New, efficient travel registry for travel abroad
Written by Mandira Banerjee
ANN ARBOR—Starting this fall, the University of Michigan will have more robust and efficient tools to track and get in touch with its faculty and staff abroad in case of an emergency, thanks to a new secure, cloud-based travel registry.
This new registry, which will be live starting Sept. 27 streamlines the process of registration for travel abroad easier for faculty and staff. The new system 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. 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,” said Patrick Morgan, senior adviser for international health, safety and security.
Another new feature will allow international travellers 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.
The faculty/staff travel registry is still accessible from the Global Michigan web page and from the Wolverine Access Gateway.