Oregon State University officials have determined that all 24 students participating in education programs offered in France are safe following terrorist attacks Friday night in Paris in which 129 people were killed.
Of the two dozen students in France, five are Oregon State students and 19 are students who attend other colleges, but engage in study abroad and internship activities within IE3 Global programs managed by OSU. Three IE3 students and one Oregon State student were believed to be in Paris at the time of Friday’s violence.
University staff members have been in contact with each of these students to ascertain their safety and any immediate needs they might have. Staff members have also provided information regarding the students’ status to family members and officials from the other colleges, who have students engaged in IE3.
“We are all incredibly saddened by the tragic violence in Paris and the loss of life and suffering that has occurred,” said Mark Hoffman, vice provost of international programs at Oregon State. “We will remain in close contact with our students in France and support them and their families as best we can during this tragic time.”
Meanwhile, Oregon State University enrolls 25 students from France on its Corvallis campus.
In response to Friday’s violence, Oregon State International Program staff members are working collaboratively with OSU’s Division of Student Affairs and the Dean of Student Life Office to assist French students attending the university.
Hoffman said the students will be offered assistance by staff working in OSU Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health Services, International Programs and INTO OSU. International students also will be invited to meet personally with international student advisors regarding their concerns.