Appalachian State University has a team monitoring and assisting students and faculty who are currently on study abroad programs or are planning university international travel programs. The university also has guidelines and recommendations for domestic travel given the evolving nature of the virus outbreak.
On March 27, Gov. Roy Cooper issued a stay-at-home order in an effort to help mitigate the ongoing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in North Carolina.
This order includes Appalachian State University mandatory staff currently working on campus and is in effect from 5 p.m. on Monday, March 30, through April 29, 2020. Read the North Carolina Stay-at-home Order.
As of March 11, university-sponsored travel outside the state of North Carolina was suspended. University-sponsored travel within the state of North Carolina to gatherings of 100 or more people was suspended. This includes student organizations.
App State strongly discourages travel to areas with active community transmission. Please note those who travel out of the country may have difficulty re-entering the United States. Please utilize the following resources to assist in making personal travel decisions:
Any university community member returning to campus from an affected area should self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to work or school on campus, in consultation with their health care provider. This self-quarantine should, if possible, occur at the individual’s home, away from campus. Taking such steps is part of acting as responsible members of the community.
Employees who self-quarantine should communicate with their supervisors about working remotely during their period of quarantine.
The university will follow CDC and State Department guidelines regarding re-entry to the U.S. We will continue to coordinate closely with state and local public health officials and the UNC System on emergency management protocols.
While decisions about university international travel are made with the support of many entities across campus, the Office of International Education and Development (OIED) is the unit that is assisting students, faculty and staff who are traveling or have plans for international travel for university-approved educational or business reasons. OIED staff can assist you with international travel questions about this and other matters.
Students with international travel-related financial aid questions or questions regarding academic requirements related to international travel should contact the OIED staff.
The latest updates from the Office of International Education and Development may be found on OIED’s Study Abroad program status webpage.
If a student wishes to travel or remain in an affected location after a program has been suspended or canceled, Appalachian has a policy that requires additional review and a travel exemption request. Under special circumstances, this policy can be temporarily suspended or changed.
On Jan. 31, 2020, the United States issued a Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus.
It is important to review this proclamation. If you have questions about how it may impact your study at Appalachian State University, please contact the Office of International Education and Development staff.