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Monday, May 1, 2017 - The U.S. Department of State has issued an updated Travel Alert for Europe. Alerts are issued for short-term events that the U.S. Department of State believes travelers should be aware of when planning to visit a specific country or region of the world. In this most recent alert, the Department of State has not advised individuals to defer travel, but the alert advises travelers to exercise caution and monitor security information for the country or countries of their travels. An alert contrasts with a "warning," which is also issued by the U.S. Department of State, and signals that travelers should consider very carefully whether or not they should travel at all to a specific country. More information on Ohio State’s protocol for U.S. Department of State alerts and warnings can be found on our traveler security page.

The current alert mentions steps that travelers in Europe can take to help them maintain their awareness and bolster their personal security preparedness. They mirror many of the suggestions Ohio State recommends for maintaining situational awareness on our travel security page. At this time there are no plans to cancel or suspend Ohio State study abroad programs in Europe. Ohio State is sending information concerning the alert and additional safety planning guidelines to all students currently studying in or departing for programs in Europe.

Ohio State will continue to monitor information from the U.S. Department of State, the Overseas Security Advisory Council, foreign security agencies, the university's insurance providers and contacts on the ground to keep travelers notified and make potential determinations on any necessary itinerary adjustments. If there are any additional questions, please feel free to contact Dru Simmons, international risk manager, at simmons.541@osu.edu.

Monday, April 3, 2017 –  Ohio State is monitoring the tragic incident on the metro system in St. Petersburg, Russia. Ohio State has only one known student traveler with a current study itinerary in Russia. Their location of study is outside of St. Petersburg. Ohio State has reached out directly to the student and confirmed their well-being. The traveler has been reminded of advice and protocol for preparation and response to security incidents in their local context.