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Student Travel Warning Policy

SLU Policies Regarding U.S. State Department & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travel Warnings

Saint Louis University recognizes the risks to safety and security of students who travel internationally, and particularly to students who travel to countries in which the U.S. Department of State or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a travel warning. The University reserves the right to cancel or suspend any program of study, research or service at any time in its sole discretion if it determines that there is unnecessary or significant risk to participants.

Ebola in West Africa
Please note that Saint Louis University does not currently support student travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone at this time, due to Ebola concerns.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Ebola outbreak to be an international emergency, but has not classified it as a pandemic. At this time, we believe the Saint Louis University campus community is at a low risk of exposure to the virus; however, we are closely monitoring the WHO, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local state and county health department advisories.

For more information on the Ebola virus disease, visit the WHO or CDC websites or refer to the CDC's Ebola Fact Sheet.

Anyone planning a trip home to West Africa or experiencing flu-like symptoms after returning from travel in the region should contact the Student Health Center (314) 977-2323.

Program Suspension
Saint Louis University reserves the right to suspend approval of any program of study, research or service by Saint Louis University students in a country under a U.S. Department of State or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel warning or for any other reason or condition that, in the University's sole determination presents unnecessary or significant risk. The International Travel Advisory Committee will determine if program suspension or cancellation is warranted.

Written Appeals to Amend Suspended Programs
Departments, units or individual students who wish to administer or participate in student international travel in a country under a current U.S. Department of State or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel warning may request to appeal the program suspension through the International Travel Advisory Committee.

The department, unit or individual student requesting the appeal must submit a Special Petition to Travel to Restricted Regions to the International Travel Advisory Committee, through the Office of International Services. Departments or units administering programs in a country under a current travel warning and requesting an appeal may complete the Special Petition on behalf of the group or program. Individual students requesting an appeal for independent program participation in a country under a current travel warning must complete the Special Petition individually.

The International Travel Advisory Committee will review appeals on a case by case basis, in light of all of the surrounding facts and circumstances in a given country and any other information which the Committee may deem relevant in determining whether or not to suspend the program or permit students to go abroad and study independently or for credit.

As a condition of granting the appeal, each student participating in the program must complete and sign the Safety and Security Assessment and Statement of Understanding, Risk and Responsibility, assuming all the risks and releasing the University from any future liability for his or her personal choices.

Please note that travel warning waivers are granted to individual programs and not countries. Each program within a country under a Travel Warning is required to submit a formal appeal.

Travel Warnings Implemented Once a Program is Underway
If a program is currently underway when a Travel Warning is announced, and there are circumstances that pose an immediate threat to student health or safety, the International Travel Advisory Committee has the discretion to suspend a program and begin evacuation proceedings immediately.

If a program is currently underway when a Travel Warning is announced for the first time, but there are no circumstances that pose an immediate threat to student health or safety, the International Travel Advisory Committee, will monitor the situation and evaluate whether a waiver may be warranted or if the program needs to be immediately canceled or altered.

Cancelled Program Refund Policy
If Saint Louis University cancels a program prior to departure, the University will make every effort to retrieve any recoverable costs. Unrecoverable expenses, such as airline tickets, however, cannot always be refunded. As refunds are not always possible, students may want to consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance that can be obtained through many travel or insurance agents.

If Saint Louis University cancels a program after it has commenced due to safety or security concerns, refunds will be determined on a case by case basis.

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