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Risk Management

Risk management is the process of anticipating, preventing, or minimizing potential costs, losses, or problems for the event, organization, and guests. Having a risk management plan will help to safeguard people, property, reputations, and assets.

Those of us involved in planning events are obligated to operate according to the laws, codes, and regulations that pertain to them. Among these things are insurance and permit requirements, age limits, fire regulations, and health codes. It is imperative that you acquaint yourself with this information. Public Safety and Police, located in University Towers, can be reached at 724-357-2141. They should be able to provide you with answers to your questions or direct you to the proper department.

Being prepared in an emergency must not be overlooked in your planning. Therefore, you must create a plan in which to deal with the unexpected or when disaster happens. Remember to identify key personnel who need to be involved when a decision must be made regarding a crisis. One person must be the final decision maker in all crisis situations.

You must also remember the Americans With Disabilities Act in planning any event. The ADA requires adaptations in policies, practices, and procedures, and you are responsible for knowing and implementing them. 

These include such things as:

  • furnishing auxiliary aids when necessary to guarantee communication
  • displaying signs and information pertaining to special services
  • removing barriers
  • providing accessible parking sites
  • not assessing surcharges on those with a disability

When feasible, any event should make obvious accommodations. To become ADA compliant, organizers should:

  • become familiar with the needs of disabled individuals
  • solicit the assistance of a disabled person to help identify needs
  • take steps to conform to the law and to accommodate individuals
  • conduct site inspections to identify potential barriers
  • assign a staff member as on-site contact for questions, concerns, or problems
  • advertise plans and special accommodations
  • Office of University Events
  • Sutton Hall, Room 230
    1011 South Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2145
  • Fax: 724-357-3121
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.