January 30, 2020
Drexel International Health, Safety and Security continues to monitor closely the coronavirus outbreak, which is centered in Wuhan, China, but also present throughout that country. Given that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends avoiding all nonessential travel to China and the US Department of State has issued a Level 4: Do not travel for all of China, we have decided to restrict all Drexel University faculty, professional staff and student travel to China, effective immediately.
Any faculty, professional staff member or student who wishes to travel to China will require written approval from the Provost’s Office. Prospective travel would first need approval from the respective dean or department head, with all requests then submitted to the provost for review and final decision. In addition, all upcoming travel to China for Drexel students is suspended until further notice. This approach follows the current guidance of the CDC, as well as the U.S. State Department.
Faculty and professional staff who have travelers visiting from China to Drexel should be advised that, following guidance from the CDC, all travelers arriving from China will be screened upon arrival for symptoms of coronavirus. If they are not showing signs of illness, they will be permitted to enter and engage in normal activities and interactions. Drexel departments and colleges hosting Chinese visitors should ensure that visitors have information on how to proceed if they become unwell during their visit. Travelers from China who have been in the U.S. for more than 14 days without symptoms are considered to have passed the incubation period for the coronavirus.