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    • With the permission of San Diego Community College District, we are including their “Emergency and Incident Response Plan for Study Abroad Programs.” This can be adapted to your study abroad program at your discretion. San Diego Community College District EMERGENCY & INCIDENT RESPONSE PLAN FOR STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS June 2003 TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction 3 General Security Precautions for All Programs 5 Role of Provider 5 Responsibility of Program Participant 6 Responses to Problems/Crises 7 Role of Provider 7 Role of College President 7 Role of Crisis Management Team 8 Criteria for Suspension/Cancellation of Program and Evacuation of Students and Faculty 9 Decision to Suspend/Cancel 9 Procedures to Suspend/Cancel 9 Agreements with Providers 10 Refund Policy for Program Cancellation, Suspension or Withdrawal 10 Guidelines for Media Inquiries 11 Before a Crisis 11
    • As a Crisis Breaks 11 As a Crisis Unfolds 12 After a Crisis 12 List of Attachments 13 1. Communication Trees City 14 Mesa 15 Miramar 16 2. Interview Questionnaire for Students Who Wish to Study Abroad 17 3. Orientation Meeting Agenda with Health and Safety Items 18 4. Student Conduct Document 19 5. Student Participation Agreement 21 6. Information Card 23 7. NAFSA, Promoting Health and Safety Abroad 24 8. SAFETI – Online Newsletter and Safety Abroad Handbook 28 9. State Department Advisories/Website 30 INTRODUCTION The San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for students on Study Abroad programs, campus based programs or San Diego and Imperial Counties Community Colleges Association/Study Abroad Consortium (SDICCCA/SAC) programs. To this end, the District has developed an Emergency and Incident Response Plan to cover political unrest, natural disasters, and medical emergencies. A plan such as this has always been important but it has taken on additional urgency in the wake of the world geopolitical situation, particularly in the aftermath of what has commonly come to be known as “9/11.” It is the intention of the SDCCD to be in the forefront of preparedness when it comes to such issues. Since it is important that the Emergency and Incident Response Plan be available when needed, the following are examples of locations where the Plan will be kept. The logistical support provider, faculty participating in study abroad programs, and their respective Administrator(s) will have a copy of the complete plan, while students studying abroad will have an abbreviated “What To Do In An Emergency and Emergency Contact” laminated card. Faculty members and others who request this will have a copy as well. In addition, the plan will be available in the following locations:
    • District Chancellors Office District Assistant Chancellors Offices (Instructional and Student Services) College Presidents Office Vice Presidents Offices (Instructional and Student Services) College International Education Coordinators Offices Campus Police Office Risk Managers Office Logistical Support Provider’s USA Office Logistical Support Provider’s On-Site Office Other offices may be added if desired. The district contracts with a “logistical support provider” to assist in the implementation of study abroad programs. A logistical support provider (hereafter called Provider) is a company that specializes in implementing the components of a study abroad program such as round-trip airfare, ground transportation, housing accommodations for students and faculty, medical insurance, field trips/excursions, classroom rental, identification of on-site faculty to assist in the instruction of designated classes, production of promotional materials, providing on-site personnel to deal with the daily operation of the program, etc. These companies normally are members of the National Association of Foreign Student Affairs: Association of International Educators (NAFSA:AIE). The San Diego Community College District has a stringent procedure for selecting and contracting with a Provider. The program components are identified and described by the International Education Coordinator (IEC) at the college that is implementing the program. The IEC then works closely with the Assistant Chancellor, Instructional Services and the Purchasing Office to develop a bid to be sent to various providers. Bids are reviewed after the submission deadline and the “lowest responsive responsible bidder” is selected to serve as Provider after which a contract is signed for the aforementioned services. The Provider is usually the first respondent to an emergency situation. Therefore, the District requires Providers to include a copy of their own Emergency Plans in their bid and to coordinate with the District to assure that both the District and the Providers are clear on their respective responsibilities. GENERAL SECURITY PRECAUTIONS FOR ALL PROGRAMS The Provider will: 1. Register student passports, addresses and telephone numbers with the U.S. Embassy and/or other appropriate government agency. 2. Establish contact with U.S. Embassy officials and keep a copy of the Embassy phone number handy. Make sure that U.S. Embassy officials know how to reach the Provider day and night. Consider inviting Embassy/Consulate staff to make a presentation during semester programs. 3. Conduct an on-site orientation shortly after arrival that thoroughly addresses health and safety issues. 4. Establish and maintain contact with the local police. If appropriate, invite them to make a presentation on safety during the on-site orientation.
