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URI & PC Students In Paris Confirmed Safe After Attacks

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Update: The University of Rhode Island says it is in regular contact with study abroad programs to monitor the situation in Paris following a string of...

 Update:  The University of Rhode Island says it is in regular contact with study abroad programs to monitor the situation in Paris following a string of apparent terrorist attacks and maintain the safety of students. A total of 14 URI students were in Paris or other regions of France during the attacks on Friday night.

In a statement, URI officials said they heard from their partners abroad quickly after the attacks.

"Within an hour of the attacks in France, URI heard directly from its study-abroad program partners who confirmed that all URI students were safe and accounted for," the university said.

URI has also reached out to nine French students currently enrolled at URI to offer support and help connecting with family members in France.

Update: Brown University said Saturday morning that all students studying abroad in Paris have been accounted for.

A group of 17 students are currently participating in Brown's Paris program, and another three are in Paris as part of an internship program.

"All are safe and accounted for," said Brown spokesman Mark Nickel in an email.

The University of Rhode Island and Providence College confirmed on Friday night that several students on study abroad programs in Paris are safe, following multiple terrorist attacks in the French capital.

From PC, 20 students are in Paris this semester.

"They are all accounted for," wrote PC spokesman Steve Maurano in an email.

At URI, three students have been studying in Paris. The university said all three were accounted for. Another six students from an abroad program in Seville, Spain were visiting Paris when the attacks broke out.

"They are all accounted for and safe," confirmed URI spokesman Dave Lavallee late on Friday night.

An additional five URI students are in other regions of France, but they are not near Paris, Lavallee said.

The Tour Eiffel went dark as French officials declared a three-day period of national mourning for at least 127 people killed and some 200 injured in multiple shootings and bombings across Paris.
The Tour Eiffel went dark as French officials declared a three-day period of national mourning for at least 127 people killed and some 200 injured in multiple shootings and bombings across Paris.