Thursday February 4, 2010

Safety and Security Abroad

University of Dayton faculty, staff and students now have access to worldwide medical, travel and security assistance, and evacuation services when traveling abroad.

The University of Dayton has contracted with International SOS to provide worldwide medical, travel and security assistance, and evacuation services for all faculty, staff and students participating in University-related international travel.

"Securing International SOS as a resource is further evidence of the University's commitment to both internationalization and the health and safety of our community members," said Amy Anderson, director of the University's Center for the International Programs.

International SOS services include up-to-date reports on safety and security, health issues, medical referrals and vaccination requirements for individual countries, as well as full-scale medical evacuations. The SOS network of multilingual specialists operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year from SOS alarm centers around the world.

The coverage is designed to supplement and integrate with the University of Dayton's services, procedures and policies. While SOS membership offers travel, medical and security advice and services, SOS is not health insurance. Individuals participating in university-related international travel should maintain health insurance coverage and make certain their policies cover them while abroad.

International SOS services support the University of Dayton's International Response Team (IRT) in emergency response planning and crisis management. In such a situation, the IRT will be prepared to act by providing a case-specific response plan and advice on follow up.

An SOS representative will visit campus 3-4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, in the Science Center auditorium, to offer a general information session for University of Dayton faculty, staff, students and parents. A special session for administrators of programs abroad will be offered 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, in Kennedy Union room 222.

Detailed information about services offered through SOS, frequently asked questions, and a downloadable version of the University of Dayton/SOS membership card are available online at the related link.

Tricia Barger in the Center for International Programs at 937-229-4283 or tbarger@udayton.edu.