Nicholls State University Issues Statement on Novel Coronavirus

Dear Nicholls Community,

The U.S. State Department has upgraded its warning against travel to China to the highest level, advising Americans not to travel there due to the novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. The World Health Organization has also declared the coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency.

Accordingly, the University is prohibiting all Nicholls students, faculty and staff from traveling to China for university business or university academic purposes, until further notice. Requests for exceptions should be made to the Office of the President. Travel to China for personal reasons is also strongly discouraged.

There have been no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Louisiana, and we have no reason to believe that the Nicholls community is at an elevated risk. However, we have made this decision in order to ensure that our community members remain safe and healthy as they travel abroad. More information on the coronavirus is available here from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The University administration, in consultation with public health officials, will continue to monitor the situation and provide additional updates as needed.

Jay Clune, PresidentNicholls State University
Louisiana’s Coastal University 

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