Student Orientations


On-Site Orientation

Once you arrive at your point of destination, provide students with an on-site orientation. Go over the following at a minimum:

  • Lead a walking tour of the area;
  • Show students local transportation (bus and train stations used to/from housing);
  • Share emergency response plan and procedure for communication in an emergency;
  • Remind students they must adhere to both local laws and the UNL Student Code of Conduct;
  • Remind students that when traveling on their own, they are required to let you know where they are going and when they plan to be back, without exception;
  • Remind students you are there to help with any student services needs (cultural adjustment, grievance complaints for harassment/discrimination, reporting of assault/ rape, etc.);
  • Provide students with site-specific information about potential health and safety dangers, preferably in writing;
  • Provide students with in-country emergency contact information (names and telephone numbers of medical emergency officials, law enforcement officials, U.S. Embassy/ consulate);
  • Remind students to stay away from any demonstrations or protests. As foreigners, they are less likely to pick up on danger signals that are more obvious to people from the host culture, and they may even become a target. Remember that your presence with students in such a situation could make you responsible for harm that may occur, even if the students went to the high-risk location independently. The appropriate response would be to leave the scene and encourage the students to do the same.