POLICY ON TRAVEL TO COUNTRIES AFFECTED BY SARS
Acute Respiratory Syndrome)
This policy is designed to
protect the University community from potential exposure to SARS.
-- This policy applies to students, faculty or staff (collectively, the
University community) who have traveled to or arrived in the U.S. from any
areas identified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as on Travel
Alert or Travel Advisory status for SARS, and who will be coming to the
Towson University to attend class, teach, work and/or live.
Information -- CDC has identified the
risk of SARS and issued travel notices based on the scope and magnitude of
the outbreak, containment methods, quality of surveillance and healthcare
in those countries. Two levels of classification are used: Travel Alerts (informs
travelers of a health concern, no recommendation against nonessential
travel) and Travel Advisories (recommends that nonessential travel be
deferred, higher risk of disease).
The CDCís list of affected countries and related travel notices
will be updated as conditions change.
That information can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/sars/travel.htm.
--The University recommends postponing nonessential travel to any SARS-affected
to any countries on CDCís travel alert or travel advisory status should
be aware of the precautions advised to minimize risk of exposure to SARS (http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/sars/travel_advice.htm)
and will be expected to monitor their health on their return or arrival in
the U.S. as outlined below. The
CDC also advises minimizing social contacts during the ten-day monitoring
member of the University community coming to the University campus
(directly or indirectly) from countries for which CDC has issued either
Travel Alerts or Travel Advisories must monitor their health for ten (10)
days after arriving in the U.S.
Monitoring consists of checking at least once daily for:
Temperature of greater than 100.4
degrees F and respiratory symptoms (e.g.,
cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing). Members
of the University community should plan their travel with this requirement
-- Students coming to the University campus (directly or
indirectly) from countries for which CDC has issued Travel Advisories
) will not be allowed to attend classes or move into University housing
until cleared by the Health Center, and will be required to find
alternative housing for ten days upon their arrival in the U.S.
Such students must visit the Health Center upon arriving in
the U.S., to be checked for the following evidence of SARS:
* Fever of greater than 100.4 degrees F
Respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, difficulty
neither of these symptoms are present, the student will be given a log to
continue monitoring his/her temperature and symptoms daily for ten days. If the student has no symptoms after ten days, he/she should
return to the Health Center for clearance.
If the second Health Center check reveals no symptoms, the Health
Center will issue a certificate of clearance for the student to move into
residence halls and attend class.
-- Other members of the University community coming to the University
campus (directly or indirectly) from countries for which CDC has issued
either Travel Alerts or Travel Advisories should monitor their
temperature and respiratory symptoms daily for ten days after their
arrival in the U.S. Any
such symptoms should be reported as soon as possible to the individualís
personal health care provider. The
CDC recommends telling the provider about the symptoms before going to the
office or emergency room, so that any necessary arrangements can be made
to prevent transmission to others. The
CDC website referenced above (http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/sars/travel_advice.htm)
also includes other recommendations for individuals who believe they have
SARS or symptoms compatible with SARS.
member of the University community who has either of the above symptoms (respiratory
symptoms or a temperature above 100.4 degrees F) must be quarantined
off-campus for 72 hours. If the
Health Center (for students) or the individualís personal
health care provider (for faculty and/or staff) determines that
there has been no further progression of symptoms after 72 hours, the
quarantine period will end, but the individual must continue to monitor
his/her symptoms for a total of ten days before coming onto campus.
An individual who displays either or both of the above symptoms
must contact the Health Center (for students) or his/her personal
health care provider (for faculty and/or staff) by phone for
instructions. A INDIVIDUAL
WITH EITHER SYMPTOM WHO HAS ARRIVED FROM A SARS-AFFECTED COUNTRY SHOULD
SHOULD CALL RATHER THAN COME TO THE Health CENTER IN PERSON, AS THE
HEALTH CENTER CANNOT ISOLATE/CONTAIN INFECTION.