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Update on Travel Restrictions for Campus

March 11, 2020

The safety of students, faculty, and staff is our number one priority. Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, we have made difficult yet necessary decisions regarding travel, effective immediately through June 30, 2020. 

  • All non-essential faculty, staff, and student international university travel is suspended. “Essential Travel” is defined as:
    • For Students: Student travel is considered non-essential. 
    • For Staff: Staff travel is considered non-essential except when not traveling will cause harm to the operations of the university.
    • For Faculty: Essential travel is defined as travel that is required to:
      • Preserve the safety of a research subject and cannot be postponed; or
      • Preserve the results of a research activity and cannot be postponed.
  • Faculty and staff seeking to conduct “Essential Travel” must receive the approval of the Provost.
  • All non-essential, non-athletic faculty, staff, and student university out-of-state travel within the United States is suspended.
  • University-sponsored athletic travel is not restricted at this time. UNC Athletics is working closely with both the Big Sky Conference and the NCAA regarding best practices and advisories as the COVID-19 situation develops.
  • All university-sponsored study abroad summer programs are canceled through June 30, 2020.  CIE will work with impacted students on study abroad program options for 2021 and beyond.
  • In addition to the previously canceled study abroad programs in CDC Level 2 and Level 3 locations, students currently studying abroad in other countries should be aware that the CIE is monitoring the constantly-evolving situation closely and participants at any location should expect a recall decision as events escalate.  These decisions are communicated to impacted students, their emergency contacts, partner institutions or study abroad providers by the CIE team.
  • Travel within Colorado is not restricted.
  • Anyone traveling to campus from a CDC alert level 2 or 3 country must self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days after arrival before returning to campus. This protocol applies to students, faculty, staff, visitors and guests.
  • Any campus community member or their immediate household members who return to campus from a destination where there is sustained COVID-19 outbreak should prepare to self-isolate or be quarantined per CDC guidelines in place at the time of their return to campus.
  • We strongly recommend that you limit your personal travel, domestically and internationally; please keep this in mind with the upcoming spring break.
  • We will continue to communicate with you as we monitor current and future public health concerns and their impact on travel, as well as when it appears feasible to resume travel.

We encourage all campus community members, students, faculty and staff to sign up for the UNC emergency alerts notifications.   University updates and other resources related to the university’s response to COVID-19 can be found on the dedicated UNC webpage.