URI suspends international travel over COVID-19 uncertainty

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I (WLNE) – The University of Rhode Island announced after careful consideration, and recent developments related to COVID-19, to suspend all school-sponsored international travel.

The school says this suspension will be effective as of March 9, until May 1, 2020, subject to changes based on changing circumstances.

Exceptions for international  travel can be approved by the vice presidents and provosts of the school in the following ways:

  • For Faculty and staff research international approval: Peter Snyder, vice president for Research and Economic Development, pjsnyder@uri.edu
  • For general faculty and academic affairs international travel approval: Mathew Bodah, vice provost for Academic Personnel & Budget, mbodah@uri.edu
  • General international travel: faculty are asked to contact their respective vice president
  • Student international travel: Gifty Ako-Adounvo, vice provost for Global Initiatives: gako-adounvo@uri.edu  
  • Athletic international travel: Thorr Bjorn, director of athletics tbjorn@uri.edu

The University says if international travel is approved, the recommendation is to purchase refundable travel tickets and to continue monitoring developments, but permission for international travel can be revoked at any time based on changing conditions.

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