Travel Health and Safety

Travel health and safety are top priorities in the Jan Term Travel experience.

The SMC January Term Program works closely with SMC's Travel Risk Assessment Committee (TRAC), the SMC Center for International Programs, Jan Term Travel faculty, and our ACE insurance providers to ensure that our traveling students, faculty and staff are educated on travel risks and protocols in order to stay safe and take appropriate action in the event of any incident or emergency while abroad.

In the event of an emergency, our faculty will first secure the safety of all affected by contacting ACE Insurance for relocation/evacuation services. The faculty member(s) will then immediately contact the January Term program offices to report the emergency event. A January Term staff person will then contact those persons listed as "Emergency contacts" by each traveling student affected by the emergency. Contact will be maintained with the affected group throughout the relocation/evacuation process.

The SMC January Term Program receives updates and closely monitors events abroad via resources maintained by the US State Department, the Overseas Security Advisory Council, the World Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control, in addition to SMC's Risk Assessment Committee.

SMC's campuswide Travel Medical/Emergency Insurance policy, provided by ACE Insurance, meets and exceeds industry standards, covering all medical contingencies (including coordination of appointments for nonemergency medical needs) as well as political contingencies up to and including evacuation services. All travelers, including students, faculty and any guests, are covered by this policy for the duration of their travel.

Political situations worldwide are watched closely by the Jan Term Program and by all traveling Jan Term faculty, and our office strives to remain in close contact with all traveling Jan Term students to alert them of any potential threat to their health and safety.