The University's International Travel Oversight Committee, a body comprising faculty and administrators to set travel policy, voted Friday to remove Mexico from the Restricted Regions list.
Though this decision clears the path for student travel, the call did not come in time to reverse the decision to move the Duke in Mexico study abroad program, according to a news release. The program has already begun in Durham. DukeEngage in Tucson, which features stints in Mexico for service work, will proceed as planned.
Officials announced April 29--at the height of news about the H1N1 virus--that they would relocate Duke in Mexico to Durham.
Students had until last week to decide whether or not they would participate despite the change of scene, and an intermediate-level program began May 15. Perhaps unsurprisingly, of the 19 students who had planned to go to Mexico, only five chose to pursue the project in the Bull City, according to the release. Two transferred to other study abroad programs.
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