Please see information below about CIEE's protocols surrounding supporting our students in times of need, especially in light of the recent attacks in Paris.
First, we want to reassure you that CIEE has a robust active emergency and communication plan that includes the services of an evacuation assistance provider and security intelligence services that furnish us with daily and, at times, hourly updates. We are part of the Overseas Security Advisory Council, a division of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security in the U.S. Department of State, and we coordinate with a consortium of security professionals that works with more than 40 other colleges and institutions throughout the U.S. There are currently no travel warnings or advice from any of our resources suggesting that we should alter plans to continue with this semester, but should there be a shift, we are fully prepared to react.
Each of our study centers has an Emergency Action Plan and Response in place, as well as use of an Emergency Notification System that can simultaneously broadcast messaging out to students via email, text, and voice message. Certainly last weekend we used all of our tools to ensure that our students were accounted for. It is likely that as events continue to unfold, we will need to use our protocols again as public safety officials are operating at a heightened sense of awareness.
Additionally, our staff has identified resources in all of our study centers to support our students. Staff has received training in assisting students under stress and has the services of mental health professionals to assist them in understanding how to best support students. Our staff are paying particularly close attention to all students throughout Europe for signs of distress and are ready and able to assist.
We also recognize that everyone's tolerance for risk differs, and each student must ultimately make the decision that feels right to them. Certainly we anticipate that some of our students may struggle due to this event and the tense environment in its aftermath. We are prepared to help all of our students come to terms with the situation and to determine their next steps. Should any student wish to discuss returning home early, our staff stands ready to work with them compassionately and respectfully to help develop a path forward that includes full understanding of any academic and/or financial consequences. We will advocate, to the best of our abilities, with local universities, but we do not control the academic policies of host country universities. We are willing to explore with them alternative methods of securing academic credit should that be deemed possible.
Our offices in Portland are open from 9am to 5pm EST, but we do maintain a 24/7 emergency number that is available in times of urgency. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call us at 1-800-40-STUDY.