Letter to the Editor: Travel warnings

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To the editors,

In “Israel study abroad policy generates faculty, student concern,” Deputy Provost Jennifer Jensen is quoted as saying that “the fact that the (State Department) travel warning (for Israel) says some areas are safer than others essentially gives sufficient reason to maintain the status quo, for the university cannot be certain where in the country students may travel.” Some travel warnings say that Americans should not travel to that country; these justify barring study abroad. But if the Sept. 10, 2014, Israel warning, which said that most of the country was “safe by world standards,” is also used to bar study abroad, that creates a catch-22 logic for students.

– Chaim Kaufmann, associate professor of international relations

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