University Response to the Earthquake in Japan

March 12, 2011 (updated March 18, 2011)

We are deeply saddened at the destruction caused by the earthquake and tsunamis in Japan. The University is monitoring the situation following these traumatic events. The people of Japan are in our thoughts and prayers as are members of the University community who are Japanese and those with family, friends, or colleagues in the affected areas.

We are also thinking of our many alumni in Japan and our valued exchange partner universities and will be reaching out to them in the coming days.

Students on Grounds who need support services should contact Counseling and Psychological Serivices (CAPS) and faculty or staff in need of support services should contact the Faculty and Staff Employee Assistance Program.

Please note that the U.S. Department of State advises citizens to avoid all travel to Japan at this time.

We will continue to monitor conditions in Japan. Updates on the response of the University will be posted on this web site.

U.Va. Faculty and Staff Abroad

  • Follow the instructions of local authorities.
  • Follow instructions from the U.S. Embassy Japan.

Medex Travel Assistance Program for University Faculty and Staff

Toll Free Japan: 005 31 11 4065
Collect U.S.: 410 453 6360

U.S. Department of State has issued a Travel Warning for Japan

The State Department strongly urges U.S. citizens to defer travel to Japan at this time and those in Japan should consider departing. On March 16, 2011, the Department of State authorized the voluntary departure from Japan of eligible family members of U.S. government personnel in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Yokohama. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Alert dated March 13, 2011.

Message from President Sullivan to Alumni, Parents, and Friends in Japan

March 12, 2011 -- We are deeply saddened by the loss of life and destruction caused by the earthquakes and tsunamis that have hit Japan during this past week.
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Semester at Sea and Institute for Shipboard Education Students

March 17, 2011 -- The Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE), in consultation with sources from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the U.S. Department of State, global risk agency ASI Group, World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Spring 2011 voyage administration and faculty, has decided to replace its call to Japan with a four-day stop in Keelung (Taipei), Taiwan. ISE continues to monitor the ongoing situation and will make any other necessary changes as needed. The NRC has dispatched nuclear experts in Japan and currently reports that radiation concerns are limited to the proximity of Fukushima. According to the NRC and other authorities, upcoming ports of calls in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taiwan, and Hawaii are not considered to be at risk for any radiation exposure, due to their geographic distance from northern Japan. Currently, ISE is determining logistical arrangements and a field program for Taiwan, which will be posted to the current voyage website as soon as confirmed. Pending final confirmation, the expected arrival date in Taiwan will be April 4th and the departure date will be April 7th. The remainder of the itinerary remains unchanged. The students and the rest of the community on the ship have been informed of these changes.

Disaster Relief Drive for Japan

Dear Fellow State Employees:

The terrible tragedy in Japan has been unexpected and heartbreaking. As we keep the people of Japan in our thoughts and prayers, I would ask you to join me in considering a donation to assist the crisis response efforts. The Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) has initiated a Special Direct Campaign to raise funds for those affected by the disaster in Japan through the American Red Cross. In addition to the much needed help you will be providing to Japan, all funds raised through this campaign will count toward 2011 State Agency CVC Goals. With your help, we can send much needed aid to those affected by this tragedy and a message of support from the people of Virginia. Thank you for all you do for the Commonwealth and please consider a contribution toward this vitally important cause.

To donate please go to:

Governor Robert F. McDonnell

Additional Giving to Japan

The American Red Cross is offering assistance to the Japanese Red Cross following Friday's magnitude 8.9 earthquake and resulting tsunami that left towns and villages in Japan devastated.

Education Program

The Center for International Studies is organizing a teach-in with several faculty from different schools for Thursday, March 24th from 7pm to 9pm at the Chapel.

Last Modified: 18-Mar-2011 07:50:16 EDT