Emergencies and Significant Disruptions

Emergencies are those situations that pose a genuine and sometimes immediate risk to life and/or physical safety of study abroad program participants.  Emergencies include those situations involving a single program participant, multiple program participants, or all program participants. EXAMPLES: arrest, serious physical emotional illness/accident, death, missing student, terrorism, trauma or physical assault, civil unrest… A significant disruption is a situation that is not life threatening or pose significant physical risk, though it does cause concern, stress, and inconvenience in the life of the program participant, multiple program participants, or all program participants. EXAMPLES: lost passport, dental emergency, theft, sickness, alcohol/drug abuse…

Emergency Protocols for International Programs

1. The Program Leader will determine whether the situation is a significant disruption or an emergency.

2. CALL PUBLIC SAFETY: +1.217.464.8888, Public Safety will notify the CIE Director.

3. The Director of the CIE will assume responsibility for managing the issue in partnership with the program/faculty leader and Public Safety.

4. Program Leaders will document all information pertaining to any emergency/significant disruptions abroad.

5. Program and/or Faculty Leaders will continue to follow the action plan set forth by the Emergency Response Protocol Handbook and the direction provided by the CIE.

6. Follow up steps/actions are to be treated on an individual basis, as outlined by the handbook and direction from the CIE.


The health and safety of study abroad students is of primary concern for Millikin and for the program providers with which we work.  We take great care to ensure that you are not placed in dangerous or potentially dangerous situations; that you receive adequate pre-departure and on-site orientations to prepare you for the challenges and equip you with information to help you acculturate and succeed.

However, it is your duty as a study abroad participant to take responsibility for your own health and safety.  You need to take care of yourself physically and mentally, and to act responsibly and to consider your actions and the impact they may have on yourself, on other participants, and on the program as a whole.

With that in mind, read the pages on medical & health information (including information on insurance) and explore ways in which you can take responsibility for your personal safety.

Download and review the NAFSA Health and Safety Guidelines.