DENVER (CBS4)– The University of Denver has confirmed the safety of its students studying abroad, including Paris where the deadly terror attacks happened on Friday night.
“DU has 29 students studying in France this quarter and a total of 412 stationed throughout Europe,” Luc Beaudoin, associate provost of the Office of Internationalization at DU said in a statement. “We now know that all DU students studying in Paris and in France are safe, and also that our students that were reported as traveling to Paris this weekend — either by registering their travel or as indicated through their friends or parents —are safe as well.”
At least 129 people were killed Friday at suicide bombings near France’s national stadium, shootings at Paris cafes and a hostage-taking inside the concert theater Bataclan, where the American rock band Eagles of Death Metal was scheduled to perform.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks. All the attackers are dead.
“While we are encouraged, it is not yet possible to know if any other students who might have traveled to Paris for the weekend were impacted by the violence,” Beaudoin added.
DU continues to monitor email, social media and other news of their students.
Students from the University of Colorado and Colorado State University studying abroad in France were all said to be unharmed.
“We have written to all of our students throughout Europe, and asked that they and others check in with one another and provide support and care,” Beaudoin said. “DU Health and Counseling is also providing 24/7 care and support to those who need it. As we all know, one of the risks of sending students abroad is that they may find themselves in harm’s way. We are proud of our students who navigate stressful and unexpected situations and emerge well-prepared for life as global citizens.”
The State Department has asked that U.S. citizens in Paris who are safe call their families and that those Americans in France needing assistance should call 1-202-501-4444. Americans concerned about loved ones in Paris should call 1-888-407-4747.