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Travel and Study Abroad

Travel

As of March 6, the University has prohibited all university-sponsored or related travel outside the continental United States until May 1. Additionally, the University has strongly encouraged members of the campus community who may be traveling internationally for personal reasons to reconsider their travel.
We strongly encourage students who intend to travel outside the continental United States to reconsider their travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists travel health notices for countries. Any University student returning from a Level 2 or 3 country is required, as a precaution, to wait at their home residence a full 14 days after arriving in the United States and have to provide a notice from a healthcare professional to Student Health Services confirming that they are free of flu-like symptoms before returning to campus.

Faculty and staff members choosing to travel to Level 2 or 3 countries are also asked to observe a 14-day waiting period at home free of symptoms before returning to campus.
Students returning from an area (domestically or internationally) with confirmed cases of COVID-19 should monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days and take their temperature twice a day. If they develop even a mild cough or low-grade fever (i.e. a temperature of 99.1 F or more), they should self-isolate and notify Student Health Services immediately by calling 570-941-7667. This means avoiding close contact (six feet or nearer) with other people, including family members.
All service trips and retreats during Spring Break have been canceled, and we have suspended service programs in the region for the time being, recognizing that many sites have already cancelled volunteer participation. Information regarding the International Service Program and Retreats will be forthcoming.
Personal travel is at the discretion of individuals. We strongly encourage anyone considering international travel to check the CDC Travel Advisory Website, U.S. Department of State, International SOS COVID-19 Information, and to use that information to inform your potential travel decisions. The University has asked those traveling to use caution when traveling to countries with Level 2 travel advisories and reconsider travel to countries with Level 3 travel advisories. Currently, any University student returning from a Level 2 or 3 country is required, as a precaution, to wait at their home residence a full 14 days after arriving in the United States and have a notice from a healthcare professional that they are free of flu-like symptoms before returning to campus. Restrictions can change without warning, and these changes could require a U.S.-based quarantine or even affect the timing of your reentry to the country.
The University of Scranton adheres to the guidance from the Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), which is a unit within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that oversees the F-1 international student visa program. Due to the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, SEVP recently issued guidance to universities that allows for increased flexibility to ensure international students can continue their academic progress. Universities can implement temporary adjustments such as moving to online instruction without negatively impacting the immigration status of enrolled international students.
Faculty and staff members choosing to travel to Level 2 or 3 countries as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices) are also asked to observe a 14-day waiting period at home free of symptoms before returning to campus. Faculty and staff returning from an area (domestically or internationally) with confirmed cases of COVID-19 should monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days and take their temperature twice a day. If they develop even a mild cough or low-grade fever (i.e. a temperature of 99.1 F or more), they should self-isolate and phone their healthcare provider. This means avoiding close contact (six feet or nearer) with other people, including family members.

Study Abroad Programs

A number of universities are cancelling study abroad programs, especially in Europe. The University is supporting Scranton students whose semesters are being disrupted by these cancellations and has been communicating directly with students abroad and their parents. The University advises any students studying in a country designated as Level 3 by the CDC to return home.

Any University student returning from a Level 2 or 3 country is required, as a precaution, to wait at their home residence a full 14 days after arriving in the United States and provide a notice from a healthcare professional to Student Health Services confirming that they are free of flu-like symptoms before returning to campus.
Please contact The Office of Global Education at 570-941-4303 or studyabroad@scranton.edu with further questions.

The Office of Global Education (570-941-4303; studyabroad@scranton.edu) is available to support individual students with their plans. As a note, any University student returning from a Level 2 or 3 country is required, as a precaution, to wait at their home residence a full 14 days after arriving in the United States and have a notice from a healthcare professional that they are free of flu-like symptoms before returning to campus.
As of right now, no changes have been announced for travel experiences beyond May 1.