|Parliament Attack in London|
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Almost all IFSA-Butler students have been marked as safe following yesterday's incident in London near Parliament. Our resident staff in England are confident that the remaining students who have yet to return our communications are safe and most likely traveling. Additionally, no news reports have indicated that anyone matching the demographics of our students has been affected.
British authorities have assured the public that the incident is now under control, and they are reminding everyone in the London area to exercise caution while going about their daily lives in light of yesterday's events. Our London staff have instructed students to follow the safety procedures covered during our orientation, including avoiding affected areas (specifically the immediate area of Parliament and Westminster in this case) and following the advice of local authorities and reputable media outlets in the event of any future activity of this nature. Our staff have made themselves available should students have any concerns or questions.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
IFSA-Butler has verified the safety of most students studying in or visiting London following shots fired outside the Houses of Parliament and the Palace of Westminster.
Upon learning about today's incident, IFSA-Butler resident staff immediately began contacting students studying in London, as well as students studying in other locations who were known to be visiting London at the time. We have accounted for the majority of our students and are continuing to ask students, parents and home campuses to check in with IFSA-Butler to report their whereabouts.
IFSA-Butler resident staff spent considerable time talking about safety and security with students during the orientation, and they continue to do so throughout the semester. Resident Director Lynne Alvarez and her support team regularly check in with students and provide timely information and support.
In the event that any student has been negatively affected and/or needs emergency services as a result of this situation, IFSA-Butler's Health and Safety team will contact the parents and home campus of the student.
For more information about these events, please see the following media outlets: