MU suspending all spring study abroad programs amid coronavirus pandemic
COLUMBIA — The University of Missouri told students Thursday it is suspending its spring study abroad programs after the Department of Health issued a global Level 3 health advisory in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tami Custard, the director of study abroad for MU, sent an email with instructions for School of Journalism students in reference to their return. It listed seven steps those students must take immediately, including adjusting their return flight to return to the U.S. no later than March 16. Students are then required to share their updated return information with the university.
Returning students should anticipate enhanced screening, Custard said, including getting their temperature taken.
Once back in the U.S., student should be prepared to self-isolate for 14 days. Custard suggested students think carefully when planning their housing accomodations, and work to mitigate any chance of community transmission of the virus.
To self monitor their condition, the CDC recommends students take their temperature with a thermometer two times a day and watch for cough or difficulty breathing. They should stay home from school, avoid public transportation and crowded places, and stay at least six feet from others.
Students will have the option to appeal to the Student Travel Abroad Review Committee to remain in their host country. More than 100 students were studying abroad this spring, according to the Columbia Missourian.
CORRECTION: This story initially said the information in the email applied to all study abroad students. It has been updated to reflect that the email's information only applies to School of Journalism students.