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Emergency Contact & Parental Notification

In an emergency where a student is capable of making his/her own follow-up decisions, the student decides whether or not his/her emergency contacts/parents/spouse are notified of an emergency.

Some exceptions apply, however. Northwestern University may choose, in consultation with others associated with the experience, to inform a student's emergency contacts about a real or perceived emergency abroad without the student's permission, such as when:

If the traveler is a faculty or staff member, the Office of Global Safety and Security (OGSS) will work with Northwestern's Office of Human Resources to locate an emergency contact provided in one's employment records.