Dear St. Thomas Students Currently Abroad and Departing in January,
Please share this note with concerned family and friends.
As you are most likely aware, the U.S. Department of State issued a Worldwide Travel Alert yesterday, warning of the possibility of terrorist attacks and urging additional caution and vigilance while traveling. This Alert urges extra caution, but is not discouraging travel or recommending that people return to their home cities. The full alert can be found at:
The University of St. Thomas and our partners consider your safety a top priority. As such, we are constantly monitoring security messages from the U.S. Department of State, as well as other external sources. We also work closely and collaboratively with our partners to ensure that we are not placing students in unsafe situations.
At this time, the University is not cancelling any programs. However, please be aware that the University would not hesitate to cancel a program or change an itinerary should a specific location be deemed at risk. Any decisions to cancel or change a program would be made by the University Action Response Team and the International Risk Assessment Committee.
As we discussed at orientation, there are many things you can do to mitigate risk and ensure your safety while traveling. These actions include:
Pay attention to information and messages from your on-site program staff and program directors. Should an emergency happen, it is possible that your on-site staff will prohibit travel to certain areas. Follow all instructions.
Keep your mobile phone (or other communication device) fully charged, and carry it with you at all times.
While traveling, be aware of your surroundings. Avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings and keep a low profile.
If travelling away from your host city, notify your program or program director where you will be so that you can be notified in case of emergency.
If you have not already, register your travel with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) through the U.S. Department of State, https://step.state.gov/step/. By enrolling, you will receive up-to-date security messages regarding your destination.
Contact the Office of Study Abroad, firstname.lastname@example.org, 651.962.6450 (during business hours) with further questions.
Office of Study Abroad
University of St. Thomas