On Feb. 24, Kenneth G. Furton, provost and government vp, shared the next message with the college group.
Upon cautious assessment of the most recent studies by the Middle for Illness Management (CDC) on the unfold of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and underneath the advisement of our Worldwide Journey Committee, I’m advising the college group that each one journey on behalf of FIU (particular person journeys or research overseas packages) to Italy, Singapore, Japan and South Korea is restricted efficient instantly. Schooling overseas spring packages to those nations are cancelled. On the identical time, any college students or staff who’re at the moment on college enterprise in these nations, should return to the U.S. instantly.
As communicated on February 21, 2020, FIU is asking members of the campus group – together with distributors who work on campus and different FIU places — who’ve traveled to China, Singapore, Japan and South Korea, and now additionally Italy, in addition to those that have not too long ago been involved with anybody not too long ago arrived from these nations, to quarantine at house and keep away from contact with others throughout a interval of 14 days, even when you’ve got no signs of sickness.
Out of an abundance of warning and our duty for responsibility of care, we primarily wish to shield our college students’ and staff’ wellbeing. On the identical time, with the chance of the virus outbreak nonetheless not being totally understood, we wish to be proactive in calling our college students and staff house. The purpose is to keep away from operating the chance of getting members of the group stay overseas if additional journey restrictions are put in place.
The Workplace of Schooling Overseas will work with any college students and program administrators on repatriation and program cancellations. In recognition of the potential for monetary hardship brought on by journey cancellations, we ask that college students and staff report particular monetary losses to the Workplace of Schooling Overseas.
As we proceed to watch training overseas packages scheduled for summer time 2020, we urge every faculty administration to proactively assessment the feasibility of every program and contemplate whether or not to cancel to keep away from potential monetary losses.
If in case you have any questions, please be at liberty to contact the Chair of the Worldwide Journey Committee, Alejandra Parra at [email protected] in regard to pupil journey and/or training overseas packages, or Gitta Montoto at [email protected] in regard to worker journey.
Because the coronavirus state of affairs continues to develop, further nations could also be added to the record of nations to keep away from. Please search for updates within the coming days and keep alert to info relating to this vital well being problem.
Please go to information.FIU.edu for different messages relating to coronavirus.