C. Classes and Students

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19. Student Safety

Faculty members have a responsibility to provide students with a safe and healthful environment. These responsibilities include: (a) informing students of all risks inherent in class, lab, or field trip activity including dangerous substances, equipment, or procedures; (b) instructing students on how to degree of supervision over student activities commensurate with the possible degree of hazard involved; (d) enforcing all applicable safety regulations developed by the department; and (e) informing students of campus emergency procedures and explaining their application to the instructional setting.

Certain university activities either within or outside the classroom may involve varying degrees of risk to the participants. Instructors directing such activities should fully divulge to all potential participants the specific nature of such risks and obtain from them their expressed or implied consent prior to undertaking such activities.

Field Trips and Off-Campus Activities

University liability policy requires that all classes be held on campus or at officially approved venues. The university recognizes that field trips and some other types of off-campus activities that have a direct relationship to the subject matter content of the course can provide an important dimension to the educational experience. There are, however, risks associated with all field activities. Legal responsibilities require that specific steps be taken before the trip, so see your department chair or school director well in advance of the event. Field trip guidelines and waiver forms can be found at: http://riskmgmt.sdsu.edu/fieldtripguidelines.htm or from Business and Financial Affairs (594-4664). Faculty and department chairs/school directors involved in these activities should be knowledgeable about insurance coverage and emergency health treatment for students. Students enrolled in Nursing, Allied Health, Social Work, or Education credential programs of the CSU who also perform community service or volunteer work for academic credit are covered by the Student Professional Liability Insurance Program (SPLIP). Other CSU students performing community service or volunteer work for academic credit OR students enrolled in radio, television or film academic programs of the CSU are separately covered by the Student Academic Field Experience for Credit Liability Insurance Program (SAFECLIP). Anytime a student is engaged in an off-campus service learning experience in conjunction with a course for credit, a completed service learning agreement must be on file. http://bfa.sdsu.edu/prosrvcs/servlearning.htm. For the Imperial Valley Campus, information is available from the administrative assistant to the campus dean.

Travel and study abroad entails special cautions and preparations. To ensure the safety of students, all students who participate in SDSU programs outside the United States are required to have adequate health insurance and complete a safety orientation seminar. Faculty members are also required to have adequate overseas health insurance. Faculty should consult the Office of International Programs (OIP) as well as the International Student Center (ISC) when coordinating such programs. The ISC will provide information and guidance pertaining to student travel abroad including but not limited to pre-departure orientation, mandatory health insurance requirements, safety and risk mitigation, and financial accounting. For specific requirements regarding these matters, faculty should contact the International Student Center at studyabroad@sdsu.edu or 594-1982.

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