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

 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)