This policy will be evaluated regularly and updated when the situation warrants a change. The safety of everyone on the MBKU campus depends on all travelers following these rules.
University Sponsored Travel
The University will approve faculty, staff and students attending domestic professional meetings and conferences beginning July 1, 2021.
However, before you commit to attendance, please review the following items to determine your level of risk in attending.
Your vaccination status should weigh in heavily on the decision to participate in a significant way.
RISK FACTORS TO CONSIDER
- The number of COVID-19 cases within the community: High or increasing levels of local infection could increase the risk of spread among attendees.
- Potential for exposure during travel: Airports, airplanes, bus stations, buses, train stations, trains and public transport are all places where physical distancing might be challenging and ventilation could be poor.
- Length of the event: Longer meetings pose greater risk. Being within six feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more (over a 24-hour period) greatly increases the risk of becoming infected.
- The setting: Indoor events, especially in places with poor ventilation, pose more risk than outdoor events.
- Number of people attending: The more people there are at an event, the greater the likelihood for exposure. Planners must also consider crowding, and should implement modified room layouts or block off seats to ensure social distancing.
- Behavior or attendees: Events where unvaccinated people do not maintain physical distancing and/or do not wear a mask correctly can increase the risk of contagion.