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Risk Management Resources

The safety of our students is a top priority for the Whitworth Off-Campus Programs team. We know that our greatest responsibility is to develop and operate programs with the health and safety of our participants at the forefront of all our decisions. Additionally, we recognize that off-campus travel and study abroad involves a certain amount of inherent risk. Our job is to identify these risks, develop response strategies to mitigate loss and maximize the wonderful opportunities that off-campus study can offer, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Listed below are a variety of risk management resources to aid faculty leaders, students, and families.

Emergency Response Manual

As an OCP faculty leader, you play a central role in safeguarding the well-being of your student participants. To do so effectively, you should thoroughly review the information covered in the Emergency Response Manual.

This handbook will provide you with practical tools and guidance on how to effectively cope with different scenarios and emergencies when leading an off-campus program. Moreover, this handbook will serve as a preventative guide to educate you about precautions for avoiding certain minor emergencies.

Careful Choice of Program Locations and Overseas Partners

We are very careful in selecting destinations for our programs. Potential new locations and partners are thoroughly evaluated to ensure they meet the university's needs for academic excellence, on-site services and risk management. Once a program location has been developed and is in operation, we continuously monitor the situation in that country through our overseas partners, U.S. Department of State intelligence reports, and the many professional organizations to which we belong.

Risk Management Training and Professional Development

We are vigilant about staying on top of the latest guidelines and protocols available to us in the field. We employ best practices as defined by the field of international education and are involved in professional discussions and workshops. We also actively work with our faculty leaders on an ongoing basis to ensure we mitigate risks and are well prepared to manage situations should they arise.

Student Preparation

We take extra measures to ensure that participants are fully prepared for any health and safety issues that may arise while abroad. Pre-departure, applicants are asked to disclose if there is anything in their medical history that could impact their time abroad. In collaboration with the Whitworth Health Center, we offer a comprehensive travel clinic and safety presentation to all participants on Whitworth faculty-led programs. Students are also required to participate in a pre-departure orientation, and for exchange/partner programs, an additional on-site orientation given by our exchange/partner university. Students become familiar with local laws, customs, emergency services, and what to do if an emergency or other health concern arises while abroad. Included in all programs is enrollment in our comprehensive medical and accident insurance provided by EIIA Insurance. For more information about the EIIA insurance and claims process, click here.