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CCU talks about ensuring safety to students abroad after Nice attack

Image of the truck in the Nice attack. (Source: WMBF News) Image of the truck in the Nice attack. (Source: WMBF News)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - After Thursday’s terror attack, WMBF News immediately reached out to Coastal Carolina University to make sure any students who might be abroad were safe.

Officials confirmed there were no students in any programs in France for the summer of 2016. There were some students in other parts of Europe, and
first thing in the morning the school was reaching out to each of them to make sure they were safe.

For parents, it might be challenging to agree with young adults who want to take a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study abroad in college. After terror attacks in Paris, Brussels, Sydney, to name a few, and now in Nice, it's hard to feel they will be safe.

Today, CCU's Associate Provost for Global Initiatives, Dr. Darla Domke-Damonte, talked about the precautions and preparations CCU takes to ensure safety to all students.

They register on the State Department website, so if anything happens at home or while you are abroad, the government will find and alert travelers. This is something all travelers should do if they leave the country.

Coastal also teaches students about the environment to expect, health and safety aspects, and where embassies and consulates are located. The school also stresses the importance of heightened awareness.

Like on Thursday, the first thing CCU does when there is an extraordinary situation abroad, is check with students.

"If we are aware that students are there, for example this spring when Belgium happened, we wanted to make sure and reach out and say 'is anybody traveling in Belgium', we don't know,” Domke-Damonte said. “So, we reached out to each one of them, we assured where they were. And then we encouraged them 'you might not have seen the news, please take a look, make sure you're using heightened awareness about where you are and be sure to avoid groups that appear - to avoid groups that are gathering in areas."

Dr. Domke-Damonte said in recent years, colleges and universities across the country have upgraded security and student preparations just like CCU.

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