Students, Faculty Reported Safe In London

July 21, 2005

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

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, is in London and has visited today with students and faculty at their university locations. All students in the Oxford and England programs have been accounted for. A few students in Baylor in Great Britain, the largest study abroad program, were on their own today and are currently making their way back to their university, Mitchell said. However, there is no information suggesting that any of the Baylor students have been affected by today's incident.

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 today's 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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