Risk Assessment and Crisis Management

Resources for professionals who establish emergency communication protocols to be shared with faculty, staff, and students; prepare health and safety instructional materials for emergency situations; respond to international emergencies according to institutional protocols; develop policies and procedures for health and safety, risk reduction, and crisis management.

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The 5 C’s of Crisis Communication

This infographic outlines the five essential steps of effective crisis communication.

Jan 07, 2019
Sexual Assault Abroad from a U.S. Perspective: Prevention, Response and Treatment

In the United States, Title IX provides federal guidelines for supporting victims of sexual assault on campus, but it is challenging to apply the regulations in an off-campus, overseas context. Outside the United States, resources and response for treating or

Dec 12, 2018
Proposed Title IX Regulatory Changes On November 29, 2018, the Department of Education proposed amendments to the regulations implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX). At issue for most NAFSAns is to what extent the proposal would modify a school's Title IX obligations in the study abroad context. This proposal would modify only Title IX compliance, not Cleary Act compliance. Comments are due by January 28, 2019. Dec 10, 2018
Health, Safety, & Security: Resources for Monitoring Conditions Abroad

A compilation of internet resources offering information from various sources to help you make decisions about safety and security abroad.

Jan 16, 2018
Improved Consular Safety and Security Messaging

Improved Consular Safety and Security Messaging Summary In late November 2017, the U.S. Department of State announced upcoming changes to consular safety and security messaging, most notably, the elimination of Travel Warning and Travel Alert terminology. The new safety and security messaging is intended to b

Jan 11, 2018
Government Connection: Improved Consular Safety and Security Messaging

International safety and security for students, faculty, and staff traveling abroad is a top priority for all U.S. colleges and universities many of whom base their programming and travel policies on safety information issued by the U.S. Department of State. With the announcement of a new leveled Travel Advisory system, institutions across the United States may need to review and revise their travel policies.

Dec 12, 2017
Crisis Management for Education Abroad

The complexities of the education field require ongoing training on risk management considerations. Whether a crisis affects large groups of traveling students or a single person abroad, Crisis Management for Education Abroad, will help you build core competencies in crisis management and risk assessment

Mar 30, 2017
Prioritizing Fire Safety for Education Abroad Programs

There is much attention paid to health and safety on education abroad programs, however not much that specifically applies to fire safety abroad. Even modern European cities, which are often the most popular study abroad destinations, often have fire safety

Dec 07, 2016
Gender Discrimination (Title IX) and the Violence Against Women Act

This resource is designed to help education abroad professionals with identifying the regulatory implications and student health and safety steps when a student studies abroad. The expansion and increased attention to enforcement of Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act require strong responses when students confront gender discrimination and sexual violence abroad.

Mar 14, 2016
Risk Disclosure in Education Abroad

Deciding what practices are appropriate for risk disclosures and waiver documentation is the education abroad professional’s responsibility to insure a student’s health and safety while embarking on an education abroad program.

Feb 26, 2016
Risk Management in Education Abroad

An underlying goal in all Education Abroad programming is to enhance the experience and mitigate risk. In this e-Learning Seminar series, expert presenters discuss the risk landscape in education abroad, safety and security issues abroad, requirements of the Clery Act, and concrete steps for dealing with crisis situations abroad.

Nov 30, 2015
Home Universities & Overseas Partners: Optimizing Communication Involving On-Site Student Issues

Determining the line between what you need to know and what you don't with regards to your students abroad can sometimes be tricky. Think about the reasons why you want to know, are they helping the student? Learn how to work with your third party program providers to develop guidelines and clearly communicate to them your expectations on reporting incidents.

Nov 17, 2015
The Clery Act and Education Abroad: Understanding Crime Reporting Requirements

The Clery Act requires universities to report on-campus crime, including crimes committed in education abroad locations. Learn about how U.S. federal regulations may affect your education abroad program and how you can take steps to ensure compliance.

Jan 29, 2015
Getting Out

"Getting Out", by Julie Anne Friend, Associate Director for International Safety and Security at Northwestern University and a Past Chair of the EA KC Health and Safety Subcommittee, looks closely at preparing for terrorism, political unrest, government collapse, and armed conflict in education abroad locations. The article was published in the 2010 NAFSA International Educator magazine's Health and Insurance Supplement.

Aug 18, 2014
Danger Ahead

"Danger Ahead," by Julie Anne Friend, Associate Director for International Safety and Security at Northwestern University and a Past Chair of the EA KC Health and Safety Subcommittee, looks closely at institutional risk tolerance and strategic risk assessment to ensure international programs and activities have emergency plans that match their worldwide presence. The article was published in the 2012 NAFSA International Educator magazine’s Health and Insurance Supplement.

Aug 18, 2014
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