A Texas college told at least two applicants from Nigeria they wouldn’t be admitted due to Ebola concerns.
Kamorudeen Abidogun, a Texas man who is originally from Nigeria, said he received two rejection letters from Navarro College citing confirmed cases of the deadly virus in the African nation, reported CNBC.
“With sincere regret, I must report that Navarro College is not able to offer you acceptance for the Spring 2015 term,” reads the letter, which is signed by Elizabeth Pillans, the school’s international programs director. “Unfortunately, Navarro College is not accepting international students from countries with confirmed Ebola cases.”
Abidogun said five of his relatives in Nigeria applied to the two-year community college near Dallas using his Richmond, Texas, home as their U.S. mailing address.
Another Nigerian native who lives in East Texas tweeted a photo of the rejection letter, noting the irony of the school’s policy.
Nigeria, pointed out Idris Bello, has no current Ebola cases – although Texas has two confirmed cases related to a Liberian native who died from the virus at a Dallas hospital.
Twenty people were infected, and eight of them died, in Nigeria after another Liberian man traveled there, but the virus was contained to the city of Lagos.
No new Ebola cases have been reported in Nigeria since Sept. 8.
A Navarro official told CNBC that 100 students from Africa were enrolled this fall at the community college.
He said some students received “incorrect information” regarding their applications, saying the college had restructured its international department to focus this school year on recruiting students from China and Indonesia.
However, the official did not explicitly deny that Navarro had a policy to reject students from countries where Ebola had been reported.