Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Travel and Study Abroad

Notice: The information on this page was last updated on March 23, 2020. We are working hard to keep the information here current, but information is changing rapidly. Information included in "Today at Xavier" or formal messages from Fr. Graham sent after this date will be more up to date and more accurate, so please be sure to check your email for those messages.


Key Points From Campus Communication

  • All future University-sponsored international travel is suspended through April 14. All personal international travel is also strongly discouraged during this time.
  • University-sponsored domestic travel will be limited to business-essential travel and will be approved by division leaders on an as-needed basis.
  • Travelers returning from CDC Level 3 warning countries are required to observe a 14-day period of self-quarantine and monitoring and are not permitted to come to work, attend class, or participate in any other campus or community activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • All future university-sponsored international travel is suspended through April 14. All personal international travel is also strongly discouraged during this time.
  • University-sponsored domestic travel will be limited to business-essential travel and will be approved by division leaders on an as-needed basis.
  • Travelers returning from CDC Level 3 warning countries are required to observe a 14-day period of self-quarantine and monitoring. During this period, you are not permitted to come to work, attend class, or participate in any other campus or community activities.
  • All summer 2020 programs have been cancelled. 

When the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) issues a Warning Level 3 – Avoid Nonessential Travel notice for a country, that country will automatically become a Xavier travel-restricted area. When this happens, all students registered for travel to that country will be notified of the restriction and all Xavier-managed education abroad programs for that country will be cancelled. In addition, the Xavier department organizing each program will reach out to students individually about program cancellations and next steps.

Xavier may also cancel programs if travel disruptions or host country restrictions prevent them from meeting the educational goals of the travel experience (regardless of whether or not the host country is under a travel restriction). Program organizers may consult with Xavier’s Center for International Education (CIE) for guidance.

Recognizing that the COVID-19 outbreak is fluid and unpredictable, Xavier encourages you to:

  • Consider your own personal comfort level when choosing an education abroad experience.
  • Have a contingency plan in place. This may include identifying an alternate education abroad program or domestic experience to pursue in case your program is cancelled. You may want to discuss contingencies with your academic advisor or the office managing your education abroad experience.
  • Build financial flexibility into your travel plans by purchasing trip cancellation insurance.

The University understands that personal tolerance for risk may vary and that individuals may choose to leave programs that have not been cancelled. We respect these personal decisions. If you are considering returning home, talk with your host university or program provider to find out what options might be available for online learning or remote exams that could help you complete your coursework. The Xavier Center for International Education can explain the financial aspects of leaving early, as certain fees may not be refundable. Likewise, your academic advisor and financial aid officer can walk you through implications for your degree progress and your financial aid package. All of these resources can inform your final decision.

In response to the CDC statement about Student Foreign Travel for Institutions of Higher Education, Xavier University is reviewing upcoming international exchange and education abroad programs in alignment with CDC Travel Notices for countries with higher levels of risk for COVID-19. The University will continue to restrict travel to locations with a CDC Level 3 Travel Notice: Avoid non-essential travel. Xavier will notify students if their program is being cancelled and if they must leave a specific country.

The University will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, and by mid-April will make decisions on summer study abroad program viability. Our travel policies will be used to guide decisions. The CIE and faculty leaders will communicate with students.

The University has issued Xavier travel restrictions for China, South Korea, Italy and Iran. All University travel to these countries, including for faculty and staff, is discouraged. Personal travel to these countries also is discouraged.

All travel to countries with a Level 3 Warning at this time is discouraged. While the University does not regulate personal travel, all faculty, staff and students on personal travel are discouraged from traveling to these areas. If personal travel to these countries is essential, you should:

  1. Review the “Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus” to understand how traveling to China or South Korea may affect your ability to re-enter the U.S.
  2. Review the CDC Novel Coronavirus alerts, and the routinely updated CDC 2019-nCoV Situation Summary to double-check that your destination isn’t under quarantine.
  3. Contact the CIE at studyabroad@xavier.edu to discuss any travel concerns.

 

Then, follow the CDC’s travel advice for those areas.

Consult with a doctor prior to travel if you have any health-related concerns.

  • Avoid traveling while sick (traveling with a fever from an unrelated condition could result in increased screenings and other travel issues).
  • Expect additional screenings at airports and transit hubs – allow for extra travel time.
  • Avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.
  • Practice good hygiene through frequent handwashing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environments.
  • Prevent close contact with live or dead farm or wild animals.

Depending on your travel history, the CDC and state health departments recommend to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread if identified as a high risk country, regardless of current health status (High Risk Countries are identified as Level 3 Travel Health Notice).

  • Take these steps to monitor your health, and practice social distancing:
    • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
    • Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work or academic situation with your employer and/or professor before returning.
    • Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
    • Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
    • Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

If you were in a country with a COVID-19 outbreak and feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing within 14 days after you left, you should:

  • Seek medical advice. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
    • Students at Xavier University should call Xavier Health Services at 513-745-3022, option 3, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. After hours nurse line is available at 513-246-7023.
    • Xavier University faculty and staff may contact their healthcare provider, or their local health department.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Not travel on public transportation while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%-95% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

International students, scholars and employees should contact the CIE at international@xavier.edu to discuss. For those individuals whose immigration-related documents were issued by another institution, they should contact their respective international office for advice.

Based on current CDC guidance, faculty and staff should not tell individuals to stay home solely based on recent travel history. If there are specific questions or concerns, those individuals should be referred to the Xavier University Health Services (513-745-3022 option 3), primary care provider, or Cincinnati Health Department.

Travelers returning from countries with CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notices are required to observe a 14-day period of self-quarantine and monitoring and are not permitted to come to work, attend class, or participate in any other campus or community activities.

All travelers from countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice, including business travelers, people who visited friends and family, and humanitarian workers should take the following steps.

Stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice countries) and practice social distancing.

Take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:

  1. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  2. If you get a fever or develop a cough or difficulty breathing during this 14-day period, avoid contact with others. Call your doctor or healthcare provider to tell them about your symptoms and your recent travel. They will provide further instruction about steps to take before your medical visit to help to reduce the risk that you will spread your illness to other people in the office or waiting room, if that is what has made you sick.
  3. Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
  4. Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
  5. Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
  6. Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).
  1. Don’t travel while you are sick.