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Risk Management and Applied Learning

The term "applied learning" encompasses several high-impact practices. This includes: internships, undergraduate and graduate research experiences, field experiences, service learning, capstones, clinicals, practicums, etc. many of which occur  off-site.

Why Risk Managment is Needed 

Given the threat of COVID-19 to the safety of our students and community, implementation must consider student health and incorporate risk management and mitigation tools. The Office of Community Engagement and Applied Learning is here to help. 

You Should Begin the Risk Management Process if... 

 Your students are required to go off campus for an applied learning experience. (This can include:  internships, undergradate and graduate research experiences, field experiences, service learning, capstones, clinicals, practicums, etc. that go  off-site.)  Check these criteria to see if your program is categorized as applied learning. 

✅ If you are partnering with an off-campus community partner. The community partner must fill out a partner site acknowledgement form, unless exempted 

✅ If your course has any required off-campus component, it must be appropriately tagged in banner as taking place off-site 

✅ If you are a faculty primary investigator or research supervisor and have graduate or undergraduate students conducting research off-site with or without a community partner

✅ If you are student participating in the Division of Student Affairs sponsored off-campus activities  

✅ If the applied learning experience is occurring outside of the United States, the risk management process will be handled through the Office of International Programs. Contact them at International@uncw.edu.






Required Forms and Waivers


In order to proceed with applied learning this Fall, the Office of General Counsel and OCEAL require the following processes and forms as best practice for risk management and mitigation.

These forms must be signed via Docusign through the appropriate channels in each college, school, division and/or unit. Your designated applied learning risk management contact can be found in ' Getting Started with the Process'. 



Safety Training and Best Practices 


It is especially important to spend time orienting and training students in safety procedures, potential dangers, and the risk management policies of your school and community partners.

In consultation with Environmental Healthy & Safety, OCEAL has developed educational materials, safety training and best practices to support you.

General Resources for Faculty and Staff Looking to Engage in Applied Learning (Canvas) 

  • Trips & Travel during COVID-19 


Getting Started with the Process


In order to get started with the process, these are the people you should contact within your respective college,  school, or unit: 

Please do not hesitate to contact Jeanine Mingé or James DeVita, the Director of Applied Learning, as we are here to help facilitate the process.