Domestic and International Travel for faculty, staff and graduate students
As per current UHD guidelines, all travel must be consistent with the mission of UHD and approved by the appropriate VP..
In general, business travel that is directly related to advancing and improving the research, service, and teaching efforts of faculty, staff, and their respective units will be considered for approval. However, consistent with ongoing health and safety measures, approval for such travel will be governed by ongoing guidance from Emergency Management, UHS guidelines, CDC guidelines, and any other national, state, and local requirements and recommendations, as appropriate. Approvals granted for travel are subject to change should travel restrictions and recommendations change. Travelers are asked to abide by the health and safety guidelines in place before, during, and after the travel in question, including any/all safety protocols required as part of the travel itinerary (as required, for instance, by the airline or destination hotel, or as required by the location/country being traveled to).
For international travel, approval will be granted on a case-by-case basis. Consideration will be based on the significance of the travel to advancing the mission of the University as well as faculty productivity in core performance areas. Travel to countries or destinations designated by the CDC or State Department as Level 4 will not be approved. Returning international travelers must follow all government protocols as well as UHD protocols listed below.
Travel approval should be sought prior to TR submission in order to minimize paperwork and effort for travel that is not approved. Approval for travel is not approval for funding.
Requests for travel approval for faculty members who have consulted with their chairs should be presented by the appropriate dean to the provost; deans should include justification that clarifies the value of the proposed travel for the faculty member, the department, and/or the college and evidence of State Department and CDC levels for any international travel proposals. Requests that have been endorsed by the appropriate dean will be considered for approval.
Requests for staff travel should be presented, with justification that clarifies the value of the proposed travel for the staff member and/or the administrative unit to the appropriate Vice President for consideration, including evidence of State Department and CDC levels for any international travel proposals. Requests must be endorsed by the staff member’s supervisor.
If a request for travel for a faculty or staff member is approved, then the TR should be submitted as per governing business processes.
Return from International Travel
The following CDC guidelines are applicable to faculty, staff and students returning from international travel, whether university-sanctioned or personal:
If You Are Fully Vaccinated:
You are not required to quarantine upon returning from international travel; however, you should:
- Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel.
- If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
- Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
- Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.
If You Are Not Fully Vaccinated:
Upon returning from international travel, you must either:
- Self-quarantine for 10 days OR
- Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days after travel.
- Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days.
- If your test is positive, stay home and follow the COVID-19 Diagnosis protocols.
Regardless of whether you get tested or not, you should avoid being around high-risk individuals for 14 days upon returning from international travel.
These requirements for self-quarantine includes international students who are traveling to the U.S. for summer classes. Upon arriving in the U.S., please submit the Reporting Potential Exposure form. (Note that no forms are required to be completed in advance of your travel, and no forms are required if you have been fully vaccinated.)
Before returning to campus following international travel if you have not been fully vaccinated, you must complete the form Request to Return to Campus and receive written approval.
The University of Houston-Downtown has cancelled all spring and summer 2021 Learning Abroad programs. This includes all faculty-led programs as well as affiliated, exchange, student service organization programs, sponsored scholarship, fellowship or research opportunities abroad, and any other programs that would be considered international travel for curricular or co-curricular purposes.
Students may continue to plan fall 2021 programs abroad with the help of their Learning Abroad Advisor. However, students should understand that future Learning Abroad opportunities are subject to change based on conditions both in the U.S. and abroad.