Updates from Aquinas College about COVID-19 are at aquinas.edu/coronavirus.  Updates on our plan for Fall 2020 are at aquinas.edu/saintstogether.

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.

Travel for College business is suspended unless approved by President Quinn.

Business travel must follow CDC COVID-19 travel recommendations by country and U.S. Department of State traveler information. If you have traveled internationally, you will need to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date you were last on the airplane.

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

Can I travel to China? Can I travel internationally?

Travel for College business is suspended unless approved by President Quinn. 

For independent or personal travel, CDC states, "Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19." Please refer to the CDC COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Country page for the most up-to-date guidance on international travel. Also refer to CDC's overall guidance for travel during the COVID-19 pandemic for considerations before you travel, if you travel and after you travel. 

If you have traveled internationally, you will need to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date you were last on the airplane. CDC provides information on what to do when you return from travel.

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

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 difficult decision to cancel spring 2020, fall 2020 semester study away programs. The College has also canceled the spring 2020 service learning trip to the Dominican Republic and non-essential College trips to states that have declared a state of emergency.

The College has also decided to suspend the spring 2021 and summer 2021 progorams due to ongoing global concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and current surges in cases in European countries.

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?

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.

CDC states, "Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19." Please refer to the CDC COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Country page for the most up-to-date guidance on international travel. Also refer to CDC's overall guidance for travel during the COVID-19 pandemic for considerations before you travel, if you travel and after you travel. 

If you have traveled internationally, you will need to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date you were last on the airplane. CDC provides information on what to do when you return from travel.

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

  • 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

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?

If you have traveled internationally, you will need to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date you were last on the airplane. Please refer to CDC's overall guidance for travel during the COVID-19 pandemic for considerations before you travel, if you travel and after you travel and CDC's information on what to do when you return from travel.

If you develop COVID-related symptoms such as 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