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to manage the student who refused to leave once the evacuation plan was in place. To make matters worse, her parents supported her decision. Ultimately, the student recognized the danger of the situation and asked to be evacuated; however, by this time it was too late and she lost the benefit. She then threatened to report to the media that she had been abandoned by the institution. Eventually, MSU was able to transfer her to another program in the region. Following this event, MSU produced clearly defined, written consequences for noncompliance to such directives.

communication
Without a communications plan, a crisis management plan is wholly ineffective. “Once a potential crisis breaks,” says Salvatore N. Moschella, vice president and chief operating officer for Semester at Sea and Institute for Shipboard Education, “we are assessing real and perceived impacts as well as reviewing contingencies.” Particularly important for Japan was the expert advice obtained from staff at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the International Atomic Energy Commission. “Having this authoritative information was key in our decisions and our communications.” Technology has contributed to a sense of complacency regarding the collection of complete program itineraries that include landline phone numbers, fax numbers, and street addresses. Linda Langin, senior vice president, Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI), states that this is the most important step an institution can take to facilitate an efficient evacuation. Nonetheless, the real-time communication provided by cell phones is invaluable—when the cell phones work. “If I could wish for anything it would be for institutions to require all students to carry a cell phone [with international coverage].” At the same time, your communications plan must be adaptable to a variety of contingencies. Inés DeRomaña, principal analyst, health, safety, and emergency response with the University of Califor-

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n July 2011, The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) part-

nered with ConocoPhillips to host a conference on best practices for contingency planning and evacuation, attended by more than 250 representatives from the u.S. private sector (including businesses,

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colleges and universities, faith-based institutions, and nongovernmental organizations). In november 2011, OSAC released a white paper summarizing the firsthand experiences, advice, and lessons learned that were shared during the conference. This report can be accessed on the

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OSAC Web site under the “OSAC Publication” report type. you must be a member of OSAC to access this report, but OSAC membership is free to u.S. entities with legitimate commercial, educational, or humanitarian activities abroad. See http://www.osac.gov for more information.

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Contents
From the Editors
Front Lines
In Brief
Voices: Rollins College President Lewis Duncan
Finding a Home in Higher Education
Promoting Peace Th Rough Partnerships
New York University Becomes a Global Network University
International Education Fairs
Education Abroad
A View From Out Here
In Focus
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