Notice to our students studying in Italy

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uinnipiac officials have been closely monitoring the continued spread of the coronavirus, a respiratory disease also known as COVID-19. The most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports confirm the virus has spread to several areas of the world, including Italy. The CDC has escalated its travel alert for Italy to Level 2, which means it has confirmed sustained community transmission of the virus.

The CDC has also said it expects to identify more confirmed cases in the coming days in Italy and other countries. Based on this information, and out of an abundance of caution for our students’ health and the impact potential future travel restrictions may have as Italy works to manage COVID-19, Quinnipiac is strongly urging all students studying in Italy to return to the United States. 

University officials have already been in touch with partner institutions in Italy, and they have agreed to allow Quinnipiac students to continue their coursework online upon returning to the U.S. Accordingly, Quinnipiac strongly recommend all students studying in Italy return and complete the semester from their home through the online programming. 

Quinnipiac students who plan to visit the university once they’re back in the U.S., must wait a minimum of two weeks after returning to the U.S. in an abundance of caution for the well-being of your fellow students.

This is not a recommendation the university is making lightly. Quinnipiac officials have been consulting regularly with federal and state health officials to ensure they have the latest information about the coronavirus’ impact and spread both here in the U.S. and abroad. These recommendations are also consistent with actions peer academic institutions have been taking.

If a student’s family decides that their Quinnipiac student will remain in Italy, they are required to notify the university. This will enable the university to monitor any Quinnipiac student remaining in Italy. 

Quinnipiac is here to help guide students in making this decision as well as in setting up their online courses. Please contact Mark Tortora at mark.tortora@qu.edu with any questions.

University officials are also sharing the following information and resources about the coronavirus, which includes guidance from the CDC on the recommended timeframe to “self-quarantine” (remain home and restrict travel) when returning from a community that has had confirmed coronavirus cases:

  • CDC web site – Updates, educational information and tips.
  • Coronavirus Q&A – The World Health Organization has published a helpful Q&A addressing many of the common questions about the virus.

With very kind regards,

Jennifer Gerarda Brown
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President

Mark Tortora
Associate Director of Education Abroad Programs