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Attacks in Nice, France

July 15, 2016

IFSA-Butler is monitoring events in Nice, France following the possible terrorist attack that took place on July 14, 2016. More than 80 people were killed after a truck drove into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day. Police shot and killed the driver, and police have confirmed there is not a hostage situation. People were Nice are advised to shelter in place.  

IFSA-Butler does not have programs in France. However, we are reaching out to all United Kingdom and Ireland summer students who are currently studying abroad on one of our programs. Since this attack happened on a Thursday evening, we are anticipating that a very small number of students may be travelling in France. We anticipate that it may take several hours to make contact with the majority of students to confirm their safety.  

We take student safety and security very seriously. A dedicated team of individuals regularly monitors the reports mentioned above, assesses current security conditions in all IFSA-Butler program locations and surrounding areas, as well as responds to emergencies and critical incidents that may happen during the course of a program. Additionally, the program orientation includes several discussions on safety and security. Our students can contact our resident staff at any time at an emergency number given to them during the orientation.  

We will continue to monitor this situation and provide any relevant updates. 

Please contact Eryn Espín-Kudzinski, Director of Health, Safety and Security with any questions or concerns.

More information on this incident can be found here:  
BBC News
New York Times

 
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