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International Education Emergency Action Plan

As a member of the SAFETI Consortium, Radford University, along with the partner institutions, colleges, and universities will work with the consortium and its members to support enhanced health and safety for study abroad faculty, students, and staff.

The SAFETI (Safety Abroad First - Educational Travel Information) Clearinghouse was initiated in 1998 to create and disseminate resources to support study abroad program development and implementation, emphasizing health and safety issues and resources for U.S. colleges and universities supporting study abroad. This has been made possible using a World Wide Web-based Clearinghouse format, enhancing collaboration among higher education institutions, government, and non-governmental organizations. (SAFETI 2010)

NAFSA’s Guide to Education Abroad for Advisors and Administrators describes the establishment "in advance of a step-by-step set of procedures" to be used by academic institutions and supporting institution staff in providing preparedness and response policy and procedures. "This set of procedures, or Emergency Action Plan, can improve the handling of a crisis, reduce costs and injuries, and prevent a chain reaction of crises".(CGE 2010)

Previous research in this area and primary direct planning for this document is guided by several organizations including the Center for Global Education Safety Abroad First Educational Travel Information Clearinghouse (SAFETI 2010) resource database. The SAFETI guidance resources have been adapted from the Crisis Management Handbook: A Guide for Overseas Staff, Peace Corp Volunteer Safety Council and the NAFSA Association of International Educators. Additional resources have been researched to provide guidance in the development of this policy planning document. As with any operational planning document and/or strategic plan it will be a "living document" and under continuing review and update.

Purpose

Radford University maintains a comprehensive Emergency Action Plan for campus based emergency management based on principles of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. With the realization that emergency events or individual crisis may occur as students participate in university international learning programs, the Radford University International Education (IE), Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP), and Radford University Police Department (RUPD) have identified the need to expand the campus risk assessment and crisis management principles to support international education faculty, students, and staff.

Working with all facets of the university community including, international program faculty and students, the International Education Emergency Action Plan (IEEAP) will use the guidance and recommendations from the preceding reference sources. In addition, the staff of  InED, OEP, and RUPD will treat IEEAP as a "living document" and ensure that new and emerging crisis management guidelines and directives are implemented into the plan. The departments will also work directly with faculty, staff, and students to disseminate planning and response planning. Through the implementation of this program and supporting plans Radford University will adhere to sound crisis management principles through emergency action planning.