August 4, 2021
Travel Policy-COVID 19 Restrictions
Academic Year 2021/22
Faculty/Staff Personal Travel
The College does not exercise authority or control over, or accept liability for, personal travel for employees. Personal travel during the pandemic is up to the individual; the College recommends that individuals consider the risk factors, including the infection rate and COVID-19 restrictions, for either the domestic or international location to which they are traveling.
Faculty/Staff Professional and Business-Related Travel
The prohibition of business-related travel is lifted for the Academic Year 2021/22.
Essential travel--Staff (i.e., Admissions, Advancement, Athletics) may begin essential College travel that is required as a part of their employment responsibilities and may travel to domestic and international locations with approval of their respective Vice President or Dean. Travel to destinations with very high COVID-19 levels is discouraged (Level 4 Travel Health Notice) and will be considered by Vice Presidents or Deans when assigning travel. Employees who have travel as a part of their job responsibilities are required to be fully vaccinated prior to travel.
Non-essential travel—Faculty and staff may begin non-essential College travel (i.e., conferences, seminars, institutes, etc.) upon approval of their Provost, Vice President or Dean.
Travel by officially recognized student organizations (i.e., club sports, musical ensembles, special interest clubs, academic clubs, honor societies)
Regional travel (states bordering Pennsylvania) for these organizations is permitted for AY 2021/22. Travel must be approved in advance by the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. When using campus vehicles, clubs and organizations must ensure all participants wear masks as per College policy. When traveling, students are required to follow all COVID restrictions in place at the College, and in place at the site they are visiting. Clubs and organizations traveling out of the region (states beyond those that border Pennsylvania) or that include multi-night stays (especially involving air travel) must be approved at a minimum of two weeks in advance by the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. The Assistant Dean of Student Affairs will consult with the respective Academic Dean regarding travel requests from academic clubs and honor societies. Factors that will be considered when making the decision regarding travel out of the region include: 1.) the rate of infection of COVID 19-in the travel location; and 2.) the policies in place at the event or conference students are attending.
Field trips/class excursions/student participation in academic conferences
Field trips/class excursions and student participation in academic conferences will also be permitted in AY 2021/22. These trips and conferences must be approved at a minimum of two weeks in advance by their respective Academic Dean and Provost. Factors that will be considered when deciding regarding travel out of the region include: 1.) the rate of infection of COVID-19 in the travel location; and 2.) the policies in place at the conference or event.
All study abroad opportunities were suspended for Fall 2021. We anticipate study abroad opportunities will resume for intersession and Spring 2022. Planning study abroad opportunities to countries with a Level 4 Travel Health notice is not advisable. All study abroad opportunities for intersession and Spring 2022 must be approved by the Provost.
Travel to competition for intercollegiate athletics is expected. Travel requirements and COVID-19 restrictions will be made in consideration of policies and guidance from the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) and the NCAA.
*Please note: York College of Pennsylvania reserves the right to alter/suspend/lift these restrictions as new information from the Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Education becomes available.
**All members of the campus community are expected to adhere to all U.S. and international requirements regarding travel.