Automobile Insurance

Brandeis University's automobile policy provides coverage for university employees and students while driving vehicles owned, leased or rented by the university.

The policy states that:

Failure to adhere to these rules could result in uninsured losses and expenses.

Guidelines for Employees

Use of Personal Vehicles

The use of personal vehicles for university business is discouraged because:

Guidelines for Students

Students who drive vehicles owned, leased or rented by Brandeis University must complete a vehicle use application (pdf), including proof of a valid driver's license (no international driver's license), and a driving-training course before operating a university vehicle. This is a one-time training; once successfully completed, it will not need to be taken again. 

Once completed, the vehicle use application must be sent to the Department of Public Safety, MS 066, so a driving record check can be completed; applications take about two weeks to process. After the record check is completed by the Registry of Motor Vehicles, it is evaluated by Public Safety, using the matrix below. If the applicant's record falls under the "poor" or "borderline" category, the application will be denied and that person will not be able to drive any vehicle owned, leased or rented by Brandeis University, and all driving privileges will be suspended immediately.

Motor Vehicle Record Matrix

No. of accidents (last 3 yrs.) No. of violations (last 3 yrs.)* Determination
0 0 Clear
0 1 Acceptable
0 2 Acceptable
0 3 Borderline
0 4 Poor
1 0 Acceptable
1 1 Acceptable
1 2 Borderline
1 3 Poor
1 4 Poor
2 0 Borderline
2 1 Borderline
2 2 Poor
2 3 Poor
2 4 Poor
3 0 Poor
3 1 Poor
3 2 Poor
3 3 Poor
3 4 Poor

* Any major violation in the last three years automatically results in a "poor" motor vehicle record. Major violations include: driving under the influence of liquor or drugs; driving while impaired; reckless driving; careless driving or racing/speed contest; failure to report an accident; making a false accident report; vehicular homicide or manslaughter; attempting to elude a police officer; driving while license is suspended or revoked.