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Legal Proceedings – Summons and Other Legal Papers

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Legal Proceedings – Summons and Other Legal Papers

Policy Number: 13202

Effective Date:
Dec 12, 2017

Last Updated:

Responsible Office:
Risk & Insurance Management

Responsible Administrator:
AVP Management Services & Director of Risk & Insurance Management

Policy Contact:

Risk & Insurance Management


  • General Administration

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Any University employee, officer, and volunteer in connection with certain claims and suits. 

Reason for Policy

Operational policy to notify any University employee of their responsibility regarding handling of any summons or pleading related to their employment.

Policy Statement

If an employee receives any summons or pleading in a lawsuit or other legal proceeding involving the University or involving an accident or incident occurring in the course of or arising out of employment with the University, the employee must forward the document immediately to the Office of the General Counsel. 





Additional Details



Related Information

Examples of pleadings that must be forwarded include petitions, complaints, motions or other legal papers.  If an employee has any doubt or question about the nature of a summons or pleading and whether it must be forwarded, the employee should consult the Office of the General Counsel.

The Office of the General Counsel, upon receipt of summons or pleading, will review the claim with the UM Director of Risk & Insurance Management to determine applicable insurance coverages available.


Formerly Business Policy Manual 712 – Summonses & Petitions (revised 9/19/1989)


Reviewed 2017-12-06