There will always be risks associated with any travel. Luther has developed policies to address risks with the intention to reduce them as much as is feasible. The decision to offer off-campus programs is based on input and the experience of staff, faculty, local resource people, and the U.S. State Department and British Foreign Ministry reports on safety. Programs are not conducted in nations where the U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning.
It is Luther procedure to have faculty who lead programs visit program sites before the program commences in order to have knowledge of the area. Students attend an orientation session on "safety and risks" and sign a responsibility form agreeing to behave in a manner that reduces risk.
There are also health risks. The Luther Health Service staff works with each student, the Center for Global Learning Staff and the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta to provide accurate information and advice on health issues, disease, and inoculation guidelines.
In case of individual crises such as serious illness or injury, emotional or psychological stress, or victim of a crime or in case of group crises such as a natural disaster or political instability, Luther has a detailed "Crisis Response Plan".