International Risk Management

Risk management is one of the university’s priorities and international risk management is a focus for Global Learning and Strategy.  The University of St. Thomas has processes in place to promote safe international travel when students, faculty, and staff travel abroad for University purposes.


The following information may be of interest to you if you are traveling abroad for university business. See the University’s Policy Repository for more information.

- Code of Professional Conduct
- Off Campus Travel with Students Policy
- Purchasing and Payables Policy, Travel Purchase Policy
- Vision Program Policies
- Vision Trip and Study Abroad Policies

Best Practices for Off-Campus Travel

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 

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 are encouraged to explore the cultural norms of their host country. The Office of Study Abroad can provide informational materials upon request.

The University of St. Thomas uses U.S. State Department Travel Advisories as a guideline in determining whether an international university-sponsored program (e.g., study abroad, athletics, volunteer, music ensemble tour) will take place.

  • Program directors should have a crisis management plan in place prior to departure. Contact Global Learning & Strategy for sample plans.