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The University of Alabama has canceled all international university-sponsored travel that was scheduled to depart in March, according to an email sent out on Wednesday afternoon. The cancellation is due to concerns over COVID-19, known commonly as coronavirus.

“Faculty, staff and students MAY NOT TRAVEL anywhere outside the United States for university business or academic purposes (“university-sponsored travel”), including but not limited to study abroad or other international academic work, research or grant activity; service projects; internships; conferences or presentations; teaching or training; performances; recruiting; or athletic competitions,” the email said.

UA is also suspending university-sponsored travel outside of the United States that is scheduled to depart after March. That does not mean that travel will be canceled permanently.

“Regarding future university-sponsored travel outside of the United States beyond March, this is a complex decision that is based on new and evolving information,” the email said. “Decisions on those future programs are ON HOLD and will be addressed as soon as possible.”

Those who do not comply with these updated policies could be subject to punishment, according to the email.

“Faculty, staff, students, and visiting students and scholars who fail to comply with this policy may be subject to disciplinary action,” the email said.

The email also provided guidance for returning travelers: “Any and all travelers returning to the United States or coming to the United States to participate in university-sponsored business or programs must comply with all U.S. re-entry, quarantine, self-isolation or self-monitoring requirements in place before returning to or engaging with the university community.”

For more information, students and faculty members are encouraged to call Education Abroad at 205-348-5256 or email

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