Contact: Christopher Keane (keane)
For Immediate Release
Videocast on Legal Issues Related to Field Trips and Field Courses Released on YouTube
Alexandria, VA – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and American
Geophysical Union (AGU) have released a recording of the latest AGU/AGI Heads
and Chairs webinar. This month’s session focuses on legal issues related to
field trips and field courses. The webinar, led by panelists David Mogk from
Montana State University and Steven Whitmeyer from James Madison University,
serves as a guide for reducing risk and liability for geoscience departments,
and reviews tips for properly planning a safe and enjoyable field trip.
Although field work is acknowledged as an integral part in geoscience education
and research, it exposes geoscience departments to legal and safety liabilities.
The video provides preemptive tips to conduct a safe field trip or course. It
stresses minimizing risk and liability through careful planning, and offers a
number of field trip tips for dealing with safety, participant behavior, and
dealing with the appropriate legal counsel for your institution. Tips include:
drafting and disseminating explicit field trip and medical emergency policy
forms; drafting and disseminating detailed itineraries to both the students and
the department; utilizing industry best practices where appropriate; obtaining
the proper permits and permissions to conduct field work; and assessing your
coverage for personal liability prior to the trip.
For more information and to view the webinar recording online please visit the
AGI YouTube channel
To see the list of upcoming AGU/AGI Heads and Chairs webinars, please visit
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and professional associations that represents more than 250,000 geologists,
geophysicists and other earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides
information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in
the profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and
strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in
society’s use of resources, resiliency to natural hazards, and interaction with
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