An update from the president to the campus community on study-abroad programs and the coronavirus

Feb. 28, 2020


Our first priority is always the safety and security of our students. Over the past 48 hours, we have become increasingly concerned about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Accordingly, out of an abundance of caution and consistent with our duty of care, we have made the decision to recall all students currently studying in countries classified as Alert Level 2 or Warning Level 3 by the Centers for Disease Control.

At present, that policy affects only the eight SNC students studying in Italy. They have been notified that we are suspending their academic programs, and we are making arrangements for them to return to the states, complete their coursework online, and reintegrate into the campus community at month’s end, following the college’s spring break.

We will be in close communication with the students and their families throughout their transition back to the U.S., working to mitigate the impact of these changes.

As you know, the COVID-19 situation is very fluid and is evolving daily. As we make decisions about other programs in other countries, we will continue to be guided by what is in the best interests of our students, and we will continue to keep the entire campus community informed of our efforts on a timely basis.

If you have any questions about the status of our study-abroad programs or the actions we are taking, I encourage you to contact Gail Gilbert, our director of study abroad and off-campus programs, at 920-403-4068 or gail.gilbert@snc.edu.