According to a report, Columbia University has temporarily banned 70 students traveling to Turks and Caicos in violation of the school’s travel policy.
“The Turks & Caicos trip was a group event that violated this policy and was thus met with disciplinary action,” university spokesman Christopher Cashman told CNN.
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Cashman did not say when the trip took place.
“All academic or work-related travel, domestic or international, is suspended” during the fall semester, according to an online description of the school̵
Cashman said the banned MBA students are not allowed on campus until Dec. 1 and that they must attend classes externally.
“All of this is being done to protect the wider health of our society,” he told CNN. “Fortunately, our positive rate to date is still low.”
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The United States has seen more than 12,000,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and over 255,000 deaths as of Saturday, according to John Hopkins University.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that Americans not travel during the holiday season.
However, those who choose to do so must continue to follow safety protocols such as Wearing masks, hand washing and only meeting in small gatherings, the CDC says.