Travel

University-sponsored travel outside the State of North Carolina, or within the State to gatherings of 100 or more people, is suspended unless prior written authorization to travel is given by the Chancellor or the Provost. This prohibition includes student organizations.

Updated on March 15, 2020

Any students, faculty and staff who elect to engage in personal travel to any Level 2 or Level 3 country will be expected to self-quarantine off-campus for a minimum of 14 days and not return to campus unless they are free of symptoms. This includes situations in which the level rises to 2 while on the trip. This is crucial for the health and well-being of our campus community, particularly for those who may be immunocompromised.

What guidance are you giving visitors to campus from affected areas?

The University is asking visitors who are traveling to the UNC Asheville campus from affected areas — CDC Level 3 and Level 2 countries due to COVID-19 — who participate in a conference or attend an event to use extreme discretion and follow CDC guidelines for travelers. This includes not traveling at all if they are not feeling well.

If they are traveling from a country CDC-designated Level 3 or Level 2 due to COVID-19, CDC guidance requires that they self-quarantine for 14 days. If they begin to show symptoms of coronavirus during their trip, they should contact a healthcare provider by phone to report their symptoms.

I just returned home from a state or city that has declared a State of Emergency. What do I do?

We are not requiring you to self-quarantine at this time. If you show any symptoms or feel ill, immediately contact your health care provider.

What do I need to do if I am returning to campus from a Level 2 or Level 3 country due to COVID-19?

Prior to returning to campus, students must immediately contact the UNC Asheville Health and Counseling Center at 828.251.6520. Faculty and staff should contact their local health care provider and follow their instructions for evaluation.

Do the University’s prohibitions and restrictions on travel apply to my personal travel to a qualifying country or state designated by the University?

No, the University does not have the authority to either prohibit or restrict your personal travel.

What about students who traveled for spring break?

From the Chancellor’s March 11 update:

Any students, faculty and staff who elect to engage in personal travel to any Level 2 or Level 3 country will be expected to self-quarantine off-campus for a minimum of 14 days and not return to campus unless they are free of symptoms.

Those students who elect to engage in personal travel to any CDC-designated Level 2 or Level 3 countries and have symptoms including fever or signs/symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g. cough or shortness of breath) should self-quarantine off campus for a minimum of 14 days and contact Jay Cutspec, Director of UNC Asheville’s Health and Counseling Center at jcutspec@unca.edu.

Any faculty or staff electing to engage in personal travel to CDC-designated Level 2 and 3 countries should self-quarantine off campus for a minimum of 14 days and contact Christy Williams, Associate Director of Human Resources at cwilliam@unca.edu.

University-sponsored travel outside the State of North Carolina, or within the State to gatherings of 100 or more people, is suspended unless prior written authorization to travel is given by the Chancellor or the Provost. This prohibition includes student organizations.

I am currently studying abroad during the spring 2020 term in a restricted country. What do I need to do?

UNC Asheville strongly recommends that students currently studying abroad in one of the above countries return to the U.S. as soon as reasonably possible. Due to the campus decision to shift to primarily remote courses after spring break, students should return home and not to campus.

All travelers returning from CDC-designated Level 2 and 3 countries must self-quarantine for 14 days off campus. Students should also contact their study abroad advisor to inform them of travel plans.

All Summer 2020 study abroad programs have been canceled.

If you have a question about Study Abroad, please contact Bonnie Parker, Director of the Study Abroad Office at bparker@unca.edu.

When will the University’s prohibitions and restrictions on travel end?

There is no designated time at this point, but visit coronavirus.unca.edu for regular updates.