/Presentation
Jen Gilbride-Brown/Presentation