Frequently Asked Questions

Is studying off campus safe?

There will always be risks associated with any travel. Luther has developed policies to address risks with the intention to reduce them as much as is feasible. The decision to offer off-campus programs is based on input and the experience of staff, faculty, local resource people, and the U.S. State Department and British Foreign Ministry reports on safety. Programs are not conducted in nations where the U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning.

It is Luther procedure to have faculty who lead programs visit program sites before the program commences in order to have knowledge of the area. Students attend an orientation session on "safety and risks" and sign a responsibility form agreeing to behave in a manner that reduces risk.

There are also health risks. The Luther Health Service staff works with each student, the Center for Global Learning Staff and the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta to provide accurate information and advice on health issues, disease, and inoculation guidelines.

The staff at Luther has written two documents designed to reduce risks. Both involve participant behavior and cooperation. The first covers alcohol and drug policy. The second covers student behavior that is disruptive to the group and invites increased risks. If students, while studying off campus, violate these policies a policy for due process is in place to deal with the problem, possibly dismiss the student, and hopefully protect the student and group.

In case of individual crises such as serious illness or injury, emotional or psychological stress, or victim of a crime or in case of group crises such as a natural disaster or political instability, Luther has a detailed "Crisis Response Plan".

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