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in the pastoral care of the remaining students and the return of the deceased
student's possessions.
some parents also may wish to travel to the program location where their son
or daughter died. many insurance plans cover the cost of only one traveler, so
your organization or institution should be prepared to cover the cost for an additional spouse, companion, or family member (as well as their accommodations).
How these funds can be accessed or authorized, particularly on short notice and
perhaps over a weekend, should also be part of the plan. parents should be met
by local staff at the airport and be taken to the student's residence or location
of death as soon as possible. Be sure to have counseling or student affairs staff
present. attention to every detail is critical during this very emotional time for
the parents and survivors.
Funds should also be available to send at least one administrator and a few
students to the deceased's funeral as well as cover the costs of a campus-based
memorial service. If possible, consider offering to cover the cost of the parents'
travel to campus for the service, and for lodging and meals while there, whether
or not they would be able to pay for it themselves. Gestures like this can go a
long way toward maintaining goodwill between the institution and the surviving
family members.

international crisis
management team
represented offices
p Education Abroad
p Risk Management
p General Counsel
p Student Affairs
p Counseling Center
p Media Relations
your Office Should Consult with
the Following:
p President/provost
p Dean/chair of the deceased
student's department
p Country-specific faculty
experts
p Campus police/security

death notification
communications
With campus unit
stakeholders
p President
p Board of Trustees
p Provost
p undergraduate academic
deans
p Academic adviser(s)
p Graduate/professional deans
p Education Abroad Office
p International Student Office
p Student Affairs
p Greek Life
p Health Services
p Counseling Center
p Registrar
p General Counsel
p Risk Management
p Campus Security
p Religious Life

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there are generally three groups that require separate types of death notification: families, faculty or staff, and students (abroad and on the home campus).
care must be taken in how each group is notified of a student's death overseas.
the most common causes of a student death abroad are traffic accidents and
drowning. regardless of the cause, it's important to involve the u.s. embassy as
soon as possible so they can assist in parental notifications. In addition, your
international emergency assistance provider should be involved in every step
of the response, from notification to repatriation of the student's remains. Ideally, your crisis management team can delegate communication assignments
internally and make notifications simultaneously.
Diplomatic protocol requires that when a foreigner dies abroad, a representative of the relevant embassy notify the next-of-kin. u.s. consulate staff is
specifically trained to deliver such news. providing a thoughtful, compassionate death notification is everyone's first priority. a common parental response
to such shocking news is denial, so consular staff will require all the evidence
used to confirm the identity of the deceased and be prepared to disclose all information available about the cause of death. assuming that your international
insurance plan covers repatriation, be sure consular staff is aware of this so
that the family does not think they need to raise funds to bring the body home.
explain to the consular officer that you (or an associate) will be following up
with the family soon to express the institution's condolences and explain the
support services you will provide.
unfortunately, diplomatic protocol is not always followed by local law enforcement overseas. Instead, local police, upon finding information on the body that
leads them to ascertain the identity of the deceased's parents, may notify them
directly. this approach can unfortunately lead to serious miscommunication if the
informing officer does not speak english well, or does not have enough information

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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
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International Educator - November/December 2013 - Core Values
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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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