CUPA takes safety and security very seriously. The program ensures that all reasonable precautions are taken, that experienced, professional staff are available 24/7, and that its students are made aware of the measures they can take to maximize their safety.
SAFETY & SECURITY :
- The CUPA staff is trained to make the best decisions for your safety whenever necessary.
- All CUPA students must register their stay with their home country’s consular services (U.S. citizens: https://step.state.gov/step/. Non-U.S. citizens must contact their embassy and complete their procedure.
- The CUPA offices are located in a residential building in a very safe area.
- Upon arrival, students attend a meeting on all aspects of safety and receive emergency for CUPA staff members (available 24/7), local emergency services, communication protocols with program staff in the event of an emergency
- During the program, students register their travel plans and notify CUPA every time they leave Paris.
- In the event of a situation that constitutes a threat to students, a program-wide “timely warning” is issued (via group messages and emails), and student check-ins are carried out.
- HOME UNIVERSITIES: CUPA maintains close communication with students’ home universities and keeps them informed of any security issues affecting the CUPA community.CUPA also maintains close contact with the following organizations:
- OSAC: CUPA consults with the Overseas Security Advisory Council (US Department of State), which centralizes data on reported crime and security issues. OSAC provides briefings, operates a listserv to share emergency responses, monitors emergency situations, and provides reliable on-going security information.
- APUAF: CUPA is an active member of APUAF (Association des Programmes Universitaires Américains en France). Members share information on security as well as best practices and resources.
- HEALTH & WELLNESS :
- After the initial euphoria that comes from exploring a new city and meeting new people, some students may experience homesickness and other negative feelings. Therefore, students can request to meet with CUPA’s American-trained Counseling Psychologist (up to five sessions covered by CUPA).
- Students are provided with mental health ressources and any medical support they may need.
- In case of emergency, CUPA staff provide follow up support with 24/7 availability.