Policy - Fall Term Travel

Travel Policy for the College of Wooster

July 1– December 31, 2020

The College of Wooster is committed to the health and safety of its students, faculty and staff, and to the larger City of Wooster community.

We are also committed to meet our mission, serve our students and live our values in during the extraordinary disruptions presented by COVID-19.

Based on the best available current public health guidance, the College of Wooster will have the following policies for College-sponsored travel for the period July 1 – December 31 , 2020. If the public health situation changes during this time, this policy may be revised.

  • We intend to minimize travel during the fall semester, in order to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 illness in our community.
  • Only travel that is absolutely essential will be permitted. Such travel must be approved by the VP, Provost or Chief Officer. Factors that senior officers will consider include purpose and mode of travel, public health situation and recommendations in Wayne County and at the travel destination, and risk level of activities planned.
  • Conference travel will, in general, not be approved. The best public health guidance suggests that group gatherings, particularly those that draw people from many places briefly together, and then send them back out to their many home communities, are high-risk for illness transmission and should be avoided.
  • Student organizations will, in general, be encouraged to replace travel plans with other approaches to meeting with students from other institutions. Student travel may be approved in rare circumstances. Factors considered will include mode of travel, public health situation in Wooster and in the destination, and risk level of activities planned.
  • Individual travel by students, staff or faculty that is essential and is not replaceable by remote work (for example, travel to do field work or visit archives, travel for essential college business that cannot be done remotely) may be approved. Factors that senior officers will consider include mode of travel, public health situation and recommendations in Wayne County and in the destination, and risk level of activities planned. Information about travel for IS-related research and Copeland funding will be shared by late July, based on current public health information.

While the College will not constrain personal travel by staff and faculty, it reserves the right to ask that those who have travelled may need to quarantine or be tested upon return, depending on public health guidance.

Decisions about private travel by students will be made closer to the beginning of the term, depending on the public health situation and guidance.

Rules for travel for varsity athletic competition will be determined with the NCAC conference, and shared by mid-July. Rules for Club Sport travel will be determined closer to the beginning of the semester, based on best public health guidance.