Safety Update on Earthquake in Central Italy and Message from the President

An earthquake measuring 6.6 magnitude struck central Italy today, with the epicenter in the Umbria region approximately 160 km from Rome. There have been no reported casualties.

Although the earthquake was felt in Rome, and although this can be frightening, it is important to remember that Rome is in a low risk seismic area. Thus far, no noteworthy damage or injury has been reported in the city. Since 1300 (the beginning of recorded history), there have been no casualties in Rome due to earthquakes.

John Cabot University plans to be open on Monday, October 31, along with other universities in Rome. Should you have concerns about traveling into Rome from areas of Italy impacted by the earthquake, please let the Dean’s Office  know if you are going to miss a major exam or project. We will post any updates on Facebook, Twitter, and our website.

For further information, please see:

  • United States Embassy Security Message for U.S. Citizens


Dear JCU Community,

We have just learned that the University of Rome “La Sapienza” has decided to close on Monday, October 31st, to take advantage of the November 1st holiday and allow for additional verification of the structures in light of the recent earthquakes in central Italy.  While we have no indications of structural or other damage to our facilities at this time, John Cabot University will also be closed on Monday, October 31st to allow for additional review of our facilities.

We plan to be open as usual on Wednesday, November 2nd.

We appreciate the patience of the JCU community as we follow the situation closely and will keep you updated as things progress.

John Cabot University remains close to those affected by the earthquake in central Italy.

President Franco Pavoncello