Travel Restrictions

Updated March 12, 2020, 4:45 p.m.

All University-sponsored travel should be suspended, including but not limited to conference attendance, training and development, and grant supported travel.

Faculty and staff who normally engage in job-related travel should explore video conferencing as an alternative to travel. Exceptions to this provision may be granted by the president, provost, or appropriate dean or vice president. Read more about travel in the University's Policy and Procedures on COVID-19 below:

If after such considerations you are planning to travel to an area that is listed as Level 4 or Level 3 travel risk by the CDC, the travel should be cancelled. Travel to Level 2 risk locations should be closely evaluated based on the employees’ own health and the business need for the travel, and the division leader (appropriate vice president, dean or provost) must approve such Level 2 travel. At this point in time, travel to Level 1 risk locations may continue, especially if delaying it or canceling it would have a detrimental effect on the University’s business. 

Find up-to-date travel information from the CDC

Some employees may be concerned about risk and want to preemptively cancel travel even to Level 1 risk locations. You should consult with the employee, your supervisor and your Division Leader to make that decision.

Anyone traveling overseas on a Bucknell-sponsored trip must inform the appropriate division leader. This will greatly assist the University in supporting travelers who face hardships during their travel and/or who become stranded.

If you become sick while traveling, contact your supervisor and work with a healthcare provider to take the appropriate measures.

Domestic Travel Restrictions

What about students and employees who return to campus from domestic locations with outbreaks of COVID-19?
Bucknell will continue to make decisions with the guidance of the CDC and local health officials. The COVID-19 situation in the U.S. is evolving quickly, with areas in Pennsylvania Bucknell experiencing requirements for self-quarantine or school closure. Based on current guidance, Bucknell has no plans to restrict access to campus for individuals who have traveled domestically.  

However, students or employees who believe they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or who are experiencing symptoms (fever, coughing and shortness of breath) should restrict their activities on campus.

If students experience symptoms while at home, we ask that you remain at home until your symptoms are cleared by a medical professional. Students who need to return to campus to pick up their belongings following President Bravman’s announcement that the University is switching to remote learning for the rest of the semester should contact the Office of Student Affairs to make arrangements for pickup at a later date as needed. 

If your symptoms present when you are on campus, we ask that you isolate yourself to the extent possible. Please do not attend events on or off campus. Students should call Bucknell Student Health at 570-577-1401 for instruction regarding actions to protect their health. Do not go to Student Health. A staff member will ask you screening questions to determine whether testing is necessary. 

Faculty and staff with similar concerns should contact their personal health-care provider and their supervisor. 

For additional medical information, please refer to the Medical FAQ prepared by Student Health.