UIndy Health and Safety Policies

University of Indianapolis is committed to developing a wide variety of international studies for our students. At the same time we recognize that there are times and places where personal security issues may outweigh the advantages of exposure to international experiences; therefore, we have developed a very careful and considered approach to the safety of our students. This includes careful monitoring of U.S. Department of State travel warnings and public announcements. In addition, we have implemented an emergency preparedness and crisis response plan for our overseas programs by providing key individuals (on-site faculty and host institution administrators) with guidelines to follow under a variety of circumstances.

U.S. Government Advice

The United States Department of State has developed a set of reports designed to inform travelers of potential risks (click here for details).

Travel Warnings are issued when the State Department decides based on all relevant information, to recommend that Americans avoid travel to a certain country. Countries where avoidance of travel is recommended will have Travel Warnings as well as Country Specific Information Sheets.

Travel Warnings are issued to describe long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable. A Travel Warning is also issued when the U.S. Government's ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff.

Travel Alerts (formerly Public Announcements) are issued to disseminate information about short-term conditions, generally within a particular country, that pose imminent risks to the security of U.S. citizens. Natural disasters, terrorist attacks, coups, anniversaries of terrorist events, election-related demonstrations or violence, and high-profile events such as international conferences or regional sports events are other examples of conditions that might generate a Travel Alert.

Country Specific Information is available for every country of the world. They include such information as the location of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the subject country, unusual immigration practices, health conditions, minor political disturbances, unusual currency and entry regulations, crime and security information, and drug penalties. If an unstable condition exists in a country that is not severe enough to warrant a Travel Warning, a description of the condition(s) may be included under an optional section entitled "Areas of Instability." On limited occasions, they also restate in this section any U.S. Embassy advice given to official employees. Country Specific Information Sheets generally do not include advice but present information in a factual manner so the traveler can make his or her own decisions concerning travel to a particular country.

How UIndy Uses Government Advice

At a minimum the following always applies:

University of Indianapolis’ Office of Study Abroad will not send students to any country for which a U.S. Department of State "travel warning" has been issued. This includes study abroad programs led by UIndy faculty members. The Office of Study Abroad will carefully review any "travel alerts" issued by the U.S. Department of State for specific regions of countries where security issues are a concern. Decisions about sending or withdrawing students from areas with "travel alerts" will be made in the context of current world situations and after consulting with responsible officials of foreign host universities or overseas providers, the U.S. Department of State, University of Indianapolis administrators, and other experts who are well-informed on issues related to the region in question.

Note: "Travel alerts" generally indicate that a specific threat has been received by the embassy or that the department has concluded that there might be a threat to U.S. citizens because of recent events in that country or the U.S. In most cases these threats are not realized, and most importantly, are not likely to cause difficulties for our students and faculty if they exercise reasonable caution. Such announcements are communicated to students, faculty and staff who are in the specified country or expected to travel there.

The following forms are provided to participants and their parents regarding the responsibilities of participants and of what UIndy is responsible and not:

UIndy Release and Waiver of Liability

UIndy Perspective on Intercultural Experiences

For more information about UIndy health and safety or for questions, please contact the Office of Study Abroad by clicking here, calling 317-788-3394 or stopping in Schwitzer Student Center 208.