Earlier today, a suspicious package was found in the mail room on the campus of the University of Glasgow. At this time, no official statement has been released, however Police Scotland have secured the area. Several buildings on campus have been closed for the remainder of the day as a precautionary measure, and classes in these buildings have been cancelled. All students are reported safe at this time. Most students reported being in their rooms, however some were evacuated from classes.
What IFSA is Doing
The IFSA Resident Staff located in Scotland have notified students to verify their safety, informing them of the closures and providing them with safety instructions. We keep a close watch on security events in all IFSA program cities as well as on all students to help ensure they are aware of their surroundings and environment while our resident staff is extremely thorough in checking in with students and providing any information and support that is needed.
Additionally, our resident staff spend considerable time talking about safety and security with students during the mandatory program orientation at the beginning of the program as well as throughout the semester. Students are given emergency phone numbers for our resident staff and our emergency assistance provider that they can call 24/7 in the event of a true emergency. Students are also instructed to submit any travel plans to our resident staff should they leave their program city overnight.
We will continue to closely monitor security events in Scotland and provide you with relevant updates as needed.
If you would like more information, please see the following media outlets:
BBC News: University of Glasgow buildings evacuated over suspect package