ClearCause Launches New ASAPP S.O.S. App To Keep Students Safe Abroad!

Screen Shot 2013-12-10 at 11.12.37 AMClearCause has announced a partnership with React Mobile to launch a mobile safety application called ASAPP S.O.S. (A Student Abroad Preparedness Plan: Save Our Students)! The revolutionary app provides students traveling in more than 18 countries with the ability to notify emergency contacts, services or help with only one touch.

ClearCause and React Mobile share the goal of keeping American students safe as they study abroad. ClearCause founder Sheryl Hill’s son, Tyler Hill, died a preventable death while he was studying abroad with People to People Student Ambassdors when he was barely 16 years old. CEO Robb Monkman was a hostage victim on an off-campus incident during his college career. His passion for safety and security has resulted in React Mobile, a safety application on smart phones with the power of one-touch GPS location and emergency contact.

The free ASAPP SOS app is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play and enables youth and students to choose their destination country in its settings. Read more

Father of Casey Shulman, University of Virginia Student, Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Semester At Sea

UntitledUniversity of Virginia student Casey Schulman was killed while studying abroad with Semester at Sea last year. Her father, David Schulman, is now suing over her death, an article from The Daily Progress reported.

“The lawsuit, filed this month in federal court in Miami by David Schulman, the father of Casey Schulman, alleges negligence by the Semester at Sea program, sponsored by University of Virginia, and several others, seeking funeral expenses and compensatory damages,” the article reported.

Casey was only 22 years old with a bright and promising future ahead of her. She was snorkeling close to Mero Beach near Roseau, Dominica, when a small dive boat backed over her, killing her instantly. More than six months later, Dominican authorities charged Andrew Armour, the boat’s captain, with manslaughter. Read more

J-Term Study Abroad Students – Get Immunizations to Stay Safe!

FluzonePlanning on going abroad for J-Term 2014? It’s time to visit the travel clinic.

Shots aren’t fun.  We know that.  We also know one of the biggest buzz kills for study abroad is preventable, unexpected illness.  Vaccinations are as important as trip insurance. Taking precautions for your study abroad experience can kick buzz kill’s butt!

All students going on J-Term study abroad trips need to get to travel clinics for TRAVAX health reports to be informed on risks and undergo preventative healthcare wellness checks! TRAVAX is maintained and updated by the Travel and International Health Team of Health Protection Scotland (HPS). It is provided as an NHS resource for health care professionals who advise travelers about health risks, avoiding illness and staying healthy abroad. Read more

ClearCause Welcomes Vincent R. Johnson, Ph.D. as Board Member

UntitledClearCause is pleased to introduce Dr. Vincent R. Johnson as ClearCause Foundation board member!

Dr. Johnson’s vast experience and expertise in law, ethics, international business and torts is incredibly valuable to ClearCause’s work to keep students safe during programs abroad.

Dr. Johnson is currently a Professor of Law at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. His career at the St. Mary’s University includes Director of the Institute on Chinese Law and Business, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, Associate Dean for Administration and Director of the Institute on World Legal Problems. Read more

ClearCause Safety Work in Study Abroad Featured in KSTP News

kstp5logo ClearCause is featured on a KSTP Channel 5 News  which aired Thursday October 24, 2013.


Untitled11Twenty-year-old Thomas Plotkin was hiking in a remote part of India on a study abroad trip with National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) when his life ended.  His mother, Elizabeth Brenner, is rallying for her son in a wrongful death lawsuit against NOLS. Thomas’ body was never found.


“He was beautiful. He was perfect. He was my world,” Brenner said. Read more