Topic ID #36138 - posted 9/13/2015 5:54 PM

Do you teach field courses / field camps?


Do you teach field courses?  If so, how do you manage risk and reduce the likelihood of serious injuries on extended trips with students? 


I am developing an online risk management (a.k.a. safety) training for people who teach university field courses and would like YOUR input.  Please consider responding to this short anonymous survey:


I am also interested in hearing about the risk management practices at your institution.  If you aren’t interested in responding to the survey, but would like to carry on a conversation on this discussion board, please consider the following:

  • Do you teach field courses?  If so, where do you go and for how long?
  • Does your institution require faculty / instructors to be medically trained when they take students on overnight field courses? If so, what level of certification do you require?
  • Do you have written protocols to guide faculty/instructor decisions in the field (i.e. maximum faculty : student ratio on field courses, when to retreat in case of lightning, how long to wait before taking a student with a stomachache to the doctor)?
  • Does your institution have a written emergency response plan that includes a designated on-call person?

Thank you for your interest!

Angie Moline

Landscape Conservation Initiative, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff AZ


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