A field trip is a university course-related, off-campus activity led or arranged by a faculty or staff member and designed to serve educational purposes. A field trip might include the gathering of data for research (such as geological or archaeological site), museum visit, participation in a conference or competition, or visits to an event or place of interest. The duration of a field trip may be a class period or longer, and could extend over multiple days.
Field trips provide valuable learning experiences for many courses, but they can also expose our students and the university to a broader range of risks beyond the control of the campus environment. When planning a field trip, consider the risks, weigh its benefits, and plan for emergencies.
Only faculty, staff, volunteer employees, regularly enrolled SJSU students, and students enrolled in the extended education programs carrying academic credit at SJSU are authorized to participate in a field trip. Any other participant must be approved in writing by the Dean or Associate Dean.
Participants representing the university at field trips need to fill out and submit the following forms to Risk Management:
- Conduct Agreement [pdf]: This form is to be completed by participants representing the university at events such as conferences and/or seminars
- Student Travel Informed Consent [pdf]
- Release of Liability Agreement Form [pdf]
For more information, see the following: