Jacksonville State University canceling all international travel amid Coronavirus


By Zachary Seago, ABC 3340

Due to growing concern regarding the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID19), Jacksonville State University’s administration has decided to cancel all university sponsored international travel effective immediately until further notice. This policy does not apply to personal travel outside of the US, but rather trips organized or sanctioned by the university.

Consulting with a leading expert on biosecurity from thier Emergency Management department, Dr. Jeff Ryan, and in conjunction with the latest data available from state and federal health agencies, the university believes this is the best decision for our campus at this time. JSU is currently approaching spring break and the summer travel season, with several university sponsored international trips planned for the areas of the world currently hardest hit by COVID19. They hope to not only prevent the continued spread of infectious disease but also prevent our students, faculty and staff from becoming quarantined abroad.

The university recognizes that this cancellation may result in personal economic loss to employees and students who have already made arrangements to participate in university sponsored international trips. The timing of this decision is coordinated with a summer study abroad payment deadline approaching on Feb. 28 in hopes of preventing some financial loss. The university is considering claims for reimbursement on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please contact the Office of the Provost.

While this policy does not apply to personal travel. But they urge all faculty, staff and students to practice caution and continue to monitor travel advisories and restrictions before traveling abroad.

International exchange has been an important part of JSU’s educational mission since 1946. But administrators say the health and safety of our students and employees – as well as the local community – is always JSU’s top priority.