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Faculty/Staff Checklist

 Contact the Office of Global Safety and Security (OGSS) during planning stages of your trip to inform them of your tentative travel plans.

 To minimize health and safety risks, the University links approval of undergraduate international travel to U.S. Department of State (DOS) Travel Advisories. If you are considering a trip abroad, firstread theTravel Advisory for your destination. If the U.S. DOS rating for your destination is Level 3 - Reconsider Travel or Level 4 - Do Not Travel, you must seek approval from Northwestern before your funding can be released. Contact Beth Osterlund in OGSS during the early planning stages of your trip to discuss your formal request for travel permission.

 Regardless of the destination or duration of a university-sponsored trip abroad, Northwestern employees who accompany students abroad accept a leadership role in understanding and mitigating risk. OGSS offers regular “Trip Leader Training” sessions for faculty and staff to help them identify and manage foreseeable risks as well as be prepared to respond to emergencies. Contact OGSS for a list of upcoming training dates.

 Northwestern employees are covered for the duration of the trip under the GeoBlue business traveler policy. Read about the plan limitations and complete the one-time registration to access information on doctors, clinics and hospitals in the trip destination.

 All students are required to enroll in GeoBlue for Students for the duration of the trip. The cost is less than $12 per week. Choose one of these two enrollment methods (contact OGSS to discuss):

 Approximately 6-8 weeks before departure, email the names and NetID of all student travelers to the OGSS for enrollment in Canvas course entitled Before You Travel: Health & Safety Requirements. This course offers information and links for completing Northwestern’s health and safety pre-departure requirements. All student travelers must complete these requirements at least two weeks before departure, and you should follow up with your travelers as needed. The OGSS will verify that each student has completed the requirements and send an email confirmation to the student. The student should send this confirmation to you before any funding is released.

 At least one week before your departure, submit an itinerary, including flight information and the address and phone number of all accommodations to OGSS and your sponsoring unit or department. If required, OGSS will comply with Clery Act (a federal law) Student Trip Reporting Directions and complete a Student Trip Report Form on your behalf.

 Develop a communication plan with your travelers in case of an emergency. Contact OGSS for tips depending on your program’s destination and activities.

 Confirm your safe arrival with your department or administrative unit and encourage participants to check-in with their families. Follow the incident notification guidelines  for reporting incidents.