The US State Department (the “State Department”) provides tiered levels of travel advisories ranging from Levels 1 through 4. Travel advisories at Levels 2 through 4 indicate travel risks related to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, health, and natural disasters.
For any College-sponsored travel, Wheaton students and employees must consult the State Department’s travel advisory system to see how the country to which they are proposing travel is designated.
Wheaton has established the following Travel Advisory Policy for students and employees proposing College-sponsored travel:
- Proposed travel to a country designated Level 1 by the State Department typically requires no additional review beyond respective departmental processes.
- Proposed travel to a country designated Level 2 by the State Department requires the completion of a travel waiver.
- Proposed travel to a country designated Level 3 by the State Department requires completion of a petition for approval to travel to be reviewed by the College’s Director of Business Services and, for student petitions, the Global Advisory Committee, unless the sole reason for the advisory level is due to COVID-19.
- Proposed travel to a country designated Level 4 by the State Department will not be considered unless the sole reason for the advisory level is due to COVID-19.
All College-sponsored travel remains subject to College approval, in its sole discretion. The College may seek any additional information and conduct any additional review not outlined above as it deems necessary. As an example, in some cases, the College may require individuals proposing travel to a Level 2 country to follow the petition process outlined for proposed travel to a Level 3 country.
All students and employees approved to participate in College-sponsored travel will be required to complete applicable travel waivers, including a waiver related to COVID-19.
August 11, 2022