Restrictions on all Non-Essential University-Related Travel

March 10, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

We are writing to provide you with an important update on new restrictions for university-related travel in response to the global spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

International Travel

Out of an abundance of caution and in light of the latest guidance from the CDC regarding student foreign exchange and study abroad programs and the rapidly changing federal guidelines on travel, the university has decided to suspend all upcoming non-essential university-related international travel, effectively immediately and continuing through June 14, 2020. Travel after this date is not restricted at this time but is subject to change.

The travel restriction includes all SU exchanges, long- and short- term faculty-led study abroad programs, SU sponsored study abroad programs, service trips and other individual and group trips for spring break and spring quarter/semester.

The university will not provide reimbursement for flight change costs and other travel-related expenses incurred.

The Education Abroad Office (EAO) will contact all students and faculty currently on education abroad programs and will continue to provide support to them while they are abroad. If you are currently abroad and have questions about the new restriction and your program, please contact EAO at (206) 296-2226 or

If students, faculty or staff want to request an exception to this policy or have questions about whether their university-related international travel is essential, they should contact their respective dean or vice president overseeing their division. The final decision will be made by the provost, executive vice president or CFO, depending on where the division reports.

Domestic Travel

In order to assist Seattle and King County public health’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, all non-essential university-related domestic travel is prohibited, effective immediately and continuing through June 14, 2020. During this period of time, we ask you to establish alternative ways of conducting business.

Essential university-related domestic travel is permitted, but prior written approval must be obtained from the appropriate dean or vice president.

Personal Travel

For all personal travel and non-SU sponsored study abroad programs, we urge you to consider the U.S. State Department and CDC travel advisories; consideration of local, state and national travel restrictions is also recommended. Above all, be mindful that travel and re-entry restrictions are fast-changing and often implemented with little notice.

Global engagement and international travel are very important parts of our Jesuit education at Seattle University and we make this decision with great reluctance. We believe, however, that protecting the health and safety of our community members and supporting global efforts to contain the coronavirus must be our institutional priority at this time.


Shane P. Martin, Ph.D.

Timothy P. Leary, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President