Field trips are required and voluntary activities outside of regularly scheduled classroom time arranged by University faculty and/or staff. Field trip activities may include single or multiple day events within an academic course or participation in a program. Enrolled students, faculty, staff, and University volunteers are authorized to University field trip participants.
Participants to University sponsored activities and trips are required to sign a University Liability Release form. Sponsoring departments are required to keep copies of signed liability release forms for 3 years as per CSU audit requirements.
Select one of the topics below to obtain specific guidelines and University practices as they relate to University field trips:
These best practices guidelines are offered to supplement any existing College or Department procedures related to field trips:
Authorized Participants of a SFSU field trip are SFSU:
*Volunteers must submit a Volunteer Acknowledgement Form #156E-1 with Human Resources.
The following S.F. State employees are allowed to drive on University sponsored trips and activities:
**Note: Students who make their own transportation arrangements to a field trip meeting site are not subject to the University vehicle driver requirements listed below.
**Please note that personal liability insurance is primary coverage when driving a privately owned vehicle. For further information on State vehicle use, authorized drivers, and related information, please refer to the Safety and Risk Management web pages on Travel and Driving.Back to Top
Please refer to the Safety and Risk Management web pages on Travel and Driving.Back to Top
Student Participants - In the event of an accident injury during a field trip, the student’s personal health care plan provides for primary medical coverage payment. If the student’s health care benefits are exhausted, the CSU Student Travel Accident Insurance helps pay for additional related injury expenses. Enrolled students without a private health plan may seek medical attention from the campus Student Health Services (SHS) at (415) 338-1251 during normal business hours.
Please note that the CSU Student Travel Insurance policy covers accident injury only. The policy DOES NOT provide coverage for any illness or disease unless an accident is the direct cause of the illness.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits - If you are an employee with San Francisco State University participating in a field trip (i.e. staff, faculty, student working on a field trip as an student assistant, college work study student, or approved student volunteer*, etc.) you may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits to help pay for medical expenses related to your field trip accident. Contact Risk Management to obtain a claim form or to obtain further information at (415) 338-2565.Back to Top