The International Travel Risk Review Committee (ITRRC) has two functions. First, it is responsible for deciding whether to suspend an education abroad activity sponsored by UNH when a significant health hazard or safety concern is raised. The committee may decide to suspend an education abroad activity before a program starts or while it is in process.
This health or safety concern may arise from a number of sources, including: U.S. State Department travel advisories, travel advisories from governmental or non-governmental health organizations, risk assessments from travel assistance providers, UNH faculty and staff with an expertise in the area, natural disasters, on-site staff officials or other indicators of potential health or safety threats.
The second function of the ITRRC is to review and approve petitions for education abroad activities, involving travel by UNH undergraduate or graduate students, in countries on the U.S. State Department Travel Warning list and other potentially high risk destinations.
The ITRRC may require petitions for permission to travel to locations or participate in programs that pose a specific health, safety, or security concern as indicated by sources other than the U.S. Department of State Travel Warning list. Examples of such sources may include but are not limited to: U.S. embassies/consulates, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), non-U.S. government authorities (e.g., Australian or Canadian authorities), University of New Hampshire authorities, and travel assistance providers.
The ITRRC has university-wide jurisdiction and its decisions apply uniformly to all campuses.
Composition & Process
The International Travel Risk Review Committee (ITRRC) is comprised of:
- Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
- Vice President of Student and Academic Services
- Assistant VP/Executive Director UNH Health Services
These officials may delegate their responsibilities to others within their areas of authority.
The committee may meet in person or electronically. Decisions are made by unanimous consent of the committee members.
In deciding whether to suspend a UNH-sponsored education abroad activity, approve travel to a country on the U.S. State Department Travel Warning list or approve travel to a high risk destination, the ITRRC will consider the following factors:
- The educational purpose of the activity
- Whether the activity is for undergraduate, graduate, or professional development
- The educational, research, service, outreach, or professional development importance of the activity in relation to the students' UNH program
- The political and physical conditions in the destination country(ies)
- The level of risk to students' health and safety
- Travel conditions and the ability to evacuate students, if necessary
- The manageability of legal risk to the University
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