Oklahoma State University already made many changes Thursday with its announcement to move classes online for the two weeks after spring break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but now the school is doing even more.
University officials confirmed Friday that all university-affiliated study abroad, exchange, internship, service learning, research, or other international travel events this summer are cancelled.
“Because this situation is evolving rapidly, and we cannot predict the future, it is better to cancel these programs now, so that students have time to adjust their academic schedules and not be caught in a situation later that would threaten to impact their academic progress,” an official announcement from the school read. “Although we certainly hope that the situation changes soon and we can resume our normal international engagement as soon as possible, it is prudent and in keeping with the recommendations of national and international health organizations to take this extraordinary step.”
Since the university is cancelling this in advance, the statement said that if anything changes in regard to this, another official announcement will be released.
“As the situation evolves, and at the guidance of the appropriate authorities and government agencies, we will revisit these restrictions as the situation warrants,” the report read. “If this restriction is lifted, we will notify the campus community immediately.”
The statement said that the new ruling applies to all university-affiliated travel for faculty and staff as well.
This decision comes one day after President Donald Trump announced a travel ban on 26 European countries to try and combat the COVID-19 outbreak.