General Information

All owned, leased and rented vehicles are covered by the Marquette University Risk Management program. Similar to other large organizations the risk finance program includes both insured and self-insured components.

Claims are adjusted by independent firms and insurance company professional claim units. Marquette has limits to meet local statutory requirements in the United States.

The risk management claim and finance program covers trips by employees and for MU sponsored/approved activities. (Note: If the trip is not considered a MU sponsored trip or activity, student organizations and groups may still utilize discounts from preferred rental car companies, but the person or organization renting the vehicles should maintain their own insurance coverage to meet rental agreements.)

Drivers should ensure an auto insurance ID card is in the Marquette owned or leased vehicle. For a duplicate ID card, contact Risk Management at (414) 288-6806. A Vehicle Insurance Identification Card provides insurance information for Marquette University insured vehicles. The I.D. Card identifies the insurance carrier, as Travelers, and the automobile policy number. The Insurance I.D. Card should be retained in the vehicle’s glove compartment.

When driving in Illinois and many other states, vehicle operators may be requested to provide proof of insurance by proper authority. Failure to provide this information could subject the driver to a citation and/or a fine. As a result, it is recommended that the Vehicle Insurance Identification Card be maintained in the glove compartment. Also, it is an Illinois motor vehicle law that when operating your windshield wipers, the vehicle’s lights must be turned on. Failure to do so could result in the driver receiving a citation.

Employees renting automobiles when traveling on University business may obtain Insurance Identification Cards by calling Risk Management at Ext. 8-6806.

Specific questions as to coverage or limits and/or certificates of insurance should be directed to the Office of Risk Management

In Case of an Accident

In case of an accident, exchange pertinent information at the accident scene with local authorities with the least amount of conversation without admitting guilt or fault. (It is possible that any comments may be taken out of context as part of an accident investigation.) Inform any party with a need to know that St. Paul Travelers is Marquette University’s current auto insurance representative and refer them to the Risk Management office.

After an Accident

After an accident, it is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT for the driver of the vehicle to notify the University’s Risk Management Office (414) 288-6806. When possible, notification should be made during normal business hours (8:00-4:30) but not later than the next business day. In cases of serious injuries or extreme damages, despite the time or day, contact Marquette’s Public Safety (414) 288-6800 requesting that they notify the Director of Risk Management of the accident. Once the Risk Management Office receives notification of an accident, they will initiate claim/accident procedures. Failure to provide timely notification of an accident could hamper the investigation process and delay resolution of a claim.


Mission Statement

The Risk Unit is responsible for evaluating loss exposures, assessing liability, handling claims, promoting internal controls and developing effective safety and health programs. The corporate and student insurance plans are managed by this unit.