The University Record, May 6, 2002

Travel Web site offers assistance

By Emily Hebert
Record Intern

The U-M’s Travel Information and Registration Web site is a critical information source for faculty, students and staff traveling abroad this summer on University-related activities. Featuring an online International Travel Registry, the site allows travelers to post contact and other essential information that can be accessed by the Department of Public Safety and the International Travel Oversight Committee in case of an emergency.

“If difficulties arise either abroad or here, we’ll be able to alert registry members and generate a rapid e-mail to them,” says John Godfrey, chair of the International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC). According to Godfrey, the ITOC receives most of its information from travel alerts and warnings issued by the U.S. Department of State.

The Registry is open only to U-M students, faculty and staff whose travel is connected to their U-M status. University-related activities may include internships, research, business and sponsored programs. The Web site also offers helpful links for leisure travel unassociated with the University. One such link is to the Off-Campus Travel Handbook for Faculty, Staff and Students, a Web site that covers a variety of medical, financial and safety issues.

Godfrey believes that the Travel Information and Registration Web site is a fundamental resource for anyone traveling abroad in the aftermath of September 11. He emphasizes the important function of the online International Travel Registry. “We’ve used it a couple times in recent months to contact U-M students, faculty and staff in Israel and Italy,” he says.

The International Travel Information and Registration Web site can be accessed at

www.umich.edu/itoc.