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Fearing Coronavirus, Ohio Universities Restrict Travel To China

Three Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) students who were studying abroad in China will not finish out the academic year there because of coronavirus concerns.

The undergraduate students are part of a year-long study program in China. They were on break when the university learned of the “novel coronavirus.”  One student was already in the United States. The other two were in Taiwan at the time. 

“Rather than have the latter two return to their program, the university assisted them in coming back to this country,” a CWRU statement said.

The school also will also have a panel approve any university-related travel to China on a "case-by-case basis" for the time being.

Cleveland State University and Kent State University are also restricting school-sponsored travel to China, based on guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. State Department.

Kent State spokesperson Eric Mansfield said the university is acting out of “an abundance of caution."

“Right now, we don’t have any Kent State students doing study abroad in China, but we’ll continue to monitor what this means for the families of the Chinese student studying here, and will continue to take our cues from the CDC and the State Department," said Mansfield.

Kent State will revisit the China travel policy in March, Mansfield said.

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