For this academic year, if the only reason a destination is “high” is due to COVID-19, the following process will be followed. A COVID-19 waiver would be collected for each student/faculty, and each student and faculty going on an OGE program would be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Affiliated and approved third party: OGE will collect risk management plans from providers with whom students are planning to study. OGE will review plans for quality and keep on file. If housing, transportation, and other factors are adequately addressed, we would seek provost approval in advance for these specific providers. Once approved, students would not have to submit an appeal to study with these third-party providers. (No IRMC review required.)
Faculty-led: In addition to the risks identified in the OGE “Release from Responsibility, Assumption of Risk, and Waiver” (see sample attached), the faculty must address COVID-19 precautions that would be taken for the specific itinerary of the course. These risks and mitigation measures must be added to the OGE “Release from Responsibility, Assumption of Risk, and Waiver” for students to review and acknowledge. (IRMC review required.)
Independent/residents/students going on unaffiliated 3rd party: Complete travel appeal to address COVID-19 risk mitigation. (OGE review required but no IRMC review required.)
Dual citizen/home country: OGE application only (which includes EAP). (No IRMC review required.)