Safety and Security Information
The tragic terrorist
incidents that occurred in several locations around the world during the past
year have understandably disrupted peace of mind when it comes to international
travel. There have always been risks related to any form of travel—domestic and
abroad—and Lebanon Valley College has always been committed to minimizing these
risks to our students and faculty who participate in study, research, and
internship programs abroad.
The Center for Global Education works with several
constituents at home and abroad to monitor and evaluate the safety of our
students studying off-campus. We receive daily updates from the Overseas
Security Advisory Council and our emergency medical insurance provider. We
register our students with the U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler
Enrollment Program (STEP) so that security alerts issued by the U.S. Department
of State in the host country and elsewhere are received by our students abroad
and the Center for Global Education. In addition, LVC monitors health risks
using such resources as the Centers for Disease Control and host country health
country organizations to provide accurate information and advice regarding disease
risk and immunization recommendations. LVC emergency protocols involving various
College offices and officials are in place to support students and faculty
during times of unrest. At this time, LVC has no plans to suspend any of our
sponsored study-abroad programs due to security concerns.
The senseless attacks that recently occurred in Europe serve
as an urgent reminder that you must keep good communication with those at home
and be in constant awareness of your surroundings. Terrorism has
unfortunately existed in the world for centuries and we do our best to prepare
students with safety and security information from the host institution, U.S.
Department of State, and other organizations during pre-departure meetings and
while abroad. It is important that our students remain in close contact
with LVC’s Center for Global Education and the on-site staff to seek personal
travel advice and inform us before departure regarding any personal travel plans. Proper
planning and accessible communication (text, email, and social media outlets)
are essential when traveling. We recommend that you review the U.S. Department
of State website for global travel alerts and warnings before planning your
personal travel while abroad.
Students and parents, we encourage you to contact us to
discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding your decision to study
abroad. Your safety and security is our top priority, and necessary to ensure
that you have a rewarding study abroad experience. Please feel free to contact Jill Russell,
Director of Global Education, by phone 717-867-6076 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the event of an emergency, please contact the following at LVC:
From the hours of 8 to 4:30 EST, Monday through Friday:
Jill Russell, Director of Global Education
717-867-6076 or 717-867-6560
Caitlin Murphy, Associate Director of Global Education
Outside of regular office hours:
LVC Public Safety
The individual answering the phone will take your contact information and connect you to the appropriate LVC staff person at home.
Printable Emergency Contact Sheet (PDF)