(Approved by UMGC President on July 1, 2017)
Purpose and Applicability
This Policy establishes the University of Maryland Global Campus's (UMGC) Overseas' Noncombatant Emergency Operation. This policy applies to all Overseas Employees and dependents who are logistically supported by UMGC.
The Noncombatant Emergency Operation
The Noncombatant Emergency Operation (NEO) is a program aimed at United States citizens and their family members living in foreign countries. This is a plan, jointly developed by agencies within the U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Defense, and local U.S. military installations to assist U.S. citizens and their legal dependents in preparing for and responding to emergencies. Emergencies may range from natural disasters (e.g., earthquakes, floods, typhoons) to armed conflict, which may require evacuation of personnel to safe areas outside of the country to which Employees are assigned.
Each U.S. military installation overseas has a NEO office that coordinates NEO activities for military and civilian personnel assigned to that installation. Individual organizations within each installation are responsible for establishing internal NEO units and coordinating with their installation's NEO office. UMGC Overseas' NEO units are primarily responsible for all Overseas Employees on logistically supported by UMGC Asia or UMGC Europe. Overseas Employees that are not sponsored by UMGC Asia or UMGC Europe are guided by a domestic host-nation emergency plan.
The NEO programs require each Employee who is logistically supported by UMGC Asia or UMGC Europe to prepare and maintain one NEO packet per family.
NEO packets consist of the following:
A marriage certificate; and
Specific NEO forms.
The Office of Human Resources for the employee's respective UMGC Division and/or local Area Director Offices will provide the forms and guidelines required for preparing and maintaining NEO packets.
Each Employee who is logistically supported by UMGC Asia or UMGC Europe is responsible for maintaining her/his own NEO packet. This will require regular updating of existing information and adding new documents to the NEO packet.
The military authorities and/or UMGC Overseas Divisions will conduct periodic inspection of their respective Overseas Employee NEO packets to ensure compliance.
The UMGC President has designated the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) to administer this policy; to develop procedures as necessary to implement this policy; to communicate this policy to the UMGC community; and to post the policy and any applicable procedures on the UMGC website.
UMGC OS 14.00: Policy on Noncombatant Emergency Operation (NEO)