High Risk Travel


Mission:  To enhance and promote the safety, security, health and preparedness of faculty, staff and students on university-sponsored travel in support of excellence in experiential learning, advancement of knowledge and discovery, and the strengthening of our global university system; and to assess the risk of such travel.

Charge:  Responsible for the assessment and oversight of travel risk, safety, security, health, preparedness, and appropriate intervention for university sponsored travel:

  • Review and assess health, safety and security risks associated with international travel and new-program domestic travel[1], and promote safe and secure travel practices;
  • Review, recommend and update university travel policies and protocols, with authority to delegate enforcement of policies and protocols to relevant offices (e.g.: GEO, ISO, regulatory affairs);
  • Maintain coordinated emergency response strategies for travel incidents, monitor travel and safety considerations, and make decisions on changes to programs or other travel or travel-related activities based upon an assessment of evolving conditions;
  • Identify of gaps in policies, procedures and protocols related to university-sponsored travel, define responsible party/parties to investigate and recommend solution for problems identified, and confirm effectiveness of implemented solution;
  • Broadly communicate all university policies and processes and the offices (e.g. GEO, ISO, Risk);
  • Maintain responsibility for quality and compliance checks on processes (e.g. home country petition process; pre-departure training) implemented through delegated offices (e.g. GEO, ISO, Risk).


  • SLT Sponsorship: David Madigan, Provost; Ken Henderson, Chancellor; Ralph Martin, General Counsel
  • Chairs: Khushal Safi, International Safety Office; Chris Gallagher, Office of the Chancellor
  • Members: Connie Yowell (Office of the Chancellor), Lisa Sinclair (Counsel); TBD (Compliance); Sonya Ross (Risk); Chief Mike Davis (Public Safety); Madeleine Estabrook (Student Affairs); Roopa Rawjee (Office of Global Services); Marina Markot (Global Experience Office); Tom Sheahan (Office of the Provost); Deb Franko (Office of the Provost); Lori Gardinier (faculty); Mal Hill (faculty); Debra Copeland Mahfouz (faculty); Elisha Clark (co-op), Alison Nogueira (co-op),


Contact: Khushal Safi, Associate Director of Public Safety and Security k.safi@northeastern.edu

[1] A new program requiring review is a newly designed educational experience involving travel and at least one overnight stay that has not yet received a safety, security and health review because it is a new educational program.  For example, the first cohort of students that are sent to spend a semester at non-Boston campus in the NU network.  It is expected that once an example program comes to GSSAC for review, any future programs of that type are handled through standard processes.  ISO and GEO have the right to bring any new program to GSSAC attention for further review, and it is expected that programs requiring review will come through either ISO or GEO.


Meeting Schedule

The Global Safety and Security Assessment Committee meets every other Wednesday. Completed petitions must be submitted to mytravelplans@northeastern.edu by close of business the Friday before a meeting.