How To File A Claim for Loss of or Damage to University Property

  1. Call the UC Police at 642-6760 and have them make a report. Ask the responding officer whether you should contact Physical Plant (642-1032) to rope off the site for security or investigation.
  2. Within three business days of the loss, fill out a Property/Casualty Loss Report and send it to Risk Services via email (risk@berkeley.edu), fax (510-643-0281), or campus mail (2130 Center Street Suite 200 MC: 4208).
  3. Include police report or number, proof of University ownership, photos, bills, or any other relevant documentation. You may send this documentation later if you do not have it within three business days of the loss, but you should not delay.
  4. An examiner from Sedgwick CMS, the University's Third Party Administrator, will contact the claimant within 24-48 hours of claim submission.

Sedgwick CMS will evaluate the claim. If the claim has merit, the Property Self-Insurance Program will reimburse the department minus appropriate deductibles. This program carries a deductible (the amount you pay before insurance kicks in) of $1,000 for all perils with the following exceptions:

    • Water Damage -  $5000 per occurrence (or 10% of total loss when in excess of $50,000)
    • Fire - $5,000 per occurrence
    • Forced-Entry Theft - $1000 per occurrence
    • Non-Forced Entry Theft - $5,000 per occurrence

In no event will property loss or damage be reimbursed if reported more than 12 months from the date of loss.

How to File a Claim for Loss of or Damage to a University Vehicle

  1. The vehicle should have an accident report packet in the glove compartment. If it does not, please contact Risk Services and we will send you one.
  2. If the loss occurs on or near campus, contact the UCPD at 642-6760 and have them make a report. If the loss occurs away from campus, contact the local police department. If the local police department will not make a report, document the loss as best you can using photographs, diagrams, etc.
  3. Within three business days of the loss, fill out a Report of Vehicle Accident and send it to Risk Services via email (risk@berkeley.edu), fax (510-643-0281), or campus mail (2130 Center Street, Suite 200 Berkeley, CA 94720-4208).
  4. Include police report or number, photos, bills, and any other relevant documentation. You may send the documentation later if you do not have it within three business days of the loss, but you should not delay.
  5. An examiner from Sedgwick CMS , the University's Third Party Administrator, will contact the claimant within 24-48 hours of claim submission.
  6. Sedgwick CMS will evaluate the claim. If the claim has merit, the Automobile Liability Self-Insurance Program will reimburse the department minus the deductible ($500 per occurrence).

How to File a General Liability Claim

  1. Fill out the Claim Form and send it to Risk Services via email (risk@berkeley.edu), fax (510-643-0281), or US mail (2130 Center Street, Suite 200 Berkeley, CA 94720-4208).
  2. Include relevant documentation.
  3. An examiner from Sedgwick CMS, the University's Third Party Administrator, will contact the claimant within 24-48 hours of claim submission.
  4. Sedgwick CMS will evaluate the claim. If the claim has merit, the General Liability Self-Insurance Program will reimburse the claimant according to proof of damages.

How to Serve a Lawsuit

Lawsuits must be served on the Office of the President-Office of General Counsel, 1111 Franklin Street, Oakland, eighth floor.