ISA Worldwide Alerts

The following alerts are based on ISA's direct observation, U.S. Department of State recommendations, Overseas Security Advisory Council, WHO reports, and expert consultation.

  • Valparaíso

    July 11, 2019

    Chilean students at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) remain on strike. ISA spring programs in Chile have officially ended; students directly affected by the student strike were able to work with their professors independently in order to successfully complete any remaining coursework by their program end date.  ISA summer programs at the PUCV continue to be unaffected by the student movement.

    At the time of this update, all ISA fall programs in Chile are running as normal. ISA staff will continue to monitor the situation and make recommendations to current and future ISA Chile students as needed.  

     

    May 31, 2019

    On Friday, May 31st, the International Programs Office at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso (PUCV) notified ISA that student strikes have resumed and are now affecting all academic departments. Local students have voted to stop attending classes as an act of protest, the reasons for which vary by department. ISA Spring 2019 students participating in courses with local Chileans will experience class suspensions due to the strikes. All affected students have been advised to work directly with their professors to complete necessary coursework outside of class. At this time, the PUCV academic calendar has not been changed and students are expected to complete all coursework prior to the scheduled end of their program.

    Please note that course suspensions only apply to courses with local Chilean students at the PUCV. All courses offered to ISA students through PUCV's Program for International Students will run as usual and the university does not expect any interruptions. Local students at the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez (UAI) are not participating in the strike, thus ISA students studying at the UAI remain unaffected. The ISA Chile resident staff will continue to monitor the situation and advise students as necessary.

    May 30, 2019

    On Wednesday, May 29th, the International Programs Office at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso (PUCV) notified ISA that student strikes have resumed in various departments at the university. Local students have voted to stop attending classes in the following departments: Math, Social Work, Journalism, Law, History, Spanish, and Elementary Education. The motivations for the strike vary between departments, but include protests against heavy academic loads, a lack of implementation of the university’s harassment reporting and protocol, and changes made by the Department of Education to the core curriculum for high school students. 

    A small number of ISA Spring 2019 students have experienced class suspensions due to the strikes. All affected students have been advised to work directly with their professors to complete necessary coursework outside of class. At this time, the PUCV academic calendar has not been changed and students are expected to complete all coursework prior to the scheduled end of their program. Please note that course suspensions only apply to courses with local Chilean students at the PUCV. All courses offered to ISA students through PUCV's Program for International Students will run as usual and the university does not expect any interruptions. Local students at the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez (UAI) are not participating in the strike, thus ISA students studying at the UAI remain unaffected. The ISA Chile resident staff will continue to monitor the situation and advise students as necessary.

    April 26th, 2019

    As of Monday, April 22nd, the student strike affecting select academic departments of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) has ended. All impacted ISA students have resumed their normal class schedule and have been advised accordingly. As a result of the student strike, the History Department's academic calendar has been pushed back; however, the ISA Spring 2: Latin American Studies & Courses with Locals program will still end as scheduled on July 6th. All courses offered through the PUCV's Program for International Students and the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez remain unaffected and have continued as normal. ISA staff will continue to monitor the student movement and advise students as necessary.

    March 28th, 2019

    On Thursday, March 21st, students from the Pontifícia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso's (PUCV) Literature and Translation department began a strike seeking to improve the protocol for reporting sexual misconduct at the university. As of today, March 28th, Chilean students from the PUCV’s Physical Education, Psychology and History departments have voted in favor of joining the strike, while students from other departments plan to vote on their participation later this week.Courses with localsin the affected departments have been suspended for the time being, and additional courses may be impacted depending on the outcome of future voting.

    Please note that course suspensions only apply to courses with local Chilean students at the PUCV. All courses offered to ISA students through PUCV's Program for International Students will run as usual and the university does not expect any interruptions. ISA students affected by the strike have been advised to work directly with their professors to receive instructions on how to complete necessary coursework outside of class. At this time, the PUCV academic calendar has not been changed, and students are expected to complete all coursework prior to the scheduled end of their program. Local students at the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez (UAI) are not participating in the strike, thus ISA students studying at the UAI remain unaffected.

    The PUCV and ISA staff have been in close communication with students to inform them of any developments regarding the student movement, including course changes and suspensions. ISA has reminded students to avoid any demonstrations and will make them aware of any planned protests in Valparaiso. ISA will continue to monitor the situation and advise students accordingly.

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