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Univ monitoring safety of students abroad near Egypt

Published: February 4, 2011
Section: News, Top Stories

In the wake of the political crisis in Egypt and the outbreak of violence in the region, the study abroad office released a statement assuring the community that no Brandeis students were in any immediate danger. This semester there are no students studying abroad in Egypt. There are 16 students studying in three countries surrounding Egypt.

“Brandeis is monitoring events in the Middle East that have the potential to affect our students studying in the region. While there are no Brandeis students currently participating in any Study Abroad program in Egypt, we do have students studying in several other countries in the region and we have been in contact with those programs. Given the outbreak of violence in Egypt and the fast-moving pace of events there and in other nations in the area, the safety of Brandeis students is our first concern,” Assistant Dean of Academic Services and Director of Study Abroad J. Scott Van Der Meid said.

Regarding the students in the surrounding countries and possible safety concerns, “Brandeis is in contact with our program partners, who inform us if the situation in a particular country is deteriorating. We have several options in place to address student safety concerns, up to and including evacuation plans. We would also communicate with the U.S. State Department and the students and their families to monitor events and take action if necessary, “ Senior Vice President of Communications Andrew Gully wrote in an e-mail.