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The Department of Risk Management and Insurance operates as an appropriated department existing to serve the units at Cornell University. The Department of Risk Management and Insurance reports to the University Counsel and Secretary of the Corporation, and shall have the responsibility of carrying out the policies of Cornell University in matters relating to risk management and insurance. The department relies heavily upon the expertise of the University community which, along with Cornell Police and Environmental Health & Safety, keeps it apprised of their concerns and suggestions in matters affecting the protection of assets and the safety of University personnel and the public. The department plays an important role in planning, leading, organizing, coordinating, and controlling the activities of Cornell both before a loss occurs (pre-loss actions) and after a loss occurs (post loss) in an effort to minimize the adverse effects on Cornell at a reasonable cost.