Categorizing or quantifying risk is difficult, particularly for unique and varied locations around the world. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign seeks to balance its commitment to being a global university with concern for its faculty, staff, and students.
The university applies a thoughtful approach to identifying high-risk destinations, relying on U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory levels. This is codified in policy to better safeguard individuals during university-related travel. This approach, however, is counterbalanced by allowing travelers to request exceptions for travel to any location. Each request is considered on its own merits.
The process for travel to high-risk destinations is explained below. Individuals participating on university-related travel abroad are responsible for determining if their destination is high-risk using the Identifying High-Risk Destinations page, according to the University Policy on International Travel. A high-risk destination can encompass an entire country or a region inside a country. If high-risk, travelers will need to request an exception.
Travelers with questions regarding the rating of a country, region or city, or about how to request an exception, should contact International Safety and Security.
High-Risk Travel Waiver
For individual travel, the "High-Risk Destination Waiver" can be completed and submitted electronically.
The Program Leader should download copies of the "Risk & Release Form" below for each participant. Each participant should read, sign, and return the form to the Program Leader. Once all members of the group have completed the form, the Program Leader should submit them directly to International Safety and Security via email or in person at 507 E. Green St., Champaign, IL 61820.