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Health, Safety, and Security Tips

Kennesaw State University is committed to the health and safety of all students, faculty, and staff.

There are many resources, services, and requirements designed to mitigate risk to our students, faculty, and staff as they pursue their international endeavors.

Know Your Destination

Each location has its own particular health and safety challenges.  In addition, each travel has unique needs that should be addressed in order to have a successful and enjoyable travel experience.  One should be prepared to meet the challenges of a new environment.  In order to do this, your travel planning should include:

  • Register with On Call International and provide your travel itinerary and lodging by emailing trips@oncallinternational.com and cc'ing msweazey@kennesaw.edu.
  • Determine what risks are present in the destination country and how to mitigate the impact of these risks.  Travelers should generate a destination travel briefing on On Call International.
  • Learn about any specific vaccination requirements or other precautionary dietary, water, and environmental considerations for any location on your travel plan from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).  Planning ahead is critical since many vaccinations are required months in advance of travel.  You can also utilize the KSU Health Services and KSU Counseling and Psychological Services for medical/psychological advice and planning.
  • Plan for any prescription medications you might require while traveling.  Some may not be permitted or are only permitted in limited quantities at your destination and may need additional documentation.  Plan ahead and consult your physician/therapist if your prescription can only be refilled at certain intervals to ensure that you have a sufficient quantity to last for the duration of your trip.
  • Consult with your program office or leader prior to travel.  We strongly recommend that you voluntarily disclose information about your personal history to enable on-campus resources and/or your personal physician to pre-determine health and safety resources in your destination country.
  • Take steps to stay connected via phone and email in order to learn about potential travel disruption.  Also, save important numbers in your phone to quickly obtain guidance or assistance.
  • Register for the U.S. State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
  • Monitor U.S. State Department Travel Warnings and Alerts for developing situations in your region of travel.
  • Download the TripHub app for your smartphone.
  • Investigate your options for phone service and have an emergency communications plan with your family in the event you lose your phone.
  • Notify all bank and credit card companies of your travel plans.

Understanding Travel Risks

While most travel will occur without any serious adverse incidents, all travelers must understand the risks associated with any planned travel.  KSU strives to provide travelers with resources and tools to have a safe trip, but it is ultimately the responsibility of the traveler to adequately prepare for and to travel safely.

Travelers are encouraged to read the F.B.I.'s The Key to U.S. Students Safety Overseas and view the short film, Game of Pawns, regarding safety and security issues while abroad.

KSU's Office of International Safety and Security is available to assist all travelers in emergency planning and risk-reduction strategies.  Appointments can be made by calling 470/578-3785.

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