All student organizations sponsoring an off-campus group trip should discuss the trip with their primary advisor. The risk for personal injury or liability during an off-campus trip is one we strive to minimize. It is the responsibility of student organization executive boards to know the risks and liabilities of a group trip and how best to ensure participation safety. Meet with your primary advisor to go over the different types of trips and the risks and liabilities of each.
Trips When Student Organization Members are the Only Attendees
Meet with your primary advisor at least two weeks before travel. More time will be needed if you are selling tickets or if there are other activities being planned as part of the trip. All information related to the trip should be shared with your primary advisor.
Identify a member or members to be the event manager(s). Event managers are responsible for maintaining emergency contact information for the Department of Public Safety, primary advisor, hotel,, and/or any drivers. Event managers should recommend that participants inform their parents/guardians about the trip.
If an accident or injury occurs during the trip, an Accident and Injury Form must be submitted within 24 hours.
Traveling over 25 Miles from Campus
If your destination is more than 25 miles away from campus (using Rush Rhees Library as your starting point), you must go through the group travel process. To begin the travel process, submit the Group Travel form at least five business days prior to departure. If this deadline is not met, you are not authorized to travel. This video explains the group travel process
The travel form will have two sets of questions. You should select "Pre-Approval (Initiate transactions with SOFO)" if you are submitting the initial request to travel. Your advisor will review the form and move the process forward. You will be asked to edit and resubmit the form selecting "Final Approval (Travel details & Roster solidified)" then fill out the additional questions.
This second submission must be filled out by 3 p.m. at least one business day prior to departure. This means that for groups traveling on the weekend, the deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m.
Each person going on the trip must fill out the Individual Travel Waiver and Release Form. If this form is not filled out, you will not be authorized to travel. This video clarifies the Individual Travel Waiver and Release:
Trips Open to Everyone
Identify a member or members of the organizing group to be the event manager(s) (if using buses, there is a minimum of one event manager per bus). Event managers are responsible for holding on to all emergency contact information for the Department of Public Safety, primary advisor, hotel/destination, and any drivers.
Before departure event managers must inform participants when they need to return to the bus.
If your trip requires transportation, please refer to the Transportation page. Only ticket holders may board the bus for events where transportation is included in the cost of the ticket.
When organizing a trip that is only for the University community, event managers can use their discretion and deny general public access to transportation.
The University requires signs on all buses. Signs must be visible from the outside, indicate where the bus is going, and include the group sponsoring the trip as well as the times the bus will be operating.
Trips within the greater Rochester area and/or looping do not need group travel acknowledgement, waivers, and release forms.
If an accident or injury occurs during the trip, an Accident and Injury Form must be completed within 24 hours.
Off-Campus Trips (International)
If your student organization is potentially traveling internationally, please contact your primary advisor immediately to begin the approval process. There is a minimum of two months’ notice required.