Recommendations for travel and spring break

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n our continuing updates to keep the community informed about the coronavirus (also known as COVID-19), here is the latest since our February 26 communication to you as well as suggested considerations for spring break:   

Study abroad in Italy
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has raised its travel warning in Italy to Level 3 and is recommending against all nonessential travel. Our partner institutions in Italy have suspended their programs and/or are offering the remainder of their coursework online. As a result, students studying in Italy are returning to the U.S. and are required to return home (not to campus) and remain at home for a minimum of 14 days as a self-quarantine. This approach is consistent with CDC guidelines and in an abundance of caution for the well-being of others.

Other study abroad programs
At this time, we are not making changes to any of our other study abroad programs. We will continue to consult with experts and monitor any new travel alerts, and we will immediately contact our students abroad if our recommendations change.

Quinnipiac-sponsored travel
QU considers any country with a CDC Level 3 travel warning (“avoid nonessential travel”) an elevated risk destination and will not permit any university-financed trips to those locations at this time. For any country with a CDC Level 2 travel alert (“practice enhanced precautions”), we strongly recommend against QU-sponsored travel to those locations. Such travel requests must first be reviewed and approved by the interim executive vice president and provost.

Task force
As you know, we have established a coronavirus task force here at Quinnipiac composed of university leadership and medical professionals across a variety of fields and disciplines, as well as personnel from our Emergency Management Team.  The task force is focused on ensuring Quinnipiac readiness for any medical or related need. The following are members of the task force:

  • Keith Woodward (Chair)
    Associate Vice President for Facilities Operations
  • Dr. Phillip Brewer
    University Medical Director for Student Health Services
  • Jen Brown
    Interim Executive Vice President and Provost
  • Monique Drucker
    Vice President and Dean of Students
  • Dr. David Hill
    Professor of Medical Sciences and Director, Global Public Health Program
  • Lisa O’Connor
    Dean, School of Nursing
  • Daryl Richard
    Vice President for Marketing and Communications
  • Edgar Rodriguez
    Associate Vice President and Chief of Public Safety
  • Fred Tarca
    Vice President-Chief Information & Technology Officer
  • Mark Tortora
    Associate Director of Education Abroad Programs

Spring break reminders
As many of our students, staff and faculty depart for spring break later this week, please note several critical reminders given the continued spread of coronavirus as well as widespread flu cases, here in the U.S. and in many countries around the world.

Closely monitor your travel destinations
Please exercise caution and review the latest health and travel information from both the CDC and Department of State so you are fully informed of potential health risks and travel restrictions, as well as health screenings or quarantine guidelines that may be in place upon your return.

Practice preventive health measures
The best protection is self-protection and self-monitoring. Wash your hands with soap regularly (for at least 20 seconds), cover your mouth and nose when sneezing, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and avoid others who are ill. These steps are simple but go a long way in preventing illness.

Remain home if you’re ill
If you are feeling ill at any time, out of an abundance of caution and respect for your fellow students and co-workers, please refrain from returning to campus until you are feeling better. If you traveled to a destination under enhanced CDC monitoring (Level 2 or 3) and are feeling ill, you may be required to practice self-quarantine for up to 14 days before returning to campus.

Additional information
We have activated a new web page where Quinnipiac will publish regular updates as needed and share important health tips. Please check back regularly for the latest information. QU’s coronavirus task force will continue to meet and communicate with state and federal health officials over the spring break.

We wish you safe and healthy travels,
Jennifer Gerarda Brown
Interim Executive Vice President and Provost