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Coronavirus Concerns Cause Ohio Universities to Limit Travel to China

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Kent State, University of Akron, Case Western Reserve and Cleveland State are all restricting travel to China due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Due to fears of coronavirus, three Case Western Reserve University students who were studying abroad in China will not finish out the academic year there. 

The Case Western undergrads are part of a year-long study program in China. They were on winter break when the university learned of the novel coronavirus. One student was already in the U.S. The other two were in Taiwan. The university helped those students get back to the country.

Meanwhile, Cleveland State University, The University of Akron and Kent State University are restricting school sponsored travel to China. 

“Right now we don’t have any Kent State students doing study abroad in China, but we’ll continue to monitor what this means for the families of the Chinese students that are here and will continue to take our cues from the CDC and the State Department,” said Kent State spokesman Eric Mansfield.

Mansfield says the university will revisit the travel policy in March.  

Mansfield about travel restriction
Kent State spokesman Eric Mansfield
Kent State spokesman Eric Mansfield

"Really just out of an abundance of caution, we’ve issued a temporary restriction on any university sponsored travel to China and these restrictions will be in place at least through about March when we’ll re-evaluate and see where we are," Mansfield said.