On Friday, Feb. 28, UW-Madison suspended all university-sponsored student programming in Italy following an elevated CDC travel notice to warning level 3 (“avoid nonessential travel”) and the similarly elevated U.S. Department of State travel advisory to level 3 (“reconsider travel,” with level 4 “do not travel” advisories issued specifically for the Lombardy and Veneto regions of northern Italy). This action was taken in accordance with the UW-Madison international travel policy.
UW-Madison has recalled 170 students who are studying abroad in Italy. We are working with our partners in Italy to ensure this is accomplished in a safe and orderly manner. Our partner institutions are developing the opportunity for students to complete their planned academic curriculum via distance-learning options.
UW-Madison remains in close coordination with local, state and federal agencies to ensure that our decisions, made on behalf of students’well-being, are founded on the most up-to-date information possible.