Risk Management for Programs

This travel review and pre-approval process applies to all OHIO program travel organized through the Office of Global Opportunities (OGO), Center for International Business Education and Development (CIBED) and the Global Health Initiative (GHI). The program (or site) director completes the International or Domestic Programs COVID-19 Viability and Risk Assessment Survey. Survey links are located at the bottom of this page. 

Note: Individual participants on OHIO-credit programs do not have to complete a survey. Approvals are granted on a program-by-program basis.

OHIO-credit program travel is only permitted when programs are pre-approved according to the policy available here. If you are in doubt about whether the program you work with needs to be approved by SARAC, please ask your point person or email OGOriskmanagement@ohio.edu.

Students traveling abroad independently or on non-OHIO programs should visit this website for further information.

Many factors will impact program planning, so please discuss your program's timeline and needs with your OGO, CIBED, or GHI point person to determine the best time to submit this survey.

Below are recommended submission deadlines. Late submissions may impact a programs ability to finalize, recruit, and run.

  • Winter break: August 1
  • Spring break and spring semester: September 1
  • Summer (May/June start): January 3
  • Summer (July start): February 1
  • Fall semester: March 1

The survey will take approximately 45-90 minutes to complete depending on travel plans and prior research. The review will normally take 3-6 weeks. 

Please respond in a timely manner to SARAC requests for feedback. Delayed responses will extend the request timeline. Submitters will be notified about the outcome of the review by email. Travelers should not purchase airfare or make other non-refundable payments before being notified. 

Recommendations for Completion

  • Follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for travel, work, shopping, and gathering.
  • Familiarize yourself with local conditions, guidelines and regulations regarding COVID-19.
  • Familiarize yourself with current travel information and/or restrictions issued by the CDC, U.S. Department of State (USDOS) and International SOS.
  • Consult Our World in Data for recent COVID-19 developments at your destination(s).
  • You will be asked to upload a copy of your proposed itinerary. Please save as Word or Pdf file prior to upload.

Access to Survey Template

Below you can access a Word version of the survey. We recommend that you work through this template prior to starting the online survey, then copy and paste your responses into the online survey. Not all questions in the survey preview may be relevant to your program or planned travel. Internal survey logic in Qualtrics ensures that not all questions visible in the PDF/Word versions of the survey appear as you complete the survey online. 

If applicable, you may wish to share survey template with and request input from fellow program staff, non-OHIO providers, or other entities supporting the program logistically. 

  • Word Template - International Programs COVID-19 Viability and Risk Assessment Survey
  • Word Template - Domestic Programs COVID-19 Viability and Risk Assessment Survey

Survey Links

Click the links below to access the survey

High-Risk Travel Destinations Risk Assessment

OGO, CIBED and GHI programs to international destinations exhibiting high risk require a risk assessment. Please see the SARAC Process Policy for more information. Program directors with questions about the risk assessment process should contact OGOriskmanagement@ohio.edu for more information.