Guidelines for University Travel
- Study Abroad: No students will study abroad for the fall and Intersession terms. At this point, many countries out of the United States remain a Level 3 (reconsider travel) or Level 4 (do not travel) and an increasing number of countries are prohibiting the entry of U.S. citizens. This situation, like others, remains fluid and will be monitored over the fall term to guide spring and summer trips.
- University-Sponsored Travel: All University-sponsored international travel remains suspended, including faculty-led study abroad and international and domestic service trips. No international travel should be planned or scheduled.
University-sponsored domestic travel is prohibited in areas of the country experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases and should be limited to essential trips in all other areas.
Travelers and travel sponsors (i.e., the department or divisional unit funding/supporting a trip) must review each proposed domestic trip to decide if it is essential using best judgment to balance the benefits of travel with health and safety considerations and must receive approval for plans from their divisional vice president (staff) or dean (faculty).
Consider the following when making these determinations:
- Is the travel required to fulfill a critical research, teaching, legal, or compliance obligation?
- Is the travel necessary to meet a graduation requirement?
- Can the travel occur later?
- Is there a substitute to in-person travel such as a virtual option?
- Can someone else at the travel destination perform the activity?
- Can the travel be accomplished safely and in compliance with local public health requirements at the destination and when returning to Pennsylvania from that destination?
- Domestic Travel: The CDC and Pennsylvania recommend against any non-essential domestic travel. Pennsylvania recommends a 14-day quarantine at home for anyone returning from areas of the country that are experiencing increased cases of COVID-19. For this reason, the University strongly discourages personal travel to these areas and provides the following requirements for members of the University community returning from these regions:
- Employees: Employees returning from designated states must not report to campus for the 14-day quarantine period. Faculty should notify their dean as soon as possible to make arrangements to manage on-campus responsibilities. Staff should notify their supervisor as soon as possible to determine if their job responsibilities can be accomplished remotely. If remote work is not possible, the staff member may use sick, vacation or personal time to cover the days missed from work due to the quarantine for personal travel.
- Students: Residential students returning to campus from designated states must quarantine for 14 days as per the “Housing for Students Requiring Quarantine”. Other students should quarantine in their private residence. Quarantine resulting from personal travel could affect academic progress. Students should contact the Dean of Students Office at 570-941-7680.
- International Travel: The University encourages members of the community to avoid any international travel. The CDC recommends avoiding all non-essential travel to global destinations.