The Office of Overseas Study at Indiana University regularly monitors information relevant to the safety of all IU students abroad, from official sources as well as from our domestic and international partners and colleagues. The safety and security of IU students abroad is of the utmost importance to us. We work to ensure that students can make informed and wise decisions regarding program selection as well as their behavior abroad.
In addition to other sources of evidence of potential risk to students, we give primary consideration to Travel Warnings issued by the U.S. Department of State. The basic premise from which we operate is that, except in special circumstances, Indiana University will not offer or support study abroad in countries that are under a State Department Travel Warning nor approve transit through or stop-overs in these countries. Requests for exemptions based on "special circumstances" are evaluated on a program-by-program basis through a process established by the Safety and Responsibility Committee of the system-wide Overseas Study Advisory Council (OSAC). The Committee has the authority to make the final decision on such requests from program organizers.
Decisions for exemptions will be based on the nature of the Travel Warning, including the locations most impacted by the Warning, the experience and training of program organizers and local support staff, the importance and academic relevance of student involvement, what the program will do to minimize the risk to students, the extent of the safety and security orientation provided and the program's willingness to get the students' informed consent regarding participation, despite the Travel Warning.
This policy applies to graduate and undergraduate students on programs offered on all campuses of Indiana University, whether they are system-administered or co-sponsored programs through the Office of Overseas Study or unit-based programs that have been arranged by a campus, a school or a department.