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Dartmouth ends Italy program early over coronavirus fears

Staff report
Published: 2/27/2020 1:59:43 PM
Modified: 3/3/2020 10:56:15 AM

HANOVER — Dartmouth College this week notified the 13 students in its study abroad program in Italy that it is ending the program early because of concerns about coronavirus there.

“While we continue to feel that the risk of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to students on our program in Italy remains low, we are concerned about the potential for disruption to the program should the number of cases in Italy continue to grow,” Dartmouth said in message to students in Rome this week. “Recognizing the uncertainty associated with the recent increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in northern Italy, and out of an abundance of caution, the College has decided to conclude the Italian (Language Study Abroad) early.”

Dartmouth said arrangements were being made for students to complete the program remotely and receive full credit for all three courses.

It also urged students to book return flights “as soon as possible,” and Dartmouth said it would reimburse them for any airline ticket change fees.

Two other Dartmouth programs in France are continuing to operate as planned, but 14 students there are now not going to class and are “self-monitoring” their condition for the virus, according to Dartmouth spokeswoman Diana Lawrence. Eight of the students are studying in Lyon and six in Toulouse. The Dartmouth student newspaper said several of the students had recently traveled to northern Italy.




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