(A) Policy statement. Youngstown state university ("university") recognizes that students can and do benefit from learning experiences which occur off-campus. The university seeks to provide safe opportunities and methods of transportation and to mitigate any risks that might be associated with student travel for off-campus activities and events.
The procedures and requirements of this policy will take effect on August 23, 2017.
(B) Purpose. To provide the framework for planning and implementing student travel.
(C) Scope. This policy applies to enrolled and matriculated undergraduate and graduate student travel and student organization travel to events or activities that are organized and/or sponsored by the university and to international travel for study abroad programs available through the university's international programs office ("IPO").
This policy does not apply to travel undertaken by individual students attending out-of-town athletic/recreational events; to students traveling to engage in domestic student teaching, internships, experiential practicum, observations or research; or to student athletes participating in intercollegiate athletics competitions under the sponsorship of the university's athletics department.
(D) Definitions for purposes of this policy.
(1) "Enrolled student." A student who has been admitted to and is attending classes at the university.
(2) "Matriculated student." A student who has been admitted to the university, has registered a major, and is attending classes at the university towards a degree.
(3) "Student organization." A student group or organization officially registered and recognized by the university.
(4) "Student organization member." An enrolled or matriculated student who is a current member of a student organization.
(5) "University-organized event or activity." An event or activity that is planned and arranged by a member of the university's faculty, staff, or a recognized student organization and is approved by the appropriate university official.
(6) "University-sponsored event or activity." An event or activity that is endorsed by the university through financial support or by sending student participants as official representatives of the university and is approved by the appropriate university official.
(7) Appropriate university official.
(a) For approval of course or faculty-sponsored travel, the dean, or designee, of the applicable college is the appropriate university official.
(b) For approval of student organization travel, the associate vice president for student experience, or designee, is the appropriate university official. However, for student organizations traveling internationally, travel approval is required from both the associate vice president of student experience or designee and the associate provost for international and global initiatives or designee.
(c) For study abroad programs, the associate provost for international and global initiatives, or designee, is the appropriate university official.
(d) For travel on behalf of a program, office, or department not noted above, the appropriate university official will be the highest level administrator overseeing the program, office, or department, excluding the president and vice presidents of the university.
(8) Designated trip leader. A university representative/faculty member/advisor who serves as the point of contact to and from the university during travel. When no representative/faculty member/ advisor is on a trip, a student may serve as the designated trip leader.
(E) General requirements. The following requirements apply to all travel under this policy.
(1) Enrolled students under the age of eighteen are not permitted to travel.
(2) Matriculated students under the age of eighteen are permitted to travel provided that the student's parent/guardian completes and signs the "Off-Campus Travel and Assumption of Risk" form and the "Authorization for Emergency Medical Treatment" form.
(3) A student wishing to travel as part of a student organization event or activity must be a current member of the student organization.
(4) Unless otherwise specified, the university does not provide medical insurance for any student's participation in travel. All student participants should maintain medical insurance and are responsible for any medical costs they incur during and/or as a result of the trip.
(5) All students traveling internationally must obtain international travel medical insurance through the university's IPO.
(6) Participants in student travel are responsible for their own behavior and any resulting consequences. The university shall not be liable for any loss, damage, injury, or other consequence resulting from a participant's failure to comply with university rules and policies, including the student code of conduct, the direction of university employees, or applicable law.
(7) Travel must be consistent with the goals of the academic unit, program, or department. Student organization travel must be consistent with the organization's mission statement.
(8) Travel must have either a university representative or faculty member/advisor as a designated trip leader. However, if students are traveling on their own for the purpose of a recognized student organization and university funds are being utilized to support the activity, then the president or representative of the student organization or the designated trip leader must meet with the associate vice president of student experience, or designee, prior to the trip to review details of the trip.
(9) Travel must be supported by an approved "Student Travel Authorization Form," with the exception that students on study abroad programs offered through the IPO will complete program specific form(s) in lieu of the authorization to travel form.
(10) Participants must complete and submit an "Off-Campus Travel and Assumption of Risk" form and an "Authorization for Emergency Medical Treatment" to the office of the appropriate university official at least five business days prior to scheduled travel within the United States and at least thirty days prior to international travel. The appropriate university officials may alter these time periods within their discretion for travel, which cannot be preplanned, such as university-sponsored student travel for athletics playoff competition. Students on study abroad programs offered through the IPO will complete program-specific form(s) in lieu of these forms.
(11) Friends and family of participants and designated trip leaders are not eligible to participate in student travel opportunities except in those instances where prior written permission of the appropriate university official has been given, appropriate forms have been submitted, and required insurance coverage has been obtained.
(12) Students are responsible for making arrangements to complete all assignments and/or examinations that are scheduled during travel.
(13) Sponsors or organizers of events or activities may impose additional requirements in order to address unique circumstances associated with a particular activity, destination, or travel.
(F) Transportation. The university office, unit, or department planning or sponsoring an event or activity should be prepared to arrange for transportation by university-owned or rental vehicle; contracted/chartered transportation service; regularly scheduled transportation service (e.g., Greyhound, Amtrak, commercial airline service); or if necessary, personal vehicles. Contracting, purchasing, and insurance requirements can be found on the university'sprocurement services website.
The following rules apply to transportation:
(1) University-owned or leased vehicles may only be utilized in a manner compliant with rule 3356-4-18 of the Administrative Code (Corresponding university policy 3356-4-18 can be found in the "University Policies" website.)
(2) All university purchasing policies apply when procuring chartered or commercial transportation.
(3) Personal vehicles may only be used on a voluntary basis. All participants choosing to ride in a private automobile do so voluntarily and at their own risk. The university shall not insure or accept liability for any damage, loss, or injury resulting from the use of a private vehicle. The university does not provide comprehensive or collision insurance for private vehicles driven on university business, and the vehicle owner/driver is responsible for insurance coverage for the vehicle. The university does carry non-owner excess liability coverage to protect the university, student, or employee in the event of a suit resulting from an automobile accident in which an employee was driving on university business.
(4) Under no circumstance will a vehicle driver be reimbursed for fines for moving or parking violations.
(5) Occupants of motor vehicles must use seat belts or other approved safety restraint devices as required by law or regulation at all times when the vehicle is in operation.
(6) Occupants of motor vehicles shall not consume, possess, or transport any alcoholic beverages or illegal substances.
(G) Accident and emergency procedures. Prior to travel, designated leaders and group participants should review the YSUcampus emergency management plan and any appendices and follow applicable guidance and suggestions.
(H) Accommodations for students with disabilities. Any student with a disability who requires accommodation, must contact theoffice of disability services for assistance in determining reasonable accommodations. The office of disability services will consult with the sponsoring unit regarding this determination.
(I) Compliance. Failure to comply with any policy requirements may result in restrictions or loss of travel opportunities, travel funds and/or reimbursements. Students and student organizations are subject to sanctions under "The Student Code of Conduct" up to and including expulsion and loss of organization recognition. Employees are subject to discipline up to and including termination.
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3356
Rule Amplifies: 3356
Prior Effective Dates: 11/03/2017