On Friday, January 31, the U.S. government announced additional restrictions regarding travel of individuals who have been in China and are returning to the U.S. These guidelines took effect on February 2, 2020. The U.S. is currently not allowing entry to foreign nationals who have been in China within the previous 14 days. In addition, due to the expansion of coronavirus cases, many airlines have canceled their flights to and from China, further inhibiting individuals’ ability to travel.
To reduce the risk of coronavirus on our residential campus, Middlebury College is now requiring students who have been in China in the last 14 days to complete a 14-day self-isolation period before being cleared to return to residence halls or other campus spaces. During the 14-day isolation period, individuals are expected to monitor their health and will be cleared to return to campus if they do not exhibit symptoms. The 14-day self-isolation period begins upon exit from China (if the person traveled to another country before entering the U.S.) or from the date of their recent entry to the U.S.
We understand that this situation may impact the ability of students to attend classes when spring term begins on Monday, February 10, and we want to make reasonable adjustments to support individuals who are self-isolating. Students have been asked to contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs immediately to let us know if they have been in China so the staff can coordinate with them regarding next steps.