UC Statement on Students, Staff in Japan

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OAKLAND — In the wake of Friday’s 8.9 earthquake and resultant tsunami in Japan, the University of California’s Office of the President has identified approximately 32 faculty, staff and researchers in Japan from virtually every UC campus.

In addition, approximately 80 students from UC’s Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) are registered to study in Japan. However, UCEAP’s academic year in Japan is on a long spring break, and many students are traveling in other parts of Asia, or may be in California with their families. For updates, visit www.eap.ucop.edu.

The University of California uses multiple travel and security assistance providers, including iJet and Europ Assistance, to help in cases of natural disasters and other dangerous situations. These companies are standing by to provide any assistance UC students and personnel may require.

Currently, the university is not aware of any injured or harmed students or staff. Individual campuses are reaching out to their travelers to ensure their safety and well being.

If the university determines that UC students/faculty/staff need to be relocated from Japan to protect their safety, it will work with its travel and security assistance providers to get them the help they need.

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