Samford University will suspend its study abroad program at the Daniel House in London, England effective March 9, according to an email from Mike Hardin, university provost.
“Given the uncertainty about the spread of the COVID-19 and its anticipated impact on travel and our academic program in London, Samford University will suspend its study abroad program at the Daniel House effective Monday, March 9.” Hardin said in the email.
Hardin said that the overall risk in London remains low but that this decision comes as the CDC has released a guidance for higher education institutions and the possibility for domestic and international travel restrictions.
“Additionally, educational opportunities for students in London continue to be diminished,” Hardin said. “The UK government is beginning to take numerous steps to prevent the spread of the virus, including closing schools and canceling some public events.”
In the email, Hardin said that lecture courses will continue online and will not be compromised. However, students who are interning may not be able to complete their internship due to closures and cancellations.
“Unfortunately, there are currently far too many variables beyond our control and this decision is our attempt to ensure student’s safe return and as many academic options as possible,” Hardin said.
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