Travel

Is Aquinas College restricting travel to other countries or locations?

Aquinas College’s primary concern is always the health and safety of our campus community and the broader community. Out of an abundance of caution during this rapidly evolving situation and in consideration of guidelines from public health officials and other experts, we have made difficult decisions regarding travel. The guidance provided below is effective until further notice.

All domestic and international travel for College business, including within the state of Michigan, is suspended until further notice. Personal travel (domestic and international) is strongly discouraged.

If you have questions about your travel, please contact safety@aquinas.edu.

Can I travel to China? Can I travel internationally?

CDC has a Level 3 Travel Health Notice: Global Pandemic for all global destinations. A Warning Level 3 (Red) travel notice means "avoid all non-essential travel to this destination." CDC says that the outbreak is of high risk to travelers and no precautions are available to protect against the identified increased risk. 

CDC provides information on what to do when you return from travel.

As of March 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. For country-specific information regading impacts due to COVID-19, please see a list of embassy websites for country-specific COVID-19 information.

The Department of State also provides specific COVID-19 information and travel advisories for travelers and other international travel information.

All domestic and international travel for College business, including within the state of Michigan, is suspended until further notice. Personal travel (domestic and international) is strongly discouraged.

Are Aquinas College Study Away programs or service learning trips being canceled?

Due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the global impact, Aquinas College has made the decision to cancel current study away programs (Ireland and France).

The College has also canceled the service learning trip to the Dominican Republic and non-essential College trips to states that have declared a state of emergency.

These decisions were not made lightly, and we recognize the disruption and disappointment that they may have caused. We are committed to making these transitions as smooth as possible, to maintain continuity and to answer questions that may arise.

Because the situation is rapidly evolving, the College continues to closely monitor news from public health officials at the local, state, national and international levels, as well as with our travel insurance company (CISI) and other sources. Future programs are being closely monitored. If there are any changes to those plans, we will notify participants in those programs as soon as possible.

How does Aquinas College decide to cancel travel programs due to concerns about COVID-19?

This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation, so Aquinas College continues to closely monitor news from public health officials at the local, state, national and international levels, as well as other sources.

Aquinas College may also cancel programs/activities after taking into consideration potentially unpredictable circumstances.

  • Potential Travel Restrictions and mandatory quarantines inside and outside the U.S.
  • Challenges returning home (including U.S. Government quarantines) and return procedures
  • Challenges accessing health care domestically and abroad
  • Unanticipated costs due to potential unpredictable prolonged stays domestically and abroad
  • Potential effects on the goals of the program
  • Potential effects on progress toward degree requirements and completion due to potential unpredictable prolonged stays domestically and abroad

What if a program continues and I do not want to travel? Or what if I choose to return home during a program?

Aquinas College understands that personal tolerance for risk may vary (or change over time) and that individuals may choose not to participate in College-sponsored programs or team competitions that have not been canceled. We respect these personal decisions.

If you choose not to participate in a program or team competition, we ask that you contact your faculty or staff leader, coach or program coordinator so that you can gather information and resources that will help you make an informed decision and understand your next steps.

What if I am traveling independently for personal reasons?

Personal travel (domestic and international), including within the state of Michigan, is strongly discouraged.

This is a rapidly evolving situation, so please gather information and resources that will help you make an informed decision and take into consideration potentially unpredictable circumstances.

  • Potential Travel Restrictions and mandatory quarantines inside and outside the U.S.
  • Challenges returning home (including U.S. Government quarantines) and return procedures
  • Challenges accessing health care domestically and abroad
  • Unanticipated costs due to potential unpredictable prolonged stays domestically and abroad
  • Potential effects on the goals of the program
  • Potential effects on progress toward degree requirements and completion due to potential unpredictable prolonged stays domestically and abroad
  • The most current information about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from public health officials

Travelers should also

  • Potential Travel Restrictions and mandatory quarantines inside and outside the U.S.
  • Challenges returning home (including U.S. Government quarantines) and return procedures
  • Challenges accessing health care domestically and abroad
  • Unanticipated costs due to potential unpredictable prolonged stays domestically and abroad
  • Potential effects on the goals of the program
  • Potential effects on progress toward degree requirements and completion due to potential unpredictable prolonged stays domestically and abroad
  • The most current information about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from public health officials

Travelers should also

I need support or have questions about my travel plans. Who can I contact?

If you have questions related to the novel coronavirus, please contact safety@aquinas.edu.

What do I do if I have traveled outside the U.S. or to a state that has reported cases of COVID-19?

CDC has a Level 3 Travel Health Notice: Global Pandemic for all global destinations. CDC also provides guidance for travelers who are returning to the U.S. from high-risk countries.

If you develop symptoms of a respiratory illness including fever, cold-like symptoms, cough, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, call your health care provider immediately. According to CDC, symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

CDC recommends calling ahead before visiting your doctor in order to help the health care provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed. It is advised to remain at home until you receive instructions about next steps from your health care provider or local health department. CDC provides guidelines on what to do if you are sick

Please refer to CDC’s risk assessment and management page for full guidance. The following chart is an abbreviated summary, and does not contain the full guidance.

EXPOSURES TO COVID-19

RISK LEVEL

MANAGEMENT IF YOU ARE ASYMPTOMATIC

MANAGEMENT IF YOU ARE SYMPTOMATIC

  • Living with or providing care to (in a non-health-care setting) a symptomatic person positive for COVID-19 without using recommended precautions

High

Quarantine

Isolation

Public health assessment

  • Traveled internationally to a country with a CDC Level 3 Travel Warning
  • Close contact with a symptomatic person with COVID-19 (including on an aircraft, being seated within 6 feet)
  • Living with or providing care to (in a non-health-care setting) a symptomatic person positive for COVID-19 while using recommended precautions

Medium

Self-Quarantine

Self-Monitoring

Self-Observation

Social Distancing

Self-Isolation

Public health assessment

  • Traveled to a location that does not have a CDC Level 3 Travel Warning
  • Being in the same indoor environment as a symptomatic person with COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time

Low 

Self-Observation

Self-Isolation

Social Distancing

Seek medical advice

  • Brief interactions with a symptomatic person with COVID-19

No identifiable risk

None

Self-Isolation

Social Distancing

Seek medical advice