LSU cancels study abroad programs amid coronavirus scare

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Posted at 3:47 PM, Mar 06, 2020

BATON ROUGE — All international study abroad programs for LSU have been canceled through August 17, according to The Advocate.

The paper reports that on Friday, LSU leaders said all planned international study abroad programs will be canceled through Aug. 17 because of worries about the novel coronavirus.

"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," the school said in a statement.

The Advocate reports that students in non-targeted countries can continue their studies unless there are new travel advisories. Students in targeted countries, including China, Iran, Italy and South Korea, have returned home and are in a 14-day self-quarantine.

The school is working to reimburse students for paid fees and any flight cancellations due to the change.

The school also said faculty, staff and students who were earlier approved for any international travel or who plan to travel before Aug. 17 will have to have their plans approved again through the High Risk Travel process.

Read more about the university's response here.