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also explain how students can access grief counseling or
other support services. If possible, bring trained therapists to the meeting.

in the days
FolloWinG the incident
✓ Check daily with your insurance assistance
provider on the status of the return of the
deceased student's remains
✓ Send flowers, cards, or engage in other
appropriate displays of sympathy
✓ Make plans to attend the deceased student's funeral
✓ Identify a faculty member to collect the deceased
student's academic work for the family
✓ Contribute to planning/execution of a memorial
service
✓ Maintain communications with affected students/
faculty/staff abroad
✓ For faculty or staff that were abroad during the
incident, provide information about employee
support services/benefits

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✓ Discourage promises of named scholarships, but
make plans to investigate the possibilities with
development officers at a later time

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✓ Contact the registrar to see if the deceased
student qualifies for a posthumous degree
✓ Ensure the deceased student is removed from
university records so the family does not
receive bills or enrollment notification (such
as from the registrar, student accounts, technology support, etc .)
✓ Regularly update website, if necessary
✓ Make any changes to program status in the
database and/or post an incident summary
in the individual deceased student's record in
the database
✓ Ensure all the deceased student's possessions are
packed up and returned from abroad
✓ Maintain contact with the family as appropriate
✓ Take time for self-care

Caring for Self and the Community
remember that faculty and administrators who may have
been particularly close to the student will experience grief
as well. some may surface right away and ask to be involved
in the response. a good role for a prominent faculty or staff
member is to collect all of the student's academic work for
presentation to the family. Others may be tasked to work
with religious life and student affairs to plan a memorial
service. even little things like preserving the students email
may be extremely important to the family.
If the student died on a faculty-led program, the faculty
leader likely played a significant role in the response. He or
she may have even witness the death if it was accidental or
spend signification amounts of time with the student during the hospitalization prior to death. as a result, the faculty
leader may experienced significant trauma and require information about various support services specifically geared
towards employees.
responding to the needs of the family, students, and
the community can take several weeks. It is likely the
first responder will work every day for at least a month
or more to ensure the family receives optimal service and
that no step or detail is neglected. Working at such a high
level of emotional intensity for weeks on end can take
its toll on even the most experienced education abroad
professional. self-care is critical to maintaining a healthy
mind and body, so don't be afraid to ask colleagues for
help as well.

Follow-up care
as the initial shock of the student's death subsides, other
administrative tasks must be kept in mind to ensure there
is appropriate follow-up and closure.
Be wary of well-meaning faculty or staff who want to
establish a scholarship in the name of the student. It takes
significant funds to endow a scholarship, and unless there
is a clearly identified donor, no one should make promises
the institution cannot keep. Don't reject the idea-just put
it on hold until it can be discussed in a less emotionally
charged time. there are parents still waiting for institutions
to create scholarships in the name of their students decades
after their students' death.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - November/December 2013

International Educator - November/december 2013
Contents
From the Editors
In Brief
Core Values
Reawakening Higher Education in Iraq
University of South Florida: What's in a Name? The World
Foreign Student Affairs
View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
Supplement
When a Student Dies Abroad
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International Educator - November/December 2013 - Cover2
International Educator - November/December 2013 - Contents
International Educator - November/December 2013 - From the Editors
International Educator - November/December 2013 - 3
International Educator - November/December 2013 - In Brief
International Educator - November/December 2013 - 5
International Educator - November/December 2013 - 6
International Educator - November/December 2013 - 7
International Educator - November/December 2013 - 8
International Educator - November/December 2013 - 9
International Educator - November/December 2013 - 10
International Educator - November/December 2013 - 11
International Educator - November/December 2013 - 12
International Educator - November/December 2013 - 13
International Educator - November/December 2013 - Core Values
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International Educator - November/December 2013 - 17
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International Educator - November/December 2013 - Reawakening Higher Education in Iraq
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International Educator - November/December 2013 - University of South Florida: What's in a Name? The World
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International Educator - November/December 2013 - Foreign Student Affairs
International Educator - November/December 2013 - 45
International Educator - November/December 2013 - 46
International Educator - November/December 2013 - 47
International Educator - November/December 2013 - View From Out Here
International Educator - November/December 2013 - 49
International Educator - November/December 2013 - 50
International Educator - November/December 2013 - 51
International Educator - November/December 2013 - Forum
International Educator - November/December 2013 - 53
International Educator - November/December 2013 - 54
International Educator - November/December 2013 - 55
International Educator - November/December 2013 - In Focus
International Educator - November/December 2013 - Cover3
International Educator - November/December 2013 - Cover4
International Educator - November/December 2013 - Supplement
International Educator - November/December 2013 - SCover2
International Educator - November/December 2013 - S1
International Educator - November/December 2013 - When a Student Dies Abroad
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