LSU has officially cancelled all study abroad programs through Aug. 17, 2020, and restricted all university sponsored and sanctioned travel until further notice due to the international spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
“After careful consideration, and with the health of our academic community top of mind, effective immediately we are restricting international travel of faculty, staff and students,” LSU said in a statement released Friday afternoon.
All international travel, including travel for academic work, research or grant activity, service projects, internships, conferences, presentations, teaching or training is restricted.
“Faculty, staff, and students who have previously been approved for any international travel, or who plan to travel prior to August 17, 2020, must have travel reapproved through the High Risk Travel process, ” the statement said. “Travel to countries with Level 3 or Level 4 travel advisories will not be approved. At this point, travel to other countries will be approved, but it’s important to keep in mind the global scenario is rapidly evolving and therefore may result in a change in approval status.”
LSU strongly recommends against personal travel to places where the COVID-19 outbreak is spreading. Anyone who travels to places with a Level 3 or Level 4 travel advisory can only return to campus after 14 days after you return, if you have no symptoms.
For cancelled trips, questions should be directed to Patrice Gremillion in Accounts Payable and Travel at firstname.lastname@example.org. According to the statement, it is up to the sponsoring unit of a particular trip to consider reimbursement for travel that has been approved, but for which the traveler has to cancel.
The University is adhering to the travel advisories enacted by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Find these advisories below:
- CDC Coronavirus Disease Information for Travel – cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/
- DOS Travel Advisories – travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/
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