Navarro College, in Corsicana, Texas, has apologized for a controversial move in response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. The institution had issued letters to Nigerian students stating plans to reject applications submitted by those from countries currently stricken by the virus, CNBC reports.
"Our college values its diverse population of international students. This fall we have almost 100 students from Africa," a statement reads. "Unfortunately, some students received incorrect information regarding their applications to the institution."
Kamorudeen Abidogun, who lives in Texas, says two of his relatives living in Nigeria, applied for Navarro using his home address. The school sent back rejection letters to both of his family members citing Ebola as the issue.
"With sincere regret, I must report that Navarro College is not able to offer you acceptance for the Spring 2015 term. Unfortunately, Navarro College is not accepting international students from countries with confirmed Ebola cases," the letter reads.
Ebola has claimed the lives 4,500 people as of Oct. 15, 2014, the CDC reports. Nigeria has been able to contain the Ebola virus. There have been 20 reported cases and eight deaths from Ebola in the country, significantly less than Liberia, where the bulk of the cases are being reported.
Navarro College is located an hour away from Dallas, where Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. during this epidemic, died on Oct. 8.
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