On Tuesday, February 25, provost Christine Siegel, Ph.D., emailed the students currently studying abroad in Florence, Italy and their parents regarding their current study abroad program. According to the email in question, due to the current spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, “effective immediately Fairfield University has decided to close the Florence University of the Arts study abroad program and require all students enrolled in this program to depart Italy.”
Siegal stated that Fairfield University is currently aiming to return all 142 Florence study abroad students to campus by March 15 when spring break has concluded.
The email went on to say that, “Students will have the option of both online and hybrid courses to ensure they remain on track toward their graduation dates.” The university is currently focusing on the travel logistics of returning students back to the United States of America, and further stated that more details about housing for returning students and other “academic scheduling” will be the next piece of information to be communicated.
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