GW Says Students in Egypt Are Safe

12 Students Studying in Cairo

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    CAIRO, EGYPT - JANUARY 30: An Egyptian Army soldier stands by during a demonstration against President Hosni Mubarak in Tahrir Square January 30, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. As President Mubarak struggles to regain control after five days of protests he has appointed Omar Suleiman as vice-president. The present death toll stands at 100 and up to 2,000 people are thought to have been injured during the clashes which started last Tuesday. Overnight it was reported that thousands of inmates from the Wadi Naturn prison had escaped and that Egyptians were forming vigilante groups in order to protect their homes after Police were nowhere to be seen on the streets. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

    The George Washington University says its students studying abroad in Egypt are safe.

    There are currently 14 GW students in Egypt: two in Alexandria and 12 in Cairo. "We are in communication with our students and staff who are supporting their programs and have confirmed that they are safe," the university said in a statement Sunday. "We are also in regular contact with their parents to be sure all parties have the most up-to-date information." 

    The school contacted the students via e-mail before the Internet was shut down, reminding them of precautions to take and advising them to avoid demonstrations. The students were also asked to stay in contact with both parents and administrators.

    The university also said that although the Internet is down in Egypt, they have continued to stay in touch with students and staff. On Sunday morning, the U.S. Embassy in Egypt told all American travelers in the country to leave as soon as possible.

    "Program administrators are working to identify options to bring our students back to the United States safely as quickly as possible," the university statement said. "Our students are being advised to remain in place until safe arrangements can be made."


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