International Safety and Security
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign places a high priority on the health, safety, and security of students and personnel during their time on campus and when studying or conducting research internationally. To this end, policies, guidelines, and procedures have been drafted to ensure the safety and success of our academic community abroad.
Illinois is one of the early adopters of having a designated staff person who deals exclusively with the safety and security of its students and staff abroad. The daily operations of the Office of International Safety and Security include monitoring world events, responding to student, faculty, and staff incidents and needs here and abroad on a 24/7 basis, and increasing the quality of and access to pre-departure training and preparation for those participating in international activities from the Urbana campus. The office works closely with the Dean of Students, Public Affairs, the Provost, and the Chancellor.
International Travel Policy
The Office of International Safety and Security follows the international travel policy outlined in the campus administrative manual, which is managed by the Office of the Provost.
The Office of International Safety and Security oversees the distribution of International Insurance for individuals and sponsored travel abroad through the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Visit the international insurance page for additional information relevant to your travel status at Illinois.
Who & When We Contact in an Emergency
In the event of an emergency, students are the office’s first priority. When contacted due to an emergency, students are instructed to contact their parents. The office will only contact parents when the student is unable to do so.
The emergency number is a 24-hour response line for student, faculty, and staff members abroad. The number first directs callers to the University of Illinois Police Department (UIPD), who then forwards the call to the Office of International Safety and Security.
The U.S. Department of State provides a list of 911 equivalent phone numbers for countries around the world. In case of emergency, that list can be found here
Incidents are any non-academic contact with programmatic staff or faculty that require some action to record, assist, or manage. Events of local concern, whether or not they have a direct impact on programs may be noted as incidents if action was taken to inform students or relevant staff.
Incident Types Defined
Medical problem needing diagnosis or treatment
Student missing, accident, natural disaster
Crime, civil unrest, travel alerts/warnings, terrorism
Missed or canceled flight, train, ferry
Problem with access to funds, payment discrepancy
Immigration or arrest
Disruptive or prohibitive behavior
Major campus event (such as death)
*Includes behavior incidents with underlying health connection.
Web Resources for International Safety and Security
U.S. Department of State
- Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts
- Embassy Information
- Overseas Security Advisory Council
- Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
- Students Abroad–A Guide for Student Travelers
Organizations & Other Government Resources
- Association for Safe International Road Travel
- World Health Organization
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Transportation Security Administration