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Raised travel advisory suspends study abroad programs in Italy

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Posted on February 29, 2020

Grand Valley has suspended its study abroad programs in Italy and asked students there to return to the U.S. due to travel advisories related to the coronavirus.

The Centers for Disease Control raised the travel advisory in Italy to level 3 (avoid nonessential travel) on February 28.

Michael Vrooman, interim chief executive officer, said Padnos International Center staff members have been working with affected students to minimize the impact of this travel advisory. PIC continues to monitor the situation closely.

"The health and safety of our students and faculty members considering overseas education remains our top priority," Vrooman said.

Grand Valley has already canceled its study abroad programs in China and South Korea.

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