Employee Travel FAQ

For more information on guidance related to personal and university travel quarantine guidance, see the Protecting the Pack site.

Employee Travel and Quarantine

Do I have to tell my supervisor that I am traveling to a state that has been identified as a COVID-19 hotspot?

No, you do not. We urge you to exercise caution and good judgment for personal travel and build in as much flexibility as possible when making travel plans this academic year. Please remember that state- and local-based quarantine orders are likely to evolve over the next few months, and that you will be required to follow any regulations or orders that pertain to you. We expect members of the NIU community to follow local, state and federal guidelines that pertain to them, and we will support them in doing so.

Added 7/29/20

When I return from vacation in a state that is experiencing a COVID-19 surge, do I have to quarantine?

Yes, if you have traveled to any of the states identified by the Chicago Department of Public Health as experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases, you should quarantine for 14 days when you return if you did not shelter in place or if you engaged in any activities that may have exposed you to the virus while you were in that state. In other circumstances, we strongly encourage you to self-quarantine if possible.

Added 7/29/20

How will the pandemic impact grant or contract-funded or mandated travel through December 31?

All non-essential, university-sponsored domestic and international travel for faculty, staff and students is limited and restricted through December 31, 2020. Travel must meet one of the following conditions:

  • Required by an employee’s job. Examples might include admission counselor visits to high schools; travel to Springfield for state relations; travel for athletic functions; necessary site visits to clinical agencies, etc.
  • Essential to the progression of an employee’s professional development or research, scholarship or artistry. Examples might include data collection, musician performances, participation in a conference, delivery of a presentation, participation in a professional workshop or service position, or a visit to remote archives for document examination.
  • An obligated activity associated with grants and contracts. Examples might include data collection, delivery of clinical services, etc.

Approval should be provided by an employee’s immediate supervisor. Those who believe that they have other reasons to travel can request waivers through the Office of the Provost. Please be aware that the issuance of waivers will be rare.

Updated 6/23/20

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