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COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Pandemic and Education Abroad

The University of Dayton is continually monitoring the COVID-19 Pandemic and its impact on travel, including education abroad. As of 8.3.22, all domestic travel can proceed. International travel can proceed, but any travel that is deemed high risk will be assessed individually through a High Risk Travel Waiver process. 


COVID-19 Vaccination and INTERNATIONAL Travel

Students, faculty, and staff who are traveling internationally are required to be up to date on the COVID-19 vaccination. Some of the reasons for this decision include:
 
  • Vaccination is the best way to protect against serious illness from COVID 19.  
  • Many countries where UD travelers go have some kind of vaccination or testing requirement.
  • Unvaccinated travelers face more stringent testing, quarantine and entry requirements. Some countries and/or cities are requiring a “health pass” to enter restaurants, tourist sites, public transportation, etc. A “health pass” typically requires either full vaccination or regular COVID-19 testing (approx. every 72 hours). Some countries are not allowing unvaccinated travelers from the U.S. These contexts are changing all the time and can quickly disrupt travel.
  • Unvaccinated travelers may be unable to fully participate in travel activities.
  • We have a commitment to the common good, which should extend to our global community. Vaccination will help us protect global communities that may not have the same access to the vaccine as the U.S., as travelers who are vaccinated are less likely to be hospitalized with COVID. 
All UD students, faculty, and staff engaging in international travel must be up to date on the COVID-19 vaccination. “Up to date” is based on the CDC definition at the time of travel and includes one or more boosters. 

Students, faculty, and staff can request an exemption from this COVID-19 vaccination requirement, but the ability to reasonably accommodate an unvaccinated person will be dependent on where they are going and the partners with whom they are working. If accommodations cannot be made for an unvaccinated traveler, UD would make every effort to identify U.S.-based or virtual global/international experiences in which students can participate. We cannot guarantee an equal virtual or U.S.-based option. 

This vaccination requirement is in effect until further notice.

Financial Implications
  • If you are not up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations, despite UD’s requirement, you will still be held responsible for the program’s withdrawal policies. 
Your Responsibilities
  • You are responsible for ensuring that you are up to date on your COVID-19 Vaccinations.
  • If a country requires any type of vaccination proof (electronic system, physical copy, etc.), you are responsible for understanding these requirements and following them.
  • If you are unable to stay up to date on your COVID-19 vaccination, you are responsible for notifying the office that manages your program at UD as soon as possible so your withdrawal from the program can go into effect immediately. (See below for one source of information on vaccination requirements.)
If you have any questions regarding vaccination and travel, please contact the Global and Intercultural Affairs Center at gia@udayton.edu.
 

COVID-19 Vaccination and DOMESTIC Travel

The University of Dayton recommends that all members of its community receive the COVID-19 vaccination. When traveling, vaccination ensures that you are doing your part to consider the health of the communities you will visit, and helps model concern for the global common good.  COVID-19 vaccination may be required for participation in specific domestic programs. Please keep in mind the following:

Possible inability to travel or participate on-site
  • Although vaccination is not required in general for domestic UD group programs, specific programs may require it based on host organization/provider policies.
  • Certain airlines may require vaccination for travel. 
  • These policies can shift at any time, especially for entry to specific sites at your program location or airline travel.  
  • Being unvaccinated increases your chances of serious illness, which may impact your ability to participate in activities (in addition to the impacts noted under the next section, “Financial Implications”).
  • If you do not receive the COVID-19 vaccination, you are risking your health and potentially your ability to participate in part or all of the program.  
Financial Implications
  • If you are not up to date on the COVID-19 vaccination and your program requires it (even if that requirement was not in place at the time of initial application), you will still be held responsible for the program’s withdrawal policies. If certain sites/activities during the program are only accessible to participants who are vaccinated (such as entry to a museum), you will not receive a refund for activities in which you cannot participate.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, if quarantine or isolation is necessary or you are required to arrive early or stay behind due to isolation requirements, you will be responsible for making arrangements and any additional expenses. 
Your Responsibilities
  • You are responsible for ensuring that you understand any vaccination requirements for your program of choice prior to departure and throughout the program. 
  • If a state requires any type of vaccination proof (electronic system, physical copy, etc.), you are responsible for understanding these requirements and following them.
  • Although UD strives to stay up to date on vaccination requirements for various places, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to research and stay up to date on this information. If you can no longer participate in a program due to a vaccination requirement, you are responsible for notifying the office that manages your program at UD as soon as possible so your withdrawal from the program can go into effect immediately. (See below for one source of information on vaccination requirements.)
If you have any questions regarding vaccination and travel, please contact the Global and Intercultural Affairs Center at gia@udayton.edu.