Update for our students studying abroad and their families

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e know these last several days have been unsettling for you, as we all monitor continued developments with the spread of the coronavirus both here in the U.S. and in countries around the world. Please know that Quinnipiac is here to support and guide you. 

Our university’s actions have been guided by three overarching priorities: the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff; support of academic completion; and adherence to CDC guidelines.

At this time, we are not calling on students to make changes to their studies abroad, except in those countries that are classified as Level 3 by the CDC. We will continue to consult with experts and closely monitor the situation. We will contact you immediately if our recommendation changes.

We follow the CDC’s travel alert status closely as a basis for our recommendation. If a country is elevated to a Level 3 travel alert, i.e., there is a recommendation against non-essential travel to that country, we will inform students to return to the U.S. Concurrently, we will work with our partner institutions to support the continuation of the semester through online programming. That is what happened with our study abroad programs in Italy when the country was elevated to a Level 3 alert.

Quinnipiac has already been in touch with all of our partners abroad to begin assessing their capacity to convert to online learning in case it becomes necessary to do so. At this time, we are comfortable having our students remain in their current study abroad programs, in-country with the exception of Level 3 countries. Our university’s coronavirus task force meets daily to act quickly based on the most current information available if any changes are necessary, and to best support our students.

To help you stay abreast of the latest information, please visit a new web site Quinnipiac has activated to communicate about the university’s actions regarding the coronavirus. We also recommend these additional resources:

  • CDC risk assessment by country – country-specific travel information and alerts and coronavirus updates.
  • Coronavirus Q&A – the World Health Organization has published a thorough Q&A addressing many of the common questions about the coronavirus.

We fully appreciate the anxiety you’re experiencing during this time of uncertainty. We are grateful for your patience, understanding and cooperation. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about your study abroad program. You can reach me at mark.tortora@qu.edu or 203-582-6447. 

Thank you.

Mark Tortora
Associate Director of Education Abroad Programs