Update to Faculty and Staff on Revised Travel Policy (effective August 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020)
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Dear Faculty and Staff,

I’m writing today to provide you with our revised travel policy that covers summer through the end of the calendar year (December 31, 2020). This policy was developed in accordance with current guidance from public health officials and NIU’s multiple efforts to reduce the spread and exposure of COVID-19 for our community.

All non-essential, university-sponsored domestic and international travel for faculty, staff and employed students is limited and restricted through December 31, 2020. 

Travel can be approved by a supervisor if it meets one of the following conditions:


  1. Required by an employee’s job (examples: admissions counselor visits to high schools; travel to Springfield for state relations; travel for athletic functions; necessary site visits to clinical agencies, etc.);
  2. Essential to the progression of an employee’s professional development or research, scholarship or artistry (examples: participation in a professional workshop or service position; participation in a conference; delivery of a presentation; examination of documents at remote archives; collection of data; performances by a musician, etc.); or
  3. An obligated activity associated with grants and contracts (examples: delivery of clinical services; data collection, etc.).


Approval should be provided by an employee’s immediate supervisor using standard travel procedures. This policy does not address funding for travel, which should be identified by the traveler separately from approval. Those who believe that they have reasons to travel outside of (1) – (3) can request waivers through the Office of the Provost.

We continue to encourage everyone to use good judgment as it relates to personal travel and, as always, to follow existing physical distancing and personal hygiene guidelines.

Thank you for your continued patience and efforts to maintain the health of our university community.

Thank you,

Beth Ingram
Executive Vice President and Provost

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