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HSU Suspends All International and Non-Essential Domestic Travel

Humboldt State University has suspended all international travel and non-essential domestic travel for the remainder of the Spring semester, consistent with new CSU guidelines intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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

The decision is in response to growing concern about COVID-19, and HSU’s responsibility to help mitigate the spread of the disease. Future travel, including summer and fall 2020, will be determined as the COVID-19 situation evolves.

HSU President Tom Jackson acknowledged the challenge of limiting travel for students and faculty.

"The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is paramount,” President Jackson said. “Currently, the risk of contracting COVID-19 during international travel is not fully known, so we are taking proactive measures. We understand that this decision will be disappointing, especially given faculty, staff, and student commitment to global engagement, but it is an important decision given current circumstances."

President Jackson, through the vice presidents and academic deans, will provide more information later this week on definitions of essential travel.

Students who are currently studying overseas will be contacted directly by the University to work out an appropriate plan, which may involve the student staying in place to avoid exposure while traveling. HSU may help students remain abroad if, based on current information, it is deemed to be a safer course of action, and will provide students with as much assistance as possible.

The decision on travel is part of a broad campus-wide response to COVID-19 that builds on existing pandemic plans. Decisions regarding the campus will be based on HSU’s unique circumstances and recommendations from our local health officials. To coordinate responses, the University opened its Emergency Operations Center on February 25, and the group is meeting regularly. HSU leadership is also meeting daily.

HSU continues to closely monitor for new information and guidance. The University is following guidelines from the CSU system, the Humboldt County Department of Public Health, the California Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control.

Information on COVID-19 changes quickly and can feel alarming. Health experts recommend taking basic steps to protect yourself and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses.

If you are ill and have traveled out of the country in the last two weeks or if have had close contact with a person known to be infected by COVID- 19:

  • Notify your local health care provider as soon as possible.
  • Stay home and do not come to campus for classes or for work.
  • Students with fevers, cough, or severe illness should call the Student Health & Wellbeing Services team before visiting the Student Health Center at 707-826-3146.
  • Staff and facultyshould contact their healthcare providers or the emergency room to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

General Health Guidelines

  • Stay home if you are sick or have a fever. You should remain at home until your fever is gone (without the use of fever-reducing medications) for at least 24 hours.
  • Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face and eyes, nose, mouth.
  • Routinely clean your home particularly for high touch surfaces like doorknobs.
  • Consider limiting attendance at optional large gatherings because this is where colds, flu, and other respiratory viral infections are spread.

As the University prepares, it is important to have compassion for ourselves and others. Students who would like to talk with a counselor can contact Counseling & Psychological Services in Student Health & Counseling at 707.826.3236 anytime. Staff or faculty seeking additional support may call the Employee Assistance Program at 707.443.7358.

Updated information and resources are on HSU's COVID-19 website.