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Worldwide Alerts

United Kingdom (U.K.)

9/16/14

On August 29, the U.K. raised its terrorism threat level from “substantial” to “severe.” Analysis provided by our security assistance service assures us that travel to/from the U.K. can continue, and that the increased threat level will not affect daily life. In fact, there has been no change in International ISOS's Travel Risk Rating for the U.K., which remains “low,” nor has the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued any travel advisories for the U.K.  However, travelers can expect delays due to increased airport security. Travelers may also notice an increased police presence in public areas such as train, bus and tube stations as well as parks, national monuments and popular tourist destinations. Due to increased vigilance about left items, any unattended packages, backpacks or suitcases, will be disposed of immediately. As a result, travelers should never leave their possessions unattended. The OGSS has contacted all Northwestern students enrolled in a variety of U.K.-based programs to inform them of our analysis and our on-going commitment to monitoring the security environment in the region.

Further questions can be directed to the Office of Global Safety and Security at (847) 467-3899 or globalsafety@northwestern.edu


Middle East

9/16/14

At the end of summer, Northwestern conducted a thorough review of program operations in Israel, and permitted students to participate in our exchange program with Tel Aviv University as well as short-term study tour in early September for Journalism students, sponsored by the Jerusalem Press Club. These decisions were not taken lightly, but acknowledge of the importance of supporting a wide variety of academic opportunities for Northwestern students, particularly in locations where we have a high degree of confidence in our institutional partners to mitigate risk. Monitoring the risk environment in Israel will remain a top priority for Northwestern’s Office of Global Safety and Security (OGSS). Northwestern will not hesitate to withdraw students should conditions exceed the university’s tolerance for risk.

Further questions can be directed to the Office of Global Safety and Security at (847) 467-3899 or globalsafety@northwestern.edu


Africa

9/16/14

Northwestern continues to monitor the spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the three West African countries most affected by the disease: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Northwestern does not sponsor study abroad programs in these locations, or in Nigeria, which is also beginning to see isolated outbreaks. Northwestern does affiliate with third-party providers in South Africa, Ghana and Senegal although enrollment for fall quarter in these locations is typically very low. Nonetheless, enrolled students continue to receive information related to EVD from their program providers as well as the OGSS. Please see the Ebola Facts for more information.

Further questions can be directed to the Office of Global Safety and Security at (847) 467-3899 or globalsafety@northwestern.edu