For UD Students in Study Abroad
Before you go:
You are encouraged to read the extensive travel information provided by the U.S. State Department, including:
- an entire section for students going abroad
- information for women traveling abroad
- information for LGBT persons traveling abroad
- information for persons with disabilities traveling abroad
- travel advisories
- information about your specific destination
- where to go for emergency assistance
- a travel checklist
- information about visas, passports, illnesses & outbreaks in various areas, and many more resources for U.S. travelers
If you experience victimization while abroad, we recommend that you:
- Consult with the UD staff members coordinating your trip and/or call the Study Abroad Office back on campus. They can assist you with options, determining what to do, and navigating the local resources.
- S.O.S. is still a resource to you if you are a UD student abroad. Call our crisis number for a confidential listening ear, for help determining a plan of action, or for assistance in finding resources where you are in the world.
- If you were victimized by someone else who is affiliated with the University (student, staff, faculty), you have the right to report the incident to the University. The Sexual Misconduct policy applies to all University-sanctioned programs happening anywhere in the world, regardless of location of the incident. An advocate can explain the reporting process and answer any questions you may have.
- The laws and the criminal justice systems in other countries can be vastly different from what you may expect in the U.S. It is recommended that you contact the local victim service agency in that country for assistance. The following are resources to assist you:
- U.S. State Department Help for Americans – Emergency Assistance for American Citizens Abroad.
- Listing of U.S. Embassies and Consulates throughout the world where you can seek help.
- Sexual Assault Help and Support for Americans Abroad assists Americans who experience sexual assault outside of the U.S. To call FREE internationally, click on the “Get Help” page and follow the 2-step process. To call from the US & Canada: 866-USWOMEN (879-6636)
- HotPeachPages is a directory of victim service agencies worldwide, broken down by country.
- Victim Support Europe is an agency that will help victims get in touch with the victim assistance agency for wherever they are in Europe.
When you return to campus:
You may benefit from talking with a professional advocate/counselor at Student Wellness & Health Promotion for follow-up services when you return to campus. If you have initiated a UD sexual misconduct complaint, a professional Advocate can advise and accompany you throughout every stage of this process. Call 302-831-3457 to make an appointment.