Planning a field trip for research or instructional purposes?
The Field Operational Planner helps you anticipate and prepare for contingencies and potential health hazards before you go.
Individual health issues, reasonable care, and proper planning and precautions are essential. If an insurance claim or lawsuit is filed against the university, the department may have to pay deductibles if there is gross negligence.
Field Operational Plans are generally required for research in remote locations and other high-risk areas, as well as trips to foreign countries and all classroom field trips; however, plans are not required for activities conducted onboard UC San Diego SIO Vessels because SIO develops detailed safety plans for each voyage.
Organize your trip with the Field Operational Planner and submit it one month prior to your trip:
- Trip description and UC contacts
- Locations and local contacts
- Medical and emergency considerations
- Insurance and liability coverage
- Safety and security requirements
- Permits for people, data, and matériel
- Transportation of people
- Hazardous materials transport
- Operational hazards
- Leave of Absence approval
Preventing and responding to sexual harassment and sexual violence is one of UC San Diego’s top priorities. According to an article in Nature magazine, the field research environment can present unique challenges in addressing this issue. Employees should be reminded that rules and expectations for conduct in the field are no different than in the workplace. UC San Diego provides resources and support to any concerned person on how to get and give help, how to report an incident, and the responsibilities of the university community. For more information, visit the Sexual Violence Prevention & Response website.