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University Issues Update on Coronavirus and Travel to China

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In response to growing concerns over the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all nonessential travel to China be suspended at this time. Based on this, and advice from the U.S. State Department, Stony Brook University has established a mandatory pre-approval requirement for all publicly funded University-sponsored travel plans to China for students, faculty and staff, Interim Provost Minghua Zhang has announced.

Campus shotThe Department of State travel advisory for China is level 3; for Hubei province it is level 4. Faculty, staff and students are urged to give serious evaluation before requesting travel to China as it will require pre-approval and only be granted for essential travel. Travel to China is considered high risk and no precautions are available to protect against the identified increased risk.

Faculty, staff and students traveling on Research Foundation funds must obtain approval from the Research Foundation Operations Manager by submitting a request through the eFTR system, prior to travel, per Research Foundation policy.

Faculty, staff and students traveling on non-research funds for University-sponsored travel must complete the form located on the “Travel Policy” page of the Office of Global Affairs’ website, print it out and submit to the President’s office for approval.

Please see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website for timely updates. Stony Brook University will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates as appropriate. For more information, please refer to the University’s dedicated informational page and frequently asked questions about 2019-nCoV.

These policies are subject to change in response to guidance from health authorities, SUNY, and Stony Brook University. For the latest updates, please see the Coronavirus Information Page.

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