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   from the issue of August 17, 2006

United Kingdom terror arrests delay UNL students' return


When officials in the United Kingdom uncovered a possible terrorist plot Aug. 10, the 70 UNL Nebraska at Oxford students were preparing for final exams and readying for the return trip to the United States.

The next few days proved harried and stressful after an increased security alert, new restrictions on carry-on items on airlines and other airline security measures delayed flights and disrupted the students' travel plans.

College of Business Administration officials immediately implemented a heightened communication system, called parents and established a Blackboard site and after-hours cellular phone number to share information between parents and students in London, to post updated information and to help calm parents' fears.

A week later, that plan appears to have worked. Students have arrived home later than expected - and a bit tired - but no lingering travel problems have been reported.

"We did talk with the Nebraska at Oxford students and their parents about the possibility of a terrorist act occurring when they are in England and suggested that each family have a communication plan with their student," said Cynthia Millligan, dean of CBA.

Most students were due to fly from London to the United States on Aug. 12, two days after the terror alert. The Nebraska at Oxford program director and CBA faculty and staff arranged alternate sleep-over plans to help with any delays.

Most students had returned Aug. 13-14 after long delays.

The Nebraska at Oxford program is in its 18th year and is one of the more popular study-abroad programs at UNL. Students studied economics, theater or literature from July 16-Aug. 12.



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