UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (WTAJ) — Penn State officials have released a notice on Tuesday night stating that all University-affiliated spring break travel out of the country is now canceled in light of the rapidly changing nature of the coronavirus worldwide.
Officials state that they considered guidance from public health experts and federal agencies. The cancelation is specific to short-term spring break programming abroad.
The University says they will work with students to reimburse them for the costs incurred, including canceled airfares and program fees. They are also working to make residence hall rooms available on campus for students who are affected by these cancellations and do not have alternative housing over spring break.
“We understand that this decision is disappointing to many in our community, but it was not made lightly. We made this decision out of an abundance of caution, understanding that things like quarantine requirements, available transportation options, and open and accessible public sites vary from location to location, and are changing daily.”Nicholas P. Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost