Ohio State consistently monitors and assesses safety or security information that may impact university travelers. In the event of a significant health, safety or security concern abroad, the international risk manager in conjunction with the International Travel Policy Committee is responsible for considering travel modifications, relocations or evacuations of active programs and postponement or suspension of planned university supported international programs and individual student travel.
- The international risk manager is the first point of review for any significant health, safety or security concern that may impact student travelers. If immediate changes to travel need to be made, the international risk manager may make immediate contact with program leaders or individual travelers concerning adjustments, which could include modifications (itinerary changes); relocations (movement to another location); or evacuation (temporary or full return to the United States.)
- Issues that may require changes to travel, such as the issuance of a new or revised U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or a CDC Warning Level 3: Avoid Nonessential Travel notice would be referenced to an emergency action committee consisting of the international risk manager, assistant vice provost for global strategies and international affairs, director of education abroad and director of risk management and insurance.
- Recommendations from the emergency action committee would be communicated to the International Travel Policy Committee and authorized by the Office of the Provost. The recommendations would be communicated to program leaders or individual travelers by the international risk manager.
Political Emergency and Natural Disaster Evacuation Coverage
In the event of an emergency requiring evacuation, the GeoBlue insurance includes Political Emergency and Natural Disaster Evacuation (PEND) coverage through Drum Cussac. GeoBlue, in consultation with Drum Cussac, determines whether or not an evacuation order will be issued and covered under the policy. A covered evacuation will be coordinated by GeoBlue according to the benefits of the policy. Covered evacuations are often quick and for a very limited duration. Students who refuse to comply with an Ohio State directive to evacuate during a covered event will lose their PEND insurance coverage and not be provided further evacuation services by GeoBlue or Ohio State University.