Boat Safety Committee

Month/Year Posted: 
December, 2006
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Humboldt State University uses small watercraft, both motorized and non-motorized, in support of instruction, recreation and faculty and student scholarship. All boats operated by or on behalf of HSU will be used in a safe manner consistent with their intended use and in compliance with federal and state laws. This policy shall apply to the University and its auxiliaries, and faculty, staff, students and guests engaged in university activities.

The President shall appoint a committee called the University Boat Safety Committee (UBSC) to provide oversight for all boating operations. The committee shall include representation from the University Center, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, Academic Affairs, and the current Captain of the R.V. Coral Sea.

The University Center, Intercollegiate Athletics and Academic Affairs shall establish their own boat safety committees. These committees shall be charged with developing rules, guidelines, and standard operating procedures tailored to specific vessels and relevant to the missions of small boats within their respective administrative unit. Such rules and procedures must be submitted to and approved by the UBSC prior to implementation.

The unit-specific boat safety committees will facilitate resolution of special cases or concerns identified by students, staff, faculty, or administrators. The members of these committees should be familiar with the types of vessels in that unit, should have expertise in small boat operation and should include instructors and principal investigators who normally utilize such vessels. The UBSC members shall recommend to the President the appropriate members to serve on such committees. Additionally, unit-specific committees shall meet annually with the UBSC. After one year, the effectiveness of this committee structure will be assessed.



Chair: To be elected from the members of the UBSC

Type: University

Meetings: Twice annually during academic year, more often if required.


Executive Director of the University Center

Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

Associate Dean for Marine Science Programs

Captain, R.V. Coral Sea

Director of Contracts, Procurement & Risk Management

The University Center Boat Safety Committee composition will be determined by the Executive Director of the University Center.

The Intercollegiate Athletics Boat Safety Committee composition will be determined by the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.

The Academic Affairs Boat Safety Committee is composed of the Associate Dean for Marine Science Programs; Captain, R.V. Coral Sea; and representatives from the Departments of Biological Sciences, Fisheries, Oceanography, and Wildlife, as determined by department chairs.