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As students, faculty and staff prepare for Spring Break next week, we wish everyone a safe and restful break. Over the past several weeks, our community has worked together to successfully reduce the COVID-19 positivity rate on campus from 10 percent at the start of the Spring semester, to less than 0.85 percent the week ending February 25, 2022. We want to encourage everyone to continue to be safe and protect yourself from possible exposure and other potential travel risks. As a reminder, we encourage everyone to continue to adhere to the public health COVID-19 mitigation measures whether you may be traveling domestically or out of the country.
A number of individuals may be planning to travel internationally. The University has been closely monitoring the Department of State travel advisory list to various countries. Please note that several countries currently have a Level 4 “do not travel” warning, and we discourage any travel to those countries.
Additional information regarding international travel advisories can be found at the State Department site here.
If you are traveling internationally, please use the following guidelines as you prepare for travel:
1. Register your trip outside the United States with the U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) found here . According to the site, registration allows you to record information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can assist you in case of an emergency.
2. Let someone know where you are going/traveling to and when you will be back.
3. Have an emergency contact and a list of that contact’s information with you at all times.
4. Know and follow the local laws regarding the possession of alcohol and drugs.
5. Travel with a friend – use the “buddy system.”
6. Secure your belongings. Robbery is one of the most common crimes committed against travelers during Spring Break.
Please also check cdc.gov for additional information regarding travel guidance. Again, please enjoy a restful Spring Break and remain safe.
Excellence in Truth & Service,
Anthony K. Wutoh, Ph.D., R.Ph.
Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Cynthia Evers, Ed.D.
Vice President, Student Affairs