September 18, 2017
Topic: Global Engagement
Starting this fall, a new secure, cloud-based travel registry will give the University of Michigan more robust and efficient tools to track and contact its faculty and staff traveling abroad in case of an emergency.
This new registry, which will go live Sept. 27, streamlines the registration process for faculty and staff, and follows the successful student travel registry implemented two years ago.
“The system allows U-M emergency responders to send wellness checks to travelers via email and SMS text, which is sent to the phone number listed on each traveler's M-Pathways account," said Patrick Morgan, senior adviser for international health, safety and security. "During the Aug. 18 Barcelona attacks, we were able to contact all of our students within hours. The new faculty and staff system will allow us to do the same.”
Another new feature will allow international travelers to access the U-M travel-abroad health insurance business plan directly from the registry, eliminating the need to enroll in the plan through a separate provider website.
“This new system is more user friendly and will serve all faculty and staff from the Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn campuses, and also meet the requirements of the U-M International Travel Policy SPG 601.31,” said Amy Conger associate vice provost and director of global engagement.