Continuity in the time of COVID-19


The university recommends that students, faculty and staff limit travel and interactions with those who are not in their immediate household in order to reduce exposure and help keep our community safe. Here are additional resources related to travel:

Office of International Education and Development 

On March 23, OIED announced to campus the decision to cancel all education abroad programming for the Summer 2021 semester. OIED is working with students to plan for future study abroad opportunities and with individual departments that require a study abroad component to develop alternatives for their graduating students.

University-sponsored local travel

University-sponsored travel remains suspended under the following conditions:

  • In-state travel to gatherings of more than 100 people indoors or more than 200 people outdoors;
  • All out-of-state travel. 

This includes student organizations. 

Some exceptions are allowed for business purposes, and other travel may be allowed if authorized by the chancellor, provost, a vice chancellor or the athletics director. 

Transportation Safety Guidelines for university-sponsored travel

For departments considering local travel for university business during fall semester, please review Transportation Safety Guidelines for COVID-19 from Appalachian’s Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management.

State/National/International Resources

Travel Safety Guidance

If you travel, follow CDC’s guidance for travel during COVID-19.

  • Carefully review data on the prevalence of COVID-19 in your local community and in your final destination and take appropriate precautions. Check the NCDHHS COVID-19 County Alert System to see counties with the highest levels of viral spread and to review critical actions we can all take to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • Review regulations governing travel to your destination. Some states require the completion of a travelers’ form prior to arrival, along with specific restrictions and testing requirements after arrival. Travelers who are ill, are infected, or have recently been exposed to the virus may not be allowed to board airplanes and trains.

  • The least risky travel option is private transportation by yourself or your family members. If in a car with others outside your household, wear a face covering and sit in the back seat if someone else is driving. If weather conditions permit, open the windows.

  • Reduce the number of stops on the trip whenever possible. If you must travel by air, consider taking a direct flight, or if driving, pack food/snacks for the trip.

  • Delay travel if sick or exposed, and follow the guidance of public health and your health care provider if you feel ill, have been recently diagnosed with COVID-19, or exposed to someone with COVID-19.

  • Take safety precautions, especially if using public transportation. Use a disinfecting/sanitizing wipe to clean any touchable surfaces in the vehicle in which you are traveling. Wear a face covering at all times, stay at least 6 feet away from other people whenever possible, and carry and use hand sanitizer frequently.

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