Study abroad students in Japan must return to Pacific and personal international travel discouraged.

COURTESY PHOTO: PACIFIC UNIVERSITY - Through May 31, Pacific University has new international and domestic travel recommendations for students and employees due to COVID-19.

Pacific University has issued travel recommendations in response to new cases of the coronavirus disease.

Through May 31, Pacific will prohibit university-sponsored international travel, including all college of arts and sciences short term travel courses. This will also include upcoming long-term study abroad travel to countries with Level 2 or Level 3 federal travel advisories.

As for students currently studying abroad in Japan, they will be required to return to Pacific. Students in other study abroad placements will be allowed to stay, unless that area is under a Level 3 advisory.

University officials add that there no current restrictions on university-sponsored domestic travel, though non-essential travel is discouraged to help prevent the potential spread of the virus to other areas and to protect those most at risk, especially those who are 60 and older or who experience other health-compromising requirements.

Pacific also strongly discourages personal international travel at this time.

Employees and students who plan to travel must register their travel plans so that the university can contact them in the event of an emergency or changing conditions. People will be held responsible for missed work or class time in such events.

As for cleaning, staff members are taking extra measures to clean university spaces. The facilities department is focusing frequent sanitation of high-touch surfaces, such as doorknobs, handles and tabletops.

Hand sanitizer stations also are available.

Individual departments also are encouraged to consider their hand sanitizer and cleaning wipe supplies, as bulk purchases are being limited.

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