02/28/20: Important Health Advisory Update #7: Update on Novel Coronavirus and New Travel Guidance

To: Stevens Community
From: Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Warren Petty, Vice President for Human Resources
Date: February 28, 2020
Re: Important Health Advisory Update #7: Update on Novel Coronavirus and New Travel Guidance

At this time, there have been no cases of novel coronavirus reported to Stevens’ Student Health Services and there have been no cases in New Jersey. Please monitor these advisories carefully since the situation is rapidly changing.

Guidelines for Stevens-Sponsored Travel Restrictions
Stevens faculty, staff and students are prohibited from traveling to China, South Korea, Italy, Japan and Iran on Stevens’ behalf until further notice.  The following types of travel are considered “Stevens-sponsored”:

  • Stevens provides funding for the trip (e.g., stipend, scholarship, employee reimbursement, etc.)
  • The trip is externally funded and Stevens is the recipient and/or has an agreement with the organization (e.g., sponsored research, corporate funded, funded by a vendor or another organization, etc.)
  • University business will be conducted on the trip
  • The trip is led by or includes Stevens’ faculty or staff
  • Stevens has an agreement with the relevant foreign university or study abroad provider involved with the trip

Due to recent CDC warnings, Stevens-sponsored travel to Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Hong Kong must be approved in advance and trips will be approved on a case by case basis.  The CDC recommends that older adults and those with chronic medical conditions consider postponing nonessential travel to these countries. In most instances, Stevens-sponsored student or group travel will not be approved to these countries. Please contact the individuals below who will forward your travel information to the academic and administrative leadership to determine if the trip will be approved.  

Faculty and Staff:  Warren Petty, Vice President for Human Resources ([email protected])
Graduate Students:  Nathalie Waite, Director of Graduate Student Life ([email protected])
Undergraduate Students:  Kenneth Nilsen, Dean of Students ([email protected])

Guidelines for Personal Travel to China, South Korea, Italy, Japan, Iran, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Hong Kong
Stevens highly recommends that students, faculty and staff avoid all non-essential travel to the countries listed above.  If you must travel to these countries, please inform the individuals below to ensure that proper precautions are taken when you return.

Faculty and Staff:  Warren Petty, Vice President for Human Resources ([email protected])
Graduate Students:  Nathalie Waite, Director of Graduate Student Life ([email protected])
Undergraduate Students:  Kenneth Nilsen, Dean of Students ([email protected])

Guidelines for Returning from Stevens-sponsored or Personal Travel from China, South Korea, Italy, Japan, Iran, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Hong Kong
Faculty, staff and students who have traveled to the above countries may not return to campus until 14 days from the date you departed from the country.  This includes any Stevens-sponsored travel or personal travel. The contacts listed below will make arrangements with your instructors or supervisors while you remain off campus:

Faculty and Staff:  Warren Petty, Vice President for Human Resources ([email protected])
Graduate Students:  Nathalie Waite, Director of Graduate Student Life ([email protected])
Undergraduate Students:  Kenneth Nilsen, Dean of Students ([email protected])

Before returning to campus, students must call Student Health Services (201-216-8106) and faculty and staff must call Human Resources (201-216-5122) to receive permission to return. The CDC has provided a website about what to expect upon your return.

Guidelines for Visitors and Guests Who Are Traveling to Stevens from China, South Korea, Italy, Japan, Iran, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand or Hong Kong
Visitors and guests to the Stevens campus who are traveling from these countries must follow the same precautions as Stevens faculty, staff, and students and will be prohibited from visiting campus until 14 days from the date of departure.  if you are planning an event, conference, or other type of gathering where visitors who are from or may have recently visited these countries will be invited or may attend, please contact the following individuals for guidance:

Faculty and Staff:  Warren Petty, Vice President for Human Resources ([email protected])
Graduate Students:  Nathalie Waite, Director of Graduate Student Life ([email protected])
Undergraduate Students:  Kenneth Nilsen, Dean of Students ([email protected])

Health and Safety Precautions
Practice good hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water as often as possible, and by covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve. 

Stay home if you are sick with a respiratory illness and/or a fever.  Please go home immediately if you are on campus and begin to feel ill.  Remain home until you are free of fever (temperature should be lower than 100.4 F) or until you are symptom-free for 24 hours without the use of medication. 

