High Risk Travel



The Global Safety and Security Assessment Committee (GSSAC) is charged with providing advice, guidance, and recommendations to the Provost, Chancellor, and Senior Vice Presidents in response to circumstances that present a safety concern where students are, or will be, participating in a University-approved activity. GSSAC also proactively makes recommendations in response to changing world conditions regarding programs still in the planning stages.

GSSAC reviews Exception Petitions to travel to “high-risk” destinations and makes recommendations to the Provost and/or Chancellor’s Office regarding the proposed travel.

Committee Membership

The GSSAC is appointed by the Provost and Chancellor’s Office and other members of the Senior Leadership Team and is co-chaired by Chris Gallagher, Vice Chancellor of Global Learning Opportunities, and Khushal Safi, Sr. Associate Director of Public Safety, International Safety Office. The committee is composed of members from across the campus, including Dr. Malcolm Hill (Disciplinary Faculty), Dr. Lori Gardinier (Disciplinary Faculty), Maura Iversen (Disciplinary Faculty), Lisa Campagnoni (Co-op Faculty), Chief Michael Davis (Associate VP, Public Safety), Madeleine Estabrook (Sr. Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs), Lisa Sinclair (VP & Deputy General Counsel), Barbara Smith (Sr. Counsel, Compliance – Office of General Counsel), Sonya Ross (Director, Risk Services), Dr. Marina Markot (Director, Global Experience Office), Deb Franko (Sr. Vice Provost, Academic Affairs), Elizabeth Cheron (Assistant VP of Enrollment Management and Dean of Admissions), and Thomas Sheahan (Sr Vice Provost, Curriculum& Programs).

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.