Revised Haiti Travel Policy
Dr. David Sammons, Dean of the UF International Center
In light of improving conditions on the ground in Haiti since the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake and a compelling interest for the University of Florida to be more prominently present in Haiti for educational, research, and outreach activities, the University of Florida is amending its current policy with regard to travel and work there.
The revised rules, effective May 15, 2011, are posted at the UF International Center (UFIC) website: http://www.ufic.ufl.edu. Click on “Haiti” under the heading “International Travel” on the home page to view the new policy. In summary, faculty, staff, and graduate students are now permitted to make their own informed decisions about travel to Haiti without first seeking my approval. As for all official UF international travel by faculty and staff, registration at the UFIC travel registration site [http://www.ufic.ufl.edu/travelregistration.html] is required and, upon registration, the traveler will receive MEDEX coverage provided at no cost.
Undergraduate travel to Haiti continues to be neither encouraged nor sanctioned under university policy. Under very limited circumstances specified in the new policy, undergraduate students in groups sanctioned by the university may also make such travel for compelling academic reasons and with my prior approval.