OFF ICE OF TH E PR ES IDEN T
Executive Memorandum No. 25
Policy on University Sponsored Travel by Students, Faculty, Staff, or Members of the General
Public to Countries Under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention Travel Health Notice
In seeking to balance the benefits of international travel on educational, research, and outreach activities
with the potential risks such travel might pose to students, faculty, staff, and members of the general public,
the University relies on the guidance provided to travelers by the U.S. Department of State and the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention.
U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings: The State Department’s Office of American Citizens
Services and Crisis Management (ACS) administers the Consular Information Program, which
informs the public of conditions abroad that may affect their safety and security. Country
Specific Information, Travel Alerts, and Travel Warnings are vital parts of this program.
Travel Warnings are issued when long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or
unstable lead the State Department to recommend that Americans avoid or consider the risk of travel to
that country. A Travel Warning is also issued when the U.S. Government’s ability to assist American
citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travel Health Notices: The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the major operating components of the United States
Department of Health and Human Services. The CDC issues Travel Health Notices to inform
travelers about current issues that may affect their health when visiting specific destinations.
The CDC issues three types of Health Notices: Watch Level 1; Alert Level 2; and Warning
Level 3. A Travel Health Notice at Warning Level 3 is issued when the CDC recommends
that travelers avoid all non-essential travel to a destination due to high risk.
Travel by Students and Members of the General Public
It is the policy of the University of Nebraska that no university sponsored program of travel for students
and members of the general public shall depart from the United States for a country for which the U.S.
Department of State has issued a Travel Warning or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
has issued a Travel Health Notice at Warning Level 3. If such a warning is issued after departure, the
guidance provided by the warning shall be followed by participants in the affected area until the senior
international officer for the University of Nebraska provides guidance and direction regarding the steps
necessary to insure health and safety, including possible return to the United States.
Travel by Faculty and Staff
It is the policy of the University of Nebraska that any faculty or staff member seeking to travel under
university auspices to a country for which the CDC has issued a Travel Health Notice at Warning Level 3
must first obtain prior approval for such travel by making a written request to the relevant University of
Nebraska Chancellor. The Chancellor will make a recommendation on the request to the President, who
will make a final determination.