International Travel Risk Assessment and Advisory Committee (ITRAAC)

Mission

To evaluate the safety of proposed study abroad programs in countries with active State Department Travel Warnings. Following a review, the committee will make a recommendation to the Vice Provost for Global Affairs on whether to proceed with the proposed program. The committee is only advisory.

Travel Warning vs. Travel Alert

Travel Alerts are cautionary notices about short-term conditions that pose significant risks to the security of U.S. citizens traveling to specific countries or regions. Examples of conditions that might generate a Travel Alert include natural disasters, terrorist attacks, political demonstrations and international conferences or events.

Travel Warnings are issued when the State Department recommends American citizens avoid travel to a particular country because of dangerous or unstable conditions. A warning is also issued when the U.S. Government closes its embassy or consulate or reduces American diplomatic staff, thereby limiting the ability of the State Department to assist U.S. citizens abroad.

Current Travel Alerts and Warning (U.S. Department of State)

Objectives

Review travel advisory documentation from the Department of State. Make a recommendation for or against study abroad programs. Non-academic travel programs are not considered by the Committee. In case of a favorable recommendation, continue to monitor the situation in the country for the proposed program, as the Committee reserves the right to change its recommendation and have UC Davis cancel the program at any time should the circumstances warrant.

Minimal Proposal Requirements

  • Participants
  • Dates
  • Purpose
  • Proposed Activities
  • Schedule
  • Contingency plan for dealing with potential risks (University Policy 370-05)

For more information

Marik von Rennenkampff, Travel Security Manager, Global Affairs
(530) 752-9543, mvonren@ucdavis.edu

Committee Membership

Interim Chair, Global Affairs, Jim Rix, Chief of Staff, Global Affairs

Campus Counsel, Michael Sweeney, Campus Counsel

Safety Services, Eric Kvigne, Associate Vice Chancellor

Global Affairs, Marik von Rennenkampff, Travel Security Manager

Requesting Group, Varies, Director

Country Specialist, Varies, Varies