Field Trip Information
- Field trips must be part of the course requirements and should be reflected in the course syllabus. Field trips can be valuable learning experiences for many courses, however, a field trip can also present risks and hazards which must be mitigated to the extent possible prior to leaving campus. Faculty members and others who are planning to conduct a field trip should thoughtfully evaluate the risks and potential exposures to themselves and to the students, and ensure that the field trip achieves the learning objectives of the course. Please refer to the document, Field Trip Guidelines, below, for a more extensive treatment of field trip risk management.
- Each participating student should sign the University-approved release and waiver (see link below). Prior to giving the waiver to the student, the field trip leader, usually a faculty member, should carefully evaluate the trip, its environment and conditions for exposures to risk, health and safety of all participants. The risks and how to best mitigate them should be documented in the upper portion of the release and waiver. If known risk exposures take more than two lines to document, the syllabus is an excellent place to put that information.
- When possible, a field trip should begin and end at the location of the activity. However, when the location is far, remote, or difficult to find, students should travel together, generally in rented or University-furnished vans. Students are not permitted to operate vehicles on University business, but if a student is at least 21 years of age, is mature, and has experience operating a 12-passenger van, he/she may register as a University volunteer and operate the vehicle under those auspices. Please refer to the document, Safe Driving Guidelines for Field Trip Drivers below.