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Message to the Community

To: The W&L Community
From: Marc Conner, Provost
Re: International Travel: Risks and Responses

As the weekend’s tragic events in London amply demonstrate, international travel always carries the possibility of crisis.  W&L has put in place an international Travel Registry, which includes itineraries and emergency contact information for faculty, staff, and students traveling abroad for university business. We currently have students, staff, and faculty in London, and we were able to establish contact with and offer support to all of them who were registered very quickly and effectively.

All students, faculty, and staff who are traveling abroad on university business, including students traveling on a W&L grant or on non-academic travel (with an athletic team, the University Singers, etc.), need to enter their information in the Travel Registry. (Students studying abroad are registered by virtue of their study abroad application.) The information is secure and confidential, and is used only to enable communication in the event of a crisis or emergency. In addition, using the Travel Registry automatically enrolls one in the university’s international travel insurance, and one has access to electronic copies of one’s travel documents in case of loss or theft.

The Travel Registry link is on the Center for International Education Website: go.wlu.edu/travel-registry. If you have questions or experience difficulties with the registry, please contact Cindy Irby, assistant director of international education (cirby@wlu.edu). Registration takes about 10 minutes. I urge all members of our community to employ this important resource for all future international travel.

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