    • 5. Provide students/faculty with a Laminated Card listing Emergency contact numbers and other information. 6. Keep up-to-date contact information (addresses and telephone numbers) for each student. Establish a procedure for contacting students in case of emergencies. 7. Make sure that students know how to reach the Provider’s on-site representative 24 hours a day in case of emergency. 8. Establish and test an Emergency Response Communication Tree to include appropriate District/College personnel. 9. Require that students submit contact information to the on-site staff and/or accompanying faculty if they plan to be away from their residence overnight. 10. Inform students that they should avoid congregating in groups of Americans or foreigners and from spending time in restaurants and bars that are known to be frequented primarily by foreigners. 11. Identify a reliable travel agency in case the students need to be evacuated. 12. Make sure there are no signs posted that identify the program as having an affiliation with the United States. 13. In the case of serious illness or accident, the Provider will arrange for appropriate medical care, inform on-site faculty, and contact the appropriate administrator at the college according to the established Communication Trees Program Participants will: 1. Be required to purchase medical (including evacuation) and repatriation insurance (furnished by the Provider), and be encouraged to buy trip cancellation and interruption insurance. The medical and repatriation insurance will be approved by the District and will be part of the total cost of the program. Information on Provider’s insurance will also be kept on file in the office of the Assistant Chancellor, Instructional Services and the office of the Risk Manager. 2. Read SDCCD Code of Conduct and Sign Student Participation Agreement. By initializing the agreement, students indicate they agree to maintain a minimum of 12 units abroad, understand the limitations of the College and Liability Waiver, consent to medical treatment, and will abide by the District Code of Conduct, Policy 3100. The signed agreements will be kept in the office of the International Education Coordinator at the sponsoring college. (Attachments 4 & 5, Pages 21-24) RESPONSES TO PROBLEMS/CRISES Upon Notification of a Problem/Crisis by the Provider and/or the Faculty Abroad, The Provider will: 1. Contact all students to make sure that they are accounted for and safe. If a student has been injured, have his/her physical injuries attended to. Caution students about rumors and advise them to wait until clear information is available before contacting home.
    • 2. Contact the U.S. Embassy or other official government agency, and ask for advice and assistance. If the U.S. Embassy is closed, determine the location from which the Embassy is operating (i.e. consulate within the country, U.S. Embassy in a neighboring country). Gather information regarding: the target of unrest and possible danger to U.S. citizens; minimizing danger to students; the likely impact of the event on availability of food, water, and medical supplies; the intensity of the emergency or political unrest; the presence of emergency or military personnel; the feasibility of continuing classes, etc. Gather as much information as possible. Begin writing a log. Continue to update this log as the situation evolves. 3. Contact the U.S. Department of State’s Citizen Emergency Center at (202) 647-5225 for suggestions and assistance. 4. Contact the College President and designated college administrator(s) from the Communication Trees (See Attachment 1, Pages 16-18) and inform them of the status of the situation and the incident response plan. 5. Contact local offices of other study abroad programs (optional). 6. Contact U.S. Study Abroad offices at other institutions that have programs in the region to develop a common plan of action. Provider (if applicable) will continue to be in contact with these offices as the situation develops (optional). The Appropriate College President will: Convene a Crisis Management Team. Depending on specific circumstances, members of the sponsoring college Crisis Management Team may include the College President, one or both Vice Presidents, the International Education Coordinator, the Designated Administrator for International Education/Study Abroad Programs, and the Public Information Officer. The Crisis Management Team may wish to consult with faculty and community residents with expertise in the region, and the College Police. The Crisis Management Team will: 1. Review information from the Provider, study abroad faculty and other sources, if possible, regarding the situation. 2. Identify measures needed to ensure the health and safety of students and faculty. 3. Consider additional issues regarding health, safety, academics, financial aid, public relations and legal liability. 4. Determine appropriate actions for the Provider to implement overseas, including dealing with initial student concerns and recommendations regarding appropriate student behavior. The Crisis Management Team will develop an action plan to be communicated through the Provider to each faculty member and/or to each student. If conditions permit, students will submit written acknowledgment of receipt of the action plan to the Provider and Program Faculty.
