The safety of the students and faculty on our short-term programs is APA's top priority. While no short-term program can guarantee safety for any participant, we have taken steps to ensure that our students and faculty are as safe as possible while participating in our programs.
LSU monitors U.S. Department of State travel warnings. To mitigate the risk associated with travel to high risk regions, the university requires that all travel to countries and/or regions for which the U.S. Department of State has issued a travel warning be reviewed and approved by the International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC). Detailed information on the university's policy on travel to high risk areas can be found in FASOP AS-18.
Any faculty member or student who intends to travel to an area for which a travel warning has been issued must first have the travel approved by the ITOC. The request forms are:
AS295 - Request for Travel to Restricted Regions for Individual Travelers (students or faculty)
AS296 - Request for Travel to Restricted Regions for Student Study Trips
The nature of short-term domestic and international travel is that emergencies and questions come up outside of “normal” working hours. Because we realize that emergencies can occur at any time. LSU has contracted with International SOS to provide medical and emergency services. They can be reached at www.internationalsos.com or 215-942-8478.
All faculty participating in APA-sponsored programs are required to attend annual risk management training sessions. These sessions use case studies culled from real-life experiences from different study abroad programs, although not all the case studies come from LSU-run programs. The risk management training is designed to familiarize faculty with best practices for mitigating risk before the start of their programs and for managing emergencies and disciplinary procedures that may arise during the program. The materials presented at the orientation are derived from the best practices materials provided by NAFSA and The Forum.