This week, various NESCAC schools assessed safety policies of students abroad and welcomed a guest faculty member to its community.

Students at colleges and universities across the country take time away from their own campuses to study abroad. Unfortunately, especially in Europe, there have been multiple terrorist attacks this year. Most recently, the terror attacks in Brussels have prompted multiple schools to look at the ways in which they are able to promote safety and protect their students who are abroad. Bowdoin students reported that their programs did an excellent and efficient job informing Bowdoin that they were safe from the attacks. Tufts students echoed the Bowdoin’s students’ support for their administration, saying they were almost immediately informed that their peers and professors abroad were safe.

On the other hand, however, Bates students and Bates parents expressed their dismay that they were left in the dark about the safety of students abroad, specifically those who were studying in Turkey. The Bates administration explained that since they do not have their own study abroad programs, it is harder to communicate with each individual who is abroad.

Despite this fact, students were displeased that the administration informed them that everyone in Brussels was safe, but disregarded the fact that two students who were in Istanbul, Turkey during the attacks, were also safe. The students also found fault with the fact that the director of Off Campus Study at Bates had claimed that the attacks in Turkey were of a different scale than other recent terrorist attacks.

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