UWM statement on study abroad program and coronavirus

The following statement has been issued on behalf of the university:

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has been working with local, state and other officials to closely monitor the outbreak of coronavirus. Today, the university asked two students studying abroad in South Korea to return to the United States. The students are not in the area of South Korea where travel is restricted, and there is no reason to believe they have been exposed to the coronavirus. The university asked them to return to the United States as a precaution after the federal Centers for Disease Control issued a Level 3 advisory for South Korea, advising travelers to avoid all nonessential travel there. The students are scheduled to fly back to the United States on Friday.

The health and well-being of our students is UWM’s top concern. We will continue to monitor conditions in other countries where students are studying abroad and will take appropriate action based on the advice of health officials. We do not have any students studying abroad in China, the other country with a Level 3 advisory due to coronavirus, this semester.