To protect the health and safety of our community, and in an effort to facilitate fall planning, the university will be extending the international travel ban on business and academic travel to the end of 2020, with ongoing review based on Government of Canada advisories.
This includes international travel for research activities, research placements, field courses, field trips and international exchanges, conference travel and all other university business travel. Anyone making international travel plans for the winter 2021 term should be cautious, and recognize that the travel ban could be extended into 2021 based on counsel provided by Health Canada, Global Affairs Canada and Canada Travel. University travel within Canada for business and academic purposes should be postponed or cancelled until Aug. 31, 2020. Any travel plans made after these dates should only be made if the fees are fully refundable.
The university will continue to monitor the government decisions and directives on international travel, and will make adjustments as required to the university’s policy on international business and academic travel, which may include shortening or lengthening the travel ban period. The health and safety of our faculty, staff and students will be first and foremost in our decision making. Faculty looking to make international travel plans for research purposes over the next 12 months should do so with caution, and ensure that only fully refundable travel arrangements are made.
During the current work-from-home directive for employees, with only essential services performing work on site, all university-sanctioned plans to travel within Canada are cancelled or postponed. These travel restrictions are aligned with the government and public health directives to shelter in place as much as possible.
It is strongly encouraged that any discretionary domestic travel plans that have been scheduled up to Aug. 31, 2020 at a minimum (e.g. conference attendance, workshop or professional development) be postponed or cancelled. Any domestic travel plans made after Aug. 31 should only be made if the fees are fully refundable.
The federal government has issued an advisory to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice. For personal travel, the university encourages all members of the Laurier community to follow the Global Affairs Canada travel advisory website and closely monitor the situation.
The health and safety of our students on international exchange is of utmost importance. Current practice will continue, whereby students will receive personalized counsel and advice. Together, the student, Laurier International, and the host institution will review the situation and determine the best course of action to complete the term.
Undergraduate students should contact academic advising in the faculty in which they are registered for appropriate support and counsel. Graduate students should contact their program advisor. Contact information is available on Laurier’s Academic Advising webpage.
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