Field Trips

Policy Type: 

I. Policy Title: Field Trips

II. Who Does This Policy Affect

All HFC faculty.

III. Purpose:

The Board of Trustees recognizes that field trips, when used for teaching and learning integral to the curriculum, are an educationally sound and important ingredient in the instructional program of the College.

IV. Policy Statement

a. Properly planned and executed field trips should:
i. supplement and enrich classroom procedures by providing learning experiences in an environment outside the schools;
ii. arouse new interests among students;
iii. help students relate school experiences to the reality of the world outside of the classroom;
iv. bring the resources of the community - natural, artistic, industrial, commercial, governmental, educational - within the students learning experience; and
v. afford students the opportunity to study real processes in their environment.
b. Faculty members must plan field trips according to the adopted procedures of the College.

V. Definitions

a. Field Trips: For purposes of this policy, a field trip is defined as any instructional activity that is away from the College campus and lasts longer than the regularly scheduled class time.

Athletic events, student activity events, travel as part of enrichment or non-credit continuing education classes, co-op participation travel, and travel to and from other schools or off-campus facilities normally attended during the conduct of a credit class are not considered field trips.

VI. Responsible Party for Policy Interpretation/Review

Vice President of Academic Affairs

VII. Related Documents

Field Trip Guidelines

VIII. Policy History

a. Adopted by Board: Monday, February 20, 1995
b. Previous Policy Section: Program; Previous Policy No. 5500


November 21, 2022 - Approved by Board
October 2022 – Placed in new policy format and underwent minor definitional and language changes.

This policy supersedes and replaces any and all policies related to this subject

Adopted Date: 
Monday, November 21, 2022
Revised Date: 
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Board Approved