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The Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Education

Health & Safety Announcements

November 23, 2015

Dear Off-Campus Program Participants,
We are all deeply saddened by the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. We continue to monitor the situation in Paris, elsewhere in Europe and around the world, including the United States. I can assure you that the safety of our students and faculty participating on off-campus programs is our highest priority. 
At this time all of our fall term programs continue to operate. We expect that all of our 2016 winter term programs will run as scheduled. We do anticipate that a heightened state of security will be in place in Paris and elsewhere for some time. No one can guarantee or assure the safety and/or security of participants or eliminate all risks from the study abroad environment. At the same time, we are confident that all of our off-campus programs offer safe venues for our students.
In general, 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, like recent events in Paris, 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. 
Staff in my office and elsewhere at the college regularly evaluate safety and security at our program locations by consulting a variety of sources, including onsite personnel, the U.S. Department of State, and resources available to us via International SOS, Dartmouth's medical and travel security assistance company.  I want to remind you that you and your parents can avail yourselves of the latest security advice, alerts, and updates from International SOS. To register for Email Alerts, visit the International SOS website ( and enter the Dartmouth group membership number printed on your membership card.  After reaching the Dartmouth International SOS home page, select the link for Email Alerts and follow the instructions to register. 
In light of current events, we are asking students studying abroad to pay particular attention to: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 and/or their Dartmouth faculty program director
  • Keep a peer, a local host, or their faculty director informed of their whereabouts at all times
  • Provide detailed contact and itinerary-specific information to their faculty director 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 on them at all times for use in any ID checks
  • Review and continue to practice the basic travel safety tips shared with you during orientation meetings 
I hope you will find this information helpful. Should circumstances dictate a different approach by Dartmouth, we will update our guidance accordingly and promptly reach out to off-campus program participants.
John G. Tansey
Executive Director
The Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Education
Dartmouth College
44 N. College St., Suite 6102
Hanover, NH  03755  USA
Tel: (603) 646-1202
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