Ending the Jumpstart Program in Italy Due to Coronavirus

Published: March 02, 2020 | Read Time: 1 minutes

Visit go.suu.edu/coronavirus for all campus health updates.

Southern Utah University is concluding its study abroad program in Italy and making travel arrangements for the participating students and faculty members to return to the United States as soon as possible.

SUU administration made the decision to end the program to protect students and faculty from potential exposure to COVID-19 and to avoid potential severe travel restrictions. The safety of students and faculty is a top priority for the University.

One faculty member did show signs of an illness and was tested in an abundance of caution. The faculty member tested negative for COVID-19.

Thirty-three students and three faculty members were spending the spring semester in Italy and other European countries as part of the Jumpstart Program, which is a one-year program where students can earn all their general education requirements in just one year. They were originally scheduled to return from Italy in April.

Students and faculty have been following all government-issued health guidelines while in Italy and will be expected to follow the guidelines established by the United States Centers for Disease Control and local health officials upon their return to the U.S.

In addition, Southern Utah University continues to review previously planned international study trips scheduled over the upcoming spring break and summer semester for potential alteration.

Visit go.suu.edu/coronavirus for all campus health updates.

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