Jan 29, 2020
Dear students, faculty, and staff,
Due to the Centers for Disease Control and State Department recommendations and program cancelations, all university-related travel to China is under a UM travel restriction until further notice.
The CDC recently classified China as a level 3 warning destination, recommending that all individuals avoid nonessential travel to the country. The U.S. Department of State has also issued a Level 3 Alert: Reconsider Travel to China.
Our academic programs in China have been suspended or canceled by the partners in China. Students may not proceed with UM-related travel to China, and should check in with the UM coordinator of their program.
Faculty/staff are highly discouraged from engaging in non-essential travel to China. Faculty/staff who must travel to China for essential reasons must notify the Office of the Provost and submit a safety plan with their travel authorization forms for university approval. This plan must include assurances that they are aware of the health risks, they have specific strategies to stay safe, and they are prepared to shelter in place should China impose additional travel restrictions.
Students, faculty or staff who travel to any region under an alert or warning should check-in with the Office of Global Engagement to receive advice and additional information.
The safety and well-being of the university community is always our top priority, and we will continue to monitor the situation. If you believe that you have been exposed to the coronavirus, notify your physician, Student Health or Employee Health immediately.
U.S. State Department:
Noel E. Wilkin, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs