Updated: February 24, 2021 at 11:17AM
The University’s efforts to minimize COVID-19 infections and safeguard the health of the entire Notre Dame community depend on a package of measures and protocols. One important element of that package is to curtail travel to and from campus as much as possible, in order to lessen the introduction of new sources of infection. Therefore, this Travel Policy is effective as of February 3, 2021, and remains in effect until further notice.
As of February 3, 2021, all University-related travel will again be severely limited to essential travel only.
Permission for all University-related travel, regardless of the source of funding, must be approved by a Dean or a Vice President. Requests for such travel should include an explanation of why the travel is essential, the dates, destinations, transportation plans and lodging involved in the trip, as well as the steps that will be taken to maximize physical distancing, and to adhere to University health protocols and the local health requirements at the destination. Approval will be based upon (1) an assessment of the need for the requested travel during the semester instead of at some later time, (2) the immediate importance of the requested travel to the University’s core mission of teaching and research; and (3) the potential long-term consequences to the University of not undertaking the requested travel during the semester.
All approved travel should be booked through TravelND or Anthony Travel, unless an exception is granted by the traveler’s budget manager. The University’s public health protocols, described in the University’s COVID-19 Policy, should be observed while traveling on University business, in addition to any requirements in effect at the destination. Before returning to campus after approved travel, those traveling will be required to contact either University Health Services (students) or the Wellness Center (faculty and staff) to determine whether any measures (such as testing or quarantine) may be required to help safeguard our campus community. The University will not pay for or reimburse expenses for University-related travel that does not comply with these procedures.
Protection of the local and campus communities is a shared responsibility. The public health considerations supporting a severe curtailment of University-related travel until further notice also lead the University to strongly discourage students, faculty and staff from personal travel away from campus, their homes or the local area during the Spring Semester. Whenever such travel must be undertaken, travelers are expected to comply with the University’s public health protocols, described in the University’s COVID-19 Policy in addition to any requirements in effect at the destination.
Notre Dame students living on-campus or in the greater Michiana area are expected to remain in the region until the time when they return to their permanent residences at the end of the Spring Semester.
While this expectation is important to protect the health of the University and local community, the University understands that extraordinary circumstances, such as a family emergency, the need for medical treatment, or a job or other interview that cannot be postponed or conducted virtually, may justify personal travel out of the region. Those students who must make a personal trip must contact Shannon O'Brien Clinical Case Manager at UHS at (574) 631-0396 before traveling to determine what measures, if any, may be required to help safeguard the student and our campus community. Students are responsible for ensuring that any personal travel complies with relevant academic attendance requirements.
Students not living in the local area who must travel to campus for their academic program are not considered “visitors” to campus, nor is their commute to campus considered “travel.”
Faculty and Staff
Faculty and staff who must make a personal trip are expected to discuss their travel with the Wellness Center before returning to campus, and to follow any advice as to measures that might be required to help safeguard our campus community.
Faculty and staff who regularly travel to campus to perform their University duties are not considered “visitors” to campus, nor is their commute to campus considered “travel,” whether or not they live in St. Joseph County.
Effective February 3, 2021 until further notice