All Students, Faculty Reported Safe In London

July 22, 2005

by Lori Fogleman (254) 710-6275 or cell (254) 709-5959

Parents or students needing additional information may contact the Center for International Education at (254) 710-2657.

The nearly 200 Baylor University students and faculty participating in study abroad programs in England have all been reported safe, after minor explosions struck three London Underground stations and a bus during the lunch hour July 21.

Baylor has three summer programs - Baylor in Oxford, Baylor in Great Britain and Baylor in England - that run for about six weeks from July to August.

Dr. William A. Mitchell, director of Baylor's Center for International Education, was in London and visited with students and faculty at each of their university locations.

"Some students were naturally quite upset and emotional about the situation," Mitchell said. "This is to be expected, and the faculty and spouses responded to individual students in a sympathetic and understanding manner. I believe the faculty's professionalism and calmness helped minimize the trauma and recovery process."

Two weeks ago, as Baylor students and faculty had arrived in or were preparing to travel to England, four suicide bombers killed 56 people in coordinated attacks on underground trains and a bus.

Baylor currently intends to continue the programs, based on the information available at this time. Participants in all three programs have been extended the option of returning home from the programs.

The Associated Press reported that the July 21 attacks targeted trains near the Warren Street, Oval and Shepherd's Bush stations. The double-decker bus had its windows blown out on Hackney Road in east London. No one was injured, according to the latest reports.

Parents or students needing additional information may contact the Center for International Education at (254) 710-2657.

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