March 22, 2017
Dear Students, Parents and Friends:
You have likely heard about the terrorist incident that took place today (3/22) in London near the UK Parliament in Westminster (see: http://www.bbc.com/news ). News reports indicate that four persons were killed and a number of people injured. The Guarini Institute staff and others at Dartmouth are monitoring the situation and will provide updates as information becomes available.
I want to assure all spring term program participants that our spring programs are proceeding as planned despite today’s tragic events.
Today’s incident and other recent terrorist attacks in Europe and elsewhere have heightened concerns about the ongoing threat of potential terrorist activity in Europe and around the world, including in the U.S. and many of the locations where Dartmouth operates programs abroad. As has been the case in recent years, we anticipate this is an issue we will have to continue to pay close attention to for the foreseeable future.
While there are risks unique to the overseas setting, security experts and university officials believe that study in the foreign countries where we hold our programs is no more dangerous than in the United States. However, when incidents do occur at overseas locations, the impact on participants and their families are often more profound because of the unfamiliarity of the context and the distance that separates participants from their primary source of support. This is something we should all continue to keep in mind.
During times of heightened security concern, we ask that students participating on our programs pay attention to the following:
- Keep in regular contact with their parents
- Regularly keep abreast of news and information available through trusted reliable information sources (International SOS, local and international news sources, etc.)
- Remain vigilant by paying attention to their surroundings and be prepared to respond to instructions from local authorities, their Dartmouth faculty program director, and our local partners
- Keep a peer, a local host, or their faculty director informed of their whereabouts
- Provide detailed contact and itinerary-specific information to their faculty director and local host for any travel away from the program location
- While traveling, leave extra time to check in at airports or other transportation hubs, and be prepared for possible delays
- Keep a copy of their passport and ID with them for use in any ID checks
- Review and continue to practice the basic travel safety tips shared during orientation meetings
London and our other program locations around the world have proved to be safe locales for our programs in the past and we are confident they will continue to be. Should circumstances dictate a different approach by Dartmouth, we will update our guidance accordingly and promptly reach out to off-campus program participants.
All best and safe travels.
John G. Tansey
The Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Education
44 N. College St., Suite 6102
Hanover, NH 03755 USA
Tel: (603) 646-1202
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