The University of Michigan-Flint recognizes the importance of establishing policies and procedures to help facilitate the safety and well-being of education abroad participants and facutly or staff leaders. While acknowledging that no single plan can address all contingencies, below are a few of the ways UM-Flint strives to keep education abroad, before and during students' participation, as safe as possible:
- The U-M International Travel Policy is a system-wide policy that applies to faculty, staff and all students traveling outside of the United States of America for University-related purposes, which may include but are not limited to, study, research, internships, service, conferences/presentations, teaching, performances, or athletic competitions. Schools, colleges and business units may have additional policies and procedures that support this overall policy. The University reserves the right to prohibit or suspend travel for University-related purposes to any destination by faculty, staff, or students if significant health, safety or security concerns pose extreme risks that warrant such a decision.
- The International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC) is a U-M system-wide health, safety, and security advisory board who is responsible for the overall management of the University Travel Registry (where international student/faculty/staff is recorded) and assists with the coordination of crisis response when international emergencies occur. ITOC members consist of staff and faculty individuals from the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campuses. ITOC is chaired by Kimberley Coyne, Senior Advisor for International Health, Safety and Security.
- All UM-Flint faculty/staff-led programs are evaluated for health, safety and security by the University of Michigan-Flint's International Travel Advisory Committee (ITAC) headed by a senior university official appointed by the Chancellor and Provost. ITAC has ultimate authority for approving the safety of group programs and sites, and has the ability to cancel programs or revise them to address safety and security concerns.
- All participants are required to participate in one or more general orientation sessions that outline safety issues and cultural adjustment. An addition, all faulty/staff programs also provide a country-sepcific orientation in which safety precautions are outlined
- All participants are required to register travel information in the UM Travel Registry
- All participants are required to enroll in Highway to Health Insurance.
- Emergency procedures are in one place, including medical and general emergency evacuation procedures
To Report an Emergency While Abroad
Call the UM-Flint Department of Public Safety (DPS) direct or collect-call. 810.762.3335