We consider the health, safety and well-being of our students involved in our international programs of the utmost importance. Program directors emphasize situational awareness, safety and preparedness upon arrival at each study-abroad campus. In the event of a political, social or natural emergency, the program directors will follow significant safety protocol.
Harding's International Programs Security Advisor, Commander Bruce W. Tully, was interviewed on CBS This Morning (30-NOV-2015) while President Barak Obama visited Paris. Tully recently commented, "It is a privilege and an honor to be part of the Harding University family and to protect our students worldwide." In the event of a natural disaster, travel warning, emergency situation or advance knowledge of planned political demonstrations, travel and or tours for Harding students may be revised in accordance with all prudent safety precautions. Travelers should be vigilant, maintain a high level of situational awareness and report to authorities anything that seems extraordinary. All travelers are urged (program participants and faculty are required) to register with the U.S. State Department's STEP program so that U.S. citizens can receive information and be assisted in times of emergency.
Retired Special Agent delivers powerful message at Travel Security Seminar: The International Programs office 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.
Special Agent Tully returned to the Searcy campus (September 21-22, 2015) to engage the Harding community and constituents from other universities in a training seminar. During his visit, Tully spoke in University chapel on the topic of situational awareness, addressed travel safety throughout the world, and met with Harding Pubic Safety officials. In a private meeting, Tully met with the Chief of Searcy Police, two officers from Harding's department of Public Safety, and the Director of Harding Travel Services. Follow the links to the September 21, 2015 chapel video here.
Security Reports from Our Overseas Campuses