    • 5. Develop (in collaboration with the Provider) an evacuation plan when appropriate. This plan may also be developed in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State and will take into consideration recommendations regarding relative safety of various modes of transportation and travel routes, the cost of evacuation and means for meeting these costs, the possibility of splitting up the students into smaller groups and having them reconvene later in a different location, and resources available in the host country. 6. Prepare a list of people to be alerted after the crisis management plan is in place. This list may include the parents and families of students abroad, members of the home institutions, and the media as appropriate. 7. Develop a plan for daily communication with key people and organizations. The designated sponsoring college administrator will serve as the link with the San Diego Community College District. The College President, Chancellor and other designated key people will be contacted on a daily basis until the crisis is resolved. 8. The designated administrator of the sponsoring college shall keep a log of all events and shall submit a final written report to the College President and Chancellor following a resolution of the crisis. 9. Brief the Study Abroad Faculty and Provider concerning the plan of action developed by the Crisis Management Team. The Faculty/Provider will work together to determine an appropriate course of action and means of disseminating information to students. 10. Consult with the Faculty/Provider to utilize available resources to carry out the plan of action decided upon. 11. Work with the Provider and Program Faculty after the crisis has ended to assess the impact of the event and provide any follow-up that may be needed. CRITERIA FOR SUSPENSION/CANCELLATION OF PROGRAM AND EVACUATION OF STUDENTS AND FACULTY Decision to Suspend or Cancel a Study Abroad Program will be Based on Recommendation and/or Written Documentation from: 1. Study Abroad Faculty and Provider in country in consultation with officials at the host institution, U.S. Embassy officials in country, and/or other officials from U.S. agencies or host government agencies. 2. The appropriate U.S. State Department Country Desk Officers and the Crisis Management Team’s own assessment of the following events (not in rank order): a. Declaration of war by the U.S. against the country or an adjacent neighbor b. Declaration of war by a third country against the country of the program’s location c. Significant terrorist activity in the host city d. Protracted or indefinite closure of the affiliated institution
    • e. Inability of the local staff and/or Faculty and Provider to organize and carry out an academic program outside of the host institution f. Disruption of public utilities and/or rioting g. A declaration of martial law in the host city h. Recommendation of suspension/cancellation by the Program Faculty and Provider in country i. Information and/or specific directive by the U.S. State Department and/or U.S. Embassy Procedures to Suspend/Cancel a Program: 1. The Provider in collaboration with the College President/Crisis Management Team will keep “identified responsible persons/contacts” informed in the event a decision is made to move the students and/or cancel or suspend the program. 2. District personnel to be kept informed by the College President/Crisis Management Team: a. Chancellor b. Assistant Chancellor, Instructional Services c. Assistant Chancellor, Student Services d. District Public Information Officer 3. In case of an emergency, the students will be contacted as follows: a. If students are on an organized excursion outside the host city and there is an emergency, the Faculty/Provider or the responsible person in charge of the excursion shall take the group to a secure location and contact the Provider and the designated administrator at the sponsoring college according to the Communications Tree for instructions as appropriate. (See Attachment 1, Pages 16- 18) b. If the students are traveling independently, an effort will be made by the Provider to contact them according to the contact information and itineraries they left with the Provider and/or Faculty. If the students are not able to provide contact information due to the unstructured nature of their travel plans, they will be briefed prior to departure to contact the Provider upon learning of an emergency related to political unrest or a natural disaster. Students will then be advised as to the proper course of action. c. If students are in the host city, the Provider will gather the students at a central site as soon as is practical. d. If it is determined that the group should be evacuated, the airport is open and flights are operating, the Provider will arrange for air transportation of the group to either the U.S. or another destination ASAP, and notify the designated administrator at the home campus that the group is complete and accounted for. In the event that the students cannot fly out as a group, they will depart as seats are available. e. If the airport is not open, or if no flights are available, the Provider/Faculty in consultation with the U.S. Embassy will consider ground transportation to the closest international airport for air evacuation from there.
