Policy on faculty/staff requirement to attend annual health and safety training
Per International Oversight Committee policies adopted in 2014, all faculty and staff who travel abroad with students are required to attend health and safety training each year. The policy is outlined below.
29 September 2014
Approved by: Janet Ellzey, Vice Provost for International Programs, Chair of The International Oversight Committee (IOC)
The International Oversight Committee (IOC) is committed to supporting international travel and recognizes that a global perspective is essential to the University’s academic mission. The IOC places the utmost importance on the safety, security, and well-being of UT study abroad program participants.
In recent years, a number of health and safety incidents abroad have highlighted the importance of faculty preparation when traveling abroad with student groups. To ensure that all faculty leaders receive training on emergency management, as well as on institutional and federal reporting requirements, the IOC requires all faculty and staff leading groups of students abroad (including graduate assistants and resident directors) to attend the Faculty Health and Safety Workshop offered by the International Office each year.
The IOC initially approved this policy in November 2012 and has been encouraged by its successful implementation. Since 2012, the International Office has provided this training twice per year (once each long semester). To date, approximately 300 faculty and staff have attended the trainings. If faculty or staff are unable to attend the in-person training, they are responsible for viewing the digital content made available by the International Office. The International Office provides an annual summary of attendance to the IOC and if necessary, informs the Provost, Deans, or Chairs of noncompliance.
UT cannot guarantee or assure the absolute safety of participants or eliminate all risks from the study abroad environment. Nonetheless, we are committed to offering safe and secure programming abroad. Faculty and staff directors are critical to creating a culture of safety.
Thank you for your commitment to the safety and well-being of UT students, faculty, and staff.