Ohio University announced Wednesday it is extending student travel restrictions through the upcoming Spring Semester due to the coronavirus.

The travel restriction, which began in July, was made by following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, OU’s international security consultants, the state of Ohio and the U.S. Department of State.

The restriction applies to both university-sponsored programs and independent international travel opportunities, according to a news release. Some off-campus internships, practica or clinicals inside of the U.S., however, may be approved if students petition their college for enrollment. 

Those who want to participate in research off-campus must specifically petition the Research Division, according to the release.

Some global learning opportunities will proceed virtually. OU’s Office of Global Opportunities, or OGO, will help any professors who wish to do so integrate virtual global activities into their classwork or activities. 

The Global COIL Initiative will also be offered in the spring and will allow OU students to collaborate virtually with students abroad on a project. Additional virtual study abroad and internship programs are also available

Before the policy was initiated over the summer, OU canceled all summer travel programs in March.

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