Update on Travel Restrictions and New Requirements for Returning from Travel

April 2, 2020

From the Provost and Executive Vice President

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

We write to provide an update on the university’s travel restrictions and inform you about new requirements for returning from travel.

On March 10, Seattle University implemented restrictions on all non-essential university-related travel in response to COVID-19. The travel restriction for 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 is now extended through summer quarter/semester

In addition, we have all watched as the widespread and ongoing transmission of COVD-19 has led to international and domestic hotspots, and as a result the CDC has issued guidance for travelers returning from international travel and a domestic travel advisory for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. 

Consistent with the CDC guidance and effective immediately, anyone (a) returning from international travel, or (b) returning from or traveling through the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will be subject to a 14-day self-quarantine period upon return. No one returning from an international location or from New York, New Jersey or Connecticut is allowed on-campus until they have completed this self-quarantine period.  This restriction applies to all students, faculty, staff, contractors and visitors, and includes all individuals with or without symptoms.

Students returning to an on-campus residence must have an appropriate place to self-quarantine on-campus, such as a studio apartment or an apartment with a private bathroom.  Students with questions about on-campus housing should contact Tim Albert, Associate Director of Housing and Residential Life, at albertt@seattleu.edu or(206) 296-6305.

We thank you for working together to “flatten the curve” and keep our community safe.


Shane P. Martin, Ph.D.

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