TO: HUC-JIR Faculty, Students, and Staff
FROM: Marviette Johnson, Director of Human Resources
RE: An Important Message Regarding Travel for HUC Faculty, Students, and Staff
Date: March 5, 2020
Dear faculty, staff and students,
Effective immediately we are suspending all HUC-JIR-sponsored student travel to international locations over the upcoming spring break period and beyond. This includes international study abroad and service-learning trips. At this time, all domestic programs are currently moving forward as planned.
This decision is consistent with new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in light of the continuing spread of the novel coronavirus and was made out of an abundance of caution.
HUC-JIR strongly encourages faculty, staff and students to not travel internationally at this time. In accordance with CDC guidelines, those who choose to travel to countries with a CDC level 3 or level 2 travel advisory for coronavirus must self-quarantine for 14 days and must seek an assessment with a health care provider before returning to campus.
“Self-quarantine” means remaining at home, not going to classes or work, limiting time outside of the home and monitoring your health for at least 14 days after you were last in any CDC Warning Level 3 country. Additional guidance for self-quarantine includes:
Please Note: In many countries, there may be new entry and exit control measures, and even quarantines implemented with very little notice during the coming weeks. These actions could severely impact your plans and/or delay your return home with personal cost. We urge you to pay close attention to the CDC travel health notice information being released about destination countries, and updates from air carriers prior to departure while abroad.
Lastly, please avoid making assumptions about individuals who you believe may or may not have come into contact with the virus or with someone who is carrying the virus. In some cases, public reactions to the virus have been sensationalized, and there have been individuals at institutions of higher education who reported encountering discrimination and harassment due to biased assumptions and overreactions. It is vital that we support each other and act as a community, avoiding acts of discrimination and bias, by showing compassion for those affected by this disease.
We will, of course, monitor coronavirus developments both at home and abroad and keep you up to date. In addition to direct emails, we have created a dedicated space on the HUC website with information about CONVID-19 as well as HUC-JIR communications.
If you have any questions, please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (513-487-3215) me.
Marviette D. Johnson, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Director of Human Resources