Associate Provost Stacey Miller: Guidelines for Returning to Campus

To: Students, Faculty, and Staff
Posted:  March 12, 2020 at 5:45 p.m.

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

As we continue to monitor COVID-19 updates and make plans to resume classes in an online format on Monday, we wanted to reach out to you with guidelines for those students, faculty, and staff who are returning to Valparaiso University’s campus.

Returning from Travel

As a reminder, all students, faculty, or staff who have traveled internationally or had significant domestic travel (beyond home and back) independently (not on University-sponsored trips) should complete this form to advise us of your travel history. This will allow the University to best support you on your return to campus, should you present with symptoms in the future.

For, students, faculty, and staff making international travel arrangements to return to campus, please note the United States government has issued a 30-day travel ban, effective at midnight Friday, March 13, for all foreign nationals coming to the United States from the European Union’s Schengen Area. This does not apply to United States citizens and permanent legal residents and their families, though they may be required to go through enhanced screening.

In accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, Valparaiso University students, faculty, and staff who have traveled to an international country will be required to self-quarantine off-campus for a period of 14 days from the date of their return to the U. S. and receive clearance from a health professional before returning to Valparaiso University. It is your responsibility to find a location for self-quarantine.

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 health.center@valpo.edu (please use your Valparaiso University email for privacy) or FAXed to 219.464.5410.

Residential Students

For safety and security reasons, all residential students must complete this form to inform us of their decision to live in campus housing or to reside off campus in order to assure that your OneCard continues to access the residence hall entry doors. Please complete the form by noon on Sunday, March 15. This information ensures that we are aware of who is living on campus in the case of an emergency. It also increases security as we will only allow access to the residence halls for those who are registered.

I understand this may be a difficult period and that it presents challenges for each of us. Please know the health, safety, and well-being of all Valparaiso University students, faculty, and staff are our primary concerns. We will continue to monitor updates and keep you informed as the situation evolves.