Returning to campus from international travel
Note that all university-affiliated international travel is prohibited until further notice.
Those who are returning from international travel will be required to self-quarantine, self-monitor, complete the travel log and follow the CDC recommendations for what to do, for a minimum of 14 days.
Those returning from domestic travel are asked to self-monitor for the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 – fever, cough and shortness of breath – and call the Health Center if symptoms develop.
- Students – please call Student Health (662-915-7274) for additional evaluation and information.
- Faculty and Staff – please call Employee Health (662-915-6550) for additional evaluation and information.
These measures are in place to assist you and protect the health and safety of our community.
- Self-monitoring means people should monitor themselves for fever by taking their temperatures twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing. If they feel feverish or develop measured fever, cough, or difficulty breathing during the self-monitoring period, they should self-isolate, limit contact with others, and seek advice by telephone from a healthcare provider or their local health department to determine whether medical evaluation is needed.
- Quarantine in general means the separation of a person or group of people reasonably believed to have been exposed to a communicable disease but not yet symptomatic, from others who have not been so exposed, to prevent the possible spread of the communicable disease.
- Isolation means the separation of a person or group of people known or reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease and potentially infectious from those who are not infected to prevent spread of the communicable disease. Isolation for public health purposes may be voluntary or compelled by federal, state, or local public health order.
Guidance on university-affiliated travel
All university-affiliated international travel is prohibited until further notice. Faculty who believe their international travel is essential must apply for a waiver with the Office of the Provost. Staff who believe their travel is essential must apply for a waiver through their respective Vice Chancellor. All personal international travel is strongly discouraged.
Summer study abroad programs, starting between May and August 2020, are cancelled. For questions or information about your specific program, contact Study Abroad. The university has also requested that currently abroad students return to their home countries.
Students should return to their home countries and follow the recommendations for those returning from international travel.
The university discourages university-affiliated domestic travel at this time, but it is not prohibited. Please consider the reason for any domestic travel and whether it will place you at heightened risk for contracting the virus. If you recently traveled domestically, self-monitor and if symptoms develop, contact Student or Employee Health.
From a public health standpoint, it is important for university officials to know who in our campus community has traveled outside of the country since the outbreak. That’s why the university has launched a Travel Reporting Portal to log any recent international travel (including personal travel) by faculty, staff and students. The spread of this epidemic is extremely fluid, and places that you visited recently could have become a “hot spot” while you were in country, which may not be evident until after your return to the United States.