Members of the University community who meet the CDC’s definitions for low-risk travel within the United States will “no longer require additional permission” for University-sponsored domestic travel in the United States, according to a new memo from Aly Kassam-Remtulla, Associate Provost for International Affairs and Operations.
These new summer travel guidelines take effect on May 24, 2021 and are in light of updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC).
People who meet the low-risk criteria include “those for whom two or more weeks have passed since their final dose of an FDA-approved vaccine,” according to the memo, which adds that “there are other conditions that may apply based on an individual’s medical history.”
Graduate students, faculty, researchers, and staff will self-certify this CDC low-risk status, while undergraduates must provide documentation from a healthcare provider.
The new guidelines do not apply to University-sponsored travel outside of the United States, nor to those who do not meet CDC low-risk status. Graduate students, faculty, and staff will be permitted to travel internationally for critical purposes, but University-sponsored international travel for undergraduates will remain suspended.
The memo also stated that the University is “stepping back restrictions on personal travel by undergraduates who will be participating in the summer testing regime for access to campus.”
Thus, on-campus students traveling outside of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York will still require approval from their Director of Student Life, but will not need permission for personal trips within these states.
Prior to these guidelines taking effect on May 24, the existing guidelines will remain in effect for all University community members.