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Travelers encouraged to heed alerts about Mexico, other destinations

As members of the campus community make plans for international travel in the coming weeks and months, university officials are encouraging travelers to be aware of security concerns that may arise in certain destinations. Last month, for instance, the U.S. State Department issued a Travel Alert for those considering travel to Mexico in response to reports of increasing violence in some areas of the country.

Travel Alerts are issued to disseminate information about short-term conditions that pose imminent risks to the safety of U.S. citizens. Natural disasters, terrorist attacks, coups, anniversaries of terrorist events, election-related demonstrations or violence, and high-profile events such as international conferences or regional sports events are examples of conditions that might generate a Travel Alert. They differ from Travel Warnings, which are issued to describe long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable and that may limit the U.S. government's ability to assist its citizens.

While the university's travel policy does not address travel by students, faculty and staff when a Travel Alert is issued, the university strongly urges members of the Stanford community who are planning travel to monitor the situation in Mexico and other international destinations and to follow the safety guidelines published and updated by the State Department on its website at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_1766.html.

The university's international travel policy is available at http://www.stanford.edu/dept/provost/news/travel.html.