UVic to change student field trips following report recommendations

June 29, 2020

The University of Victoria has announced that it will change how it conducts field trips to the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre following a review of a fatal bus accident that occurred last September. An independent report made 43 recommendations that include pre-trip requirements, appropriate transportation and travel on the Bamfield Main road, emergency response protocols, and student and family support. “We know this devastating accident has caused immeasurable grief and that the impacts are ongoing for the families of the students who died, and for the other students on the bus and their families,” said UVic President Jamie Cassels. “We fully accept the review’s recommendations and are already working diligently to implement them to help prevent an accident like this from ever happening again, to improve planning for field trips off campus and to allow us to more effectively respond to critical incidents.” UVic | Times Colonist (BC)