St. Thomas is committed to helping ensure the health and safety of all travelers. Global Learning & Strategy will serve as liaison with departments sponsoring off-campus travel regarding these health and safety policies. Below you will also find a listing of University policies which apply to all Off-Campus Travel with Students:
This policy of the Dean of Students office outlines the process faculty or staff follow in determining the appropriate action for inappropriate student behavior abroad.
Review and discuss with students prior to departure.
This policy statement is provided for discussion and review with your group prior to departure
- Information on Health and Safety
All participants should be provided with written information on travel safety. General health information should be provided as well as any specific information for a given country/destination. St. Thomas Student Health Services is a certified travel clinic and should be consulted prior to any/all travel abroad.
- Cultural and travel orientation materials
Students should be encouraged to explore the cultural norms of their host country. Study Abroad staff are available for intercultural training and travel orientation.
This policy prohibits the co-habitation of unmarried couples while traveling with students. See Employee Handbook and/or Faculty handbook online.
The University of St. Thomas uses U.S. State Department Travel Warnings as a guideline in determining whether an international university-sponsored program (e.g., study abroad, athletics, volunteer, music ensemble tour) will take place.
- A Model Crisis Management Plan for Off-campus Programs
This document models a system for establishing the protocol required for contacting the responsible parties in St. Paul in the event of severe illness or death or other emergency with the group abroad. Program directors should have such a plan in place prior to departure.