General Policy - Insurance for Authorized University Motor Vehicle Travel
Each University Department is responsible for ensuring that all motor vehicle travel is in conformance with the requirements set forth in this procedure. Each department shall designate an individual to be responsible for ensuring that vehicles are adequately covered with the required insurance through at least one of the following for every authorized trip:
- State of Illinois Self-Insured Motor Vehicle Liability Plan
- Insurance provided by a valid commercial insurance policy
This policy outlines parameters that define authorized University travel and the specific controls and limitations associated with trips insured by the State of Illinois Automobile Liability Plan or trips insured by a commercial insurance carrier.
Questions regarding insurance coverage and what constitutes "Official State of Illinois business" should be directed to ISU Risk Management.
State of Illinois Automobile Liability Plan
The Risk Management Division of Central Management Services (CMS) administers the State Automobile Liability Plan. The State Plan provides coverage for accidents that occur while an employee is operating a motor vehicle in the scope of his/her employment. The State Plan does not provide collision or comprehensive coverage. ISU Departments that maintain state vehicles with insurance coverage provided through the State Plan are responsible for covering costs to repair physical damage to their vehicle as a result of an accident.
Costs can be recovered from the other driver's insurance company if the other driver is at fault, but if the ISU driver is at fault, repairs to the ISU vehicle would be the responsibility of the respective department.
If an accident occurs while an employee is operating a privately owned vehicle on University business, his or her personal insurance company will be the primary carrier. The State Plan will provide excess coverage after the primary carrier's liability coverage limits have been exhausted. If there is no insurance on the privately owned vehicle (or if coverage does not meet statutory requirements), the driver will be responsible for damages up to the State liability coverage limits. The State Plan only provides excess coverage above these limits. The State Plan provides primary coverage for all state-owned vehicles.
The State Plan provides liability coverage for an employee who is operating a rented vehicle in the course of his or her employment. Property damage coverage will be provided for a rented vehicle if the employee is in official travel status and operating in the scope of his or her employment.
Coverage is also provided for volunteers or other non-state employees while they are operating a state or University owned, or rented vehicle on Official State of Illinois business. To comply with CMS guidelines, written prior approval is required before the volunteer/non-state employee can drive the state, University owned, or rented vehicle. The statement, signed by an individual at the Vice Presidential level, should include:
- The scope of use
- The nature of the State of Illinois business
- The geographic area of travel
Qualifiers established for State of Illinois Automobile Liability Plan Insurance Coverage
The following clarification of coverage for Universities under the State Plan is provided by CMS:
- Travel for academic purposes (i.e., studies research and teaching) paid for from University fund sources is covered, so long as the employees' travel is required for the direct benefit of the University and the state.
- Travel within the scope of the public service mission of the University (i.e., “Meals on Wheels,” “Peace Meal,” etc.) is covered as long as the employee operating the vehicle is doing so in accordance with his or her job description and as long as the employee possesses a valid driver's license. A volunteer must have proper prior written authorization and a valid driver's license.
- Public safety functions, available to all students at no cost (i.e., police, fire, emergency medical, and student safety functions like "Nite Ride"), are covered uses.
- All usual and customary business operations of the University are covered under the State Plan. Any non-employee University contractual obligations requiring vehicle use by or for non-employees will not be provided coverage under the State Plan if the business involves any travel for the benefit of the individual(s) and is not for the direct benefit of the University or the state.
- The activity of travel to and from intercollegiate athletic events (i.e., team travel, band, cheerleading squad, development, recruiting, etc.) will be provided coverage as long as the driver is performing the duties as outlined in his or her University job description or is consistent with authorization offered by an appropriate official.
- When the activity is approved within Campus Recreation, University Programming, or Housing Offices, vehicles used for social and recreational purposes will be provided coverage only when the entire student body is invited to participate with no charge to the student. Trips for special group benefit will not be covered unless they are available to all students at no cost.
- Coverage is provided for Development and/or Alumni purposes when the activity has a direct functional purpose that serves the University’s mission. The activity also must be within the job description of the person using the vehicle to be covered.
- Coverage is provided for vehicle transportation for internal University academic conferences, seminars, and special events, provided that such an event is sponsored by a University department and further, that there is no charge to the students for such transportation. Coverage is not provided for University vehicle transportation for external participants attending conferences, seminars, etc., for which a charge is made to attend the event, or an individual fee is assessed, or a trip charge is made to a fund source.
- Commuting to and from home is not permitted. However, employees may use University motor vehicles between their home and place of work if, for example, they are beginning or ending a trip at home due to the hour of arrival or departure.
Authorization for travel that is not covered by the State of Illinois Automobile Liability Plan
If a department conducts business that is authorized by the University (Vice President level), but travel is not approved via the State Automobile Liability Plan, commercial automobile insurance is required. Examples include Recreation Services trips and Student Affairs travel where:
- Drivers may not be employees working "within the scope of their employment," and/or
- The activity may not be considered by the State to be "official University business" and/or
- Travel by external organizations (i.e., annuitant associations, booster clubs, the credit union, fraternities or sororities, etc.) whose business and purpose is only ancillary to the primary missions of the University.
- The trip includes students, but a graduate assistant, faculty or staff member does not accompany the travel, and/or
- Situations where a fee for the trip is charged and/or the activity is not offered to the entire student body.
The University requires all drivers of ISU vehicles (employees and non-employees) to be approved by the commercial insurance company prior to operating the vehicle.
The department arranging the trip/activity is to identify the individual responsible for the university vehicle as it pertains to safety of personnel and "ISU Code of Conduct."
Procedures for an Automobile Accident
The SR-1 form is to be completed and delivered to the Risk Manager (Mail Code 1270, 302 N. Normal Avenue) within three (3) days. In the event of severe bodily injury, death, or substantial property damage, report directly to the state’s Risk Management office (217-782-0202). If the state driver is incapable of completing the report, the immediate supervisor should do so. Please pay special attention to:
- Recording Owner of Vehicle
- State owned – If Illinois State University is the owner of the vehicle, under "Insurance" please enter "State of Illinois Self-Insured Motor Vehicle Liability Plan".
- Privately owned or leased - Complete all driver and owner information and under "Insurance" list information on your personal carrier.
Inform the third party to contact the:
Department of Central Management Services
Risk Management Division - Auto Liability Section
201 East Madison Street
3rd Floor, North Wing
Springfield, IL 62706
Phone: (217-782-0202) or (800-442-1300, ext. 4)
In addition to the completed SR-1 form, provide the following information in a report to Risk Management (Mail Code 1270, 302 N. Normal Avenue):
- Social security number
- Work title of employee
- Daytime phone number for employee
- Police report copy if available
- Brief written statement of how accident occurred
- Traffic controls present
- Weather conditions
- Any traffic citations issued
- Other extenuating circumstances
The above information should be made available to anyone who might be driving a vehicle on University business.