HATTIESBURG – All
students participating in The University of Southern Mississippi's
British Studies Program are safe and secure and were not affected
by today's bombings in London. An advance party of nine students,
including five high school students from Laurel Christian High School,
is currently in London along with seven program administrators.
The party is located at a considerable distance from the site of
In addition to the 16 program participants in
London, about 184 students and 20 faculty members will be arriving
in London over the next few days. Despite the bombings, the British
Studies Program will proceed as scheduled and will take whatever
additional safety precautions that are advised by the police and
the government of the United Kingdom, said Dr. Elliott Pood, dean
of the College of Arts and Letters.
"The program has a tremendous terrorism
response policy that's been in place for some time now, and it is
being implemented," Pood said.
Students arriving in London will travel by private
coach to King's College, where the program's participants are housed.
Although the British Studies Program is proceeding
as planned, any students who decide to withdraw will receive a full
refund of their fees.
For more information, contact the office of
the dean of the College of Liberal Arts at (601) 266-4315 or the
office of International Studies at (601) 266-4344.