OUS Risk Management News
As a result of the passage of Oregon Senate Bill 242 (SB 242) in 2011, the Oregon University System (OUS) was established as a public university system, differing from its former status as a state agency. The OUS will remain an instrument of the state but now is able to operate with increased autonomy in many of its operations. One key aspect of the change is the exemption SB 242 allows from Oregon Revised Statutes (“ORS”) chapter 278, which granted the State of Oregon’s Department of Administrative Services (DAS) the sole authority to direct and govern risk management and insurance-related programs for all state agencies. For many years, and up until July 1, 2012, DAS had provided or procured property, liability, crime, workers’ compensation, and other special insurance coverage for OUS and, for Portland State University’s unique needs. When the exemption from ORS Chapter 278 becomes effective on July 1, 2012, DAS insurance coverage’s will cease.
As a result, OUS, with close input from each university’s representatives, have been working diligently to secure all necessary insurance coverage’s required by the OUS system. OUS will have all insurance policies secured no later than June 30, 2012. As the coverage’s are secured, details will be provided along with any new procedures required.
OUS has retained Gallagher as the system’s Broker, and Sedgwick as the system’s Third Party Administrator for claims. OUS has completed the hiring of a Chief Risk Officer, and is currently moving quickly to fill additional OUS staffing positions which include a systems Analyst and an Environmental Health & Safety expert.
DAS will provide certificates of insurance through the coverage date of June 30, 2012. As of July 1, 2012, if you need a certificate of insurance for proof of coverage after this date, please request such from Risk Management and we will provide a certificate as soon as OUS secures insurance.