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UNC-CH banning student travel to three Ebola-stricken nations

Posted October 29, 2014

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— University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill officials on Wednesday banned students from traveling to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea because of concerns about Ebola.

Faculty and staff must obtain approval from their deans and the provost before traveling to those countries, according to a message distributed campus-wide by Chancellor Carol L. Folt and Bill Roper, dean of the UNC School of Medicine and chief executive officer of the UNC Healthcare System.


The provost has a UNC Global Risk Response Team of advisers that will be consulted on whether to grant approval.

Voluntary or personal travel by university employees is “strongly discouraged and should be reported to that individual’s employer.”

“While we are deeply aware of the need for service and research related to Ebola, the University and the Health Care System must also balance those needs against a full commitment to protecting our community,” the message said.

Folt and Roper advised that UNC’s ability to offer medical care or evacuation to anyone exposed to the virus is “extremely limited” and that employees who choose to go on would be traveling at their own risk.

In their message, Folt and Roper also acknowledged that many international students have ties to countries affected by the Ebola outbreak.

“While we recognize the desire to visit loved ones in affected nations, we recommend that you refrain from making this visit until the epidemic passes,” the message said. “Please know that our thoughts are with those who are separated from loved ones facing such struggle.”

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  • PowderedToastMan Oct 30, 2014

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    Some of you that think you're so smart with these reading comprehension comments still don't have an answer to the original post....so enough with the snobbery if you don't have anything to add to the conversation.

  • NC_Beach_n_Mtn_guy Oct 29, 2014

    What took them so long to ban the travel?

  • shd-be-doing-something-else Oct 29, 2014

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    You are absolutely correct. Reading comprehension is very important.....

    "University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill officials on Wednesday banned students from traveling to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea because of concerns about Ebola.

  • Thomas Goodwin Oct 29, 2014
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    "Why in the world would any university student travel to an Ebola-stricken nation?"

    Maybe they have family there.
    Maybe they want to volunteer to help those in need.
    Maybe there are some real bargain travel packages now.

  • Sean Dowe Oct 29, 2014
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    Very prudent decision.

  • btneast Oct 29, 2014

    UNC has no standing to see anyone's passport. So how would they know where the student or faculty have traveled?! Reading comprehension is important. Go back and read the story again. "Voluntary or personal travel is strongly discouraged"....therefore they are only speaking to University official travel.........

  • jwsawyer Oct 29, 2014

    Why in the world would any university student travel to an Ebola-stricken nation?

  • Progressiveredneck Oct 29, 2014

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    You folks do realize if someone wants to go on their own time, they can. This is travel for University business.

  • jonara Oct 29, 2014

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    Wrong, wrong and wrong.
    UNC has no standing to see anyone's passport. So how would they know where the student or faculty have traveled?!
    They don't so no way to enforce, like I said.
    As for immunizations. All one needs is a religious waver.
    If UNC wanted to challenge that waiver they would be paying out a HUGE settlement.

  • jmcdow2792 Oct 29, 2014

    They are not afraid of ebola, rather they are afraid of quarantine.

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