Some indemnity clauses may require the University to ‘hold harmless’ the other party. This means that the
clause prevents the insurer from suing the other party in the event of a loss, irrespective of actual
responsibility or negligence.
The University’s insurance policies do not cover hold harmless clauses.
Any contract containing such a clause will not have insurance coverage and any damages would have to be paid
by the University, and usually from the resources of the School or Branch that accepted or approved the
To request approval to consider a hold harmless provision in a contract, please complete the Hold Harmless Application Form and send it to the Legal & Risk Helpdesk. All applications require approval by General Counsel.