Updated Information Regarding University Travel for Fall 2021
A message from Dr. Renée T. White, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs; and Tokumbo Shobowale, Executive Vice President for Business and Operations
With the start of the fall 2021 semester, we hope to return to as much regular activity as possible for students, faculty, and staff. This includes domestic and international travel for various reasons including teaching and learning, scholarship, creative practice, and business purposes.
With the COVID-19 health and safety situation continuing to evolve, including the emergence of the Delta variant, The New School is providing the following guidelines for our NYC campus community about fall 2021 travel.
Allowable Travel for Fall 2021
- There are no limitations on domestic travel for academic or business purposes. Faculty, students, and staff who travel domestically must adhere to all local, state, and CDC guidelines for travel and quarantine and should practice an abundance of caution to mitigate any spread of the pandemic.
- Individual faculty may travel internationally for academic purposes including creative projects, conferences, teaching, and research. If doing so, they must adhere to all local, state, CDC, and WHO guidelines for travel and quarantine—both in the location abroad and upon returning home—and should practice an abundance of caution to mitigate any spread of the pandemic. Given its limited resources, the university cannot provide support or travel assistance for any faculty member to repatriate to the U.S.
- Students accepted to a New School approved semester-long study abroad program offered through an exchange partner or affiliated third-party provider will be allowed to travel to and participate in the study abroad program. Participating students will receive updated policies and procedures to sign and follow, and will be required to sign a release form acknowledging that the university will not be able to guarantee support or travel assistance for any student to repatriate to their home country.
Following any travel, all travelers who will be returning to The New School will be subject to the university’s COVID-19 health and safety guidelines to access campus buildings and facilities.
Travel Restrictions for Fall 2021
Out of an abundance of caution, the university is continuing the following travel restrictions for the fall semester.
- Suspension of international business-related travel such as recruitment through the end of the fall 2021 semester. Consistent with this decision, international travel of this type will not be paid for or reimbursed by the university during this period.
- Suspension of university-sponsored and/or organized international travel to countries by groups for academic study or projects, research, conferences, or events is in place until the end of the fall 2021 semester. Consistent with this decision, international travel of this type will not be paid for or reimbursed by the university during this period.
- Suspension of university-supported student travel outside of the U.S. for academic purposes is in effect through the end of the fall 2021 semester.
If any of these travel restrictions affect grant-funded projects and modifications are needed, please contact the Office of Research Support so they can work with the faculty lead and grant sponsor on appropriate modifications.
Travel Restriction Exemption Requests
There may be very specific instances for which an exception to these temporary restrictions would be considered. If you believe you have a unique situation that may warrant an exception, you may request a review via this link.
If you are requesting a travel exemption for a grant-funded project, please also notify the Office of Research Support so they can ensure that the grant sponsor does not have any additional travel restrictions of their own in place.