Tuskegee University students return home from Liberia

8/5/2014


Tuskegee University
Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

August 19, 2014, 8:20 p.m.

Dear Tuskegee University Community,

Thank you for your support and prayers. All six of our students in Liberia have returned safely to the United States. The group had been participating in a study abroad program in Monrovia, Liberia, and was delayed due to flight cancellations by British Airways as a result of the Ebola outbreak. 

The university was able to secure alternate travel arrangements for the students and they left the country on Sunday. They were greeted this evening by a host of alumni in Atlanta along with the Student Government Association president, and Mr. and Miss Tuskegee University. President Johnson was unable to greet the students due to a delay with his return flight into Atlanta. Most of the students returned home with their families. Although they have been delayed for the fall semester, the university has handled all of their academic arrangements and they are excused from classes at the moment.

At this time the students appear healthy and are under no quarantine restrictions. The health and safety of Tuskegee's students and campus community are important. Currently, there are no health advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) that require quarantine or isolation of travelers from West Africa, who are at low-risk for exposure, and remain healthy like our returning students.

"The university will continue to follow all the directives and guidelines from the ADPH and CDC. When the students arrive on campus, the Student Health Medical Staff will medically assist, and monitor them for the recommended three weeks by recording daily temperatures and other measures. They will be advised to notify us immediately, if they develop any symptoms," said director of Tuskegee University Student Health Services, Dr. June Samuel. 

"If they develop any symptoms, we will report them to the ADPH and CDC and transport students to the hospital, and other arrangements will be made, per their instructions." 

For more information on Ebola, visit the CDC website(s): http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/

#TUTogether




Tuskegee University
Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing
August 8, 2014, 5:48 p.m.

Dear Tuskegee University Community,

Six of our students participating in a study abroad program in Monrovia, Liberia, have been delayed due to the Ebola virus outbreak in Africa. Although their return travel arrangements have been secured, there is some speculation about how they will be impacted by recent border closures in Liberia. Today, we have been in communication with the Liberian president of the host university and received confirmation that our students’ travel plan will not be affected by the closures. 

Return travel arrangements for our students remain in place and they will be allowed to leave the country by Aug. 17. Also, President Johnson had a conference call with our students today and they are well and in a safe location. They ask that we all continue to pray for their safe and quick return to us. President Johnson also addressed some of the students’ concerns and reassured them that the university is doing everything to accommodate their needs.

The university continues to monitor the situation and we will remain in communication with the host program in Liberia until our students are home. Updates will follow as more details become available. We also ask that you are diligent in supporting and encouraging our students and pray for the people of Liberia as well. 

Per a communication received earlier today from CDC-INFO regarding Ebola screening, “The following information may be useful on screening people who have come back from West Africa: At this time, CDC does not recommend screening asymptomatic people who have recently returned from West Africa. Unless there is evidence that they were specifically exposed to Ebola while in West Africa. Most people who become infected with Ebola are healthcare workers and family members who care for people who have already caught the disease and are showing symptoms.”

CDC-INFO is a service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).
We are closely monitoring what steps will need to be taken prior to their return to campus; however, our primary concern at this point is their safe return home.

For more information on Ebola, please visit the CDC website(s):
http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/



Tuskegee University
Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing
August 6, 2014, 12:21 p.m.

Dear Tuskegee University Community,

Tuskegee University has confirmed return flight details for the six students delayed in Liberia. The students will depart from Liberia on Aug. 17 and then travel from Accra, Ghana to the U.S. on Aug. 18.

The students are currently housed in a safe location and university officials are in contact with them daily. Again, there have been no signs of illness reported amongst the students.

"We are pleased that the matter of securing our students' safe return has progressed exponentially. Despite the delayed start to their fall studies, the university is working with academic officers to ease the transition of our students into the semester, which begins Aug. 20. We are grateful to our Liberian host for ensuring the care and safety of our students during their study abroad experience." - Brian Johnson, Ph.D., Tuskegee University President

The university will continue to provide more updates as they become available.


Tuskegee University
Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

August 6, 2014, 10:08 a.m..

Dear Tuskegee University Community,

Travel arrangements for six Tuskegee University students participating in a study abroad program in Monrovia, Liberia, have been delayed due to the Ebola virus outbreak in Africa.

Today, Tuskegee University has confirmed that the students have met with British Airways and the U.S. Embassy and are currently in the process of making reservations for a return flight from Liberia to Accra, Ghana and back to the U.S.

Again, the students are healthy, safe and in good spirits. We will provide updates as more details become available.

Tuskegee University
Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

August 5, 2014, 8:31 p.m.

Dear Tuskegee University Community,

British Airways has temporarily suspended flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone until August 31, 2014 due to a deteriorating public health situation in both countries. An ongoing outbreak of the Ebola virus in the African continent has altered the travel plans for many people around the world. 

Travel arrangements for six Tuskegee University students participating in a study abroad program in Monrovia, Liberia, have been delayed. The university has been in communication with both the students and their families. The students are in good spirits and are not ill. They are residing in a safe location and are being supported by local program affiliates. 

The matter of when they will be able to leave Liberia is still ongoing. Tuskegee is in contact with parties at the national and international level to help expedite their arrangements. The university will make every effort to accommodate them when they return for the Fall 2014 semester. We will update the community when we have definitive details on our students' return. We ask that everyone pray for their safe and speedy return. #TUTogether



Back to News Listing