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Murray State Suspends Spring Travel Abroad For Faculty, Staff And Students

Matt Markgraff, WKMS

Murray State University has suspended travel abroad to and from campus through April 30 in response to the international spread of the Coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Last week the university announced the suspension of faculty, staff and student travel to and from China and South Korea. Travel to Italy, Japan and Iran was suspended Monday.


President Bob Jackson said Murray State has been monitoring the Coronavirus’s progression for a couple of weeks. There are currently no cases in Kentucky, but Jackson said university officials are developing plans for the chance the virus appears on campus. 

“Obviously we want to keep our students and our faculty and staff updated in regard to what’s happening at the university in this particular area,” Jackson said. “The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and the broader community is of utmost importance to us.”

The university said it is hopeful to resume normal travel schedules in the “very near future.” People can access Coronavirus updates as it relates to the campus community at


Chad Lampe contributed to this story.