We consider the health, safety and well-being of our students involved in our international programs of the utmost importance. Harding's Dean of International Programs receives world-wide information daily from security officials. In the event of a political, social or natural emergency, the Dean will be in close contact with the on-site director for any of our overseas programs. Pertinent information will be provided here as a quick resource for your convenience.
On August 2, 2013 the Overseas Advisory Council issued a worldwide travel alert out of an "abundance of caution" and closed embassies and consulates in the Middle East and in Northern Africa. Harding International programs remains in daily contact with our State Department security consultant and studies all relevant bulletins and announcements.
Travel plans for Harding students in the Mediterranean are being revised in accordance with all prudent safety precautions.
Everyone who travels is urged to maintain a high level of situational awareness and to exercise caution at all times. Report to authorities anything that seems extraordinary. All travelers are urged (program participants and faculty are REQUIRED) to register with the STEP program https://step.state.gov/step/.
Jeffrey T. Hopper, Dean of International Programs
The Bison, Harding student newspaper, addressed security concerns in their September 6, 2013 edition.
Retired special agent delivers powerful message at Travel Security Seminar
The International Programs office recently hosted a fireside chat at Harding featuring Bruce Tully, retired special agent from the U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Security Service and the U.S. Secret Service. A few dozen Harding students and faculty enrolled in upcoming international programs attended the evening and heard him speak on personal security and travel safety. Mr. Tully currently serves as our international security consultant and is an expert in counter terrorism, personal security and anti-crime operations.
These three episodes document that evening:
The Canadian Department of International Trade and Foreign Affairs publishes a useful brochure on travel safety for women. We recommend that all women students and faculty traveling abroad read this document.