- The Washington Times - Friday, April 18, 2003

OAKLAND, Calif., April 18 (UPI) — The University of California has ordered 44 of its students attending classes at two Beijing universities to leave China immediately because of concerns over severe acute respiratory syndrome.

The university said it was suspending its education abroad programs at Beijing Normal University and Peking University, where a SARS case was recently confirmed.

No UC students have been diagnosed with the illness. The decision was made out of concern for their safety given the continued spread of SARS, said John A. Marcum, director of the Education Abroad Program.

The program continues to monitor local conditions that may impact its programs in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam. "At this time, all other EAP programs currently operating in Asia remain open," Marcum said.

"UV is monitoring events closely and is in constant contact with EAP staff abroad as well as with the U.S. State department, local U.S. embassies and host institutions abroad," he said.

The university is helping students called out of China with travel plans, secure academic credit for classes they will not be finishing, and learn about the symptoms of SARS.

The university said it would decide by May 10 about operating its summer programs in Beijing, which are scheduled to begin in late June.

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