Travel Guidelines: All Business Travel Restricted through March 15, 2021

The University of Utah is currently restricting all business travel, including guest travel, through March 15, 2021. This travel restriction applies to ALL faculty and staff travel, all university-coordinated student travel, and all guest/recruit travel. Approved exceptions to this restriction must adhere to all the following procedures:

  • Requesting department must prepare a memo describing reasons travel is necessary at this time and measures to be taken to address safety for the traveler and those who will be in contact with the traveler during and following the trip.
  • The memo must be approved by one of the following individuals: 

– Main Campus Academic Affairs: Sarah Projansky, associate vice president for faculty,
– Main Campus Staff: Wendy Peterson, deputy chief HR director,
– U of U Health Academics: Dayle Benson, chief of staff for Clinical Affairs,
– U of U Health Hospitals and Clinics Staff: Sarah Sherer, senior human resources director, 

An exception will also require final approval by the cognizant vice president. Exceptions must be fully approved (by both VP and area representative, above) and then attached to an approved UTravel Concur Request at least one week prior to the start date of travel. 

In-State Travel: We encourage our campus community to be informed about the transmission level assigned to different counties by the state when traveling on university-related business within Utah. We encourage students, staff and faculty to limit travel when a high transmission level is in place and to follow all health protocols, including wearing a face covering, when travel is necessary. We also recommend traveling with one person/household per vehicle. 

Personal Travel: We continue to encourage you, when considering your personal travel choices, to follow travel advisories issued by your local and state authorities. If you choose to travel, you may be restricted from returning to work depending upon the specifics of your circumstances. There are things you can do to minimize health risks to yourself and others, such as quarantining before traveling to visit high-risk individuals and checking your health status by monitoring your temperature and other symptoms of COVID-19. There are now a number of commercially available coronavirus test kits that can be used to assess your status. 

NOTE: Upon return, ALL individuals are expected to complete and submit a “Returning Traveler Self-Reporting Form” following the instructions linked here.

Thank you.

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