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What policies, practices, and procedures should colleges and universities develop to address programs in countries where the U.S. Department of State has issued travel warnings? What about the safety and security issues that have become increasingly important as the number of education abroad programs increases? Learn what’s involved in developing enhanced procedures to manage risks with William Lacy, University of California-Davis; Jeffrey Riedinger, Michigan State University; and Susan Buck Sutton, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, as they address the challenges from the senior international officer (SIO) and institutional perspectives. Geared for SIOs and interested education abroad advisers.


  • Identify and discuss the institutional structures needed to exercise due diligence regarding safety and security abroad, especially as the range of study abroad locations expands.
  • Understand who should be involved in managing safety and security.
  • Examine nature and seriousness of Department of State warnings and various institutional responses and policies with respect to those warnings.
  • Identify the issues and procedures that must be considered in approving student travel to countries with safety and security risks.
  • Identify effective institutional responses to safety and security crises that arise while study abroad programs are under way.
  • Discuss the role of international partnerships in mitigating risks at nontraditional locations.


William B. Lacy, PhD
University of California-Davis

Lacy has been vice provost, university outreach and international programs, and professor of human and community development at the University of California-Davis since 1999. Lacy was director of the Cornell Cooperative Extension and associate dean of Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Human Ecology, at Cornell University from 1994-1998, and assistant dean, College of Agricultural Sciences, at Penn State University from 1989-1994. He is a fellow of AAAS and past president of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society and the Rural Sociological Society. He is currently president of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA).

Jeffrey Riedinger, PhD
Michigan State University

Jeffrey Riedinger serves as dean of international studies and programs at Michigan State University. His responsibilities include catalyzing multidisciplinary, multicollege international research collaborations; advancing strategic international partnerships to advance collaborative research, teaching, and engagement activities that positively impact critical global issues; enhancing the internationalization of curriculum and student life; increasing student enrollments, program quality, and curricular integration of study abroad programming; and supporting initiatives in second language acquisition and Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL). Riedinger also is chair-elect of NAFSA's International Education Leadership Knowledge Community.

Susan Buck Sutton, PhD
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Sutton is associate vice president of international programs at Indiana University. A key architect to develop strategic partnerships and recipient of the 2009 Andrew Heiskell Award, she is active in international service learning and curriculum internationalization. As chancellor's professor of anthropology, she's experienced in teaching and researching cross-cultural learning, global social responsibility, cultural complexity, and the nature of travel. Sutton is past chair of NAFSA's International Education Leadership KC, president-elect of AIEA, and on the Advisory Board of ACE's Internationalization Collaborative.