We consider the health, safety and well-being of our students involved in our international programs of the utmost importance. Harding's Dean of International Programs receives global information daily regarding current news events from security officials and remains in 24/7 contact with our Security Advisor and foreign campus program directors. In the event of a political, social or natural emergency, the Dean remains in close contact with the on-site director for any of our overseas programs. Pertinent information will be provided here as a quick resource for your convenience.
January 18, 2017: The two earthquakes that struck central Italy today did no damage to the Harding property and was not felt by staff. All are safe.
Worldwide Situational Awareness
International Programs endorses the recently published safety advice from The Department of State:
- Avoid travel to Southeastern Turkey, particularly near the Syrian border.
- Stay away from large crowds, including at popular tourist destinations.
- Exercise heightened vigilance and caution when visiting public access areas, especially those heavily frequented by tourists.
- Stay away from political gatherings and rallies.
- Follow the instructions of local authorities in an emergency.
- Stay at hotels with identifiable security measures n place.
- Monitor local media.
In light of the recent threats and unfortunate terrorist acts of evil in the USA and abroad, educating our students about situational awareness and preparedness are key if/when an emergency situation strikes. Prudent measures are taken, including, but not limited to travel revisions, restrictions, or cancellations to specific areas.
"We need to be careful, but not terrified..." From Reasons to Keep Traveling, a recommended read by our Security Advisor, Commander Bruce W. Tully.
Harding's International Programs Security Advisor, Commander Bruce W. Tully, was interviewed on CBS This Morning (30-NOV-2015) while President Barak Obama visited Paris. Tully recently commented, "It is a privilege and an honor to be part of the Harding University family and to protect our students worldwide."
Bruce Tully, Security Advisor, No need for evacuations: The Bison interview (14-NOV-2015)
Harding International programs remains in daily contact with our State Department security consultant and studies all relevant bulletins and announcements. In the event of a natural disaster, travel warning, or emergency situation, plans for Harding students may be revised in accordance with all prudent safety precautions. Travelers should be vigilant, maintain a high level of situational awareness and report to authorities anything that seems extraordinary. All travelers are urged (program participants and faculty are required) to register with the U.S. State Department's STEP program so that U.S. citizens can receive information and be assisted in times of emergency. - Jeffrey T. Hopper, Dean of International Programs
The Bison, Harding student newspaper, addressed security concerns.
Retired special agent delivers powerful message at Travel Security Seminar
The International Programs office hosted a fireside chat at Harding featuring Bruce Tully, retired special agent from the U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Security Service and the U.S. Secret Service. A few dozen Harding students and faculty enrolled in upcoming international programs attended the evening and heard him speak on personal security and travel safety. Mr. Tully currently serves as our international security consultant and is an expert in counter terrorism, personal security and anti-crime operations.
Special Agent Tully returned to the Searcy campus (September 21-22, 2015) to engage the Harding community and constituents from other universities in a training seminar. During his visit, Tully spoke in University chapel on the topic of situational awareness, addressed travel safety throughout the world, and met with Harding Pubic Safety officials. In a private meeting, Tully met with the Chief of Searcy Police, two officers from Harding's department of Public Safety, and the Director of Harding Travel Services. Follow the links to the September 21, 2015 chapel video here.
Security Reports from Our Overseas Campuses