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If you are planning to travel, here’s what you need to know.

Is the suspension on university travel still in effect?

On June 17, Northeastern announced it would lift its suspension on non-essential university travel, effective on July 1, 2020.

What is university travel?

University travel refers to academic or business travel undertaken by Northeastern staff, administrators, and students that is authorized, funded, coordinated, or administered by Northeastern University. This includes, but is not limited to, teaching, research, consulting, co-op, study abroad or study away, service, administrative work, field studies, volunteer work, performances, and athletic contests.

How long will this temporary travel policy be in effect?

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we will continually reevaluate the enhanced procedures.  Northeastern will make an announcement by August 15 regarding whether the temporary policy will be continued, adjusted, or discontinued.

What are the current guidelines for all faculty, staff, administrators, and students who wish to travel across international borders?

Effective July 1, for travel across international borders, travelers must adhere to the following:

  • Faculty and staff must obtain approval of their Dean or their designee or unit Vice President/Senior Vice Provost/Senior Vice Chancellor
  • Students must obtain the approval of the office overseeing the university-sponsored program (GEO, co-op, etc.)
  • All travelers must agree to abide by local, state, regional, and university restrictions
  • All travelers must register their travel with the university
  • Faculty, staff, and administrators must complete an Acknowledgment of Risk Form
  • Student travelers must complete the Individual Petition for Student International Travel, which includes both the acknowledgement of risk form and a petition, which must be approved by the Global Safety and Security Assessment Committee

What are the current guidelines for all faculty, staff, administrators, and students who wish to travel within the U.S. or within their home countries?

Effective July 1, all faculty, staff, administrators, and students who wish to travel within the U.S. or within their home countries, must adhere to the following:

  • Faculty and staff must obtain approval of their Dean or their designee or unit Vice President/Senior Vice Provost/Senior Vice Chancellor
  • Students must obtain the approval of the office overseeing the university-sponsored program (GEO, co-op, etc.)
  • All travelers must agree to abide by local, state, regional, and university restrictions
  • All travelers must register their travel with the university
  • All travelers must complete an Acknowledgement of Risk form:
    • Students 
    • Faculty, staff, and administrators
    • For co-op students, the new Acknowledgment of Risk form takes the place of the current Self-Assessment Form. Those that completed the self-assessment form do not need to complete the acknowledgment form

I plan to travel abroad on a personal trip. Should I let the university know?

Northeastern has resources to help students, faculty and staff if they need assistance while traveling abroad. If you plan to travel anywhere in the world for either personal or an approved university-sponsored trip, please register your travel through the NU Travel Registry and use the self-report health form. Once registered, you will have access to information, resources, and notifications specific to your travel destination.

What if I need urgent assistance while traveling abroad?

If you need urgent assistance while abroad, please contact WorldAware at +1.312.470.3108. WorldAware is a Northeastern University partner providing our travelers with a wide range of resources and assistance, including referrals for local healthcare service providers, travel warnings, and emergency assistance services 24-hours a day. Make sure you fill out the NU Travel Registry and self-report health form so you are registered in the system.

If you are traveling abroad on a university-sponsored program, please also keep your GEO advisor or co-op coordinator up to date on any changes or disruptions you experience.

 

 

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