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The AJC reported Monday that Georgia schools have asked students to self-quarantine who have been in countries where the outbreak has been the greatest. Morehouse College on Thursday advised students traveling overseas next week for Spring Break to avoid what federal officials consider high-risk areas. Georgia Tech told the AJC on Friday it has cancelled all school-sponsored international travel and study abroad for the spring semester.
Some students have contacted faculty and administrators with questions about potential plans if the outbreak grows in Georgia. Several colleges and universities in states like California with large numbers of people diagnosed with the virus have cancelled classes. Others are discussing plans such as creating housing for students who might need to be in isolation, according to media reports. Spelman College, which has about 2,200 students, wrote in a message students, faculty and staff on Thursday it “strongly encourages that we all restrict greetings to respectful nods and smiles, or elbow bumps to replace handshakes and hugs.”
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John Frazier, a Georgia State instructor in the school of Film, Media and Theatre, posted an announcement Tuesday that he was canceling classes that day until he had “received a clear protocol for dealing with COVID 19 (Coronavirus),” the Georgia State Signal, the university’s student newspaper, reported Wednesday. Frazier told the newspaper his message was “incorrect.” Faculty cannot cancel classes without discussions with administrators, Hensel said, who called Frazier’s actions an “overreaction.”
“I appreciate that this is a time of uncertainty, but that in fact is not how we operate,” Hensel told the AJC.