Five CU Students in Chile Accounted for; No Research Faculty at San Pedro de Atacama Facility During Quake

March 1, 2010 •

University of Colorado at Boulder officials confirmed Saturday that all six CU-Boulder students who were studying in Chile or had weekend travel plans to the country for the start of an academic program are safe.

Two students are based in Santiago. Two students are based in Valparaiso. A fifth student who was unaccounted for earlier on Saturday reached her mother through a conversation on Skype. The student confirmed she was with other relatives in Santiago and safe.

A sixth student scheduled to travel to Chile on Sunday will likely make the journey later this week, pending a review of her program in Valparaiso.

CU-Boulder is not releasing the names of any of the students in Chile to protect their educational privacy rights.

CU also worked Saturday to determine if faculty were based at the Cornell Caltech Atacama Telescope, an observatory array east of San Pedro de Atacama in the high Andes region of northern Chile. Officials confirmed over the weekend there were no faculty, post-doctoral researchers or graduate students at the facility, which was not damaged by the massive earthquake.

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