Columbia University has temporarily banned 70 students who traveled to the Turks and Caicos Islands in violation of the school’s travel policy, the report said.
“The Turks & Caicos trip was a group event that violated this policy and thus imposed a disciplinary sanction,” university spokesman Christopher Cashman told CNN.
Kashman did not say when the trip was.
“All academic or work-related travel, domestic or international, has been discontinued” for the fall semester, according to the school’s online COVID-19 travel policy description.
Kashman said banned MBA students are not allowed to attend the university until December 1
“All of this is being done to protect the wider health of our community,” he told CNN. “Fortunately, to date, our positive case rate remains low.”
As of Saturday, the United States had seen more than 12,000,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 255,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises Americans not to travel during the holiday season.
But those who choose to do so should continue to follow safety protocols such as wearing masks, washing their hands and meeting only at small gatherings, the CDC said.