Coronavirus-Related Travel Restrictions

March 05, 2020

Coronavirus-Related Travel Restrictions and Information for Those Returning to or Visiting Campus from Abroad

As part of Susquehanna University’s ongoing effort to keep you apprised of developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), please find these latest travel-related updates. With the well-being of our students, faculty and staff our foremost priority, we continue to monitor the progression of the virus and take appropriate steps in consultation with our partners at the Geisinger Health System and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Study Abroad … The GO program remains a cornerstone of Susquehanna University. We are mindful that the COVID-19 outbreak has added stress for our study abroad participants. We are committed to working with students to complete study abroad graduation requirements. Please see our study abroad FAQs, which will be updated on an ongoing basis. Students with questions should contact the GO office at goprogram@susqu.edu 

Travel Restrictions … University-related travel is not permitted to countries with CDC Warning Level 3 (Avoid Nonessential Travel) with respect to COVID-19. As of this March 5 message, those countries include China, Iran, Italy and South Korea. Check the CDC COVID-19 website above for updates. Consistent with University policy, regardless of the basis for the restriction, university-related travel is not permitted to areas with U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs Level 3 or 4 Travel Advisories.

Self-Quarantine … Consistent with guidance for colleges and universities from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, all students, faculty and staff returning from a CDC Level 3 COVID-19 affected area will be required to self-quarantine for at least 14 days before returning to campus. Students with questions regarding this requirement should call Vice President for Student Life Susan Lantz at 570-372-4134. Employees returning from travel requiring a quarantine period should contact Human Resources.

Visitors to Campus … Visitors arriving from countries with a CDC Alert Level 3 with respect to COVID-19 should postpone their travel to the Susquehanna University campus at this time, unless they are symptom free for 14 days since departing the Level 3 affected area.

Preventive Measures … The CDC recommends the following steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then dispose of it in the trash.
  • Avoid close contact with others if you or they are at risk for COVID-19.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

Remember #VirusesDontDiscriminate …  Susquehannans take care of one another. We are compassionate. While this is a stressful time for many, it is important to remember that Susquehanna is committed to maintaining an environment free of all forms of discrimination. We must ensure that we are supportive, respectful and inclusive of all members of our community.

Should you have any questions or need assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to Student Life or Human Resources. We will continue to keep you informed as developments warrant. In the meantime, visit Susquehanna’s coronavirus webpage for continuous updates.