Memorandum 47b – International Travel Policy for Students

Approved as Interim Policy: July 2014

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to help safeguard university students while traveling internationally by establishing the necessary controls, compliance, and accountability to mitigate and manage risk, while acknowledging that the risks vary considerably depending on the particular place, traveler(s), and activities.

The purpose of this policy goes beyond that of the policy set forth in Memorandum 35 – Travel Policies, which relates to all travel (domestic and international) and whose main purpose is to “help assure the responsible use of Norwich University’s assets by controlling and accounting for off-campus travel (“travel”) expenses associated with official Norwich University business.”

Policy

Students at Norwich University may engage in international travel for a variety of reasons related to their status as a student, including but not limited to education/study abroad programs, international service learning, international internships, and other experiential learning opportunities. International travel may pose certain unique and increased risks to participants and to the university. This policy applies to all students whose international travel:

  • Is part of a Norwich education/study abroad program;
  • Involves academic credit being awarded by Norwich (including through third-party education abroad providers or direct enrollment programs);
  • Is funded by Norwich;
  • Is organized or sanctioned by Norwich;
  • Is led by a Norwich faculty or staff member;
  • Is in connection with a trip abroad organized by a recognized student organization.

All students who wish to undertake international travel that meets any of the criteria listed above must comply with the requirements set forth below in the Implementation/Guidelines section. In addition to these requirements, all university travelers must comply with the general travel requirements set forth in Memorandum 35 – Travel Policies.

Responsibility

The International Center serves as the clearinghouse for all university students regarding international travel.
The Assistant Vice President for International Education (AVPIE) is the initial point of contact regarding any international travel issues for university students that require special review and/or approval as outlined in this policy. The AVPIE is responsible for coordinating, facilitating, supporting, and serving as the primary resource for determinations regarding international travel for students.

The President or the AVPIE serving as the President’s designee exercises final approval of all international travel determinations that require special review as outlined in this policy.

Implementation/Guidelines

A. Registering International Travel for University Business

A.1 Registration with the International Center

All students traveling internationally must register their travel plans in advance with the International Center by completing the International Travel Registration Form. This will allow travelers to receive pre-travel resources and will reduce the response time to locate and assist university travelers in the event of an in-country crisis (e.g., natural disaster, civil unrest, military action, etc.).

To register travel plans, visit http://tinyurl.com/m48k9vk.

A.2 Registration with Global Rescue

Upon receipt of travel plans from a student, the International Center will coordinate with the university’s international emergency assistance provider, Global Rescue, to register the traveler’s information in their systems and to share with the traveler information regarding how to secure a membership card with Global Rescue and how to access important pre-travel information and resources, including Global Rescue’s GRID Portal Service, which includes destination reports and risk ratings.

(NOTE: Global Rescue’s mission is to “provide the highest quality medical, security, transport, and other critical services for our members anytime, anywhere in the world.” Global Rescue is contracted with Norwich to deploy in-house medical and security professionals anywhere in the world to solve a crisis covered under the Member Services Agreement (MSA). The company is not an insurance company, and the MSA with Global Rescue is not an insurance policy. See below for more information regarding insurance while traveling internationally.)

A.3 Registration with the US Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

All students traveling internationally must register their travel plans in advance with the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This is a free service to allow US citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest US Embassy or Consulate, which will (1) enable travelers to receive important information from the US Embassy about safety conditions in the destination country; (2) help travelers make informed decisions about their travel plans; (3) help the US Embassy contact travelers in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency; and (4) help the university, as well as family and friends, get in touch with travelers in an emergency.

To register, visit https://step.state.gov/step/.

B. International Travel Health Insurance

Each university traveler is responsible for understanding his/her insurance coverage provided by the university. It is the responsibility of the traveler to determine whether appropriate supplemental insurance is needed, such as international travel health insurance.

Following is a list of just a few companies who provide international travel health insurance, as well as a Web site where you can compare various travel insurance options:

Additional insurance information is available on the US Department of State Web site.

