Ongoing Coronavirus Monitoring, New Travel Warnings Issued

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Syracuse University continues to closely monitor the rapidly evolving developments related to the novel coronavirus. Five cases are now confirmed in the U.S., and there are dozens of other suspected cases.

Travel Warnings

Because the virus is spreading beyond borders as the result of international travel, the following warnings have been issued:

  • The U.S. Department of State elevated its warnings on travel, advising that Americans avoid any travel plans to all parts of China, not just the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Warning advising that Americans avoid all nonessential travel to China.

Accordingly, we strongly encourage all faculty and staff to pay close attention to CDC and State Department warnings in contemplating their travels to China, and check your inbox regularly for updates from the University.

Syracuse University Travel Registry

In addition, as you may be aware, Syracuse University has a new travel and safety policy, which is currently under review by several University Senate committees. Given the recent international concern over the spread of the virus—and its impact on international travel to and from the China—we are moving forward with expediting the international travel registry. This measure will add a greater layer of protection to our campus community while respecting the academic, scholarly and research mission of our university:

  • All members of our campus community will be required to register any international travel they are undertaking for University business, regardless of length and destination, prior to their departure (Syracuse Abroad program participants are already registered).
    • Registration essentially means letting the University know about dates of travel, destinations and contact information in case we need to reach them or an emergency contact.
    • To register, send an email to identifying the traveler(s), relevant SU I.D. number(s), all destinations and the dates of travel. Please direct registration questions to Seth Tucker, director of global safety and support, or at 315.443.1968.

Self-Report China Travel

Finally, if you have been to China in the last 14 days, we ask that you self-report this travel by contacting Seth Tucker, director of global safety and support, or at 315.443.1968. This information will be treated as confidential.

Safety Precautions

We continue to remain acutely focused on education and prevention efforts to contain the spread of any communicable illness, given that we are also in the middle of flu season. We urge you to remain diligent. Students should call the Barnes Center at The Arch (315.443.8000) and faculty and staff should contact their primary care physician should they develop symptoms of a respiratory illness, including fever, cough or shortness of breath. To learn more about preventive health practices, please visit the Barnes Center at The Arch website.

We will continue to monitor the information, protocols and recommendations from the CDC and the New York State Department of Health. And we will continue provide regular updates to our community.


Steven Bennett
Senior Vice President for Academic Operations

Tony Callisto
Senior Vice President for Safety and Chief Law Enforcement Officer

Dr. Karen Nardella
Medical Director, Barnes Center at The Arch