Individual Travel for University-Related Business
- VP approval for essential and non-essential travel is no longer required. Individuals can resume travel planning and approvals based on pre-COVID procedures.
- ISU travelers should follow CDC procedures for domestic travel and international travel before, during, and after travel. It is the responsibility of each traveler to comply with these requirements based on their personal vaccination status, and coordinate with their supervisor or group leader accordingly.
- Travelers who wish to discuss recommendations for quarantine or testing post-travel based on exposure risk or vaccination status should consult with the COVID Health Team if needed (208) 282-2705 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Travelers should check their destination's COVID-19 situation before departure. For travel in the United States, refer to the CDC Community Levels. Please be aware that State, tribal, local, and territorial governments and public transit systems may have additional restrictions in place.
- Pre- or post-travel COVID-19 screening continues to be provided at no cost to students and employees. Visit the University’s screening website for more information. Pre-travel screening should be completed 1-3 days prior to your departure date.
- Check yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to, during, and after travel. If you are experiencing symptoms, notify your supervisor or travel group leader, complete the Self-Reporting Form, and follow Isolation and Quarantine Guidance.
- Do not travel if you are sick.
- If you tested positive for COVID-19, do not travel until a full 10 days after your symptoms started or the date of your positive COVID test if you had no symptoms.
- If you had close contact with a person with COVID-19, it is best to avoid travel for a full 10 days after your last exposure. If you must travel, individuals should contact the COVID Health Team at (208) 282-2705 or email@example.com for enhanced safety precautions.
- Guidance for Supervisors/ Research PIs/Group Leaders: In order to properly plan for travel, you are allowed to ask fellow travelers (students/employees) if they are vaccinated in order to support the group in determining the appropriate CDC travel guidance to apply for coordination purposes. In accordance with an Idaho Executive Order, access to services or facilities may not be contingent on vaccination status. To ask this question in a legal and ethically sound manner, ensure the question is asked privately and that you do not ask follow-up questions as to why an individual may not be vaccinated, including questions related to medical or religious reasons for not receiving a vaccination. If the individual prefers not to disclose their vaccination status, travel plans should be based on guidelines for unvaccinated travelers.
- Please keep in mind that COVID-19 vaccinations are not required for most ISU staff and students at this time. Because there are a variety of reasons people may not be vaccinated (such as medical or religious reasons), it is important that all travelers be treated equitably whether or not they are vaccinated. If the university is covering the costs for transport, lodging, etc. for vaccinated travelers, the same must be offered to unvaccinated travelers consistent with CDC-recommended travel procedures. Travelers should pay close attention to CDC guidance on vaccines for the location of travel.
- To discuss a specific situation related to group travel, students, employees or supervisors are encouraged to contact the ISU COVID Hotline at (208) 282-2705 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: Athletics-related travel will continue to follow department procedures in accordance with NCAA and conference requirements. Student groups planning travel should consult with the Student Leadership and Engagement Center.
Candidate Travel Related to Hiring and Academic Program Searches
To support the continued safety of our campus community and our candidates, please use the following guidelines:
- Deans/Directors should be mindful/sensitive to a candidate’s travel preferences for health and safety concerns. While the goal will be to conduct an interview experience that is as consistent as possible for all candidates, departments should apply flexibility and understanding where a candidate may have concerns with traveling for in-person interviewing.
- Utilize all COVID-19 Roaring Back Protocols - Campus interviews should continue to adhere to all health and safety protocols.
Please consult further with the Office of Equity & Inclusion and HR to discuss specifics of finalizing candidate travel and interview plans. Departments should strive to provide candidates with a campus interview experience that is as consistent as possible, while balancing the health and wellness needs of all.