Managing Risks For Safe and Responsible Field Projects and Partnerships
When arranging experiential learning, faculty and their partners should follow these steps:
1. Assess the risks associated with the work to be done and the location in which the work will be done.
- Clearly identify the scope of work the students.
- Understand risks when people involved work outside of their intended scope.
- Are there areas or activities where risk is higher to students?
- Are there inherent risks in the area in which the activity will be done?
2. Identify procedures, techniques, and policies that mitigate the stated risks.
- What are procedures and policies unique to the place the students will be going?
- What preparation, equipment, or specific training should students have before working in this setting?
- Who is responsible for offering the resources necessary for preparation or training?
- What are the procedures if an incident or injury should occur?
- Are there contracts or other agreements that are necessary prior to beginning work?
3. Communicate plans for a safe experience.
- How will you inform students of the risks associated with this activity and the how to work safely? (in-class orientation, on-site orientation, handouts, meetings, Affiliation Agreement or Contract?)
- If working with an outside entity, do they need to inform the student of any potential risks associated with this partnership/project and safety procedures?
4. Track performance during the experiential learning activity
- The University holds responsibility for ensuring an appropriate educational beneficial program for students. How will you ensure that is occurring?
- What is your agreed upon role in supervision and oversight of the student while they are at their site? How do you execute that role?
- How will you remind students to take necessary precautions each time they are at their site?
- How will you remind agency staff to take necessary precautions each time they host students?