Employee Travel Guidelines

University-sponsored International Travel

All university-related international travel, regardless of country, is cancelled for fall 2020 and spring 2021, and the status of summer 2021 international travel will be decided by November, 2020. Any request for mission-critical exceptions should be made to Megan Prosser at mprosser@apu.edu on behalf of the COVID-19 Compliance Task Force, which monitors all federal and state mandates regarding both international and domestic travel and provides updates to the community as needed. Consideration of exceptions will take into account the legitimate business necessity of the travel, the health and safety risks, and university finances.

University-sponsored Domestic Travel

Domestic travel, which requires much the same interactions as international travel, (flights, hotels, host communities of which APU has no formal stake or control) is cancelled for fall 2020, with consideration for spring 2021 to be determined by October 2020. In some cases, decisions will need to be made prior to October due to business need or for proper collaboration and/or communication with host partners. We encourage finding other ways of conducting business and/or educational activities, such as videoconferencing. Any request for mission-critical exceptions should be made to the COVID-19 Compliance Task Force. CDC U.S. travel guidance recommends staying home as the best way to prevent getting sick and provides additional guidelines for those who are considering traveling within the U.S. Those approved to travel for work on a domestic basis should take appropriate precautions, including being mindful of COVID-related travel advisories, while planning and traveling, and upon their return to work.

Personal Travel by Faculty and Staff

The university does not regulate the personal travel of staff and faculty. Employees should be mindful of COVID-related travel advisories as they contemplate personal travel. APU strongly recommends against personal travel out of the country, as part of a broader effort to limit the transmission of COVID-19 from place to place. If you do undertake such travel, be aware that in accordance with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), APU will require you quarantine and monitor your health for 14 days upon your return. In addition, changing air or governmental restrictions that are beyond APU’s control may affect your ability to return. APU also strongly recommends avoiding all non-essential domestic travel as part of a broader effort to limit the transmission of COVID-19 from place to place. If you do undertake such travel, be aware that some state and local governments may require you to self-isolate for 14 days after traveling. In addition, changing air or governmental restrictions that are beyond APU’s control may affect your ability to return.

Public Transportation

APU encourages those who use mass transit to consider using other transportation options (e.g., walking, biking, or driving by car alone or with household members only) if feasible. Those taking public transportation to get to campus should wear a face covering before entering and avoid touching surfaces with their hands as much as possible. In addition, they should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before entering and after exiting the bus/train and before removing their face covering.

Commuting to Campus by Car

Those who commute by car should drive alone or with household members only and frequently clean and disinfect surfaces in their vehicles and disinfect after refueling their vehicles.

APU Vehicles

APU vehicles may have up to two simultaneous occupants if social distancing is possible. If two occupants are in a vehicle, then both are required to wear a cloth face covering. Employees driving alone are not required to wear a face covering.

Intercampus Travel

Employee travel between campuses is permitted as necessary to conduct university business. Vehicles may have up to two simultaneous occupants if social distancing is possible. If two occupants are in a vehicle, then both are required to space themselves appropriately and wear a cloth face covering.

Resources/Guidance on Travel During COVID-19

CDC Travel Guidance

Health Department Listing by State

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