Safety and Security

Policies and Practices

IAU College prides itself on having a staff comprised of committed and knowledgeable individuals whose collective years of service with IAU surpass the 100 mark.

Against that solid background of experience, IAU enthusiastically supports and endorses the recent establishment of the Health and Safety Guidelines for Study Abroad, as published by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. IAU also endeavors to meet the safety and security guidelines of the Center for Global Education as represented in its Study Abroad Student Handbook for France.

Student safety is very important to us.  In addition to observing and promoting the guidelines mentioned above, regular IAU practices regarding student health and safety include the following:

    1. Each student is registered with the U.S. Consulate in Marseille. Registration at the U.S. Consulate makes the student’s whereabouts known and makes it possible for a consular officer to contact the student in an emergency.
    2. Photocopies of student passports and visas are kept on file at IAU.
    3. Personal health and safety for each student is addressed on the initial program application which requests a physician’s statement that the student is in good health and not likely to require medical attention while abroad.
    4. The HIP Pocket Info booklet included in pre-arrival materials advises that students observe basic common sense and reasonable prudence with respect to personal behavior and preventive medicine while abroad. Periodic reminders are issued throughout the semester.
    5. Pre-arrival materials include a liability release form signed by each student to make each student aware of the determinant role which their personal conduct may play in avoiding risk.
    6. Safety matters are discussed during orientation with attention given to any particular behaviors or areas of town which should be avoided, use of public telephones, and accessing emergency services for police and medical assistance.
    7. A confidential file is maintained by staff with emergency contact information of parents or guardians and/or any special medical conditions of the student.
    8. Each student is expected to keep in their possession an IAU identity card which lists telephone numbers of the Institute, and the French national numbers for emergency medical help.
    9. A list of Anglophone doctors and dentists is available in the Office of Student Welfare at the Aix Center.
    10. Students are discouraged from engaging in high-risk leisure activities while abroad.
    11. Each student is required to subscribe to a health insurance policy while enrolled at IAU which includes the minimum required amount for repatriation costs.
    12. Before departing on any non-Institute travel during weekend or vacation periods, students are required to “sign out” with IAU personnel by submitting in writing their expected destination, contact numbers if possible, and expected date of return.
    13. Each Center Director is furnished 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a portable telephone to facilitate communication at any time in emergency situations.
    14. Faculty and staff who accompany students off-site are also equipped with portable telephones.
    15. When public announcements concerning American citizens are received from the U.S. Consulate, students are informed by email and/or SMS texting, and the announcement is also posted on bulletin boards throughout IAU buildings.
    16. IAU is registered with the United States Department of State listserv advisory service which communicates country specific travel advisories as well as information of concern to American citizens abroad. Public announcements are immediately communicated to all Center Directors for communication to students.
    17. In the event of a local, national or international emergency, the Institute follows the instructions issued by the U.S. State Department and the French government authorities.

For further information outlining the safety and security guidelines and advisories mentioned above, please consult the following Web sites:

IAU also recommends that students take the time to view the University of Texas at Austin's Culture of Safety video.