COO David Phelps: Independent Travel and Self-Quarantine Information

To: Students, Faculty, and Staff
Posted: March 6, 2020 at 4:45 p.m.

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I hope this email finds you all well. I am emailing to communicate on behalf of the University to those of you who have been traveling internationally or had significant domestic travel (beyond home and back) independently (not on University-sponsored trips) to ask your help as part of our Coronavirus (COVID-19) preparedness plan. We would like to ask you to let us know where you have been and when you are returning to campus by adding your information to a Google Form. The purpose of this form is for the University to be aware of your travel history and to best support you on your return to campus, should you present with symptoms in the future.

Please take a moment and enter your information on this form.

Valparaiso University has adopted standards regarding students, faculty, staff, or visitors who are returning to campus from a country classified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a level 2 or 3 related to the COVID-19 illness. In the case of level 2 countries, returning constituents will be required not to return to campus immediately and to be under self-monitored quarantine for 14 days at a remote location from campus. In the case of level 3 countries, returning campus constituents will not be able to return to campus until such time as they have completed the 14-day, CDC mandatory quarantine at a remote location.

Additionally, all returning campus constituents who have visited level 2 or 3 countries will be required to provide the University a medical clearance in confirmation of being asymptomatic at the conclusion of the quarantine period. Students may make an appointment at the student health service or a doctor of their choice to receive the medical clearance, and faculty and staff members may make an appointment at the Our Health Valpo clinic or with another medical provider of their choice to receive the medical clearance. If the medical clearance is completed off campus, please submit the clearance documentation to the Valparaiso University Health Center. This can be provided in person or emailed to (please use your Valparaiso University email for privacy) or FAXed to 219.464.5410.

Self-monitoring means people should monitor themselves for fever by taking their temperatures twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing. Anyone on self-monitoring should be provided a plan for whom to contact if they develop fever, cough, or difficulty breathing during the self-monitoring period to determine whether medical evaluation is needed (CDC).

Self-monitoring kits are available from the Valparaiso University Health Center at no charge.

The health, safety, and well-being of all campus community members is our top concern. Thank you for your assistance in supporting our campus preparedness plan.