All members of the William Paterson University community are urged to carefully consider the necessity of any upcoming travel, especially to areas where there has been a significant incidence of COVID-19. University-Related Travel Throughout the spring 2021 semester, University-related travel will be limited to essential travel, regardless of whether the University is paying for it. Permission for all University-related travel must be approved by a dean or vice president. Requests for such travel should include an explanation of why the travel is essential; the dates, destinations, transportation plans, and lodging involved in the trip; as well as the steps that will be taken to maximize physical distancing and to adhere to CDC guidelines and local health recommendations at the destination. Approval for travel will be based upon: an assessment of the need for the requested travel during the semester instead of at some later time; the immediate importance of the requested travel to the University’s core mission of teaching, research, and service; and the potential long-term consequences to the University of not undertaking the requested travel during the semester. During this specific period of COVID-19 restrictions, travelers are authorized when purchasing airlines tickets to a one-level upgrade from Basic Economy to a class which doesn’t have a change of flight or cancelation fee. Study Abroad All William Paterson-led study abroad programs and Student Exchange Programs are suspended until further notice. Students may defer their programs to spring 2021 if available or as changing public health and travel regulations allow. Students planning to participate in third-party study abroad programs not run by William Paterson are urged to consider delaying participation, especially to areas where there has been a significant incidence of COVID-19. Students should consult information available from the CDC and the U.S. Department of State prior to making any financial commitments to such programs. The University’s Office for International Students and Scholars is prepared to assist students in locating information that will help inform their decision. Personal Travel The University strongly encourages members of the campus community to reconsider any upcoming travel, especially to areas where there has been a significant incidence of COVID-19. The State of New Jersey strongly recommends that all non-essential interstate travel be avoided at this time. In addition, anyone returning or traveling to New Jersey from any U.S. territory or state excluding New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware, must remain away from the campus and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel. Students who begin exhibiting symptoms related to COVID-19 during the 10-day quarantine period should contact the Counseling, Health and Wellness Center at COVIDCHWC@wpunj.edu. Employees who begin exhibiting symptoms related to COVID-19 during the 10-day quarantine period should contact their healthcare provider and provide medical documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org if their healthcare provider or public health official recommends quarantine. View the Faculty and Staff Travel Policy for more information. All student and employee travel must be documented on the daily health screening. In addition to William Paterson-specific guidelines, William Paterson University and all members of its community will be required to comply with relevant federal, state and local guidelines, which may change as public health needs dictate.