Health and Safety
Health and safety of the participants and leaders is a top priority for the institution. IAG has compiled some resources that we encourage leaders to review prior to departure. Further research regarding recommended, required or optional vaccinations, and international travel warnings should be completed in the initial planning phases of the study tour preparation.
In case of emergency, information must be collected prior to departure from students about contact persons and medical alerts. (Download the Student Information Form.) Due to HIPPA regulations, full medical form disclosures need to be completed in the Center for Health and Wellness. Contact the Center directly for additional information.
This information on the student information form should be kept confidential and sealed copies of the information will be housed during the trip in the following locations:
- Provost’s office
- Health and Wellness Center
In addition, it is advised for the trip leader to take a copy of the information on the trip.
It is important that the institution show due diligence in making sure that our students are informed of health risks and safety considerations. It is advised that during the student pre-departure meetings that leaders make sure that every participant receives printed information on health and safety. Please have student sign the Waiver Form and be familiar with the Employee Indemnification and Defense Policy.
Safety information is available at the State Department web site (http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html)
- Consular information sheets, which include country-specific travel advisories and safety information, are accessible at: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html Background information on individual countries is available at: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/
- Health information, including advice on vaccines, diseases, health risks, and advice for staying healthy is available for regions of the world at the Centers for Disease Control web site at: http://www.cdc.gov/travel/destinat.htm
- Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens/nationals who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency. It is advised faculty leaders register ALL participants and leaders in the STEP program prior to departure. Full information can be found at https://step.state.gov/step/.
- Emergency Assistance while abroad: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/emergencies.html
- Call Overseas Citizens Services: In an emergency, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate or call these numbers: From the U.S. & Canada 1-888-407-4747
From Overseas +1 202-501-4444
The CDC http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list, the U.S. State Department http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/go/health.html and the World Health Organization http://www.who.int/en/ offer additional resources on health and safety.
It is highly recommended that faculty leaders meet with the Physician Assistant or medical provider in the J. Michael Harding Center for Health and Wellness to discuss the possible risks and precautionary measures leaders should consider for the study tour destination. Contact information can be found on their website: http://w3.marietta.edu/Student_Life/Living_on_Campus/Safety/health&wellness_center.html