At least seven Columbia students and one faculty member are in the process of evacuating Egypt as large scale anti-government demonstrations continue to threaten the stability of President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.
According to University spokesman Robert Hornsby, several Columbia affiliates have already evacuated and multiple University offices are arranging transportation out of the country for the rest.
"Several University offices and deans have worked with the offices of Global Programs and Risk Management to assist Columbia students and faculty in Egypt and arrange safe passage out of the country," Hornsby wrote it an email statement.
"At present we have been in contact with seven students and one faculty member who were in Egypt and can report that they are all safe and well; some have already departed and arrangements are being made to relocate the remaining students."
Representatives from the Office of Global Programs could not be reached for comment at the time of publication.
Columbia allows undergraduates to study abroad at the American University in Cairo and the Middlebury language program in Alexandria and participate in excavations in Amheida.