    • Refund Policy for Program Cancellation, Suspension or Withdrawal in Agreements with Providers include the following situations: 1. College cancels prior to departure or while program is in process. 2. Student and/or parent voluntarily requests withdrawal prior to departure or while program is in process. 3. Student and/or “identified responsible person” voluntarily requests withdrawal and the college subsequently cancels or suspends the program prior to departure or while program is in process. 4. Provider cancels the program prior to departure due to low enrollment. 5. U.S. State Department advises against a program taking place in a specific location after which the program is cancelled prior to departure or while the program is in progress. 6. Hardship imposed on financial aid recipients. GUIDELINES FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES The Crisis Management Team will determine how to handle media inquiries if a SDCCD student is involved in an incident. All official responses, statements, or comments on any issue or situation will be made or coordinated through either the District Communications Office or College Public Information Office as appropriate to the situation. Before a Crisis, the responsible administrator for International Education/Study Abroad Programs will: 1. Keep all program and contact information (i.e. student addresses and telephone numbers abroad obtained from the Provider and college telephone numbers, embassy telephone numbers) up to date and easy to access. 2. Try to anticipate potential situations and develop “what-if” scenarios. Think about aspects of the program that are most likely to be crisis prone, and consult with the College President and the International Education Coordinator. As a Crisis Breaks: The College Crisis Management Team will be convened by the appropriate College President. The College or District Public Information Office will assume full responsibility for communicating with the media. Following is a general description of how this will unfold: 1. The college administrator responsible for International Education/Study Abroad Programs will gather facts as quickly as possible and confirm facts with the Provider and communicate them to the Crisis Management Team. Information will be forwarded to the appropriate Public Information Office to ensure that ongoing updates and accurate information are available as the situation develops.
    • 2. The Crisis Management Team will determine internal and external individuals and groups that need to be informed of the situation, recognizing that the media are also likely to request or make contact with families of the students. Depending on the situation, the Crisis Management Team may establish a “communication central” phone number and inform campus personnel to direct callers to this number. Calls would be logged, prioritized, and returned systematically As a Crisis Unfolds: 1. If necessary, the appropriate Public Information Office will hold briefings with important constituents (internal and external) as the situation evolves. 2. As necessary, the Crisis Management Team will develop formal, written communications, probably in the form of a situation fact sheet that can be handed to staff at all levels, faxed in response to media queries, and even posted on a web site. A fact sheet might include: a. confirmed facts of a situation b. official College/District statements c. contact information and phone numbers d. information regarding college, host institution abroad, and SDCCD resources that are committed to ensuring student safety and managing the crisis e. a timeline for action 3. All such fact sheets are considered works in progress and would be updated appropriately as a situation develops. After a Crisis: The Crisis Management Team will contact interested parties to debrief and discuss potential changes to future practice and to make sure that all key constituents have received relevant information. LIST OF ATTACHMENTS 1. Communication Trees for City, Mesa, and Miramar Colleges 2. Interview Questionnaire for Students Who Wish to Study Abroad (Sample) 3. Orientation Meeting Agenda with Health and Safety Items (Sample) 4. Student Conduct Document (Sample) 5. Student Participation Agreement 6. Information Card (Sample) 7. NAFSA, Promoting Health and Safety Abroad (Sample Resource for Colleges that Sponsor Study Abroad Programs)
    • 8. SAFETI – Online Newsletter and Safety Abroad Handbook (Sample Resource for Colleges that Sponsor Study Abroad Programs) 9. State Department Advisories/Website (Sample Document Given to Students)
    • ATTACHMENT 1 City College Communication Tree This Communication Tree would be activated, as necessary, during a City College-sponsored short term study abroad program and during a SDICCCA-sponsored semester program for which City College is the lead college. Emergency issues that cannot or should not be resolved abroad by the accompanying faculty and/or logistical support Provider are to be referred to: President College Administrator Responsible for International Education/Study Abroad Programs, Vice President of Student Services Vice President of Instruction Public Information Officer, Mesa College Communication Tree The above Communication Tree would be activated, as necessary, during a Mesa College-sponsored short-term study abroad program and during a SDICCCA-sponsored semester program for which Mesa College is the lead college. Emergency issues that cannot or should not be resolved abroad by the accompanying faculty and/or logistical support Provider are to be referred to: President College Administrator Responsible for International Education/Study Abroad Programs Vice President of Student Services Vice President of Instruction Public Information Officer
    • Miramar College Communication Tree The above Communication Tree would be activated, as necessary, during a Miramar College- sponsored short-term study abroad program and during a SDICCCA-sponsored semester program for which Miramar College may be the lead college. Emergency issues that cannot or should not be resolved abroad by the accompanying faculty and/or logistical support Provider are to be initially referred to: President College Administrator Responsible for International Education/Study Abroad Programs Vice President of Student Services Vice President of Instruction Public Information Officer
    • Attachment 2 Interview Questionnaire for Students Who Wish to Study Abroad (Sample) Your campus coordinator will discuss the following topics with you: 1) Why you want to participate in this program and what you hope to gain from the experience. 2) Your preparation for and willingness to study during a shortened semester. 3) Your ability to live within a budget. 4) How you feel about being away from the U.S., friends and family for three months. 5) How you feel about differences in customs, food, etc. 6) If you have lived away from home before/traveled before. 7) If your family/significant other is supportive of your decision to study abroad. 8) If you need any assistance or special services to fully participate in any of the activities, academic or otherwise, of the program. 9) If you have any health concerns we should be aware of. 10) If you have a passport.
