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Risk Management Resources


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This fully accessible and interactive Risk Management Handbook will introduce you to the fundamentals of managing risks in experiential education at the University of Tennessee. You can download the handbook here: Experience Learning Risk Management Handbook

This two-page document lists the goals of risk management in the Experience Learning initiative, and introduces the Risk Management Cycle for Experience Learning.

The Risk Identification and Mitigation Table can be used to help you organize the risks that have been identified in the experiential learning course or project you are leading. To learn how to identify risks in your experience learning project, please visit page 20 of the Experience Learning Risk Management Handbook. You can download a table for your own use here. For an example of how to best utilize this table, download this version.


The Impact and Likelihood Tables are five-point scales that can be used to establish the impact and likelihood of each of the hazards that you previously identified and listed in the Risk Identification and Assessment Table. Once you have determined the impact and likelihood of each hazard, you can fill in the remaining sections of the Risk Identification and Assessment Table, and then move on to completing the Risk Map. To learn more about how to assess risks in your experiential learning project, please refer to page 24 of the Experience Learning Risk Management Handbook. The impact and likelihood scales are five-point scales that can be used to establish the impact and likelihood of each of the hazards that you previously identified and listed in the Risk Identification & Assessment Table. Once you have determined the impact and likelihood of each hazard, you can fill in the remaining sections of the Risk Identification and Assessment Table, and then move on to completing the Risk Map. To learn more about how to assess risks in your experiential learning project, please visit p. 24 of the Risk Management Handbook.

The Risk Map is a tool that allows you to visualize and prioritize the risks you have identified and assessed in your experiential learning project. It is important to prioritize risks because this focuses the facilitator’s time and energy on managing the most urgent or dangerous risks first. Please refer to page 32 of the Experience Learning Risk Management Handbook for more information on managing risks in experiential education. You may download a Risk Map for your own use here.

The release of claims waiver has been approved for use by the university’s General Counsel. Before embarking on an off-campus experience, all students should fill in and sign this form. We recommend you provide this waiver to students ahead of time so that they can review it carefully before signing and so that any student under the age of 18 can have their parent/guardian sign it. No student should be allowed to participate in an experience without having first signed the waiver.


COVID-19 Specific-Related Risk Management Resources

As with any off-campus experience, faculty or staff who oversee the activities should take time to plan and prepare so that students are as safe as possible when they’re off campus. This webpage has been created to help those overseeing off-campus experiences manage pandemic-specific risks and is not meant to replace general risk management measures related to these experiences.

Download this Fieldwork Communication and Emergency Contact Guide to ensure proper communication channels while students are engaging in off-campus experiences.

Download this Student Communication and Emergency Contact Guide to give to your students so they have access to the proper communication channels and emergency contact information in case of an emergency during an off-campus experience.