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Marquette University brings 11 study abroad students home from Italy amid coronavirus outbreak

Posted at 1:56 PM, Feb 26, 2020

FLORENCE, ITALY — Marquette University has decided to bring 11 students home from their study abroad program in Florence, Italy, amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Gonzaga University in Florence has decided to cancel their program from the Spring 2020 semester due to the coronavirus.

When making the decision, Gonzaga University sent this statement to Marquette:

“Our first priority is the safety and security of our students, and over the past 48 hours we have become increasingly concerned that by continuing our program in Florence, we will not be able to assure an appropriate degree of safety or access to services. Further, we do not know when the situation will stabilize. For this reason, we have made the painful decision to suspend academic operations at Gonzaga-in-Florence for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.”

Due to this suspension of classes, the 11 students currently in Italy will return home.

This news comes just a day after UW-Milwaukee announced it would suspect its South Korea Exchange program.

Additionally, on Wednesday, UW-Madison also announced they would be suspended their South Korea study abroad program.

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