The deadline for the next Be Smart About Safety grant is September 2nd, 2019. Please submit your proposals and applications to BSAS@berkeley.edu

Click here for more information on the grant requirements.


The Office of Risk Services has moved. We are now located at 615 University Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720.


Office of Risk Services

Our office works for you

About Us

We use the term “Risk Services” to describe two closely-related functions:

Traditional risk management, which began some 400 years ago and primarily addresses insurable risks. Duties include administering the University’s insurance programs, coordinating litigation, reviewing insurance and indemnification language in contracts, and issuing insurance documents on behalf of the campus.

Enterprise risk management, which started in the late 1990s and early 2000s as a tool to identify and prevent organizational disasters like the Enron collapse and, more recently, the demise of BearStearns and the molestation scandal at Penn State.

We call ourselves "Risk Services" because we believe everyone is a risk manager, and our job is to provide the service and support you need to succeed in that role.  As part of its mission, the Office of Risk Services also handles:

  • Litigation Support
  • Delegations of authority
  • Conflict of interest (non-research)

CONTACT US for More Information


Please contact us immediately about floods, fires, or travelers in distress. During business hours we can be reached at risk@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail) or 510-642-5141. If you have a night or weekend emergency (something that absolutely can't wait until the next morning or Monday) please call 510-289-8282.

Customs Clearance Process

Customs clearance is required whenever an import shipment arrives in the United States.  Shipments valued over $2,500 require formal clearance by a customs broker.   The Regent’s customs broker, American Cargoservice, Inc., has the customs power-of-attorney to arrange customs clearance on behalf of the University of California. Please contact your Supply Chain Management Buyer at supplychain@berkeley.edu for inbound or outbound international shipments questions.

Distracted Driving (CNN report)

Distracted driving epidemic