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Reporting Accidents & Incidents

BPM-711 Broadcasters’ & Publishers’ Incidents

Revised July 1, 2009


An incident is any of the following based on or caused by University publications or broadcast operations:

  • Defamation, libel, slander, product disparagement, trade libel, infliction of emotional distress, outrage or outrageous conduct;
  • Invasion, infringement or interference with rights of privacy or publicity;
  • Infringement of title, slogan, trademark, trade name, trade dress, services or service name;
  • Infringement of copyright, plagiarism, piracy or misappropriation of ideas under implied contract;
  • Wrongful entry or eviction, trespass, eavesdropping or other invasion of the right of private occupancy;
  • False arrest, detention or imprisonment or malicious prosecution;
  • Error, omission, misstatement, misleading statement or misinterpretation.


All incidents or claims must be reported in writing.


The department chairperson or administrative head is responsible for initiating and submitting the following information to the Office of the General Counsel with a copy to the Director of Risk & Insurance Management within 48 hours after an incident occurs or a notice of claim being made is received.

  1. Name and address of the person making the claim.
  2. Description of the alleged basis of the claim, such as the error, misstatement, act, omission, or neglect or breach of duty that is being claimed as the cause of damage.
  3. Date of any circumstances surrounding the alleged error, omission, etc.
  4. Any correspondence received from the aggrieved person.
  5. Signature of the individual submitting the report.


REFERENCE:  BPM 803 Insurance Coverages provides information about insurance coverages