Safety and solidarity: Governance of higher risk study abroad programs and activities

Derek Tannis


In this paper, the role of risk governance is examined in relation to higher risk study abroad programs and activities involving post-secondary students. In the face of increased global uncertainties, post-secondary institutional legal and financial risk thresholds can conflict with an ethic of global solidarity, mutuality and academic freedom. A relational standard of care augments prescriptive diagnostics of informed consent and exemption/appeal structures, safeguarding faculty and student liberty and security through deliberative, informed choice. This approach provides a viable means to pursue ethical internationalization in post-secondary education, as it places value on global human wellbeing through sharing of knowledge, skills and resources, aligning safety with values of solidarity and mutuality.

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