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Travel

This provides an overview of travel restrictions from the Chancellor’s Office including “essential travel” and studying abroad.

August 17, 2020

Here’s what you need to know:

  • All non-essential domestic and international travel has been cancelled by the Chancellor’s Office through June 30, 2021.
  • This travel restriction applies to all University faculty and staff traveling using any University funding source.
  • Essential travel is required to: obtain or maintain grant funding; fulfill requirements for faculty promotion and tenure as well as lecturer steps; attend CSU systemwide meetings that require in-person attendance, and more. 
  • A recommendation from the relevant Vice President as well as the President's approval is required for all travel for faculty and staff
  • Those who travel out of Humboldt County must follow quarantine guidelines

Travel Restrictions

The Chancellor’s Office announced that all non-essential domestic and international travel has been cancelled through June 30, 2021. This applies to all University faculty and staff traveling on any University funding source. If any costs associated with travel, including travel insurance, need to be covered by the university, the trip falls under this travel restriction. 

The CSU is also moving to a virtual mode for system wide meetings and conferences through June 30, 2021 and has recommended that campuses and their auxiliary organizations also develop policies to move meetings and conferences to a virtual mode whenever possible for the 2020-21 year.

Essential Travel

Examples of essential travel include:

  • travel required to obtain or maintain grant funding
  • travel required to fulfill requirements for faculty promotion and tenure as well as lecturer steps
  • travel required to attend CSU systemwide meetings that require in-person attendance
  • travel associated with fundraising
  • travel associated with student recruitment activities
  • travel associated with scheduled intercollegiate athletics activities
  • travel associated with scheduled club sport activities
  • travel associated with student research and experiential learning activities related to teaching and learning
  • travel related to compliance with a law or regulation
  • travel to maintain credentials or certifications for a job

General conference attendance is considered non-essential travel and will not be approved.

A recommendation from the relevant Vice President as well as the President's approval is required for all travel for faculty and staff. Previously approved travel must be re-approved based on these new restrictions. Written justification will be necessary to document that the traveler has obtained the required approval to travel on essential University-related business during the travel suspension.

Student Travel

Determinations on whether student or group travel is essential will be made by President Jackson.

Students who were planning to study abroad for the 2020-21 year should contact HSU International Programs with questions specific to your study abroad situation. 

If Travel is Authorized 

Any travel deemed essential will be paid for using state-side funds. All travel authorizations and expense reimbursements will go through Concur. Note that you will need an approved request in Concur before purchasing any flights or hotels. Before entering the travel authorization into Concur, travelers should contact the respective authorized officer to determine if the travel will be approved.

Please check the HSU Concur Website for guides and more information. If you have any questions, contact Kearney Vander Sal at krv5@humboldt.edu.

Individuals granted exceptions to travel must observe local health guidelines upon their return. See below for more information.

Returning from Travel

These guidelines apply to University-approved essential travel and any personal travel conducted by faculty, staff, and students.

Cases of COVID-19 have been reported across the state and nation, and many areas are experiencing community spread of the disease. Crowded travel settings, like airports, may increase your risk of exposure to COVID-19. Visit the CDC website on travel for more information.

Students returning from travel outside Humboldt County must quarantine for 14 days in their residence. Faculty and staff returning from travel outside Humboldt County are encouraged to quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus. 

If you are ill and have traveled out of the county in the last two weeks:

  • Notify your local health care provider as soon as possible.
  • Stay home and do not come to campus for classes or for work.
  • Students with fevers, cough, or severe illness should call the Student Health & Wellbeing Services team before visiting the Student Health Center at 707-826-3146.
  • Staff and faculty should contact their health care providers or the emergency room to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Resources

CDC Travel Information - Information for a variety of travel options as well as COVID-19  testing, prevention, and symptom information.