Spring 2020 and Spring Break study abroad programs have been canceled, according to a campus-wide email sent late Tuesday, March 10.
In addition, the California State University has suspended all international travel — impacting students currently studying abroad. However, there is not definitive guidance on whether students should return to the United States or remain abroad.
“Students who are currently abroad should remain abroad should that be a safer course of action, based on current information,” University Spokesperson Matt Lazier wrote in an email to Mustang News. “The International Center recommends that students make informed decisions based off of information from reliable news sources, such as the Department of State, the Centers for Disease Control, as well as in consultation with on-site program staff.”
The International Center is coordinating with the program providers on support services and to facilitate the safe return home of our study abroad participants, Lazier wrote.
Cal Poly previously suspended study abroad programs in South Korea and Italy.
Resources and support are available to impacted students, including information on program fees, according to Lazier.
While campus remains open and in-person classes are proceeding as scheduled, the coronavirus situation in San Luis Obispo is evolving.
This is a developing story and will be update as more information becomes available.