Coronavirus update: International travel suspended and other guidance  

This message to all faculty and staff has been approved by Kyle Clark, Vice President for Finance & Administration.


Florida State University has suspended ALL international university-related travel to prevent the potential spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).   

International travel requests will require approval by a university vice president until further notice. ANY international travel must be deemed essential in order to be approved by the traveler’s vice president.  

Florida State University requests that all individuals who have traveled internationally — for work or personal reasons — to comply with new university guidelines, based on U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommendations  

  •  Travel to CDC Level 2 &3 Countries and all Cruises: mandatory 14-day self-quarantine upon reentry into the United States  
  • The CDC and U.S. State Department strongly discourage all travel by cruise ships worldwide.    

If you travel to any other area with community transmission, contact the Division of Student Affairs or Department of Human Resources if you need to self-quarantine or self-isolate. Community transmission means that the source of infection for the spread of an illness is unknown. If it cannot be connected to travel, then it suggests that community transmission is occurring. 


Have a plan  

With spring break approaching, we strongly recommend you formulate a plan in case you are required to self-quarantine for a 14-day period for any reason (including illness, international and all cruise ship travel or close contact with a COVID-19 case).   

Your plan should include a possible quarantine location that is not a shared living space, residence hall or multi-occupancy apartment. 

All students should take all necessary academic course materials with them when they depart for spring break, in case they need to resume their spring courses remotely from home. 

FSU will continue to follow CDC, state and county health department guidelines, which means those who are required to self-quarantine, should practice social distancing as explained here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html   

If a student needs to self-quarantine or self-isolate, the university has made plans for them to be able to continue with their coursework remotely.  


New FSU coronavirus webpage  

The university has created a new website to aggregate all the university’s coronavirus information, messaging and instructions. Please refer to fsu.edu/coronavirus for the latest official updates on coronavirus (COVID-19), including a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)The page will be updated frequently.  

The FSU Alert webpage will remain the online location for urgent emergency information and instructions. Continue to visit alerts.fsu.edu anytime the operational status of the university may be in question (e.g., severe weather or dangerous situations).  


University guidance for possible encounters with COVID-19  

No cases of the virus have been reported at FSU, but the university is being proactive to prevent the spread of COVID-19.   

If you have recently returned from travel to an event or location (e.g., a conference or other large gathering) where a potential novel coronavirus COVID-19 case occurred or was present, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends self-quarantine only for individuals who were in close contact with a case of COVID-19. The CDC defines close contact as being within approximately 6 feet of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time; or having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on).   

If you were NOT in close contact with a case of COVID-19, here are some reminders on what to do to keep yourself healthy:  

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.  
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.  
  • Stay home when you are sick.  
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.  
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.  
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.  

If you WERE in close contact with a case of COVID-19, or during the next 14 days you feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing, please do the following:  

  • Seek medical advice. Call ahead before going to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel to an area with potential community spread of coronavirus, and your symptoms.  
  • Avoid contact with others and do not travel while sick.  
  • Avoid using public transportation if possible.  

Please notify the university if you self-quarantine or self-isolate   

Students who self-quarantine and need assistance should contact Tyler Shannon in Case Management Services, at tdshannon@fsu.edu or 850-644-9561.   

As previously mentioned, if a student needs to self-quarantine or self-isolate, the university has made plans for them to be able to continue with their coursework remotely.  

For faculty or staff matters related to this issue, please contact Tracey Pearson (staff) at 850-644-3694 or Rebecca Peterson (faculty) at 850-645-2202, both in the Office of Human Resources.