Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article erroneously stated that summer programs in Orvieto, Italy, were suspended. That is incorrect. The spring 2020 College of Architecture, Planning and Design program was suspended. The Collegian regrets this error.
On Tuesday, the university decided to formally “suspend” the spring 2020 College of Architecture, Planning and Design study abroad program in Orvieto, Italy, due to concerns of the spread of COVID-19.
Italy currently records 2,706 cases of COVID-19, one of the highest volumes of cases outside of China, according to the Washington Post.
Michelle Geering, Kansas State public information officer, said the university has been closely “monitoring” the situation since January.
“The situation is rapidly changing,” Geering said via email. “This decision was made with concern for the health and well-being of our students.”
Geering said those academic programs that would have been available to students in Italy will “resume … on the Manhattan campus.”
Additional summer and fall 2020 study abroad programs are still to be evaluated, Geering said.