    • Attachment 3 Pre-Departure Orientation Part I (Sample) Saturday, May 25 @ San Diego City College 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Agenda 1. Welcome & Announcements - International Ed Coordinator 2. Welcome - Dean, School of Liberal Studies 3. Presentation - President, Global Educational Facilitation Flight Information Taxis & Public Transportation Ground Transportation Weather/Climate Excursions Packing Homestay Information Passports Role of GEF Gender Issues/Social Life The “Instituto” Telephones/Internet Access Health and Safety Money What to do in and near Mexican Laws Miscellaneous 4. Let’s Eat!!
    • Attachment 4 SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT CODE OF CONDUCT, POLICY 3100 Information required for participation in the SDICCCA/San Diego City College sponsored Fall 2003 Study Abroad Program in Florence, Italy Students are subject to adhering to the policies and procedures of the San Diego Community College District, as well as all federal, state, and local laws. Students are subject to charges of misconduct concerning, but not limited to, the following acts when committed on District-owned or controlled property or at District-sponsored activities. The taking of and passing off as one’s own the work or ideas of another: plagiarism and academic cheating. Falsification, alteration or misuse of campus/District documents, and records. Act or threat of damage to or theft of property belonging to or located on District-controlled property or facilities (while participating in the study abroad program). The physical or verbal disruption of instructional or student services activities, administrative procedures, public service functions, authorized curricular or co-curricular activities or prevention of authorized guests from carrying out the purpose for which they are on campus (while participating in the study abroad program). The physical or verbal intimidation or harassment of such severity or pervasiveness as to have the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a student’s academic performance, or a District employee’s work performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational or work environment. Disorderly, lewd, indecent or obscene conduct or expression or habitual profanity or vulgarity; any expression which is obscene, libelous or slanderous according to current legal standards or which so incites students as to create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts, or the substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the community college. (Ed. Code 76120). Assault, or battery upon a student or district personnel on district premises (while participating in the study abroad program) or at any time or place while under the authority of District personnel. Participation in hazing (California Education Code Sections 32050 through 32052). Possession of weapons, explosives, unlicensed dangerous chemicals or objects which may be used as weapons or to threaten bodily harm, as specified in the California Penal Code or other applicable laws. Participating in activities which are in violation of federal, state, or local laws or ordinances while on district premises or at district-sponsored or supervised activities.
