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:
- 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.
- Photocopies of student passports and visas are kept on file at IAU.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A confidential file is maintained by staff with emergency contact information of parents or guardians and/or any special medical conditions of the student.
- 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.
- A list of Anglophone doctors and dentists is available in the Office of Student Welfare at the Aix Center.
- Students are discouraged from engaging in high-risk leisure activities while abroad.
- Each student is required to subscribe to a health insurance policy while enrolled at IAU which includes the minimum required amount for repatriation costs.
- 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.
- 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.
- Faculty and staff who accompany students off-site are also equipped with portable telephones.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
Letter to the IAU community regarding the 2016 Nice Attacks
We at IAU College, like the rest of the world, are shocked and saddened at the horrifying attack on the crowds of people in Nice this evening as France celebrated Bastille Day, the equivalent of the Fourth of July in the U.S. IAU administrators have consulted with the staff and concluded that all of our summer students are accounted for at this time.
The safety of our students is paramount. It appears that terrorists were aiming for a spectacular effect by conducting this attack on a national holiday at an iconic place with a major crowd in attendance. Our institution and our students do not present such a profile in their day-to-day lives. We are currently monitoring the situation with local officials regarding the situation in Nice and the surrounding areas and will keep you informed of any developments.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the victims of this senseless tragedy in Nice. We are relieved that none of them involved our own IAU community. Please feel free to contact any of our staff with questions and concerns with regard to safety and security. We thank you for your confidence in IAU and entrusting your sons and daughters to us.
Dr. Carl Jubran
With the advent of heightened security measures and the new US State Department warning with regard to Europe, we believe it is incumbent upon all of us at IAU to remain vigilant. In addition, the IAU administration believes it is paramount to remain informed of the most relevant intelligence and advisory communiqués coming from our various sources and share them with all of you. We’d like to assure you that IAU College is taking every possible measure to care for and support our students during these difficult and turbulent times. We are currently working with our security advisory committee and colleagues from the US State Department to determine the best course of action with regard to student and staff mobility within our programs in Aix-en-Provence, Barcelona, Marrakesh, and the European Union in general.
Our students have already been informed by Dr. Leigh Smith, Dean of the College, of the importance of our mandatory travel form that all students must complete before engaging in any independent travel outside of the region. They have been advised to avoid Brussels, Paris, and other big cities, large crowds, and festivals and drawing any unnecessary attention to themselves as Americans. In the coming weeks, several faculty and students were to embark upon field study programs to Brussels and Paris within the framework of their political science and international relations courses. These programs will be suspended until further notice. We continue to work with local police in Aix-en-Provence, the U.S. Consulate in Marseille, and our security advisory committee to review and implement all of the necessary security protocols in order to ensure the health, wellness, and safety of all of our students, faculty and staff.
In the meanwhile, we encourage our students to focus on the successful completion of their studies this spring semester. Furthermore, we look forward to the arrival of the over 300 students and faculty joining us this summer in our various locations.
IAU College remains committed to the mission of providing our students with exceptional programming in Europe and North Africa. Although we will continue to be vigilant about the dangers of the current political climate, we refuse to be intimidated, and remain fully committed to the important role of international education in fostering awareness and developing cross-cultural competencies in today's complex world.
Sincerely,Carl Jubran, PhD