Health + Safety
|Stay up-to-date on our COVID-19 Planning|
- Safety Precautions by UWEC
- Required International Insurance Coverage
- Steps to Take in an Emergency
- Health and/or Safety Incident Reports
- Health and Safety Resources
- Sexual Violence Abroad Resources
U.S. Department of State travel advisories and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) travel warnings, when considering program safety. In addition, CIE staff participate in regular webinars and trainings related to health and safety topics.
All students are enrolled in CISI Insurance (see below for more info), which does include a Security Evacuation Benefit (at this time COVID-19 isn't considered a security evacuation triggering event). All students are also enrolled in the U.S. State Department's, Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
UWEC considers the U.S. Department of State travel advisories and the CDC travel warnings when reviewing program safety. A Level 3 or 4 warning from the CDC and Level 3 or 4 advisory from the U.S. State Department would prompt review by the UWEC Travel Risk Committee, which includes the UW-Eau Claire risk manager, faculty/staff with study abroad expertise, and staff from the Student Health Services. If a decision to cancel a program is made, the CIE will contact students directly about the decision and next steps.
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The CIE enrolls all students studying abroad on UWEC programs in CISI regardless of current coverage the student or family may have. The cost of this insurance has been built into the program cost, found on each program's brochure page. Some countries and programs have additional insurance requirements for students.
Enrollment in CISI occurs one-two months prior to departure. The CIE automatically enrolls students and emails them with further information to access their CISI Portal. Through the CISI portal, students can:
- Print or e-mail their insurance card, coverage brochure, consulate letter, and claim form.
- Extend their insurance coverage if they plan to do additional travel before or after the program.
- Find valuable travel-related information, such as health and vaccination recommendations, contract information for English-speaking doctors abroad, and country-specific information for every country in the world.
For programs that begin after May 1, 2022 (summer 2022, fall 2022, winterim 2023, spring 2023):
CISI 22-23 Policy Information and Claim Form
FAQ: Should a student stayed enrolled in their U.S. insurance policy?
The CIE encourages students to maintain enrollment in their U.S. insurance in the event a student needs to return home to continue medical treatment. We encourage students to discuss this with their U.S. insurance company.
FAQ: COVID-19 coverage
Please see CISI's website for COVID-19 related questions and how coverage will work. The standard UW system coverage does not include pandemics or epidemics. Because of this, we encourage students to explore option Cancel for Any Reason/Interrupt for Any Reason packages.
- Inform the local program staff
- This is crucial, especially if there is a time difference with Eau Claire. Local staff can respond in real time and are knowledgeable about local resources.
- If there has been a large scale attack or disaster, please check-in with your local staff ASAP
- Contact UWEC CIE
- If during regular UWEC CIE office hours (7:45- am-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday), call +1-715-836-4411.
- If after regular UWEC CIE office hours, call the UWEC Campus Police +1-715-839-4972. After hours contacts can be made to this number 24 hours a day. You may get an answering machine, however, an officer is alerted as soon as you have left a message. Be sure to leave a phone number you can be reached at and what type of assistance you require. The officer will contact a study abroad staff member who will respond to you.
- Contact family/friends
- When it is safe to do so, please inform family/friends of your safety
- aggravated assault
- missing/separated person
- sexual assault
- sexual harassment
- other concerns such as: disease outbreak, fires, floods, equipment failure, etc.
There are two ways to report an incident:
|1. Contact the UWEC study abroad coordinator who oversees that program and provide them with:
Please note that by law, UWEC study abroad coordinators must report incidents of sexual misconduct, including victim's and alleged perpetrator's names, if known, to the campus Title IX and/or Clery coordinators. Information gathered may also result in an investigation by the UWEC Dean of Students Office of the Affirmative Action Office.
|2. Incident Report Form allows for anonymous reporting (or an option to provide contact info). Students can complete the Study Away Health & Safety Incident Report Form.|
- US State Department: http://studentsabroad.state.gov/
- The U.S. State Department "Student Abroad" site has information on health, emergencies, safe travel tips with special sections for women and LGBT travelers, and voting while abroad. You can stay connected to the U.S. State Department by signing up for their Facebook page and Twitter feed. Please note that the CIE enrolls all students in the State Department "Smart Traveler Enrollment Program" (STEP).
- State Department Travel Advisories
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov
- The CDC has valuable information about health, safety, and vaccinations for international travelers.
- Managing Stress and Enhancing Your Experience Abroad: https://resilient-traveling.umich.edu
- The University of Michigan has a resource to identify techniques to assist in overcoming loneliness, culture shock, group conflict and personal struggles that may arise when abroad.
- SAFETI Clearing House: http://www.globaled.us/safeti/
- The SAFETI (Safety Abroad First – Educational Travel Information) Clearinghouse Project creates and disseminates resources to support study abroad program development and implementation, emphasizing health and safety issues.
- IAMAT: https://www.iamat.org/
- The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers has information about health risks at specific destinations, travel health tips and information on planning healthy travel.
- UWEC Campus Safety Information: https://www.uwec.edu/police/resources/clery-report-safety-information/
U.S. Government Resources:
- U.S. Citizen Victims of Crime: The U.S. State Department has a list of resources for U.S. citizens who are victims of crime abroad.
- Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN): A free, live, secure, anonymous hotline for victims of sexual violence, their friends and families. They are available 24/7 by phone: 1-800-656- HOPE (4673) or they have a live chat feature on their website.
- Pathways to Safety International: An organization that empowers victims of interpersonal and gender based violence abroad. They provide resources about sexual assault abroad and can be reached by emailing email@example.com. Unfortunately, as of June 2020, they aren't able to staff their crisis line 24/7. Please check their website for further contact information.
- Center for Awareness of Sexual Assault (CASA):
- A 24/7, free, confidential, crisis line can be reached as 1-715-836-HELP (4357) (there may be international fees for calling this number). It is geared towards support, information sharing and options.
- Advocacy and counseling support services available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dean of Students Safety Resources
- Go Abroad Article on Women Studying Abroad: Focus on what it's like to be female and abroad, especially in countries that have an openly machismo culture. Good info for all gender identities.
- Meaningful Travel Tips and Tales: Sexual Violence and Harassment: Go Abroad.com has a detailed guide discussing sexual violence resources, understanding different cultural codes/cues, street harassment, navigating the international bar scene, foreign relationships, etc.