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Cal State System Prohibits Students From Studying In Tijuana

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Aired 4/15/10

San Diego State University officials say students are not allowed to study in Tijuana until the U.S. State Department lifts its travel warning for Mexico.

San Diego State University officials say students are not allowed to study in Tijuana until the U.S. State Department lifts its travel warning for Mexico.

The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning for Mexico in March. It came the day after three people tied to the U.S. Consulate were murdered in Mexico, across the border from Texas.

California State University spokeswoman, Claudia Keith says the warning put the kibosh on San Diego State University students studying in Tijuana.

"Anytime the State Department issues a warning, we take a look at the specific areas they have said it is not safe to travel. Tijuana and some of the border cities were specifically listed. If they're listed on a travel warning, our policy is not to allow students into those areas," says Keith.

Regarding Tijuana, the U.S. State Department's warning says U.S. consular employees could evacuate their families if they felt at risk. It does not advise people to avoid Tijuana.

The warning added, though violence has increased, millions of people safely visit Mexico each year including tens of thousands who cross to study.

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