Please be aware that many people experience flu, colds and other types of infections at this time of year.  At times, health care providers (and our Student Health Center) provide masks to patients to avoid the spread of infection.  These precautions do not indicate novel coronavirus infection.

For additional information, the following resources are available:
U.S. State Department
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
State of New Jersey  
NJ Prepares for Potential Coronavirus Cases 24-hour public hotline: 800-222-1222
Stevens Health Advisories are posted on our website.  


02/25/20: Important Health Advisory Update #6: Travel to South Korea and Additional Information

To: Stevens Community
From: Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Warren Petty, Vice President for Human Resources
Date: February 25, 2020
Re: Important Health Advisory Update #6: Travel to South Korea and Additional Information

At this time, there have been no cases of novel coronavirus reported to Stevens’ Student Health Services and there have been no cases in New Jersey. 

Recently, the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) raised its alert to level 3 (its highest level) for travel to South Korea and recommends that non-essential travel to South Korea be avoided.  

Stevens faculty, staff and students are prohibited from traveling to South Korea and China on behalf of Stevens until further notice. 

The CDC has also recently issued level 2 warnings for Italy, Japan and Iran due to sustained community spread of the novel coronavirus. The CDC recommends that older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel to these countries.

Returning from Travel to China or South Korea
Faculty, staff and students who have traveled to or through China or South Korea in the last 14 days, may not return to campus until 14 days from the date you departed from China or South Korea.  The contacts listed below will make arrangements with your instructors or supervisors while you remain off campus:
Faculty and Staff:  Warren Petty, Vice President for Human Resources
Graduate Students:  Nathalie Waite, Director of Graduate Student Life
Undergraduate Students:  Kenneth Nilsen, Dean of Students

Before returning to campus, students must call Student Health Services (201-216-8106) and faculty and staff must call Human Resources (201-216-5122) to receive permission to return. In accordance with CDC guidance, a written letter from a healthcare provider is not needed.  The CDC has provided a website about what to expect when traveling. 

Traveling to China or South Korea
Faculty, students and staff are prohibited from traveling to China on behalf of the University until further notice and we strongly urge faculty, staff, and students to avoid personal travel to China and South Korea at this time.   Faculty, staff, and students who undertake personal travel to China or South Korea must inform the University in advance and follow the guidance above upon their return.

Visitors and Guests who are traveling from China or South Korea
Visitors and guests to campus who are traveling from China or South Korea must follow the same precautions as Stevens faculty, staff, and students and will be prohibited from visiting campus until 14 days from the date of departure from China. 

Health and Safety Precautions
Stay home if you are sick with a respiratory illness and/or a fever.  Please go home immediately if you are on campus and begin to feel ill.  Remain home until you are free of fever (temperature should be lower than 100.4 F) or until you are symptom-free for 24 hours without the use of medication. 

Practice good hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water as often as possible, and by covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve. 

Please be aware that many people experience flu, colds and other types of infections at this time of year.  At times, health care providers provide masks to patients to avoid the spread of infection.  These precautions do not indicate novel coronavirus infection.

For additional information, the following resources are available:
U.S. State Department
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
State of New Jersey  
NJ Prepares for Potential Coronavirus Cases 24-hour public hotline: 800-222-1222
Stevens Health Advisories are posted on our website.  

Thank you for your attention to this important advisory. 


02/13/20: Important Health Advisory Update #5: CDC Guidelines for Employers

To: Stevens Community
From: Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Warren Petty, Vice President for Human Resources
Date: February 13, 2020
Re: Important Health Advisory Update #5: CDC Guidelines for Employers

At this time, there have been no cases of novel coronavirus reported to Stevens’ Student Health Services and there have been no cases in New Jersey. 

Recently, the Center for Disease Control issued Guidance for Businesses and Employers.

We have revised our procedures for faculty, students and staff returning from China to comply with the CDC guidance.   Revised guidance is below:

Returning from Travel to China (Revised)
Faculty, staff and students who have traveled to or through China in the last 14 days, may not return to campus until 14 days from the date you departed from China.  The contacts listed below will make arrangements with your instructors or supervisors while you remain off campus:
Faculty and Staff:  Warren Petty, Vice President for Human Resources
Graduate Students:  Nathalie Waite, Director of Graduate Student Life
Undergraduate Students:  Kenneth Nilsen, Dean of Students

Before returning to campus, students must call Student Health Services (201-216-8106) and faculty and staff must call Human Resources (201-216-5122) to receive permission to return. In accordance with CDC guidance, a written letter from a healthcare provider is not needed.  The CDC has provided a website about what to expect upon your return from China.

