DIS Communication with Emergency Contacts and Home Universities

DIS Communication with Your Home School

DIS will work cooperatively with your home university/college throughout your application, Student Registration, pre-departure advising, and time abroad with DIS. Further, DIS will notify your home school and work with them to resolve any incidents including health, safety, or disciplinary matters.

DIS Communication with Your Emergency Contacts

DIS will not contact your listed emergency contacts (obtained during Student Registration) unless the circumstances fall under one of these exceptions:

  1. You give express permission (oral or written)
  2. To request contact information because DIS is not able to reach you using contact information supplied to DIS.
  3. To send the parent/emergency contact newsletter with general DIS information. No specifics about you are shared.
  4. You:
    1. are unable to speak for yourself (and medical decisions need to be made on your behalf);
    2. have been missing for more than 24 hours (and there is some indication of nefarious activity);
    3. are perceived to be a danger to yourself or others.
  5. When a significant health, safety, or security incident affecting the entire program has occurred abroad. This is normally following an incident such as natural disaster or a terrorist attack in the vicinity of the program, and no personally indefinable information is reported.

Inclusion on the above list does not guarantee DIS communication with your emergency contact as DIS will often defer to your home school’s decisions related to communication with emergency contacts. Your home school may choose to be in communications with parents/emergency contacts in cases where DIS would not.