Health, Safety and Security Concerns in Education Abroad

Office of International Safety and Security



Advisory Concerning the Zika Virus

The The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued a level 2 travel alert to South American, Central American, Asian, and African countries affected by the Zika virus. While the alert recommends travelers take precautions, it DOES NOT warn against travel to these countries.

Zika Situation Reports

For the latest updates on the status of the Kika Virus from the World Health Organization, please visit WHO Zika Virus Situation Reports Page.


Zika Virus in Brazil


Find Out How to Protect Yourself


W.H.O. Information for Travelers



Travel Warnings and Alerts

Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts are issued by the US Department of State when travelers need to carefully consider traveling to a particular country or if certain precautionary measures need to be taken when travleing.   

View Current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts


Travel Health Notices

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides up-to-date information on current health issues or conerns that may affect individuals' that are traveling to specific locations.

View Current Travel Health Notices


Risk ManagementThe Division of Global Affairs (DGA) at Kennesaw State University is dedicated to offering a wide variety of education abroad opportunities to meet the needs of a diverse student population and recognizes the importance of establishing policies and procedures for those opportunities in the effort to protect the safety and well-being of Education Abroad participants, faculty, and staff.

Memorandum: 2016 Spring and Summer Education Abroad Programs

For additional information on Education Abroad policies for faculty and staff, please see:

Worldwide Emergency Travel Assistance for Faculty/Staff

All benefited KSU employees traveling abroad, including spouses and dependents, have access to travel assistance services from RedPointWTP – a service provided in conjunction with the USG’s group life insurance plan through Minnesota Life.

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Education Abroad Emergency Protocol

The well-being of KSU students, faculty, and staff is the primary concern of The Division of Global Affairs. In support of the mission and core values of Kennesaw State University, DGA works in partnership with many federal, state, and local agencies as well as with many of the campus units noted below to monitor worldwide travel conditions with respect to our international program sites.  DGA disseminates information on worldwide travel conditions to our sites abroad and other risk entities through collaboration of our International Risk Management Committee, chaired by the Vice Provost for Global Affairs.  This partnership supports collaboration on information related to matters of international health, safety, and security in support of our programs as well as our students, faculty, and staff.

Click here for the most recent DGA Security Updates from our partners.

  1. Risk Mitigation

    • Before leaving, all travelers should be sure to enroll in the U.S. State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to automatically receive the most current information that they compile about the upcoming travel site.

    • Utilize the Partner Institution/State Department/Embassy/The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other responsible government and NGO contacts to constantly evaluate and monitor the local/international environment and receive site-specific information.

    • Review the University’s policy with Cultural Insurance Services International and ensure you have purchased insurance if you are not participating on a faculty-led program (EAO purchases emergency medical insurance on behalf of faculty-led program participants).

    • Before you leave, please verify the appropriate outside dialing instructions for your site. It is typically 011 for US access from most international locations.
  2. Emergency Response Procedures (Students)

    • In the event of an emergency or crisis, the first point of contact for students should always be the Faculty Director. They are well prepared to lead an education abroad program and are trusted on behalf of the University to lead the program. There are situations where students may not feel comfortable and in those cases, should follow faculty protocol.
  3. Emergency Response Procedures (Faculty)

    • The first point of contact for faculty and staff should be the KSU Police:
      • KSU Police Homepage
      • Telephone (emergencies): +001 (770) 423-6666, (non-emergencies:) +001 (470)-578-6206
      • Tipster Line to report crime anonymously: +001 (470)-578-6305

    • For subsequent assistance in the case of an emergency, or for non-emergency inquiries related to international safety and security, please contact us directly at (770) 681- 6219.

    • Faculty should also report all incidents via the Behavioral Response Team Red Flag Report. Please be advised that the BRT Red Flag Reporting system recognizes Eastern Standard Time, therefore you may be required to backdate your report in order to submit. If you are reporting an incident abroad that requires significant detail, it is recommended that you submit your BRT report as a Word document.

    • Additional resources are available depending on the nature of the crisis or incident abroad. Faculty, staff, and students may access the complete listing of resources, given the nature of the concern, as follows:

      • Education Abroad Office (8am to 5pm EST):
        Education Abroad Homepage

      • Behavioral Response Team Red Flag Report:
        KSU has created a Behavioral Response Team (BRT) that takes a planned approach to identifying and assisting individuals who are distressed and/or exhibiting abnormal, threatening, or dangerous behavior.
        Behavioral Response Team

        Please be advised that the BRT Red Flag Reporting system recognizes Eastern Standard Time, therefore you may be required to backdate your report in order to submit. If you encounter difficulties in submission, you can send your report directly to

      • Department of Strategic Safety and Security/ERM
        Strategic Security and Safety was created to enable succinct communication between all of the support departments traditionally charged with security / safety and the campus customers: students, faculty, staff and visitors.
        Department of Strategic Safety and Security Resource Page
        Student Travel Resources

      • Ethics and Compliance Reporting:
        This is the reporting feature for unethical behavior and policy violations and calls may remain anonymous.
        Ethics and Compliance Hotline

      • Counseling and Psychological Services:
        This resource is prepared to assist students of all ages, races, cultures, sexual orientations, and religious preferences to become more effective students and human beings and to help thousands of students become successful academically, professionally and socially at KSU.
        Counseling and Psychological Services Homepage

      • Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery:
        Mission: To enable, support and encourage young adult recovery and wellness by providing programs and engaging in collaborative research and education.
        Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery Homepage

      • Women’s Resource and Interpersonal Violence Center:
        The mission of the Women’s Resource and Interpersonal Violence Prevention Center is to enhance academic performance and empower members of the KSU community to reach their full potential by striving to create an inclusive, supportive, and violence free campus environment.
        Women's Resource and Interpersonal Violence Center Homepage

      • Office of Diversity and Inclusion:
        The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is charged with creating a welcoming, inclusive, and equitable learning and working community at Kennesaw State University.
        Office of Diversity and Inclusion Homepage

      • Equal Opportunity and Title IX Officer:
        Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was the first comprehensive federal law to prohibit sex discrimination against students and employees of educational institutions.
        Contact Title IX Officer

      • Reporting of Bias Motivated Incident:
        This resource aims to track and address bias motivated incidents on or surrounding the Kennesaw State University Campus in an effort to engender a positive living, learning, and working environment for students, faculty, and staff.
        Report an Incident
        770-423-6666 (emergencies) 770-423-6206 (non-emergencies)

      • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer and Questioning Resource Center:
        The mission of this center is to provide a safe, supportive, and inclusive space where students of all gender identities, gender expressions, and sexual orientations can come to receive support, resources, and referrals in order to aid in the realization of their fullest potential as students, individuals, leaders, community members, and advocates.
        GLBTIQ Center Homepage

      • Student Disability Services:
        DSSS is the first contact for students with disabilities to arrange accommodations and locate campus and community resources.
        DSSS Homepage

      • Office of Victim Services:
        Anonymous or confidential reporting options for incidents related to violence and assault.
        Office of Victim Services Homepage

      • KSU Concern (reporting for Office of Victim Services, University Services):
        This website provides a place to submit a formal, written concern where a resolution has not been informally reached.
        Submit a Report

      • Additional Resources provided by KSU’s Office of Victim Services can be accessed below at the OVS Resource Page.


Remember That We Are Here to Help
We hope that your program runs without incident but if it does our office is here to assist you. Contact us at any time. We will bring in all relevant KSU offices to assist in managing the crisis.