March 2, 2020
Updated March 4, 2020
TO: UNCG Faculty
RE: IMPORTANT: Coronavirus Update New Travel Restrictions and Recommendations
UNCG continues to monitor the evolving outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). As new cases of COVID-19 are confirmed globally, new travel restrictions and advisories are quickly put in place. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Warning (Avoid Non-essential Travel) for China, South Korea, and Italy and a Level 2 Travel Alert (Practice Enhanced Precautions) for Japan and Iran.
TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS. Given the rapid spread of COVID-19, and to help ensure the ongoing health and safety of the university community, effective immediately UNCG is prohibiting university-related travel to CDC-designated Level 2 and Level 3 countries for Coronavirus and will not reimburse travel to these areas for travel originating on or after March 2, 2020. Until otherwise notified, this travel restriction applies to the countries listed above as well as any additional countries the CDC designates as Level 2 or Level 3 moving forward. (For those currently in CDC Level 2 countries, please be in touch with the International Programs Center [IPC] for guidance.)
CURRENT STUDY ABROAD STUDENTS. These travel restrictions mean that the campus community is assisting study abroad students currently in the impacted areas and those who would have departed soon to enroll in classes here at UNCG so as not to jeopardize their academic standing. We ask that faculty and staff be supportive and cooperative as we work to integrate these students back on campus. Thanks to all of you who are already engaged in this work.
UPCOMING FACULTY-LED PROGRAMS. This situation also means that some of our summer faculty-led programs will also be impacted, and details will be shared first with faculty program directors.
FACULTY/STAFF TRAVEL REGISTRY. As this is a rapidly changing landscape, we are asking that UNCG faculty and staff register any international travel plans here. As this site has been hastily rolled out, do bear with us and direct any questions to IPC.
PERSONAL TRAVEL. In addition, we encourage everyone in the campus community to remain informed, be aware of current restrictions and consider all options when making personal travel plans. Any students, faculty or staff scheduled to take personal trips to CDC Level 2 or Level 3 countries are strongly encouraged to reconsider and make alternative plans.
For those with upcoming international travel plans, please review the CDC’s country-specific travel health notices for updated information and advice. Travelers should also check with airlines and embassies, as government authorities in Asia, Europe and elsewhere are imposing further restrictions on travelers.
UPDATED MARCH 4, 2020 HEALTH-RELATED UPDATES. Regular campus updates about COVID-19 are posted on the COVID 19 resource page. This site includes information about the virus, as well as links to helpful information sources.
COMMUNITY INCLUSIVE PRACTICES. UNCG is a community that values and embraces our diverse cultures. Although we are not recommending widespread use of face masks for asymptomatic people outside of clinical settings, it is a social norm in many countries to wear a face mask during cold and flu season. Please continue to treat everyone with mutual respect and consideration.
All UNCG community members are asked to exercise the same reasonable precautions used to prevent the spread of viral illnesses: practice good hand hygiene; do not share food, drinks, etc.; avoid close contact with others if you feel sick; and cover your cough or sneeze. If you have a fever or exhibit symptoms of the flu, please see a healthcare professional before returning to campus.
Please direct any questions to the Nell Pynes, Associate Provost for International Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org. I appreciate all of you pulling together during this fluid and trying time and ask that you help keep yourselves and others safe.