(Last updated June 25, 2021)
As Clark prepares to return to on-campus activity, it’s important that we take every possible precaution to preserve the health and safety of our community.
Clark is not requiring masks outdoors but is requiring that masks be worn indoors until July 15. If you have received an exemption from the vaccination requirement, you are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.
(Last updated May 22, 2021)
As COVID-19 rates continue to decline, Clark University is updating its travel policies for students, faculty, and staff. Domestic and international will resume on June 1, 2021, with the following guidelines and precautions.
Domestic travel on University business is allowed beginning June 1, 2021. Travelers must follow the guidelines as presented by the CDC, the state of destination, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
- Any employee engaged in domestic travel for Clark business must be fully vaccinated.
- Any employee uncomfortable with travel will not be required to do so through December 31, 2021.
- Student travel as part of a club or organization needs to be approved by the Office of Student Leadership and Programming.
Clark maintains an International Travel Policy that is posted on the website. The policy remains in effect. In addition to the existing policy framework, international travel at Clark will resume after June 1, 2021, with adoption of the following considerations/recommendations to accommodate the evolving COVID-19 pandemic:
- Newly calculated Department of State (DOS) travel advisories do not indicate a change to current risk situations. Rather, the updated methodology reflects an adjustment in the system to give more weight to CDC guidelines and assessments. DOS has advised that universities consider other factors when developing a travel risk assessment for a given country or geographic region.
- Clark will consider the DOS travel warnings, but will not rely exclusively on them to determine risk for international travelers for the 2021-22 academic year.
- Clark asks anyone traveling abroad to only travel if fully vaccinated. Individuals traveling abroad will still need to assess travel restrictions and other COVID-19 vaccination/testing requirements of the country they intend to visit.
- Study Abroad Programs: After a thorough review of study abroad providers at peer institutions, and current health, risk, and assessment conditions and practices, study abroad will proceed as scheduled. COVID-19 vaccination will be required for any international traveler in the program.
- The Office of Study Abroad/Study Away will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation globally and make necessary changes in real time, in consultation with providers, other international-related staff, and representatives of host institutions.
- The Office will defer to local, state and international guidelines as additional precautions for going abroad or returning home.
- As always, all students will have GeoBlue health, medical, emergency evacuation and repatriation insurance for the duration of their time abroad. Coverage includes COVID-19. Students will be fully covered in the event of sickness.
- As always, all students will sign study abroad confirmation and liability forms outlining policies.
- All study abroad participants will be enrolled in Clark’s Travel Registry.
- Staff/Faculty and Independent/Graduate Student Travel Procedure:
- The Travel Advisory Committee will review all proposals for international travel (regardless of State Department advisory level) to evaluate health and safety concerns.
- As is currently the policy, University funds used for academically related international travel must be pre-approved by the Provost or the Provost’s designee.
- All international travelers should be required to enroll in GeoBlue insurance and fill out Alert Traveler registration in Terra Dotta (a.k.a. the Travel Registry).
- All individuals traveling abroad should be aware of inherent risks associated with traveling to sites where COVID-19 and its variants are more prevalent than within the U.S. Also, be aware that some health insurance and travel plans have exempted COVID-19-related illnesses and expenses from their coverage.
- Clark students, faculty, and staff traveling internationally on their own and independent of any official Clark affiliation are asked to voluntarily adhere to the spirit of these travel regulations for the health and safety of themselves and Clark’s extended community.