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GO Response to COVID-19

We understand and share your concerns about how COVID-19 may impact you/your student’s GO program and graduation. Because the global health outlook related to COVID-19 is fluid and can change rapidly, we understand that each student and their families may have differing thoughts regarding how they would like to proceed, and we will support each student’s decision.

Travel Decisions:
We hold our students’ health and safety in the highest regard. Our policy permits GO programs to operate only in areas with U.S. State Department travel advisories levels 1 or 2. 

We have suspended all travel for GO Programs through May 1, 2021 based on travel advisories. 
GO Graduation Requirement:
The university has guaranteed to work with students to meet the cross-cultural requirement for graduation. We recognize that this may be different for each student, as students’ needs are unique. We are committed to working with students individually to find a suitable alternative, if needed.
At its heart, GO is a graduation requirement based on working toward a set of specific learning goals and reflection on that work. Traditionally that has included the requirement of a cultural immersion experience for at least two weeks and coursework on campus before and after travel.
In the past, the GO office has accommodated students when obstacles made it challenging for them to participate in a traditional GO program. We will use the same approach when working through concerns caused by coronavirus.  We are happy to talk with students about how they can complete the Cross-cultural Requirement if they are worried about travel due to coronavirus. They can set up a time to talk by sending an e-mail (

Please review our General COVID-19 and GO FAQ and Upcoming Travel COVID19 FAQ documents. 

Archived Statements and FAQ updates:  Messages sent to Spring 2021 Students Archived Messages sent to Winter 2020/2021 Students: Archived Messages sent to Fall 2020 GO Long Students: Archived Messages sent to Summer 2020 Students: Archived Messages sent to Spring 2020 GO Long Students: