Student Travel Warning PolicySLU Policies Regarding U.S. State Department & Center for Disease Control Travel Warnings
Saint Louis University does not encourage or support travel to countries in which the U.S. Department of State or Center for Disease Control have issued a travel warning. The University reserves the right to cancel or suspend any program at any time in its sole discretion if it determines that there is unnecessary or significant risk to participants.
Saint Louis University reserves the right to suspend approval of any program or individual study abroad by Saint Louis University students in a country under a U.S. Department of State or Center for Disease Control issued 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 Participate in Suspended Programs
If a student wishes to participate in a study abroad program in a country under a current U.S. Department of State or Center for Disease Control travel warning, a request to appeal the program suspension may be made to the International Travel Advisory Committee.
The student requesting the appeal must submit a Special Petition to Travel to Restricted Regions to the International Travel Advisory Committee, through the Study Abroad Coordinator.
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, faculty, or staff to go abroad and study independently or for credit.
As a condition of granting the request, the student must sign the High Risk Travel Waiver/Release Form, 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.