Traveling to China (No Change)
Faculty, students and staff are prohibited from traveling to China on behalf of the University until further notice and we strongly urge faculty, staff, and students to avoid personal travel to China at this time.   Faculty, staff, and students who undertake personal travel to China must inform the University in advance and follow the guidance above upon their return.

Visitors and Guests who are traveling from China (No Change)
Visitors and guests to campus who are traveling from China must follow the same precautions as Stevens faculty, staff, and students and will be prohibited from visiting campus until 14 days from the date of departure from China. 

Health and Safety Precautions
Stay home if you are sick with a respiratory illness and/or a fever.  Please go home immediately if you are on campus and begin to feel ill.  Remain home until you are free of fever (temperature should be lower than 100.4 F) or until you are symptom-free for 24 hours without the use of medication. 

Practice good hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water as often as possible, and by covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve. 

Please be aware that many people experience flu, colds and other types of infections at this time of year.  At times, health care providers provide masks to patients to avoid the spread of infection.  These precautions do not indicate novel coronavirus infection.

For additional information, the following resources are available:
U.S. State Department
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
State of New Jersey  
NJ Prepares for Potential Coronavirus Cases 24-hour public hotline: 800-222-1222
Stevens Health Advisories are posted on our website.  

 Thank you for your attention to this important advisory. 


02/05/20: Important Health Advisory Update #4: Travel to and From China and Visitors to Campus

To: Stevens Community
From: Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Warren Petty, Vice President for Human Resources
Date: February 5, 2020
Re: Important Health Advisory Update #4: Travel to and From China and Vistors to Campus

At this time, there have been no cases of novel coronavirus reported to Stevens’ Student Health Services and clinical staff members and the Stevens Emergency Management Team are prepared if someone presents to Student Health Services with symptoms and a clinical history that may indicate the novel coronavirus.  To date, there have been no cases in New Jersey. 

Faculty, Staff and Students Returning from China
Faculty, staff and students who have traveled to or through China in the last 14 days, may not return to campus until 14 days from the date you departed from China.  You must provide written clearance from your health provider before returning to campus.  The CDC has provided a website about what to expect upon your return from China.

The contacts listed below will make arrangements with your instructors or supervisors while you remain off campus.
Faculty and Staff:  Warren Petty, Vice President for Human Resources
Graduate Students:  Nathalie Waite, Director of Graduate Student Life
Undergraduate Students:  Kenneth Nilsen, Dean of Students

Faculty, Staff and Students who are planning travel to China
Faculty, staff and students are prohibited from traveling to China on behalf of the University until further notice.

We strongly urge faculty, staff, and students to avoid personal travel to China at this time.   Faculty, staff, and students who undertake personal travel to China must inform the University in advance and will be prohibited from returning to campus for 14 days from the date of departure from China and must provide a note from your health provider clearing you to return.  See who to contact above.

Visitors to Campus from China
Visitors and guests to campus who are traveling from China must follow the same precautions as Stevens faculty, staff, and students and will be prohibited from visiting campus until 14 days from the date of departure from China. 

Health and Safety Precautions
We urge all members of our community to stay home if you are sick, consider getting a flu shot and wash your hands often.  If you develop respiratory symptoms or fever within 14 days of travel, students should call Student Health Services at 201-216-8106 before appearing so as not to infect others and employees should contact their primary care physician or urgent care facility.  If these options are not possible, please visit the closest hospital emergency room.

Please be aware that many people experience flu, colds and other types of infections at this time of year.  At times, health care providers provide masks to patients to avoid the spread of infection.  These precautions do not indicate novel coronavirus infection.

The following informational resources are available:
U.S. State Department
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
State of New Jersey  

Stevens Health Advisories are posted on our website.  

We know that many members of the Stevens community have family, friends and colleagues in China.  They are in our thoughts during this difficult time.

Thank you for your attention to this important advisory.