LSU study abroad programs canceled due to virus concerns


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University announced Friday that it was canceling scheduled programs for study abroad and restricting international travel by its faculty, staff and students due to concerns over the new coronavirus.

The university said in a statement on its website that the international study abroad programs are canceled through Aug. 17.

Students who were in such programs in countries under Level 3 or 4 travel advisories issued by the U.S. State Department have returned home. The university says they are under a 14-day self-quarantine. Travel by students, faculty or staff to those countries will not be approved.

Students already in countries not under such advisories are continuing their studies “unless or until travel advisories change.”

The university’s full statement is below:

“After careful consideration, and with the health of our academic community top of mind, effective immediately we are restricting international travel of faculty, staff and students. Anyone traveling or planning to travel outside the United States for university business or academic purposes, including study abroad or other international academic work, research or grant activity, service projects, internships, conferences, presentations, teaching or training, should be aware of the restrictions outlined in this memo.”

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