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This information is adapted for Capital University and is used by permission from St. Olaf College, which sends over 500 students abroad every year - many of whom are on short-term faculty-let programs. Some of the material is a summary of their extensive guidelines and other material is directly used.
No faculty advisor needs to feel alone in handling an emergency - there are local personnel (medical, security) who may be called upon to assist. The Office of International Education (OIE), as well as others in the university, may also need to be involved. It is important to determine the level of severity of the emergency and then decide upon appropriate action. Three levels are described below:
Major Emergency (extremely urgent, volatile, life-threatening)
Call Director of International Education as soon as possible, day or night, so that the full range of emergency responses can be set in motion. OIE will make the necessary contact with president, provost & parents. If the emergency involves a single or small group of students, OIE may ask the faculty advisor to directly telephone the parents.
Serious, but not life-threatening in which Advisor delivers assistance/consultation is necessary:
Call the Office of International Education (OIE), which will be the primary conduit of information for university personnel and parents.
Minor Incidents (minor medical event or a worrisome pattern of behavior that is not an emergency, but should be related to OIE for future reference.)
At earliest convenience, document the situation in an email or fax to OIE and keep a copy for your in-country log.
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