Petition Process for Student Travel to Countries Under Warnings/Restrictions

University Student Travel to a country under US Department of State travel warning or alert
When the U.S. State Department issues a travel warning, the following protocols must be followed:

  1. No student shall be required to participate in an educational, clinical or research activity under MUSC auspices in a country for which the State Department has issued a Travel Warning.
  2. Any student who wishes to travel under university auspices to a country on the U.S. Department of State’s travel warning list is required to submit a petition for travel approval from the International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC). The ITOC is a joint faculty-administrative advisory committee to review security and safety conditions associated with MUSC international travel.
  3. Petitions must be submitted at least three months in advance of the proposed travel date.
  4. The committee’s recommendation will depend on the academic value of the travel to the student’s curriculum, as well as on the current security and health conditions in the particular country.
  5. Decisions from the ITOC will be final.
  6. If the petition is approved, the student will need to sign the High Risk Travel Waiver accepting responsibility for his/her travel and submit that to the Center for Global Health and register his travel with International SOS. 
  7. If the petition is denied and the student chooses to participate in non-university sponsored travel abroad, they must take a leave of absence from the University to do so, which means they cannot be registered for any university credits during this period and are not eligible for financial aid from the University.   
  8. Failure to comply with this policy can result in disciplinary actions.  Any student who chooses to travel after denial of a petition does so voluntarily and is acting outside the control and responsibility of the University.