International Travel Moratorium Appeals for Students

Due to the continuing impact of the pandemic on global travel, the University has implemented a moratorium on University-related international travel for all students, faculty, and staff. This decision was made after careful consideration, in the interest of the health and safety of our community.

The travel moratorium is supplemental to the institutional International Travel Policy. Exceptions to this moratorium may be considered in the following limited circumstances:

For All Students

For Undergraduate Students

  • Undergraduate student travel to a country with DOS Level 3 Travel Advisory, or CDC Travel Advisory at Level 3, only if “essential.”
  • For undergraduate students, essential means:
    • the travel is a required part of the degree program; and
    • the academic objective of the travel cannot be postponed or accomplished remotely, as substantiated by the appropriate dean or designee.

For Graduate Students

  • Graduate and professional student travel to a country with DOS Level 3 or 4 Travel Advisory, or CDC Travel Advisory at Level 3, only if “essential.”
  • For graduate and professional students, essential means:
    • The travel is a required part of degree program, or there is another compelling University-related reason for the travel, as substantiated by the appropriate dean or designee (e.g. research in support of COVID response; time-sensitive and location-specific thesis research); and
    • the travel cannot be postponed without extreme hardship. 

Steps to Appeal

Should a student wish to appeal, they must follow the steps outlined below. Exception requests will be reviewed by the International Travel Review Committee (“TRC”), which will confer with a public health expert and an academic official from your department/school. The TRC’s recommendation will be sent to the appropriate EVP for final approval or denial. Please allow at least four weeks for the review and approval process.

Spring 2021 Undergraduate Study Abroad

Credit-bearing undergraduate travel, such as OGE-affiliated and -administered programs.

  1. Contact Susan Hochreiter
  2. Please include the name of the program in your email.

All Other Types of Undergraduate International Travel

Non-credit bearing undergraduate travel such as grants and fellowships, and credit-bearing SNHS Global Health Practicums.

  1. Complete the International Travel Authorization Application for Undergraduates
  2. Attestation of Academic Necessity and Statement of Support: the attestation is within the International Travel Authorization Application and should be completed by your dean or designee.

Graduate Students

  1. Complete the International Travel Authorization Application for Graduates
  2. Attestation of Academic Necessity and Statement of Support: the attestation is within the International Travel Authorization Application and should be completed by your dean or designee (e.g., academic advisor, director of graduate students, department chair, or program director)

Law Center Students

Contact Cara Morris and Mariah Strauch-Nelson in the Office of Transnational Programs at the Law Center.

Faculty- and Staff-led Student Groups

  1. Complete the International Travel Authorization Application for Groups
  2. Attestation of Academic Necessity and Statement of Support: the attestation is within the International Travel Authorization Application and should be completed by your dean (for faculty) or unit head (for staff).