1. relinquishment of right: a voluntary giving up of a right or claim
2. document containing waiver: a document or formal statement relinquishing a right or claim, or an action indicating an intention to waive something
3. SPORTS act of giving up claim on player: the act of a sports team in giving up the right to claim a professional ball player who has been removed from another team’s roster
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The summer before the start of the graduating year, all incoming 5th year students are expected to complete a minimum of 200 hours of “comprehensive training within the confines of a reputable and well known establishment whose functions are within the scope of..” and so on and so forth. Now I don’t have anything against this, or I would have placed the definition of such words like “comprehensive” or “reputable” on the top of this article. Instead, I included a copy of the Encarta definition for the word waiver.
There are three paragraphs in the waiver. The first one is a statement of affirmation from the parent or legal guardian of the student that they are allowing their son/daughter to go on an On-the-Job training. This details the start and end of the OJT, and as to where the training will take place.
The second paragraph is made up of one sentence only. It’s a reminder that the student trainee should abide by the rules of the company during their stay there.
What really irritates me though is the third paragraph, the part wherein the parent or legal guardian fully agrees to waive any responsibility on the part of the school, and / or the representatives in case of any untoward incident that may happen to their son/daughter during their training. To waive is to give up a right that you ought to have; a right that you are free to exercise.
Here’s how I see it: They make you undergo training because it is a partial requirement for you to graduate. But, they don’t want to be held responsible if ever you get mugged on your way home from work, or your throat gets slashed by some messed-up junkie. Or maybe the building you’re training in is engulfed in flames or is bombed by political idealists. The university doesn’t want anything to do with that. They’re fortuitous events, as far as they’re concerned. They could happen to anyone, and they couldn’t care less. There’ll be a moment of silence held in your honor anyway, if ever you walk the fatal road. What they want you to do is to fulfill that partial requirement, if you want to graduate.
Waivers suck. What even sucks more is that we still sign them, all for the sake of formality.