Nazareth College has curtailed two study abroad programs as precautions in light of the global outbreaks of the coronavirus.
President Daan Braveman issued a statement on Wednesday saying Nazareth would call home its students now studying in Italy, where the virus poses a potential health hazard for them and precautions are limiting their freedom of movement. There are 12 Nazareth students in Italy.
Additionally, the college has canceled this summer’s Study Abroad For English program, which brings Asian students to the Pittsford campus for several weeks. The SAFE program for foreign high school and college students had been scheduled to run its summer session from July 18 to Aug. 8 and typically draws about 80 students.
Braveman noted that while there have been no cases of the virus in New York, the college is monitoring the global situation, particularly with its other study abroad programs in mind, and preparing in case the epidemic arrives locally.
“As we did 10 years ago with the outbreak of the swine flu, we are convening a task force to create plans in the event that the coronavirus spreads in the U.S.,” his statement said.
Braveman also asked members of the Nazareth Community to show compassion for international students at the college whose loved ones may be in uncertain circumstances due to the epidemic.
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