Unvaccinated is defined as anything less than fully vaccinated.
Fully Vaccinated means:
Two weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose series, like Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine
Current University Travel Guidelines (updated Aug 2, 2021)
Individual Travel for University-Related Business
- ISU will follow CDC procedures for domestic travel and international travel before and during travel. These guidelines may differ for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. 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.
- Pre- or post-travel COVID-19 screening continues to be provided at no cost to students and employees for university-sponsored travel. Visit the University’s screening website for more information. Pre-travel screening should be completed 3 days prior to your departure date
- VP approval for essential and non-essential travel is not required at this time. Individuals can resume travel planning and approvals based on pre-COVID procedures (supervisor approval in Chrome River). Necessary travel approvals are based on the University’s Operational Level at time of travel.
- Post-travel guidance:
- Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to quarantine or be tested for COVID-19 after domestic travel. Per CDC, post travel testing is still recommended 3-5 days after return from international travel.
- Unvaccinated travelers should be tested for COVID-19 within 3-5 days of return of travel, per CDC recommendations. If you were not able to follow safety precautions during travel (examples below), traveler should quarantine for 7-days post travel:
- Stayed with unvaccinated local residents who have not been practicing consistent precautions (distancing, face coverings, hand-washing, etc.)
- Used public transportation such as Uber/Lyft, taxi, bus, rail, subway (airlines are not included as long as precautions were taken during travel)
- Attended a group activity without consistent precautions (e.g. wedding, BBQ, funeral, conference, party, etc.)
- Patronized public places without consistent precautions (e.g. hotel, grocery store, shopping, swimming pool, beach, gym, bar, etc.)
- Traveled in a vehicle with any other unvaccinated individuals
- Had exposure to an individual proven to have COVID-19
- Check yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to, during travel, and after travel. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are runny/stuffy nose, scratchy throat, and an odd headache. If you are experiencing these or other COVID-19 symptoms notify your supervisor or travel group leader and complete the Self-Reporting Form.
- Guidance for Supervisors/Research PIs/Group Leaders: In order to properly determine applicable CDC guidelines and plan for group travel, you may ask fellow travelers (students/employees) their vaccination status, if needed. However, in accordance with Idaho Executive Order 2021-04, access to university services or facilities may not be contingent on vaccination status. Information you receive on vaccination status is personal and may be used for travel planning purposes only. To ask about vaccination 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.
- Fully vaccinated travelers can share vehicles, but should wear face coverings during travel. Due to the increasing spread of the Delta-variant, at this time, fully vaccinated individuals are encouraged to utilize individual lodging accommodations.
- Unvaccinated travelers should not share lodging spaces or vehicles with other travelers.
- Please keep in mind that COVID-19 vaccinations are not required for 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 or reasonably equivalent must be offered to unvaccinated travelers consistent with CDC-recommended travel procedures. Travelers should also pay close attention to CDC guidance on vaccines or other safety measures for the location of travel.
- To discuss a specific situation related to 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:
- Limit the number of finalists traveling - Deans/Directors should consult with the Office of Equity & Inclusion to select as few of candidates as feasible. Deans/Directors should consider if it is feasible to select one candidate at a time for travel.
- 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 Video Technology - Use of video services, such as Zoom continues to be encouraged at all stages of the selection process, including group interviews while a candidate is on campus. When in-person interviews must occur, groups should be limited to no more than ten individuals.
- Utilize all COVID-19 protocols - Campus interviews should continue to adhere to all health and safety protocols in place at the time of the interview, including the use of face coverings and physical distancing as applicable.
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 limit travel to the greatest extent possible, while inviting candidates to campus for an interview experience that is as consistent as possible, while balancing the health and wellness needs of all.