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Supporting student health, safety and security abroad

In accordance with the University of Missouri Collected Rules and Regulations, the International Center has primary responsibility to support the health, safety and security of all MU students participating in study abroad and university-related international travel programs.

Responsibilities

Establish policies and procedures for health, safety and security based on national standards of best practice in the field of education abroad.

Key resources utilized include:

Provide focused, on-going risk assessment and mitigation.

Monitor health, safety and security conditions in locations relevant to MU student international travelers using sources, including:

Support student travel in accordance with the MU student international travel policy.

  • Assist students or units planning travel to countries or regions that the U.S. Department of State or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identify as higher risk in developing requests for exceptions to the MU student international travel policy for review by the Student Travel Abroad Review Committee.
  • Work with travelers with the goal of supporting their academic goals and mitigating risk to the level acceptable to the university.
    • Higher risk travel requires additional preparation, and students and units are encouraged to begin the appeal process early.
    • Requests for exceptions submitted by graduate students who have well-defined academic/research interests that require travel to high-risk locations have a higher likelihood of approval.

Develop, maintain and implement emergency response plans and protocols for all MU students participating in study abroad and university-related international travel programs.

  • Provide 24/7 emergency assistance line with the MU Police Department (+1 573-882-7201) that connects MU students participating on study abroad and university-related international travel programs with the director of student international health, safety and security or other key staff members trained in emergency response protocols.
  • Serve as a first responder for crises involving MU students abroad, in collaboration with key university stakeholders.
  • Develop and maintain the campus-wide student international incident tracking database to record the number, type and severity of incidents affecting MU students participating on study abroad and university-related international travel programs.

Provide health, safety and security orientation and training.

Health, safety and security orientation and training is provided to all MU students participating in study abroad or university-related international travel programs, as well as the faculty and staff members who travel with them.

Orientation and preparation for students participating in study abroad or university-related international travel programs:
Training and preparation for program leaders:
  • Develop and present mandatory health, safety and security workshops for all faculty and staff members leading MU programs abroad, in collaboration with key university colleagues. Please see the calendar of events for upcoming workshop dates.
  • Develop and maintain the Field Guide for Program Directors, in collaboration with key university stakeholders.

Support student access and readiness for travel.

  • Collaborate with the Student Health Center and Counseling Center to advise and assist students with pre-existing health conditions to prepare for successful study abroad and university-related international travel experiences.
  • Collaborate with the Disability Center to arrange reasonable accommodations for MU students participating in study abroad and university-related international travel programs.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Student Accountability and Support, the division sponsoring the program, and U.S. and overseas colleagues to evaluate participation requests for students on disciplinary probation, as well as with the Office for Civil Rights and Title IX to review applicants for participation in study abroad and university-related international travel programs.

Manage student international travel registry.

  • Track participation in non-study abroad university-related international travel.
  • Collect student itineraries, contact and emergency contact information.
  • Track enrollment in the university’s comprehensive health and emergency evacuation insurance; successful completion of the online MU Study Abroad Orientation for study and travel abroad; and completion of all required documents, including the University of Missouri Assumption of Risk and Release.

Coordinate compliance with the Clery Act and other legislation affecting study abroad and university-related international travel programs.

  • Collaborate with the MU Police Department to coordinate campus-wide compliance with the Clery Act. Information about Clery-reportable crimes occurring on study abroad and university-related international travel programs is included in the university’s Annual Fire Safety and Security Report.
  • Collaborate with the Office for Civil Rights and Title IX to assist with Title IX compliance by providing training and resources.