Why are privately-owned vehicles part of the University Official Vehicle Policy?
The Policy governs privately-owned vehicles only when they are being used for University business. During business use, the University retains a level of responsibility to ensure the safety of employees and authorized drivers or passengers and may, in accordance with the policy and state law, retain liability for their actions. The University's Risk Management program is designed to mitigate the exposure of the University to litigation arising from accidents involving University personnel whether traveling in University or private vehicles while on University business. Insurance carriers who provide coverage to the University have recommended changes to our policies that will help protect the University from claims and minimize any financial losses. These changes will require a departure from long standing practices which were allowable in an earlier era in which legal actions against the University were less prevalent than the current environment in which we operate.