Marian University welcomes and supports student, faculty and staff initiatives to establish and participate in valuable international travel programs and experiences. Many Marian University students, faculty, staff participate in international programming under the auspices of the university but may not be solely managed by the Marian Study Abroad Office, International Programs, or faculty. Some programs involving international travel include an academic for-credit component while some do not. Others, such as research, service-learning, mission trips, internships, clinical experience, and independent international study opportunities may or may not confer academic credit, depending on the specific program. Regardless of the international program or activity Marian students, faculty, and staff are participating in, we consider all experiences abroad as very valuable in Marian University’s Mission, Vision and in contributing to the development of global learning outcomes and ultimately producing graduates that are Global Transformational Leaders.
With the goals of mitigating unnecessary health, safety, and security risks, maximizing campus resources, minimizing institutional risks and leveraging the various knowledge areas, the formalization of abroad programming and experiences is imperative. It is important to note that, however informal these programs, experiences or endeavors with third-party entities may appear, such collaborations constitute a formal relationship between Marian University and all stake holders involved. To that end, Marian University has established the International Travel Policy, effective December 7, 2015 which speaks to matters of risk mitigation, student, faculty and staff requirements before and during international travel, as well as duty-of-care information.
Travel to certain foreign locations may be governed by export control laws. U.S. government regulations restrict some financial transactions and exchange with countries that are sanctioned. In some cases an export license may be required for items including software, technology or other information given to foreign persons. A good example of this would be the loaning of someone a USB drive, laptop or other device with stored information. The U.S. Department of State's website has information on what can be taken and what cannot be taken to certain countries along with notifications of countries under sanction or warnings for related criminal activity.
If it is determined that the country the traveler is planning travel to is under sanction, it is imperative that the traveler contact the Chair of International Programs in order to determine how best to proceed.