COVID-19 Compliance, Liability Waiver, and Assumption of the Risk Addendum

Overview

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is a highly infectious, life-threatening disease declared by the World Health Organization to be a global pandemic. COVID-19’s highly contagious nature means that contact with others, or contact with surfaces that have been exposed to the virus, can lead to infection. Additionally, individuals who may have been infected with COVID-19 may be asymptomatic for a period of time, or may never become symptomatic at all. Because of its highly contagious and sometimes “hidden” nature, it is currently very difficult to control the spread of COVID-19 or to determine whether, where, or how a specific individual may have been exposed to the disease.

I understand that in accordance with current Center for Disease Control guidance, it is highly recommended that all persons continue to wear face masks; adhere to social distancing, including, limiting social gatherings to small numbers; and, that getting vaccinated is encouraged when it is made available.

I agree that if my student is exhibiting symptoms or if, to my knowledge, my student has been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 or is exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness, loss of taste or smell, a fever of 100.4°F or higher, or signs of a fever within the last 14 days, my student will not participate in the Ole Miss Summer Program (“Summer Program”).

By signing up to attend the Summer Program, I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19, the fact that it can be difficult to identify in another, and the inherent risks of exposure in a social setting to those who may be infected with COVID-19. I knowingly and voluntarily assume the risk that I and/or my student may be exposed to or infected with COVID-19 by participating in the Summer Program. I knowingly and voluntarily waive and release UM from all present and future claims of any type for any harm or loss, including economic loss, personal injury, death, or property damage suffered by me and/or my student and arising out of my student’s participation in the Summer Program. I agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and covenant not to sue UM for any damages, personal injury, death, medical expenses, disability, lost wages, loss of capacity, property damage, court costs, attorney’s fees, or any other loss of any kind.

I acknowledge that I have asked for and/or been given any information that I may need to determine the risks associated with my student participating in the Summer Program, and to make an informed assumption of those risks. Aware of the foregoing, I am knowingly and voluntarily allowing my student to participate in the Summer Program.