England: UNH London Program:Safety
The UNH London Program is committed to promoting students' safety while they are in residence at Regent's University. To that end, we have established these procedures:
- We ask that all students register online with the US State Department before leaving for the UK. Students must have their passports before they can so do.
- As a condition of being in the program, all students without exception are required to own a UK mobile phone compatible with European phone networks. The on-site director of the program in London will collect phone numbers from all UNH students (and make that list available to Professor Sue Hertz, the on-campus coordinator in the States, and to Jim Parsons, COLA Study Abroad Coordinator). The on-site director will also give her/his faculty flat and mobile phone number to students, should they need to contact the on-site director. We require students to take their phones with them wherever they travel, for our safety procedures depend on the ability to keep in contact through mobile phones. We also require students to take their passports with them when they travel outside the greater London area, even if they are only travelling in the UK.
- At the opening orientation (given shortly after students arrive in London), the on-site director will explain contact procedures in case of an emergency, and will distribute a wallet-size card on which those instructions are printed. The on-site director will ask students to check in by phone in case of an emergency, even if students also call home.
- Regent's University will issue an electronic passcard to each student upon arrival. This passcard will allow students to enter and exit the campus through turnstiles that are manned by attendants 24 hours a day. The campus is also equipped with closed-circuit cameras throughout the public areas. Because Regents' University is a secure campus, we require all UNH London Program students to live on-campus.
- When students travel outside the London metropolitan area, we require that they let us know of their whereabouts by following two procedures:
a. First, students are required to sign out at the reception desk in Reid Hall (the main residence hall) when they leave. They only need do so when traveling outside the greater London area.
b. Second, we ask that before traveling, students send the on-site director an e-mail detailing their travel details (airline or train, number of flight, times of departure and arrival, destination), and their rough itinerary.
- In case of an emergency, we will do our best to supply parents information from our Program office at UNH in Durham. The number is (603) 862-3962. After those normal business hours during an emergency, we will put a message on our Program office phone letting parents know after-hours contact information. Also, after business hours, parents can call UNH Dispatch at (603) 862-1427, which will patch you through to the appropriate number. Please do not use the UNH Dispatch number except in the case of a genuine emergency (serious injury, sexual assault, terrorist activity); the Provost's Office has authorized a $200 fee for non-emergency calls.
In an emergency, we ask that parents not call the UNH on-site professor directly in London (unless we've directed you to do so), for calling may tie up the phone and prevent us or students from contacting the on-site director. We also suggest that students check their e-mails as soon as they can for additional safety information and instructions.
Those who follow our safety procedures and who use common sense will minimize the likelihood that they will encounter problems while on the UNH London Program.