LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Students, faculty, and staff planning international travel sponsored by Liberty University this spring and summer will now stay stateside, according to a new statement from the university.
A statement from Liberty President Jerry Falwell Jr. said with the number of coronavirus cases on the rise, the safety of the LU community was the university’s top priority.
Students and faculty program directors were notified of the cancellation of international travel today.
“Our decision concerning university-sponsored travel was guided by the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) March 1st recommendation that Universities should reconsider study abroad travel. It is in everyone’s best interest that students avoid unnecessary travel through crowded transportation hubs for short visits to uncertain environments before they return to campus. We feel this is the best decision to protect our students and our local community where students will return after their travel.
We are in close, regular communication with those students who are currently abroad on exchange and other programs, regarding how to monitor and assess their current situations based on conditions in the country they are visiting.”Jerry Falwell Jr.
Students will receive refunds for all planned travel through LU Send. Falwell’s statement said the university’s financial aid office will work to ensure students’ 2019-2020 aid is not negatively impacted by this change.
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