Westminster College will not approve college-sponsored travel to international destinations during Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 semesters. The college is cautiously proceeding with plans for 2021 May Term Study Experiences (MTSE). MTSE cancellation decisions will be made by Jan. 8, 2021 and the deposit will be refunded at that time if the college cancels an MTSE due to insufficient enrollment or to COVID-19.
Essential travel to domestic destinations will be approved by the appropriate cabinet member on a case-by-case basis. Potential travelers with essential travel needs will need to complete a Travel Policy and Assessment Tool and submit it to their cabinet member prior to departure.
The CDC has issued updated COVID-19 Risk Assessment Levels for international destinations and has current COVID-19 activity data available for domestic destinations. This information may have bearing on whether essential travel is approved, and is referenced in the assessment tool.
For travel within the U.S., check recommendations from local health departments at your destination. There may be local travel advisories or health orders in effect requiring travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days before travel.
After you travel, the CDC recommends that you take the following actions to protect others from getting sick when you return:
- When around others, stay 6 feet from people outside your household, both indoors and outdoors.
- Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth covered when you are outside your home.
- Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer when hand-washing facilities are not available.
- Watch your health and monitor yourself for symptoms. Stay home if you feel sick.