USG Travel Alert on Coronavirus - Impact on Georgia Tech Programs

On Friday, Jan. 31, the University System of Georgia (USG) issued notice that all travel to China is suspended, effective immediately, for all USG institutions. The response, related to the coronavirus, comes following the U.S. State Department’s “Do Not Travel” advisory and is in alignment with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Travel limitations affect study abroad, conferences, and research activities, among others for all faculty, staff, and students. As such, Georgia Tech will cancel all spring programs to China, including study abroad, internship and spring break programs. Work is currently underway to move the impacted individuals to other programs. While the USG will make overall decisions regarding the impact on summer programs and other travel at a later date, Georgia Tech has preemptively cancelled the China Summer Program (study abroad).

As advised by the USG, Georgia Tech will make contingency plans for other summer activities in China should current guidance remain unchanged in the coming weeks and months. Further, any faculty with plans to travel to China during the spring semester should make plans to cancel those commitments now. We will work closely with our colleagues at the system office to continue to monitor the situation and will provide additional information when available. Should you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the chair of your respective school or unit.

For additional details, please visit the USG's site for additional guidance and resources. 

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