What is the TULIP?

TULIP is a Tenants' and Users' Liability Insurance Policy, also known as "Events Coverage". It is used by institutions that permit "third parties" to use their facilities for specific events. It protects both the Facility User and the institution against claims by third parties who may be injured or lose property as a result of participating in an event. Events may range from very low-risk events such as classroom seminars, receptions, or weddings to higher-risk events including sports events, small parades, and theatrical stage performances.

What Rice University requires:

Rice University requires all Non-Rice affiliated or third-party organizations/users who host non-Rice University events or programs in Rice facilities to provide evidence of liability insurance. Users must provide evidence of such coverage (certificate of insurance) to riskmanagement@rice.edu and to the department contact or administrator booking your event two weeks prior to the event. This requirement can be satisfied by purchasing a general liability policy or by providing a certificate of insurance.

If you need to purchase general liability insurance:

Rice University is enrolled in the URMIA (University Risk Management and Insurance Association) TULIP Program.

TULIP was designed to provide low-cost general liability insurance to users of Rice University facilities through an online purchasing process. As such, coverage may not be available for all event types. The use of this program is not a guarantee for insurance. Please review the URMIA Facility User Guide to determine if this program will work for your event.

You can access the URMIA TULIP Program to apply for a policy, review coverage details, covered activities, ineligible activities, and frequently asked questions.

If you are providing your own insurance:

The acceptable form of this documentation is a certificate of insurance showing evidence of insurance to cover the event and use of Rice University facilities. The insurance requirements and certificate of insurance details can be found here.