COVID-19: Health and Safety Plan

Domestic and Local Travel Guidelines

Revised January 7, 2021

  • These Guidelines apply to all University employees (faculty and staff) and students. 
  • All non-essential domestic travel, including local travel (e.g. Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Southern New Jersey), by faculty and staff for University Business-related reasons is prohibited unless approved by that faculty or staff member’s Vice President, or the Vice President’s designee. 
  • Non-academic travel by students related to student activities must be approved by the Dean of Students; academic-related travel must be approved by the Provost or the Provost’s designee.
  • Any person living, learning, or working on campus who undertakes domestic travel, whether for University Business-related or personal reasons, must follow the following Pennsylvania state  mandate listed on the Pennsylvania Department of Health website: "Travelers entering Pennsylvania from other countries and states, as well as Pennsylvanians who are returning home from other countries or states, have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth or quarantine for 10 days upon entry into Pennsylvania. If a traveler chooses to get tested upon entering the Commonwealth, or is waiting for test results, the traveler must quarantine for 10 days, or until receipt of a negative test result, whichever comes first."  
  • For all approved travel, travelers must follow whatever travel restrictions and safety guidelines are in place in the destination, including related to transportation (e.g. public transportation, taxis, or rideshares), distancing, masks, and size restrictions on public and private gatherings.
  • Requests for exceptions to these Guidelines will be reviewed by the Provost and the Chief Financial Officer on a case-by-case basis.
  • Failure to comply with these Guidelines or other related University policies and directives may result in disciplinary action pursuant to the Student Code of Conduct, Faculty Handbook, or Progressive Discipline Policy, as appropriate.
  • Please see the University’s International Travel Policy with respect to international travel.