O. Policy on International Travel Risk Review
1. It is a goal of the University of New Hampshire (UNH) strategic plan to ensure that students will have maximum exposure to international experiences. To minimize health hazards and safety risks, UNH established the International Travel Risk Review Committee (ITRRC) to evaluate UNH-sponsored education abroad activities when a significant health or safety concern is raised and to decide whether to suspend that activity.
2. This health or safety concern may arise from a number of sources. Examples of such sources may include but are not limited to: the U.S. State Department, governmental/NGO health organizations, travel assistance providers, UNH faculty and staff with an expertise in the area, on-site staff officials or other indicators of potential health or safety threats.
3. UNH policy prohibits student activities in countries for which a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is in effect. There may be instances when an individual UNH student or a UNH-sponsored group considers that there is a compelling educational interest to conducting an activity in a country on the U.S. State Department Travel Warning list and that it is possible to mitigate the risks. In these cases an individual student or a unit may petition to the International Travel Risk Review Committee (ITRRC) for prior approval. Please see the Center for International Education web page on travel risk review for further guidelines, information, and forms.