Madrid Coronavirus Health Advisory
For information about the coronavirus as well as the University’s response in Boston, Massachusetts, please visit Suffolk’s Coronavirus Advisory page.
The Madrid Campus has closed for the remainder of the semester.
Updated March 14, 2020
March 10, 2020
As you know, the regional government of Madrid, Spain announced on March 9th that it will cancel classes in schools and universities for two weeks starting Wednesday March 11th. Suffolk University has made the decision to strongly recommend that all students on the Suffolk University Madrid Campus (SUMC) return to their homes.
The University has decided that SUMC sponsored housing must be vacated by Monday March 16th. Coverage under the University’s security evacuation and travel accident insurance from Drum Cussac will expire on Friday, March 20th. Upon return to the US or after March 20th, whichever comes first, please use your Suffolk student health insurance, which is already active (or alternatively the health insurance plan that you used to waive the Suffolk student health insurance).
We have also made arrangements to ensure that students will be able to continue with their courses and complete the semester remotely. Students will hear directly from their professors after Spring Break (March 22nd) at the latest.
The health and safety of our students and community members remains our highest priority, and we will continue proactively taking steps to ensure that we respond to this situation in the most effective and supportive way.
Previous Suffolk University Madrid Health Advisory Communications by Date
March 9, 2020
Dear Members of the Suffolk University Madrid Campus community,
Suffolk University continues to closely monitor developments in the global spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and related public health recommendations and guidelines. Currently, the CDC’s Travel Health Warning for Spain is “Watch Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions.” Based on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of State, and international public health organizations, the University has not recommended that students who are currently studying at our Madrid campus in Spain return to the United States. We are, however, closely monitoring what is a very fluid situation, and we will reassess that decision on a daily basis.
Based on public health organization guidance SUMC has decided to ban all student travel to CDC “level 3” countries, including Italy, at this time. If you decide to travel to Italy, Suffolk recommends that you self-quarantine for 14 days, even if you are asymptomatic. You will not be able to access the campus building, the student residence (Galdós), or host family during that time. Suffolk University Counseling, Health & Wellness (CHW) can help you if you have questions and it has prepared a useful guide to self-quarantine that is available upon request.
While we strongly recommend that you limit travel at this time, if you are considering traveling to any other country during the upcoming weekends and spring break, remember to fill out the mandatory ‘Independent Travel Form’ available at the front desk.
Furthermore, after much careful discussion, and given new guidance, the Suffolk University Madrid Campus has made the extraordinarily difficult decision to cancel all outgoing school-sponsored student trips/programs outside of Madrid for the month of March. We will work to minimize the financial losses associated with the last-minute cancellation of these programs and we will reimburse students for SUMC program-related fees. In the next few days students will receive detailed information on how to process these reimbursement requests.
We are also actively developing contingency plans for a variety of scenarios, and we are supporting students who choose to return and will help them manage the academic and financial impact of their change in plans as well.
In the meantime, please continue to follow the advice and news sources at:
- Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- European Center for Disease Control (ECDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- International SOS (ISOS)
There have been no reported cases of COVID-19 within the Suffolk community. The safety of our students and employees remains our highest priority, and the University continues to take steps to prepare for any needed response. A group of senior leaders and administrators is meeting every day and will constantly monitor and assess the threat that the virus presents to all members of our community, both here in Boston and in Madrid. The University will continue to communicate closely with members of our community and will provide updates, including on the University's Coronavirus Health Advisory webpage.
The Comunidad de Madrid has established a new, dedicated line for COVID-19 concerns at: 900 102 112.
If you have any questions or need any additional information, please don't hesitate to reach out. We're here to support you.
Fernando García, SUMC Director