In the wake of Tuesday’s terrorist attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport that reportedly killed dozens of people, Northeastern University officials have confirmed that two students on programs in Istanbul are safe, and an additional student scheduled to travel through the city has been successfully re-routed.
Northeastern is actively reaching out to more than 100 Turkish students to offer support. The university has extensive resources and assistance available as needed to those abroad, as well as those on the Boston and regional campuses with personal ties to Turkey.
According to news reports, at least 41 people were killed and more than 230 others were injured in the attacks, and Turkey’s prime minister said Tuesday night that early indications were that the Islamic State was behind the attack.
Due to increased safety concerns in Turkey, in recent months Northeastern has made significant changes to its travel procedures.
Travel to Turkey was discontinued for undergraduate students earlier in the spring. The location for a proposed Dialogue of Civilization program was changed from Istanbul to Berlin. Travel routes for the 2016 fall freshmen N.U.in program in Greece was changed to avoid transit through Istanbul. According to the U.S. State Department, Turkey is considered a high-risk destination, therefore student travel to or across the country requires a petition for a waiver.
The security and safety of students, faculty, and staff, whether they are on campus or working and studying on the other side of the world, is of the utmost priority to Northeastern. Numerous university departments work collaboratively to quickly respond to all types of situations that can impact the community members’ experiences.
WeCare, Northeastern’s support system for students, has reached out to Turkish students for any support or assistance they may need. Anyone else in need of support can contact WeCare at 617.373.4384.