The new Wolverine Access-based Travel Registry, considered a critical component of the university’s comprehensive health and safety protocol program supporting international travel, will be available starting Wednesday.
U-M travelers can link directly to the new Travel Registry at the Global Michigan website, central portal for all study abroad opportunities, resources, emergency information, planning tools and news.
The program, designed for use by all students, faculty and staff traveling outside the United States, aims to increase and simplify the compilation of traveler information while improving the university’s ability to assist travelers in the event of an emergency. Travel Registry will include individual registration, group registration, itinerary summary, integration with HTH Travel Insurance, and other search and proactive communication features.
“It only takes a few minutes for the traveler or designated department administrator to complete the registry, which also serves as a convenient repository of information for individual travelers and program and department administrators,” Provost Phil Hanlon and Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Lester Monts wrote in a letter to university leadership.
In a video message to the university community, President Mary Sue Coleman says, “I urge all members of the university community — faculty, staff and students — to register their international travel plans before departing.
“The resources the university offers are aimed at one goal: To increase the amount of international study and research, especially by our students.”
University officials say the Travel Registry will:
• Ensure rapid response in the event of an emergency for increasing numbers of global travelers.
• Proactively communicate travel warnings, policies and alerts.
• Provide a single information collection point for all U-M travelers — students, faculty and staff across Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses.
• Provide an authoritative source of information accessible to the Department of Public Safety and emergency protocol staff.
• Support the institutional commitment to global engagement.
“Global opportunities — such as international research and collaborations, study abroad, and service-learning — expand cultural understanding and help deepen skills and knowledge,” Monts and Hanlon wrote. “We are counting on (U-M leaders) to encourage students, faculty and staff to take advantage of the university’s health and safety resources to support and advance their international experience.”
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