While most Vassar students are responding lightheartedly to Osama bin Laden's death, things are starting to get real. Both the Vassar and Obama administrations are cautioning students from traveling abroad. According D.B. Brown's all-campus email sent moments ago, the State Department has "issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans abroad."
Mads spoke to a rep for the Study Away office, who said that Brown sent the email on the advice of Susan Correll, Director of International Programs.
The rep also told us that there is an important distinction between travel alerts and travel warnings. Warnings, like those issued following the events in Egypt and Japan earlier this semester, are more serious than alerts and require students and parents to sign waivers.
Students and other people can sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, which offers updates on travel alerts and warnings.