University of Kansas requires students studying in Japan to return home
11:59 AM, Mar 17, 2011
7:41 AM, Mar 18, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kansas - The University of Kansas is requring its 10 students studying
abroad in Japan to return to the United States.
The State Department issued a warning to Americans late
Wednesday to avoid travel to Japan and urged United States citizens
in the earthquake and tsunami-ravaged country to consider
The warning comes as worries grow of the deepening nuclear
crisis as unpredictable weather and wind conditions risked
spreading radioactive contamination in the country following the
9.0 earthquake that spawned the deadly tsunami Friday.
KU policy does not permit study abroad programs to operate in
countries where State Department travel warnings have been issued,
the university said in a statement Thursday.
The students have been told to come home and will be assisted by
university officials in making their travel arrangements.
When they return, the students, and any accompanying cargo will
likely be screened for radiation, as Homeland Security Secretary
Janet Napolitano said Thursday that while no harmful levels of
radition have been found on any returning individuals, screenings
were taking place as "an exercise of caution."
At the time of the earthquake, the University of Missouri had
nine students studying abroad, a spokesman there said. Three of
them returned home immediately. On Thursday, the school offered
students the option to return home and recommended they do so.
Carly Webster, the director of the study abroad program at
Kansas State University, said while the office has remained in
contact with the two K-State students currently studying in Japan,
they have made no recommendation or requirements for them to return
home. If they do wish to return, the university will assist them
with their travel arrangements.