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Worldwide Alerts

MIDDLE EAST (JERUSALEM)

11/18/14

Northwestern does not have any undergraduate students enrolled in study abroad programs in Jerusalem during the Fall 2014 quarter but is closely monitoring today's terrorist attack on a synagogue there.

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


Worldwide: Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Overseas

10/24/14

Northwestern is closely monitoring cases of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in all locations where we have students abroad.  Northwestern does not sponsor study abroad programs in the three West Africa countries that continue to be most affected by the disease: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Northwestern does affiliate with third-party providers in Ghana, Morocco, Senegal and South Africa although enrollment for fall quarter in these locations is typically very low. Nonetheless, enrolled students in these locations continue to receive information related to EVD from their program providers as well as Northwestern’s Office of Global Safety and Security (OGSS).

Furthermore, in consultation with campus health professionals, we have concluded that Northwestern students in the normal course of their daily activities abroad are at an extremely low risk for exposure to the virus. Please see the Ebola Facts, Resources and Information (published by NU Health Services) for more information.

As we get closer to departure dates for winter quarter programs abroad, OGSS will be reaching out to students in any location abroad where a case of Ebola has been confirmed to share information and resources as well as provide assurances regarding the low risk of exposure to students overseas.

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


Asia (China - Hong Kong)

9/30/14

The Office of Global Safety and Security (OGSS) has been following the situation in Hong Kong for several days. Our exchange partner, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), assures us that despite current events, the institution continues to operate normally, and that campus remains safe. The U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong is also issuing regular security messages reminding citizens to avoid protest areas.

Northwestern prohibits study abroad students from observing or participating in protest activities. Even demonstrations intending to be peaceful have the potential to become violent at a moment’s notice. Furthermore, should the demonstrations increase over time, larger crowds may further block streets, highways and major intersections, leading to traffic jams and travel delays. Students are reminded that all efforts should be made to stay abreast of local news so travel about the city remains safe and efficient.

The OGSS has contacted all Northwestern students enrolled in our HKUST exchange program to inform them of our analysis and our on-going commitment to monitoring the security environment in their location.

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


Europe (Turkey)

10/10/14

The Office of Global Safety and Security (OGSS) continues to monitor the security environment in Turkey in relation to events occurring in Syria. Turkey, the U.S., Britain, Canada, France and Germany (as well as a few other countries) are all participating in efforts to contain the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) also know as the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL). Due to the fact that demonstrations have the potential to become dangerous at a moment’s notice, Northwestern students are prohibited from observing or participating in protest activities in Turkey.

At this time, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has not issued any travel advisories for Turkey. However, the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul issues regular security releases to raise travelers’ awareness of protest locations. Analysis provided by our security assistance service, International SOS, assures us that travel to/from Turkey 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 Turkey, which remains “low” (except for areas bordering Syria, which are rated “medium"). However, travelers can expect delays (in Istanbul and around the country) due to increased security. Travelers may also notice an increased police presence in public areas such as train, bus and subway 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 our Turkey exchange program to inform them of our analysis and our on-going commitment to monitoring the security environment in their location.
Further questions can be directed to the Office of Global Safety and Security at (847) 467-3899 or globalsafety@northwestern.edu.


Europe (Spain)

10/10/14

On October 6, the Spanish government confirmed the first reported case of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Europe. Spanish health authorities are taking action to limit risk to the general population. As the transmission of the Ebola virus requires close contact with the bodily fluids of symptomatic individuals, the risk to study abroad participants is extremely low.
 
Northwestern’s Office of Global Safety and Security (OGSS) as well as Northwestern University Health Service (NUHS) are closely monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and other sources related to Ebola. The CDC continues to advise that careful hygiene and avoiding contact with blood, body fluids, animals and raw meat is an important preventive measure during travel. Please see the NUHS’s EVD Fact, Information and Resources page for more information.
 
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is responsible for issuing Travel Notices related to a range of transmissible, infectious diseases. At present only three countries, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, are under a CDC Travel Notice Warning Level Three: Avoid All Non-essential Travel.

The OGSS has contacted all Northwestern students enrolled in Spain-based programs to inform them of our analysis and our on-going commitment to monitoring the health, safety and 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.


Oceania (Australia)

9/17/14

On September 12, the Government of Australia raised the Australian National Terrorism Public Alert System (NTPAS) from “medium" to “high.” The Australian National Security stated, "the increase is not based on a specific attack plan, but rather a body of evidence that points to the increased likelihood of a terrorist attack in Australia." At this time, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has not issued any travel advisories for Australia. We have no reason to believe that the change in Australia’s terror threat level poses a risk to study abroad participants. Analysis provided by our security assistance service, International SOS, assures us that travel to/from Australia 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 Australia, which remains “low." However, travelers can expect delays due to increased security. Travelers may also notice an increased police presence in public areas such as train, bus and subway 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 Australia-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.


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