You MUST be at the dock no later than 9:30am on the day of your scheduled sail. You should assume your voyage is going, even in poor weather, unless you hear otherwise from the Nautical Science staff. If the voyage is cancelled, you will receive a phone call, text, or email. Otherwise, we are sailing and you should arrive at the dock as planned.
Should you have a good reason to cancel, you must visit the Nautical Science Office at least one week prior to your voyage and speak to the Program Director during office hours. If you have a last minute emergency or are sick, contact the number given to you on your confirmation call. If you cannot reschedule your voyage, you will be given second priority (stand-by) to ship out during the following semester.
All students (except those auditing the class) must attend the final exam. If you miss your sail with a legitimate reason, you may still opt to attend the final exam to receive a grade in the class, and then make up the sail at a later time. You may, of course, also opt to take the final after your make-up sail and receive an Incomplete (INC) for your grade with an approved reason in the meantime. As with all INCs, if outstanding work is not completed within one year or other arrangements are not made, the INC will automatically become an F for the class.
Should you either not show up or not allow a reasonable notification time, there is no obligation to provide you passage, as your space onboard will remain unfilled. There are no refunds of fees.
In the event your voyage was cancelled due to dangerous or inclement weather your instructors will make every effort to provide you an opportunity to sail on another weekend or during the next semester, should you choose not to attend one of the offered weekends the university is under no obligation to return any lab fees or tuition for this course.
Students are to conduct themselves in an orderly and adult manner. Otherwise, they will be required to leave the vessel and find alternative lodging and transportation.
Smoking is not permitted aboard at any time.
Alcohol may not be brought aboard for any reason.
IMPORTANT: Like all other Coast Guard approved vessels, all Nautical Science vessels are ZERO TOLERANCE vessels. The use or possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia is strictly forbidden, even in trace amounts. Coast Guard Regulations prohibit consumption of alcohol at any time prior to or during all USC voyages. Federal law strictly enforces the Zero Tolerance Laws aboard all USC sail training vessels. Federal law strictly prohibits drugs including “medical marijuana” aboard our vessels. Violation of these laws and regulations will subject the offender to expulsion from the program (including immediate removal from the vessel), possible arrest, and any and all disciplinary action provided for under the rules and authority of the University of Southern California under which this program is offered.