Florida’s ban on educational travel to Cuba stays in place

Author: Associated Press
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MIAMI (AP) – The Florida Board of Governors says the state’s ban on educational travel to Cuba will stay in place until the U.S. and Cuba re-establish full diplomatic relations.

The Miami Herald reports (http://hrld.us/1Pa2BOy ) that the board overseeing the State University System recently told Florida International University that once diplomatic relations are restored, requests “to conduct scholarly activities located in Cuba” will follow the standard approval process.

The board cited a state law forbidding any institution receiving state funds from traveling to “any country located in the Western Hemisphere which lacks diplomatic relations with the United States.”

FIU faculty unsuccessfully sued the state to overturn that ban. School officials say they’ll follow the current law, the only one of its kind nationwide.

Private colleges and universities are not affected by the ban.

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