Friday, October 17, 2014

Texas community college rejecting African applicants over Ebola concerns

Fear spreads faster than diseases. Navarro Community College in Corsicana, Texas, about 55 miles outside Dallas, has been sending form letters to some applicants informing them "that it is not accepting students from countries with confirmed Ebola cases," reports CNHI News Service. In some instances, students from countries with no reported cases of Ebola say they have received the rejection letters.

On Thursday, Navarro College released a statement:

"The safety of all our students and our community is our top concern.  We are proud of our robust legacy of attracting and educating international students, including a significant population of Africans. Our African students are important to our educational experience and enrich our campus life here at Navarro College. (A rejection letter sent to a student in Nigeria, where there have been no reported cases of Ebola) 

The current Ebola epidemic is a fluid, dynamic, unprecedented situation for our country and our school. At this time, we believe it is the responsible thing to do to postpone our recruitment in those nations that the Center for Disease Control and the U.S. State Department have identified as at risk. We will continue to monitor the situation closely. We are eager to resume accepting student applicants from these countries as soon as possible.

We’re sorry that some disagree with our decision, but we believe that at this time, this is the right and responsible action to take for the safety of our students and community." (Read more)

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