July 07, 2005

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To the Campus Community,

Since this morning's attacks on the London mass transit system, university officials have been making every effort to identify students and staff who were in the city at the time, and to verify their safety. Currently, we have reason to be thankful, in that we have no reports of any casualties among our colleagues and classmates, although we cannot be certain that we know about everyone who was there.

We can report that all of Bucknell's international summer programs had ended before today. However, students are not obligated to inform the university when they participate in non-Bucknell summer programs, much less when they travel for other reasons. So we have contacted programs in or near London in which we knew that Bucknellians were enrolled, and other programs in which Bucknellians were likely to have been enrolled.

All Bucknell students in the former programs (Advanced Studies in England, or ASE, in Bath; Boston University London; and IES London) have been reported safe. Other programs reached, including IFSA-Butler, have accounted for all their students, which may or may not have included any Bucknellians.

Our Assistant Director of International Education, Danielle Ross, also was in London on a site visit, and she is safe as well. Finally, none of the international students currently enrolled at Bucknell hail from London.

Anyone with information about Bucknellians in London is urged to share it with the Office of International Education (telephone 570-577-3796, fax 570-577-3797, or email ldonatel@bucknell.edu). Please join Maryjane and me in expressing compassion, prayer, and hope to all those affected by the horrible events in London this morning.


Brian C. Mitchell


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