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HSU Guidelines on ‘Essential Travel’

Humboldt State University has suspended all University-sponsored international travel and non-essential domestic travel for the remainder of the Spring semester, consistent with CSU guidelines intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19. “Domestic travel” is travel outside Humboldt County within the United States.

This decision is effective immediately and continues through May 31, 2020. It applies to all areas of the University including auxiliary organizations.

CSU system guidelines on international and domestic travel

 

What is considered essential travel at HSU?

University-sponsored travel to attend professional or educational conferences is defined as non-essential.

 

For students:

University-sponsored student essential travel is defined as travel for academic credit that is necessary to meet a graduation requirement that cannot be postponed or substituted with another activity.

Students seeking approval to engage in essential travel should confer with the responsible faculty member. The faculty member may recommend a student’s travel as essential to the responsible department head and the department head may recommend approval to the dean. The applicable vice president will make the final determination. 

 

For all non-athletic faculty, researchers, postdoctoral scholars, and for students and staff who are involved in research:

Essential travel is defined as University-sponsored travel that is required or under contractual obligation to:

  • Preserve the safety of a research subject and cannot be postponed; or

  • Preserve the results of a research activity and cannot be postponed.

Individuals in this group with questions about whether specific proposed travel is essential, or those seeking approval to engage in essential travel, should confer with their supervisors. Supervisors may recommend the travel essentiality to their responsible dean or director. The applicable vice president will make the final determination. 

 

For staff:

University-sponsored staff travel is considered non-essential except when accompanying students on approved essential travel or when not traveling will cause harm to the operations of the university.

Employees in this group seeking approval to travel should confer with their supervisors. Supervisors may recommend an employee’s travel as essential to the responsible dean or director. The applicable vice president will make the final determination.