Columbia University has temporarily banned 70 students who traveled to Turks and Caicos Islands in violation of the school’s travel policy, according to a report.
“The Turks & Caicos trip was a group event that violated this policy and was subject to disciplinary action,” university spokesman Christopher Cashman told CNN.
Cashman did not say when the trip was taking place.
According to an online description of the school’s COVID-19 travel policy, all academic or professional trips domestically or internationally are suspended for the fall semester.
Cashman said the banned MBA students will not be admitted to campus until December 1 and will have to attend courses remotely.
“All of this is being done to protect the general health of our community,” he told CNN. “Fortunately, our positive case rate is still low to this day.”
There were more than 12,000,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and over 255,000 deaths in the US on Saturday, according to John Hopkins University.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended that Americans should not travel during the holiday season.
But those who choose to do so should continue to follow safety protocols like wearing masks, washing hands, and only meeting in small gatherings, according to the CDC.