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 world-wide information daily from security officials. 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.
Worldwide Situational Awareness
We remain in contact with our security advisor and foreign campus program directors regarding current world news events.
We advise against independent travel to Brussels, Belgium for the remainder of 2015. Belgium places capital Brussels on maximum alert
KATV interviews HUF Director, Robert Shackelford, Students not letting Paris event condition their travel experience
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