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March 5, 2020
To the University of Miami Community,

Following the latest developments in the global spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the related public health guidelines, the University of Miami is implementing additional changes to its travel policies and global academic programs.

These decisions have been made in an abundance of caution and are guided by the University priority to safeguard the health and welfare of all members of our University community.

Following careful review of all guidance from the U.S. Department of State, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO), the University is implementing the following updates to travel restrictions:
  • There currently are no restrictions on domestic travel for academic or business purposes; however individuals should evaluate whether such travel is essential or could be delayed. Future decisions about domestic travel will be informed by CDC guidance.
  • Domestic alternative spring break programs have been canceled.
  • All University-sanctioned trips abroad for non-academic and/or non-credit bearing, humanitarian, or non-essential University business have been suspended. Responsibility for determining essential/non-essential activities lies with individual departments and with the School/College Deans based on CDC guidance and input from Department Chairs or other advisors with discipline-based or academic expertise.
  • International spring break trips have been canceled.
  • The University strongly recommends that all students, staff, and faculty members avoid all personal travel to China, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, or any other areas designated by the CDC as COVID-19 Level 3.
  • Any member of the University community who travels to or from China, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, or other areas designated by the CDC as Level 3 is required to self-identify prior to returning to campus and will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days at a location off campus. Students returning from these countries or areas must contact Student Health Service at; staff, faculty members, or visiting scholars returning from these regions must contact UHealth Infection Control at 786-427-5018 prior to coming to campus.
  • UM will require students in UM sponsored study abroad programs to return to their permanent residence if the CDC COVID-19 status in their program country reaches Level 3, or if the University decides to suspend a program. Those students would be required to follow the self-quarantine process described above.
The University continues to communicate directly with students impacted by potential changes to study abroad and other academic programs and will work to ensure their safe return to the United States, if needed. Study abroad students who have questions should contact the study abroad office at

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus among members of the University of Miami community. The state of Florida has reported three cases of coronavirus on Florida’s west coast: one in Manatee county, and two in Hillsborough County.

This continues to be a fluid situation, and University guidelines may evolve further. We will continue to provide regular updates to our community. All of this information—as well as up-to-date University guidance, prior University advisories, and links to additional resources—can be found at
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