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What You Need to Know: Travel

Students and employees are expected to limit travel and follow University self-quarantine guidance if they travel outside West Virginia.

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Important Updates

On Sept. 7, the University announced that WVU Morgantown undergraduate courses would move online through Sept. 25. The announcement included the following updates on travel and movement on campus:

  • Students who traveled home for the holiday weekend are encouraged to remain where they are.
  • Students who did not travel over the weekend are strongly advised to stay in Morgantown.
  • Until further notice, on-campus students should avoid leaving the Morgantown campus area except under emergency circumstances.
  • If you are living in the residence hall, it is advised that you stay close to your hall and not travel unnecessarily around campus.
  • Off-campus students should not visit campus and are asked to stay in your Morgantown area residence except when necessary.
  • Limit travel in the Morgantown community.
  • Avoid large gatherings.
  • If you do leave West Virginia, you must quarantine for 5 days upon return. This does not include commuting for work.

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Travel Risks

  • Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. We don’t know if one type of travel is safer than others; however, airports, bus stations, train stations and rest stops are all places travelers can be exposed to the virus in the air and on surfaces. These are also spaces where it can be hard to physical distance.
  • Traveling to visit family may be especially dangerous if you or your loved ones are more likely to get very ill from COVID-19.
  • While you are traveling, it is possible a state or local government may put into place travel restrictions, such as stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders, mandated quarantines upon arrival, or even state border closures.

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WVU Travel Guidelines

The University strongly discourages any student or employee from personal travel to locations other than their home and campus.

Business Travel

  • University-related international and domestic business travel for WVU students and employees will be extremely limited and require prior approval by the unit's vice president or dean of the college/school.

Cruises and International Travel

  • Individuals who are returning to WVU campuses from any international/cruise ship travel are subject to a 14-day self-quarantine/self-monitoring period.

Domestic Travel

  • Anyone traveling domestically outside of West Virginia is subject to a 5-day self-quarantine/self-monitoring period. This does not include commuting to work.
    • While the 5-day self-quarantine/self-monitoring period requirement does not include commuting to work for faculty and staff who live out of state, these employees should avoid traveling to potential hotspots and high-risk locations (e.g., beaches, amusement parks, large in-person gatherings, such as concerts or sporting events, etc.) within their home state.
    • If an employee chooses to travel to one of these locations, they should adhere to the 5-day self-quarantine/self-monitoring period requirement.
    • College deans, vice presidents and HR directors may provide exemptions to this requirement if the travel is deemed justifiable and of low risk, and post-travel quarantine will create a hardship to the individual or the unit involved.

Guidelines for Clinical Faculty, Residents and Fellows

  • WVU clinical faculty, residents and fellows will follow the WVU Medicine guidelines below.

Self-Quarantine After Travel

  • If a self-quarantine/self-monitoring period is required after travel, employees must notify their supervisor and work with them for a remote work assignment.
  • If a remote assignment is not available, contact your HR Partner for additional options.

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WVU Medicine Travel Guidelines

Due to the nature of their work, WVU clinical faculty, residents and fellows will follow WVU Medicine guidelines on travel:

  • For domestic travel: An employee who visited a domestic location and who is asymptomatic can return to work with no restrictions. The employee will be required to wear a face mask and self-monitor for symptoms.
  • For international travel/cruise ship travel: An employee who visited an international location or was on a cruise ship, prior to starting or returning to work, must:
    • Self-quarantine/self-monitor for 14 days (preferred option)
    • If 14 days is not feasible, they must self-quarantine/self-monitor for 5 days, then return to work with a face mask for the next 9 days.

Other faculty, staff and students should follow WVU Travel Guidelines.

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Study Abroad

  • WVU has canceled all study abroad trips for fall, including incoming and out-going student exchanges.
  • The spring 2021 study abroad decision will be made in mid-fall.

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Adventure WV

  • Adventure WV is offering a series of fall adventure activities to provide students with fun and engaging activities and introduce them to the variety of activities possible in and around Morgantown.

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