In the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris, France, Duke officials have made contact with and confirmed the safety of all students in the Duke in France program.
“Students currently in Paris are sheltering in place, most in their home stays or residence halls. Others are traveling outside of Paris this weekend,” said Amanda Kelso, assistant vice provost and executive director of Duke's Global Education Office for Undergraduates. “All students in Paris should monitor and adhere to directives from the French authorities. Current instructions are to shelter in place until further notice. Students traveling outside of Paris and/or France, should monitor the security situation closely before attempting to return to the city.”
She said her office has also been in contact with parents of students studying in Paris, as well as other Duke students studying in programs across Europe, including other areas of France.
France has declared a national state of emergency and has closed its borders after at least 120 people were killed in gun and bomb attacks in Paris.
Duke does not have a record in its travel registry of other faculty, graduate/professional students, or staff members currently in Paris, but officials encourage anyone who may be in Paris to contact Christy Parrish-Michaels, manager for Global Administrative Support, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-684-2910.
Kelso also encouraged students not already registered with the U.S. Department of State to do so immediately.
Support for any Duke student, faculty or staff member abroad on a Duke program is available through the university’s travel assistance program. For more information, visit: http://www.global.duke.edu/admin/health_safety/assistance.php