Update: New travel restrictions and Spring-Break advisories

March 11, 2020


As the global response to the spread of coronavirus changes daily, we also see the situation across the United States and across higher education developing rapidly. In accordance with new recommendations from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, announced yesterday:

  • Expanded travel restrictions. The college is now requiring further restrictions on travel, covering all areas that have widespread community transmission and/or are at CDC alert level 2 or above. In the United States this covers states seeing more than 100 cases, as indicated on the CDC map.
    • All college-sanctioned travel for faculty, staff and students to or through any states so designated is now precluded. (At time of writing, U.S. states so designated are New York, Washington and California.)
    • These restrictions cover travel for business, professional development, academics, athletics and all other formal aspects of the college experience.
    • The college is asking faculty, staff and students to observe these same parameters for personal travel.
    • Any members of the SNC community who travel FOR ANY REASON to or through any areas so designated before or during their visit will be expected to self-isolate for 14 days following their return and MAY NOT return to campus during that period.
  • Bring home course materials. The college is asking students leaving for Spring Break to take all course-related materials with them. These materials should cover anticipated needs for the rest of this semester. Like many institutions, we are exploring ways to be able to offer alternative modes of course delivery that will allow students to make academic progress and complete their courses if, in the coming days, the college should need to implement such alternative modes. In that event, it will be assumed that students have their course-related materials with them. Please check your email regularly for updates on this matter.

As we make these difficult decisions and any others to come, we want to let you know that:

  • The President’s Cabinet is now meeting daily on issues relating to COVID-19 and its impact on the college community.
  • The COVID-19 working group crossing multiple college divisions continues to meet three times a week, with its next meeting scheduled for this afternoon. That group has turned its attention to wider topics of how to respond to a domestic epidemic should that impact campus.
  • St. Norbert College Health Services continues to closely monitor reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and work with local and state health officials to keep everyone on campus safe and informed. The college currently has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 or exposure to anyone one who is presumed or confirmed positive for COVID-19 on our campus.

All decisions are guided by the need to ensure the safety of our campus community. We are grateful for your continuing help in observing these routine preventive measures:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning product.