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Coronavirus: Purdue suspends all spring break travel for students

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Posted at 11:46 AM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 11:46:58-05

WEST LAFAYETTE — Purdue University has suspended all university-sponsored international travel for students over spring break over the worldwide spread of COVID-19.

The university said it was following new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, which recommended colleges postpone or cancel upcoming exchange programs.

“We understand that the decision to suspend international spring break travel will be a relief to some and disappointing to others,” said Purdue Provost Jay Akridge. “As always, this decision was guided by our top priority of the health and safety of our Purdue community.”

Purdue had already suspended university-sponsored travel to countries with a CDC travel advisory of level 2 or above.

Anybody who travels to countries with a CDC level 3 must self-quarantine for 14 days and seek an assessment with a health care provider before returning to campus.

Anybody traveling should also know a foreign country could experience an outbreak and suspend travel, leaving people stranded.

The university is working on a reimbursement program for people affected by the travel suspension.