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Colleges monitoring coronavirus for students studying abroad

Local colleges are addressing the spread of coronavirus to countries where their students are studying abroad. Canisius College, in an email to students, said it will prohibit college-sponsored or related travel to counties designated as CDC levels 3 and 4, which include Italy, South Korea, Iran and China.

Canisius has told students who are studying abroad to come home now and President John Hurley has banned more travel at least into summer.

Niagara University has canceled a planned student trip to Italy.

"They realize that things happen and you have to be prepared and you have to make decisions. So, although they are disappointed, I think our students realize that sometimes you have to change plans in order to protect yourself and others," said International Relations Vice President Deborah Curtis.

At the University at Buffalo, 11 students studying abroad in Italy are not being recommended to return home at this time.

The UB Spectrum newspaper published a story Sunday about the study abroad students with Mary Odrzywolski, the director of UB’s Study Abroad Programs, saying the recommendation falls in line with what the U.S. Department of State is currently advising.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.
Emyle Watkins is an investigative journalist covering disability for WBFO.