U.B. recalls study-abroad students amid spread of coronavirus

Posted at 12:22 PM, Mar 11, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — More college students will be coming home early as the coronavirus continues to spread worldwide.

In a news release issued Wednesday, the University at Buffalo announced that all remaining campus-administered study abroad programs in progress are suspended, and planned programs for the remainder of the 2020 spring semester are canceled or will be postponed. The university says this is in accordance with guidance provided by the State University of New York (SUNY).

According to the university the, "precautionary measure is designed to protect SUNY and UB students currently studying in countries not yet designated as at-risk locations for novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)."

Approximately 65 UB students currently studying abroad will be recalled.

UB, previously recalled students from Italy and South Korea. Those students were instructed to undergo a precautionary 14-day quarantine upon returning to the U.S.

At this time there are now confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Western New York.