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International Travel Oversight Committee

International Travel Oversight Committee

ITOC provides guidance and policy recommendations regarding the health, safety, and security of U-M faculty, staff, and students who travel outside of the United States. The Provost’s Office Chief International Safety Officer chairs the ITOC, and the Provost’s office appoints members who serve three-year terms.

Key ITOC Roles

ITOC key roles are filled by faculty and staff from across U-M’s schools and colleges.


ITOC members offer feedback to the Provost’s Office regarding campus health and safety resources; U-M policies related to international travel; U-M communications regarding health, safety, and security risks; and emergency assistance during events that affect multiple U-M units.

Risk Assessment

ITOC members monitor countries that have higher levels of risk and make recommendations to the Provost’s Office regarding University Travel Warning and Restriction destinations. The committee meets at least once per year to discuss health, safety, and security trends in international destinations and potential changes to the U-M Travel Designations (risk ratings) list.

The ITOC also reviews U-M Travel Designations on an iterative basis using a variety of sources, including: US Department of State Travel Advisories, CDC Travel Notices, other non-U.S. government advisories, and U-M’s assistance provider’s risk ratings.

Travel Plan Review

The ITOC reviews safety plans for individual and group travel. The committee communicates iteratively to review plans and meets once per year to review the process. The current Safety Plan / Travel Health Plan review process is as follows:

  • The travel registers travel in the U-M Travel Registry and is notified if there are additional UMRT requirements.
  • The traveler or a program leader completes the Travel Health Plan, INDIVIDUAL Safety Plan, or GROUP Safety Plan, based on the corresponding risk rating, in M-Compass.
  • The Global Engagement Team receives a Travel Health Plan / Safety Plan from the traveler or group leader via M-Compass and conducts an initial assessment.
  • The Global Engagement Team sends the completed plan to ITOC for review.
  • ITOC members assess the plan and send any concerns or questions within 48 hours of receipt. Plans are shared with the UHS representative only in cases where infectious diseases are a concern.
  • Acting as the Provost’s Office designee, the Chief International Safety Officer weighs input and makes a decision regarding travel.

Current ITOC Members and Term End Dates

ITOC Chair

Patrick Morgan

Chief International Safety Officer, Office of the Provost

Standing Member

Ayesha Usmani

International Travel Safety Manager, Office of the Provost


Amy Conger

Managing Director of the Center for Global Health Equity, Michigan Medicine


Aline Cotel

Arthur F. Thurnau Associate Professor Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Faculty Advisor for International Programs in Engineering


Chip Hartke

Risk Analyst Lead, Risk Management


Francisco Javier López

Director, Officer of International Affairs at U-M Dearborn


Judith Pennywell

Director, International Center


David Marthaler

Strategic Intelligence Coordinator, Department of Public Safety and Security


Rachel Reuter

Senior International Health & Safety Advisor, College of Literature, Science & the Arts


Dr. Heather Vance

Physician, University Health Service


Adam Simon

Arthur F Thurnau Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences within the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and the School for Environment & Sustainability


Gretchen Spreitzer

Keith E. and Valerie J. Alessi Professor of Business and the Associate Dean for Engaged Learning & Professional Development within the Ross School of Business


CAPT Rick Vanden Heuvel

Director of Research Development in the College of Engineering and retired US Navy