True emergencies are actually quite rare. While losing luggage, tickets, or even a passport is inconvenient, they are not emergencies. Emergencies are situations in which there is an immediate threat to a your health and/or safety. An emergency is an occurrence or situation that poses a genuine and sometimes immediate risk to your health and well-being or the well being of your fellow students. Calvin has a number of emergency protocols in place should a true emergency develop (these protocols can be reviewed here. If you have an emergency while studying in one of our programs you should contact
your program director immediately. During your in-country orientation, you will be given a safety orientation. Be sure you understand the basic policies and procedures specific to your location.
Emergencies at home: people need to know how to get in touch with you--especially if you are away from your program city or after the program has ended. You should have a conversation with your family before you leave about what you will do in the event there is a death or serious medical situation in your family. Please inform the Program Director if there has been a family emergency. You must have a leave of absence approved by the Program Director or the Off-Campus Programs Director in order to be excused from classes to return to the U.S. in a family emergency. Note: you must return to your study abroad location and complete the academic program there to receive credit.
If your family cannot reach anyone in the Off-Campus Programs Office, they should phone the Campus Safety office’s 24/7 line (616-526-6452). If you wish to contact the off-campus programs office via email, contact either Don DeGraaf or Dave Ellens.