Truman suspends non-essential travel because of coronavirus

Truman State University suspended non-essential university travel and is canceling all study abroad programs for the May interim and summer 2020 semester because of the COVID-19 virus.

In an email to students Thursday evening, University President Sue Thomas stated Truman is following guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and state and county health departments.

According to the email, all non-essential domestic and international travel is suspended effective immediately until further notice. This includes travel for faculty, staff and students, whether it is funded by the University or another source. Members of the President’s Executive Leadership Team — such as Janet Gooch, vice president for academic affairs and provost, or Janna Stoskopf, vice president for student affairs — can permit requests for faculty, staff and students to participate in essential travel, but it has to be approved by the administrator overseeing the department.

Specific information about canceled study abroad programs will be provided by the Center for International Education Abroad. Thomas stated the University is also calling all students and staff currently studying abroad home.