| by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Middlebury Institute

Dear Middlebury Institute Faculty, Staff, and Students:

We are now three weeks into the spring semester and all of our students who traveled from China over the winter break are now back in classes and no illnesses have been reported.  As the coronavirus (COVID-19) is still spreading, we want to assure that the campus community remains safe.

As we now turn our attention to the remainder of the semester, let me introduce the following guidelines:

  • No Institute-supported travel to China will be approved through the end of Summer 2020.  This applies to all faculty, staff, and students. 
  • Exercise careful judgement when traveling to China on personal travel.  The current U.S. State Department Travel Advisory for China is Level 4:  Do Not Travel.  Consider postponing any travel until after the coronavirus threat has passed and the advisory level returns to an acceptable level.
  • With the situation still in flux, if you DO choose to travel to China during this time, be aware that there could be problems returning to the United States and upon return, a two-week self-quarantine will likely be required.   

More information on the Coronavirus and precautions you can take can be found on-line at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization

Barbara Burke (blburke@miis.edu) is the point of contact for all coronavirus-related questions at the Institute.


Jeff Dayton-Johnson
Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the Institute