New IFSA-Butler Cell Phone Policy

Student safety has always been a high priority for IFSA-Butler. In light of recent global incidents that have required our resident offices to verify the safety of hundreds of students, we are implementing a new cell phone policy that we believe will help ensure the safety and well-being of our students, as well as bring peace of mind to parents and advisors.

Effective summer 2017, all students on an IFSA-Butler or Alliance for Global Education program must bring with them, or intend to purchase upon arrival abroad, a cell phone that can exchange calls and texts with our resident office. This policy will help our staff worldwide to account for students, either individually or in large groups, in the event of an emergency.

Our staff will collect students’ cell numbers at orientation and will notify the home campus study abroad office if we do not receive a working number from a student by the end of orientation.

IFSA-Butler may be able to assist with the purchase of a cell phone in the event of financial difficulty. We are happy to consider these requests on an individual basis.