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Update for Faculty and Staff

Updated March 18, 2020

Due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, the University is banning all University-sponsored domestic travel planned to begin on or after March 23rd, 2020 until further notice. In cases where events are canceled for arrangements made prior to March 12, 2020, the University will work to obtain refunds but will otherwise reimburse individuals for personal charges, which anticipated reimbursement consistent with the existing travel policy as if the travel had been undertaken.    

The use of individual ProCards to book travel, such as airlines, and accommodations is prohibited immediately. The University will not assume any liability for reimbursing faculty, staff, or students for travel plans which used personal credit cards or other personal resources, and will retract individual ProCards used in violation of this ban. This change in policy, which will remain effective through August 31st, 2020, is intended to ensure that University sponsored travel, if later allowed, is booked through sources that would allow maximum refund capabilities in the event of cancellation and may include restrictions on particular airline carriers and hotels.

The University urges all faculty, staff, and students to exercise caution in personal domestic travel, staying current with CDC and Public Health statements regarding the COVID-19 virus and seasonal illnesses, such as influenza A and B, which remain threats to public health. All students, faculty, and staff traveling internationally must complete an International Travel Form upon their return. Learn more at US State Department Smart Travel Enrollment Program.

University community members, including faculty, staff, and students allowed exemptions to remain on campus, showing symptoms consistent with the COVID-19 virus after returning from Spring Break will be required to be self-isolating and will be prohibited from attending classes or work assignments. Please be conscious of your responsibility to protect your fellow Western New England community members if you are feeling ill, regardless of your actual symptoms. DO NOT go to WNE Health Services without first calling 413-782-1211 so that accommodations can be made to avoid contact with others.