February 29, 2020 - 10:30am

The coronavirus is a fluid situation worldwide and continues to unfold, and based on the warnings and advisories received from official sources, SUNY Oswego has made the decision to cancel all international spring break programs in March. This was a consequential decision for all of us to make with considerable deliberation taking place, but the health and safety of our students and that of the SUNY Oswego campus community, upon your return, is our utmost concern and has led us to cancel your planned program in March.

We know this will cause disappointment and disruption to some, while others may be relieved. For all of us, there will be changes and updates to make to our existing plans. Some questions we can answer proactively, include the following:

  • SUNY Oswego officials are attempting to reschedule your program travel to a later date (after the spring 2020 semester), depending on your availability and that of your faculty member, as well as exploring the feasibility of rebooking these arrangements;
  • There will be no financial liability for any student who cannot attend the cancelled or rescheduled program;
  • Students will have the opportunity to complete their course and earn the three credits for the course, even if the trip is rescheduled and you are unable to travel, or if the travel does not take place. SUNY Oswego will make arrangements for any student in this situation.

Please know that my office staff and I, members of the faculty, President Stanley and the campus leadership team, as well as SUNY administration are all communicating and sharing information – with students’ health and safety in mind. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to discuss specific information with us, or if you would like to switch to a currently running Q4 program with May travel, please contact me (contact information provided below) or Megan Kropf at megan.kropf@oswego.edu.

I encourage you to share this news with your parents or family, and please have them contact me if I can be of any assistance. In the meantime, we have shared below some of the official online sources that we are referring to regarding the coronavirus and related health and international travel advisories. 


Joshua S. McKeown, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for International Education and Programs