UNG Advisory for International Travel
(Dec. 5, 2014) The University of North Georgia is closely monitoring information and recommendations regarding international travel to West African countries experiencing the Ebola virus outbreak. With the holidays approaching, faculty, staff and students are making both domestic and international travel plans. Because the safety of the university community is essential, UNG strongly recommends against travel to countries where the U.S. Department of State has issued an official Travel Warning or where there is other reliable information of significant health or safety risks (Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia).
In light of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, UNG asks anyone planning or considering travel to Ebola-affected countries to contact Dr. Billy Wells [firstname.lastname@example.org], vice-president of Leadership & Global Engagement, prior to departure. Dr. Wells is UNG’s designated point-of-contact regarding potential travel to and from Ebola-affected countries. He and Karen Tomlinson [email@example.com], director of Student Health Services, will share the latest advisories, guidance, and travel and re-entry rules and procedures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Georgia Department of Public Health, and the Georgia Ebola Response Team.
UNG strongly recommends that students, faculty and staff should avoid travel to West Africa at this time. While the final decision about travel to such a country is the individual’s, UNG reserves the right to require an appropriate evaluation before permitting a returning traveler on campus. Anyone who travels to an Ebola-affected area may be required to contact Student Health Services for an evaluation prior to his/her return to one of the university's campuses. Per CDC guidelines, anyone, who has traveled to the endemic Ebola area for any reason, may be required to self-quarantine for 21 days following the completion of travel before returning to the university.
Any UNG faculty, staff or student who wishes to travel to any of these countries to assist in fighting the epidemic, must submit a written request to the appropriate dean. On approval by the dean, the request must then be sent to the Provost for review and final approval. Any such request must include confirmation of an evacuation plan in case of need. In addition, travelers will be required to comply with appropriate safety precautions and protocols as recommended by the CDC and other authorities.
Advice for faculty, staff, and students considering travel to countries most affected by Ebola:
- Avoid non-essential travel, including education-related travel, to countries with a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Level 3 warning (no non-essential travel) for Ebola.
- Contact Dr. Billy Wells firstname.lastname@example.org,vice-president of Leadership & Global Engagement, prior to departure. Dr. Wells is UNG's designated point-of-contact regarding potential travel to and from Ebola-affected countries.
- Closely monitor travel advisories for your destination.
- Contact Karen Tomlinson, director of Student Health Services, 706-864-1948 or email@example.com for the latest advisories and guidance from the CDC, the Georgia Ebola Response Team, and the Department of Public Health.
Advice for faculty, staff, and students returning to UNG from Ebola-affected countries
- BEFORE returning to the university, contact Karen Tomlinson, director of Student Health Services, 706-864-1948 or firstname.lastname@example.org. After hours, contact Public Safety at 706-864-1500. Be prepared to respond to questions related to your travel, potential exposure history, and whether you are experiencing signs and symptoms of Ebola virus disease such as fever, headache, fatigue, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or unusual bruising or bleeding.
We appreciate your close attention to these procedures and encourage you to stay informed about the situation by visiting the 'More Info' links found on this page. Thank you for assisting us in protecting the health and well-being of our university community.