ELON, N.C. — Elon University will suspend its study abroad program in Florence, Italy due to coronavirus concerns.

That’s after a growing number of cases in northern Italy. The University said 21 students and one faculty member will return to their homes from Florence this week. The University made the decision after the number of confirmed coronavirus cases increased to more than 300 within a matter of days in Italy.

“This was a difficult decision for the university to make, given that these students were already immersed in these important global experiences,” said Woody Pelton, dean of global education. “However, the health and safety of students is our top priority. Given the uncertainty about the spread of the virus and its anticipated impact on travel and our academic program in Florence, we decided it was best to bring these students home as soon as possible.”

The University said it will continue to monitor the spread of the coronavirus in countries where Elon students and faculty are studying.

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