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Statement on Nice, France

Published: Friday, 15 Jul 2016
Author: Maureen Handrahan
Department: Office of International Health and Safety

The Office of International Health and Safety (OIHS) and the Office of Study Abroad are closely monitoring the results of the July 14 attacks in Nice, France. Our hearts go out to the French people as we stand in solidarity with them through this tragedy.

MSU does not have any study abroad programs in Nice or any registered travel to Nice at this time.

OIHS strongly encourages all students, particularly those with travel plans in Europe, to carefully read the U.S. Department of State Europe Travel Alert and take note of the precautions outlined.

To enhance the health, safety, and security of summer travel, all travelers should:

  • Exercise vigilance when in public places, crowded locations, and when using mass transportation. If you see suspicious activity, leave the area immediately.
  • Avoid loitering around security perimeters.
  • Keep a charged cell phone, capable of making international calls, with you at all times.
  • Communicate your plans with your program leader or host institution. Your program leader or host institution may have further requirements to help you stay safe. Please heed their advice.
  • Monitor media and local event information sources and factor updated information into your travel plans and activities.
  • Avoid traveling alone whenever possible. Stay in touch with family, friends, and/or program leaders. Have a plan and back up plan if you are separated, and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
  • Take note of the local emergency services number. In most of Europe it is 112.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) for any country you will be visiting this summer. This registers your travel with the local embassy and allows you to receive security messages from the U.S. Government. Non-U.S. citizens should check if their local embassy offers a similar service and take steps to enroll.
  • Take note of the MSU 24/7 International Emergency Assistance Line (1-517-353-3784) and do not hesitate to call if you require emergency assistance.

As you begin or continue your travels, do not hesitate to reach out to OIHS if you have any concerns. We are here to answer your questions and offer support.

Best wishes for a safe and productive summer,

The Office of International Health and Safety
Michigan State University
International Studies and Programs
427 N Shaw Lane, Room 308
Office Tel.: 1-517-884-2174 / 1-517-884-9419
MSU 24/7 International Emergency Line: +1-517-353-3784