Suffolk University’s automobile policy provides coverage for owned, leased, or rented vehicles for the University’s employees and students while driving on University business.

Prior to leasing or renting a vehicle, the driver must submit a driver’s record authorization form to Risk Management. Once a motor vehicle record (MVR) check has been performed by the Suffolk University police department, the department director will be informed if the driver has been cleared to drive for the University.

The matrix below is used to determine a driver’s rating:

   Number of Accidents (last three years)
Number of Violations
(last three years)
 0  1  2  3
 0  Clear  Acceptable  Borderline  Poor
 1  Acceptable  Acceptable  Borderline  Poor
 2  Acceptable  Borderline  Poor  Poor
 3  Borderline  Poor  Poor  Poor
 4  Poor  Poor  Poor  Poor

Major Violations

Any major violation in the last three years is automatically a “poor” MVR. 

The following are considered major violations:

  • 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 with a suspended or revoked license