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Ebola and travel policy update

Jeffrey S. Vitter, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Friday, October 24, 2014 3:00 PM
Lawrence campus faculty, staff, and students

Although Ebola poses little threat to the general population in the United States and is very unlikely to be an issue at the University of Kansas, in light of ongoing concerns about the Ebola outbreak in western Africa, we would like to share recent changes in campus expectations for members of our KU community traveling to or from affected areas.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued travel warnings for nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone and a travel alert for travelers to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

University staff, faculty, and students planning travel to these countries must contact the Office of International Programs at oip@ku.edu or 785-864-6161 before travel commences to discuss their plans and university requirements for such travel.

Additionally, all faculty, staff, students and KU visitors returning or arriving from affected areas must notify the Office of International Programs immediately upon return or arrival for a screening risk assessment and instructions for health monitoring before returning to or arriving on campus . KU departments hosting guests or visitors from these areas should also notify the Office of International Programs.

More details can be found in the University-sponsored Travel to Locations with Travel Warning Status policy.

The safety of our students, faculty, and staff always comes first. The KU Lawrence Campus Alerts website contains information and resources regarding Ebola. KU is following CDC’s guidance for universities , and we are working with city, state, and federal officials to monitor the situation and follow best practices. For specific information about the Ebola virus, visit the CDC website .

We appreciate your cooperation with this important matter.


Jeffrey S. Vitter

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

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