News

3,000 students stay in open dorms over Thanksgiving for first time

December 3rd, 2015

All Boston University on-campus residences remained open during Thanksgiving break for the first time last week. Approximately 3,000 students took advantage of their available residences, BU Housing Director Nishmin Kashyap said.

Pardee School Dean to Attend Paris COP21 Opening

December 1st, 2015

Dr. Adil Najam, Dean of the Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies and a global authority on global climate change policy and its impact on development and on the developing world, will be attending the opening session of the 2015 climate change negotiations (COP21) in Paris, France, on Nov. 30.

Reflection: Human Rights and Relationships

November 30th, 2015

I had participated in human rights investigations in countries around the world, but this was my first trip to an Arab country. I knew certain customs, like not offering my hand to those of the opposite sex unless they offered first, and was also conscious of the fact that I would be traveling during the holy month of Ramadan. Still, I was a little apprehensive that my dress or mannerisms would be off.

Gender Disparities in HIV Mortality in South Africa

November 30th, 2015

HIV mortality has declined significantly faster among women than men in rural South Africa since free treatment became widely available, and a high proportion of HIV-related deaths are occurring among men who have never sought care in public clinics or hospitals, according to a new study led by a School of Public Health researcher.

Worldwide Travel Alert

November 28th, 2015

Worldwide Travel Alert
November 28th, 2015

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats. Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests. This Travel Alert expires on February 24, 2016.

Authorities believe the likelihood of terror attacks will continue as members of ISIL/Da’esh return from Syria and Iraq. Additionally, there is a continuing threat from unaffiliated persons planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis. Extremists have targeted large sporting events, theatres, open markets, and aviation services. In the past year, there have been multiple attacks in France, Nigeria, Denmark, Turkey, and Mali. ISIL/Da’esh has claimed responsibility for the bombing of a Russian airliner in Egypt.

U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowed places. Exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events. U.S. citizens should monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities. Persons with specific safety concerns should contact local law enforcement authorities who are responsible for the safety and security of all visitors to their host country. U.S. citizens should:

  • Follow the instructions of local authorities. Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
  • Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.
  • Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
  • Register in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

Foreign governments have taken action to guard against terrorist attacks, and some have made official declarations regarding heightened threat conditions. Authorities continue to conduct raids and disrupt terror plots. We continue to work closely with our allies on the threat from international terrorism. Information is routinely shared between the United States and our key partners in order to disrupt terrorist plotting, identify and take action against potential operatives, and strengthen our defenses against potential threats.

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