C. Travel to Countries with a US Department of State Travel Alert or Warning

All students traveling to countries/regions for which the US Department of State has issued a Travel Alert or Warning must confirm that they are aware of the Travel Alert or Warning when they register their travel plans with the International Center (see section A.1 above) and must complete a Supplemental International Travel Registration Form for Travel to Countries/Regions with Travel Alerts or Warnings. Students are responsible for taking appropriate measures to mitigate their personal risk. Depending upon the specifics of the Travel Alert or Warning, additional pre-departure meetings may also be required and/or travel to the country/region may be suspended by the university (see IMPORTANT NOTE below).

For the most up-to-date listing of US Department of State Travel Alerts and Warnings, visit http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings.html.

To complete the Supplemental International Travel Registration Form for Travel to Countries/Regions with Travel Alerts or Warnings, visit http://tinyurl.com/ntte6ve.

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING SUSPENSION OF STUDENT TRAVEL

Norwich University will not fund, award credit for, or otherwise sponsor or support any international travel by university students to a country/region if the Travel Warning issued by the US Department of State: (1) orders the departure of US dependents and non-essential/non-emergency personnel; (2) recommends that US citizens depart the country; (3) advises US citizens against all travel to the country; or (4) recommends that US citizens defer non-essential travel to the country.

In such cases, travel is suspended to the affected country/region for all university students. No exceptions will be made to this policy. If such a condition comes into effect after the student’s departure, the university reserves the right to require the students to end the trip and leave the country. Such determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis. Students are responsible for taking appropriate measures to mitigate their personal financial losses in the event of program suspension (e.g., purchase travel insurance/trip cancellation insurance).

International students traveling to their home country are exempt from the travel suspension.

D. Travel to Countries with a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travel Health Alert or Warning

All students traveling to countries/regions for which the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a Travel Health Alert or Warning must confirm that they are aware of the Travel Health Alert or Warning when they register their travel plans with the International Center (see section A.1 above) and must complete a Supplemental International Travel Registration Form for Travel to Countries/Regions with Travel Alerts or Warnings. Students are responsible for taking appropriate measures to mitigate their personal risk. Depending upon the specifics of the Travel Health Alert or Warning, additional pre-departure meetings may also be required and/or travel to the country/region may be suspended by the university (see IMPORTANT NOTE below).

For the most up-to-date listing of US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travel Health Alerts and Warnings, visit http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices.

To complete the Supplemental International Travel Registration Form for Travel to Countries/Regions with Travel Alerts or Warnings, visit http://tinyurl.com/ntte6ve.

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING SUSPENSION OF STUDENT TRAVEL

Norwich University will not fund, award credit for, or otherwise sponsor or support any international travel by university students to a country/region if the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a Travel Health Warning that recommends US citizens defer non-essential travel to the country.

In such cases, travel is suspended to the affected country/region for all university students. No exceptions will be made to this policy. If such a condition comes into effect after the student’s departure, the university reserves the right to require the students to end the trip and leave the country. Such determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis. Students are responsible for taking appropriate measures to mitigate their personal financial losses in the event of program suspension (e.g., purchase travel insurance/trip cancellation insurance).

International students traveling to their home country are exempt from the travel suspension.

E. Travel to Countries Sanctioned by the Office of Foreign Assets Control

All students traveling to countries/regions that are sanctioned by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) within the US Department of Treasury must confirm that they are aware of the sanctions when they register their travel plans with the International Center (see section A.1 above). Additional pre-departure meetings may also be required to ensure full understanding of and compliance with the sanctions.

For the most up-to-date listing of OFAC sanctioned countries, visit http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Pages/Programs.aspx.

Failure to comply with all aspects of this policy may limit the university’s ability to provide support to international travelers in a timely and effective manner, and may also result in the university’s denial of reimbursement for travel expenses.

Contact Offices

  • AVPIE’s Office: Ext. 2716
  • SVPAA’s Office: Ext. 2025

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