Office of Risk Services

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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 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.


Information on how to seek reimbursement for travel impacted as a result of the coronavirus can be found here

The U.S. Department of State has issued a Global Level 4/Do Not Travel advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19 and urging all U.S. citizens currently abroad to immediately return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.

Effective March 5th, UCOP has directed the UC community to temporarily avoid all non-essential, University-related travel to countries that are designated with a CDC Warning – Level 2 Travel Notice. More information, which is continually updated, can be found on the campus Global Engagement Office website. 

We encourage everyone to view the helpful resource information regarding COVID-19 on the UHS webpage, including tips on proper hygiene such as lathering your hands and washing for at least 20 seconds, as well as mental health resources. For COVID-19 travel-related questions, UHS has set up an advice line. Please call  510-642-6622 during business hours.

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