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:
- the student is unable to speak for him/herself;
- the student has been missing for more than 24 hours;
- the student is perceived to be a danger to him/herself or others; or when
- there is a significant health, safety, or security incident affecting a study abroad program has occurred abroad (e.g. civil unrest, act of terrorism, extreme weather, etc.)
If the traveler is 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.