Travel increases your chances of being infected and spreading COVID-19; therefore, university-funded travel remains suspended, with limited exceptions for essential travel with Chancellor approval.
Employees are also asked to limit non-essential, personal travel. If you must travel, employees are encouraged to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and others, including wearing of masks, practicing social distancing, practicing good hand hygiene and avoiding large gatherings.
While all forms of travel are discouraged, certain forms of travel can pose a higher risk. This includes airports, bus stations, train stations, rest stops and any locations where there are high numbers of individuals, lack of PPE, and difficulty maintaining distance from others.
After all forms of travel, employees shall be diligent with their symptom monitoring in order to protect the UW-Stout community. If symptoms consistent with COVID-19 develop, employees must stay home from work, notify their supervisor, and contact their medical provider for additional guidance.
Prior to travel, employees should review current WI Department of Health Services and Centers for Disease Control for travel guidance. As the situation continues to evolve, new guidance and requirements may be issued, including self-quarantine requirements and travel restrictions.
New Employees starting at UW-Stout and joining us from states outside of Wisconsin should review the CDC and WI Department of Health Services guidance regarding travel and restrictions. At this time, self-quarantine
is not required, unless you are joining us from an international location. Individuals from other states are encouraged to self-monitor for symptoms as noted in the safety sections of the Return to Fall plan.
- Students returning to Menomonie via international or domestic air travel must self-quarantine for 14-days in a designated self-quarantine location. After this time, they will be allowed to move to their permanent housing assignment.
- Personal air travel during the fall semester is highly discouraged, and students who do travel via air may be required to self-quarantine and monitor symptoms for 14-days upon their return.
- Per recommendations from public health officials, if a resident does travel outside their community or travels using confined means, the resident should limit contact with non-household members for 14 days and monitor symptoms closely.
Newly admitted international students should notify the Office of International Education of their plans if they intend to:
- Continue to try to arrive in time for the fall 2020 term;
- defer their attendance to spring 2021 term, and take courses online during the fall 2020 term from home; or
- defer their admission to spring 2021 term.
Continuing international students returning to Menomonie by air are required to complete a mandatory two-week quarantine period before they can attend classes.
Study Abroad Students
OIE’s policy is to continuously review and evaluate upcoming programs and make decisions on postponement or cancellation 60 - 90 days in advance of program start dates. There are many considerations that are evaluated by UW-Stout when determining if a program can run, including, but not limited to, the U.S. State Department and CDC Travel Advisory Levels (below Level 3 is necessary), trend data regarding the number of active and new COVID-19 cases, and the country’s (or region’s) medical infrastructure to support infected patients.