Most May, summer GIFT, ABST, Travel trips canceled

Posted: March 25, 2020

We continue to try and share regular updates focused on actions and decisions of the day, topics regarding questions we are hearing from you about, and efforts to stay connected and let you know we are here and thinking about your work and learning. This latest is related to travel activities that were planned for the remainder of the academic year and summer.

Given that COVID-19 continues to spread globally and nationally, Gannon University has decided to cancel its GIFT Course, Alternative Break Service Trips, and T.R.A.V.E.L. programs for May and summer.

An exception to this is the June GIFT Course to Yellowstone National Park. We will wait until May 1 to decide if that trip will still go forward, given that it is a domestic destination.

In total, four GIFT Courses (three in May, one in August), three ABST trips and 10 T.R.A.V.E.L. programs have sadly been canceled. Students and faculty have been informed of this decision and the program directors will be sending further communications directly to those affected with details involving refunds and future opportunities. We know that this will be a deep disappointment for all involved.

This decision coincides with the first full day of Erie County’s stay-at-home order. You can learn more about this at Gannon University’s Erie and Ruskin campuses remain closed and will stay closed until further notice.

Online instruction began Monday and will continue for the remainder of the semester. We hope this is going well and you all are finding your way and learning some new tricks along the way.

Thank you for your flexibility and persistence in the ever evolving situation. We will continue to keep everyone informed as events unfold. Continue to visit for our latest decisions and for resources to assist you. If you have a question or a comment, submit it at

Please know that we are here if you need anything and we are working diligently as you all are to make the best of this situation and continue to learn something new each day. Peace and best wishes for good health and safety for you and your family.