What changes has Ramapo College made to its international programs in light of the COVID-19 outbreak?
The College withdrew all students studying abroad for the Spring 2020 semester, and suspended all Ramapo College, Faculty-Led programs through the Spring 2020 semester and Summer 2020.
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How does Ramapo College decide to cancel international programs due to COVID-19 related concerns?
When the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issues a Warning Level 3 – Avoid Nonessential Travel notice for a country, that country will automatically become restricted to travel. When this happens, all students registered for travel to that country will be notified of the restriction and all Ramapo managed international programs for that country will be cancelled. In addition, the Ramapo International Office will reach out to students individually about program cancellations and next steps.
Ramapo College may also cancel programs if travel disruptions or host country restrictions could prevent them from meeting the educational goals of the travel experience (regardless of whether or not the host country is under a Ramapo Travel Restriction).
As a student, what can I do to minimize the impact of a possible program cancellation?
Recognizing that the COVID-19 outbreak is fluid and unpredictable, Ramapo College encourages you to:
- Consider your own personal comfort level when choosing an international experience.
- Have a contingency plan in place. This may include identifying an alternate education abroad program or domestic experience (i.e. National Student Exchange) to pursue in case your program is cancelled. You may want to discuss contingencies with your academic advisor or the office managing your international experience.
- Build financial flexibility into your travel plans by purchasing trip cancellation insurance.
If I am currently abroad on an international program and choose to return home on my own, how might my academic credit and finances be affected?
Ramapo College understands that personal tolerance for risk may vary and that individuals may choose to leave programs that have not been cancelled. We respect these personal decisions. If you are considering returning home, talk with your host university or program provider to find out what options might be available for online learning or remote exams that could help you complete your coursework. If this is not an option, then it is critical that you reach out to the international office as soon as possible so that we can see what on-campus academic options may be available.
Does Ramapo College have any recommendations for faculty or staff traveling overseas on college-business?
They are required to follow Ramapo College guidance: https://www.ramapo.edu/international-travel/locations/, which includes avoiding all travel to countries under Ramapo College Travel Restriction (Level 4). Employees are also required to register their travel with Ramapo College (https://www.ramapo.edu/international-travel/faculty-and-staff/travel-registration/) so they can receive university communications, international insurance and updates specific to their location.