Texas DPS, UT System warns against travel to Mexico during Spring Break
Posted: March 9, 2011
Students at The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College will be on Spring Break from Monday, March 14 to Friday, March 18.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has urged all Texans and out of state visitors to avoid traveling to Mexico during Spring Break. Click here to read the warning.
Drug cartel-related violence continues along the U.S.-Mexico border in Ciudad Juarez, Matamoros and Nuevo Laredo and in tourist destinations Acapulco, Cancun, Guadalajara and Mazatlan.
The U.S. Department of State continues to implement a travel warning issued in September asking Americans to defer travel plans to the Mexican states of Michoacán and Tamaulipas and portions of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango and Sinaloa because of continued drug cartel violence.
Click here to read more about the State Department’s travel warning.
Click here to read a Mexico Security Update compiled by the State Department.
The university has a campus safety and security webpage. Click here to find the latest local, state and national statistics and information.
The University of Texas System continues to direct its nine academic and six health institutions to recall students, staff and faculty participating in university-sponsored programs in the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Sonora, Tamaulipas, Baja California and Durango.
The UT System has asked each member institution to create an International Oversight Committee which decides whether or not to suspend university programs or study abroad opportunities offered by the university in countries in which significant health or safety concerns have been raised and to determine on a case by case basis whether or not to grant an exemption due to special circumstances to its decision to suspend opportunities in a given country.
The university’s top objective is to ensure the safety of the campus community. University leaders continue to monitor the situation, meet to study plans to keep the campus safe and continue to work with local, county and federal law enforcement agencies to monitor conditions.