February 6, 2020

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SIU Faculty, Staff and Students,

Southern Illinois University Carbondale has been closely monitoring the worldwide 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak. In addition to the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Level 3 warning to “avoid non-essential travel,” both the U.S. State Department and the World Health Organization (WHO) have now issued Level 4 “do not travel” advisories for China. These warnings have been issued to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Given these travel warnings and our desire to maintain the health of our university community, all university travel to China is being restricted at this time. No institution-related travel to China, such as study abroad or other academic program visits, will be authorized or approved by the university. We will continue to monitor the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health advisories for further updates.

The university also does not recommend non-essential personal travel for its faculty, staff or students to Novel Coronavirus-affected areas that are under travel advisories. Individuals may monitor the CDC travel notices website.

Please also see additional information about the university’s response to the coronavirius.

John M. Dunn
Interim Chancellor