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University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)

Situation Report
Mexico
LAST UPDATED: 1/9/2014 7:30 AM (Pacific Standard Time)
 
Impacted UCEAP Study Center(s): UCEAP Mexico Study Center
Location(s): Mexico City
Approx. time difference with PST: + 2 hours

Policy

The UCEAP Travel Warning applies to specific regions in Mexico. Students found in violation of this prohibition will be dismissed. Due to the unpredictable nature of the situation in Mexico, students must check this warning often as it can change at a moment’s notice.
 
Students traveling to any area listed below while on UCEAP will be subject to dismissal.  No exceptions are allowed.
  • Aguascalientes
  • Baja California
  • Chihuahua
  • Coahuila
  • Colima
  • Durango
  • Estado de Mexico
  • Guerrero, including Acapulco
  • Jalisco
  • Michoacán
  • Morelos
  • Nayarit
  • Nuevo León, including Monterrey
  • San Luis de Potosí
  • Sinaloa
  • Sonora
  • Tamaulipas
  • Veracruz
  • Zacatecas
The current security environment in Mexico is of concern and many areas continue to experience violence. Travel beyond Mexico City to areas outside areas listed on this Travel Warning must be well considered and students must give itineraries and contact information to the UCEAP Study Center before travel.
 
The UC Study Center will monitor independent student travel within very circumscribed areas near the students’ current study locations. It is imperative for UCEAP students to understand the risks involved in travel to, and around Mexico, and to avoid dangerous situations at all times. UCEAP will dismiss any participant who travels to regions listed in the UCEAP Travel Warning.

The University of California Education Abroad Program has established policies and procedures to help students minimize risk exposure and enhance personal safety.  However, students' own conduct is the central factor in promoting individual safety and well-being.  Staying safe and secure during UCEAP is a partnership with UCEAP and it requires all students to take personal responsibility for observing culturally appropriate behavior, exercising sound judgment and abiding by UCEAP policies and procedures. Students need to recognize that they are responsible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for exercising good judgment to protect their own safety and well-being. 
 
U.S. Government Resources and Announcements

The University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) and the UC Study Center monitor events in Mexico daily and strive for timely accuracy. In addition, UCEAP Security and Emergency Response consults closely with US Department of State, the University of California security provider, the University of California Office of the President Risk Services, and other U.S. institutions with students in Mexico. All sources of information are corroborated before distribution.

If there is any important information about security or updates, UCEAP will publish it on this website.