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Guidelines Issued To Students Studying Abroad. Following is the text of an email that was sent Sept. 11 to University of Iowa students who are studying abroad: In light of the unprecedented events occurring in the United States this morning, we are contacting you to share information and advice for Americans living overseas. Information surrounding this morning's apparent attack on U.S. interests is still unfolding. Here are some concrete steps that you can take in the upcoming days.

  1. Contact your parents/families to assure them that you are alright.
  2. Use the "buddy system" - try to travel in pairs. Avoid hitchhiking at all costs.
  3. Always notify your local contact of your intended schedule and social plans.
  4. Learn about your surroundings. Avoid problem areas and areas frequented by large numbers of Americans.
  5. Do not carry luggage or packages for others.
  6. Know how to use the public telephones and how to contact the police.Have necessary coins or phone cards available.
  7. If you have not already done so, register yourself with the U.S. embassy in your country.

We recommend the following sources of information for you to monitor the situation:

On September 7, the U.S. Department of State issued a "worldwide caution" to U.S. citizens abroad. We quote from that announcement:

Over the last several months, the U.S. Government has learned that U.S. citizens and interests abroad may be at increased risk of a terrorist action from extremist groups. As always, we take this information seriously. U.S. citizens are urged to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness to reduce their vulnerability. Americans should maintain a low profile, vary routes and times for all required travel, and treat mail and packages from unfamiliar sources with suspicion. In addition, American citizens are urged to avoid contact with any suspicious, unfamiliar objects, and to report the presence of the objects to local authorities. Vehicles should not be left unattended, if at all possible, and should be kept locked at all times. We will continue to provide updated information should it become available. Department of State travel information and publications are available at Internet address http://www.travel.state.gov. U.S. travelers may hear recorded information by calling the Department of State in Washington, D.C. at 202-647-5225 from their touch-tone phone, or receive information by automated telefax by dialing 202-647-3000 from their fax machine. The full text of this announcement is available at the web address above.

We strongly encourage you to stay informed and take any necessary precautions. We realize that this is an extraordinary time, and that you may feel the distance between your study site and your friends, family, and country very acutely now. You (and your family) may contact our office at any time with questions or concerns: Janis Perkins, Director, Office for Study Abroad, email: janis-perkins@uiowa.edu. Main phone: 319-335-0353. Emergency cell phone (after hours): 319-530-2540.