    • Failure to comply with directions of staff members of the district who are acting within the scope of their employment. Continued and willful disobedience or open and persistent defiance of the authority of district personnel providing such conduct is related to district activities or college/center attendance. Smoking on District premises, or in vehicles provided by the district used for transporting students; except as permitted by applicable ordinances, laws, college guidelines and District procedure 0505.2. Use, possession, distribution, or sale of alcoholic beverages on campus (while participating in the study abroad program) except as permitted by law. Use, possession, distribution, manufacture or sale of narcotics or other hallucinogenic drugs or substances or inhaling or breathing the fumes of, or ingesting, any poison classified as such by the California Business and Professions Code Section 4160, Schedule “D”, except as provided by law, is prohibited when on district premises (while participating in the study abroad program). Violation of Policies & Procedures for Student Organizations as enumerated in Manual 3200. The consequences of not adhering to the Student Code of Conduct include: Immediate expulsion from the program at own expense Total forfeiture of all fees paid to the program  Loss of all course credit
    • Attachment 5 SAN DIEGO CITY COLLEGE SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM STUDENT PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT Name: Program: Semester/Year I, the undersigned, a participant in the abovementioned San Diego City College Study Abroad Program, understand and agree to the following: 1. Full-Time Course Load My academic participation and performance is the most important priority of this program. As such, it is expected that I maintain a minimum of 12 units while participating in the program. Student’s Initials _______ 2. Limitations of San Diego City College Responsibilities and Liability Waiver Despite reasonable precautions and supervision of participants, I understand that circumstances may arise which are beyond the control of San Diego City College. Among other things, San Diego City College cannot: Guarantee or assure the safety of participants or eliminate all risks from the study-abroad environment;  Monitor or control all of the daily personal decisions, choices, and activities of individual participants;  Prevent participants from engaging in illegal, dangerous or unwise activities;  Assure that U.S. standards of due process apply in overseas legal proceedings or provide or pay for legal representation for participants; Assume responsibility for the actions of persons not employed or otherwise engaged by the College, for events that are not part of the program, or that are beyond the control of the College and its subcontractors, or for situations that may arise because a participant fails to disclose pertinent information;
    • Assure that U.S. cultural values and norms will apply in the host country. Title 5, California Code of Regulations, Section 55450, states in part as follows: “All persons making the excursion or field trip shall be deemed to have waived all claims against the District of the State of California for injury, accident, illness or death occurring during or by any reason of the excursion or field trips and all parents and guardians or guardians of the student taking out-of-state excursions or field trips shall sign a statement waiving such claims.” In accordance with Title 5, California Code of Regulations Section 55450, and in consideration of my participation in said study abroad program, I hereby release the San Diego Community College District, its officers, employees, and agents from and waive all claims for injury, accident, illness, death or property damage occurring during or by reason of said program, except for any claims based upon the fraud, willful injury to person or property, or violation of law, by the District, its officers, employees, and agents, and further agree to indemnify and hold harmless the District, its officers, employees, and agents from any claims and actions for damage or injury which any person may assert by reason of my conduct while participating in said program. Student’s Initials ________ 3. Medical Authorization In the event of any illness or injury, I hereby consent to whatever X-ray, examination, anesthetic, medical, dental, or surgical diagnosis or treatment and hospital care from a licensed physician and/or surgeon is deemed necessary for my safety and welfare. Student’s Initials ________ 4. Student Conduct I agree to abide by the San Diego Community College District Policy No. 3100, Code of Conduct (copy attached) while participating in said study abroad program. As a representative of the SDCCD, I agree to adhere to the Code of Conduct at all times (whether en route to or from the destination abroad, in class, in the housing accommodations, on an excursion/field trip, or on my own). I have read this document in full and understand what is expected of me. I agree that any violation of the Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary action and/or immediate termination of my participation in said program. I fully understand and agree that if my participation is terminated, I will forfeit all fees and expenses incurred and I will be responsible for any and all additional costs incurred in returning home. Student’s Initials ________
    • 5. Release of Information I agree that any and all information pertaining to my participation in the study abroad program may be released to Journeys of Discovery or any of the consortium member colleges as needed. Student’s Initials ________ Student Signature Date Print Name Soc. Sec. No.
    • Attachment 6 Identification/Information Card Given to Students Who Study Abroad (Sample) NAME OF STUDENT
    • Useful SAFETI Resources The following are some important links to keep in mind when developing an emergency response plan. They were developed by the USC Center for Global Education and SAFETI (Safety Abroad First Educational Travel Information) to assist other institutions in administering effective emergency response programs. Support for Students with Disabilities www.usc.edu/globaled/irl/irlca8.html Country-Specific Information www.usc.edu/globaled/irl/irlca7.html Study Abroad Field Resources developed by NAFSA: Association of International Educators Section on US Students Abroad www.nafsa.org/secussa Information on Health and Safety www.nafsa.org/safetyabroad International task Force on Health and Safety and Study Abroad www.nafsa.org/safetyabroad/guidelines1298.html US State Department Health and Safety Resources Tips for Students www.travel.state.gov/studentinfo.html Travel Warnings and Consular Information Sheets www.travel.state.gov/travel_warnings.html US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) www.cdc.gov/travel/index.htm