Health conditions on campus and in the region may impact off-campus travel and activities during the spring 2021 semester. Current travel restrictions will be updated on the campus status web page.

Traveling Safely With Others

It is important to carefully plan and consider any travel to reduce the risk of exposure for you and others. If travel in vehicles is not necessary, it is best to avoid it. However, short trips can be made with measures to reduce the risk of exposure. Here are some important precautions if traveling by vehicle.

Traveling in Personal Vehicles  

  • Travel with your close contacts only, whenever possible.
  • Know all passengers in the vehicle and review health and safety protocols with them before traveling.
  • Limit trips with multiple passengers to less than 15 minutes whenever possible, and all vehicle occupants must wear well-fitting face coverings
  • Keep windows down at least two inches for air flow when more than one person is in the vehicle.   
  • Minimize the number of people in the vehicle to allow for physical distancing and avoid direct physical contact between passengers.  
  • Longer trips without a face covering are permissible if the driver is the only person in the car or if the individuals are close contacts.   

Travel Using Public Transportation  

  • Wear a well-fitting face covering at all times when using public transportation. 
  • Do not remove face coverings—including to eat or drink—while in the vehicle.
  • Student travel on Tri-Valley Transit (formerly ACTR) is permitted. Read more about Tri-Valley Transit’s COVID-19 response and face covering requirements.

Institutional Travel

Institutional travel will be restricted during the spring 2021 semester. Depending on public health conditions on campus and beyond, it may be possible to allow limited exceptions to this restriction on a case-by-case basis (e.g., grant-supported travel for faculty) with approval from the appropriate vice president. College vehicle rentals may be used for limited travel for academic purposes if public health conditions allow and if approved by the department vice president.

International Travel

At this time, Middlebury-sponsored international travel for faculty, staff, and students has been suspended due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (except as otherwise noted below). Middlebury-sponsored travel includes any travel funded by Middlebury or awarded credit by Middlebury. This suspension will continue throughout the summer, and will be re-evaluated for the fall semester at a later date. Our top priority remains the health, safety and security, and well-being of the Middlebury community. Depending on public health conditions on campus and beyond, it may be possible to allow limited exceptions to this restriction on a case-by-case basis (e.g., grant-supported travel for faculty and staff) with approval from the appropriate vice president. 

Note: students who apply for and receive Middlebury funding (e.g., from the Center for Careers and Internships, Undergraduate Research Office, Center for Community Engagement, etc.) for internships, research, community service, and other experiential opportunities may travel over the 2021 summer break but only within the United States. International students who receive such funding may travel only within the United States or their country of residence. All students must comply with applicable CDC, state, local, country of residence, and College-related COVID-19 health and safety restrictions.

For the latest updates on this evolving situation, please see the Campus Status webpage.

College Transportation

MiddRides will not be available; only emergency transportation will be provided by Public Safety.

Student Personal Travel

Travel off campus increases the risk of potential exposure. Health conditions on campus and in Addison County may impact off-campus activities. Students should consult the campus status web page for the most up-to-date travel restrictions.

Students must refrain from extended personal travel until the spring semester has concluded. Extended personal travel is defined as leaving the campus overnight or traveling outside of approved locations, as communicated on the campus status web page. Extended personal travel will only be permitted under emergency circumstances (e.g., a serious medical emergency) and only with prior authorization by a dean, after consultation with Health Services. Students who have permission for extended personal travel must follow the College’s quarantine and other health and safety requirements upon their return to Vermont. This may include a seven-day room quarantine followed by a Day 7 negative test. As such, depending on the timing of a student’s departure from campus, they may not be able to return to campus for the remainder of the semester.

Student Medical Appointments

  • Obtain permission from your dean for travel to essential medical appointments.
  • Travel directly to and from the appointments, without other stops, except for fuel, bathroom use, or drive-through/ takeout food. No indoor dining or other stops are permitted.
  • Keep windows down at least two inches for airflow when more than one person is in the vehicle.
  • Avoid crowded areas and any area where others are not wearing face coverings.
  • Do not travel, and notify the Health Center if feeling unwell.
  • Travel with your close contacts only (Vermont household gathering rule, which may be changing on Friday, March 12).
  • Know all passengers in the vehicle and review health and safety protocols with them before traveling.
  • Whenever possible, limit trips with multiple passengers to less than 15 minutes.
  • Minimize the number of people in the vehicle to allow for physical distancing and avoid direct physical contact between passengers.
  • Masks/face coverings must be worn if others are in the same vehicle.
  • Longer trips without face coverings are permissible if the driver is the only person in the car or if the individuals are all designated close contacts.
  • To avoid exposure, drivers or accompanying passengers should stay in the car during the traveler’s appointment.
  • Wear a cloth face covering at all times unless directed by your medical provider during the appointment (e.g.,. for a throat exam).
  • Perform hand hygiene before and after visits.
  • Report to your dean any circumstances where the guidelines could not be followed, such as an accident, unexpected stop or emergency, or other exposure. Room quarantine until notified otherwise.
  • Email COVID testing if your appointment conflicts with targeted dynamic testing appointments prior to the testing day.

Bereavement Travel

While we recognize the deep importance of being present in times of grief due to the death or serious illness of loved ones, leaving campus to attend memorials or visit sick family may make it impossible to practically or safely return to the campus community. 

Employee Personal Travel

Faculty and staff must follow Vermont requirements for travel. All employees are strongly advised to avoid extended personal travel in order to maximize the safety of our campus for our students living and learning here. To the extent that employees engage in personal travel, they must comply with Vermont’s then-current requirements for quarantine upon return to Vermont and, if not able to work remotely, must use CTO or other leave time.