In support of the international work that is needed to help carry out UW-Madison’s mission in which faculty, staff and students can discover, examine critically, preserve and transmit the knowledge, wisdom and values that will help ensure the survival of this and future generations and improve the quality of life for all, the safety and security of UW-Madison employees and students abroad is of utmost importance. In order to help protect our employees and students, the following policy was adopted to ensure a consistent set of standards are followed to address concerns about the health and safety of UW-Madison employees and students during university-affiliated international travel.
It is not the intention of this policy, either explicitly or implicitly, to intrude upon or otherwise restrict the academic freedom of any member of the university community. It is the sole intention to provide a framework for safeguarding the university community with respect to university-affiliated international travel.
The first section of this policy discusses resources for international travel available to university employees and students. The second section addresses employee travel. The third section of the document addresses student travel.
UW-Madison employees and students.
Prior to and during travel, UW-Madison students, staff, and faculty are expected to monitor the U.S. Department of State travel information including Country Information, Travel Alerts, and Travel Warnings as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerts and notices, including the CDC COVID-19 specific notices. To receive the latest travel updates and country information, university employees and students are encouraged to register online with the U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler’s Enrollment Program (STEP).
Important websites include:
Locations within countries may be characterized with different State Department travel advisories than the country itself. Travel to locations that are characterized by a Level 3 or Level 4 within a country that is characterized as a Level 1 or Level 2 are also considered under a Travel Warning for the purposes of this document.
A PDF version of this policy can be found here.
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