I acknowledge that COVID-19 has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization and is a highly contagious illness that is presently understood to spread from person to person through respiratory droplets (coughing, talking, sneezing). I further acknowledge that a portion of infected COVID-19 individuals are asymptomatic (meaning they demonstrate no symptoms and can unknowingly spread the virus). While Ramapo College of New Jersey (the “College”) is focused on the health and well-being of all members of the university community and its guests, the College cannot guarantee a risk-free environment. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death.
I understand that there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 by entering the College’s facilities and attending any event, program, practice and/or competition (hereinafter referred to as the “Activity”). Participating in such Activity could increase my risk of contracting COVID-19. I further understand that the College is not responsible for, and cannot adequately evaluate the present health conditions or health risks of all persons present during the Activity at the College’s facilities. By attending the Activity on the College’s campus, I am voluntarily assuming all risks of exposure to, infection from or transmission of COVID-19.
While attending the Activity at the College’s facilities, I represent and warrant that I will: (a) not be experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 including but not limited to, fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, etc.; (b) strictly adhere to all social distancing guidelines in place at the College as recommended by local, state, and federal officials, meaning at no time will I be within six (6) feet of another person; (c) wear face coverings and engage in proper sanitation guidelines in place and as recommended by local, state, and federal officials, and (d) observe any additional guidelines that may be posted or communicated at the College. I understand that I must comply with any instructions given regarding the health measures outlined above and that if I do not comply I may be asked to leave the College facilities.
By signing this COVID-19 Assumption of Risk, Release, Waiver and Indemnification Agreement, I hereby waive all claims and demands against Ramapo College of New Jersey, the State of New Jersey, the New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority and their respective trustees, directors, officers, members, employees, agents, volunteers, and/or other representatives and each of them for any loss, damage, injury (including death), or claim of any kind arising from, related to or caused by my presence on the College’s facilities, including but not limited to, those related to COVID-19 and other contagious virus exposure, infection and/or transmission and I further agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Ramapo College of New Jersey, the State of New Jersey, the New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority and their respective trustees, directors, officers, members, employees, agents, volunteers, and/or other representatives, from any and all liability whatsoever for any and all damages, losses, or injuries (including death) that I sustain, including but not limited to any claims, damages, actions, causes of action, judgments, expenses and coats, including attorney fees, which arise out of result from, occur during or are connected in any manner with my presence on the College’s facilities and/or any COVID- 19/contagious virus exposure, infection and/or transmission.
This COVID-19 Assumption of Risk, Release, Waiver and Indemnification Agreement shall be binding on my heirs, parents, guardians, executors, administrators and/or assigns. I agree that if any other person should assert such a claim arising from my connection with the Activity, that I will substitute myself in place of the College as the party against whom the claim is to be pursued. I further agree that I will pay all damages and costs resulting from such a claim, and that I will indemnify or reimburse the College in connection with that claim.
By signing this COVID-19 Assumption of Risk, Release, Waiver and Indemnification Agreement, I acknowledge and represent that I have carefully read this COVID-19 Assumption of Risk, Release, Waiver and Indemnification Agreement and understand its contents and that I sign this document of my own free act and deed. I understand that the College does not require me to participate in the Activity, but I want to do so, despite this COVID-19 Assumption of Risk, Release, Waiver and Indemnification Agreement. I further state that I am at least eighteen (18) years of age, or, if not, that I have secured below the signature of my parent or guardian as well as my own; that I am fully competent to sign this COVID-19 Assumption of Risk, Release, Waiver and Indemnification Agreement; and that I execute this COVID-19 Assumption of Risk, Release, Waiver and Indemnification Agreement for full, adequate, and complete consideration fully intending to be bound by the same, and that I have adequate health insurance necessary to provide for and pay any medical costs that may be attendant as a result of injury of me.
THIS COVID-19 ASSUMPTION OF RISK, RELEASE, WAIVER AND INDEMNIFICATION AGREEMENT INCLUDES A RELEASE OF LEGAL RIGHTS. READ AND BE CERTAIN YOU UNDERSTAND IT BEFORE SIGNING.