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Travel vs. Local Events & Activities

​​​​Last Updated: March 16, 2021

Travel is defined as attendance at any event, conference, or activity occurring because of university business outside the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will. Activities within these counties are considered local and should reference the “Local Events & Activities” Guide. DePaul will be determining whether students are allowed to participate in local events & activities or travel based on the Restore Illinois Plan. To find out the current phase for the State of Illinois, please check the State of Illinois Regional Phase Dashboard. As a reminder, Chicago is Region 11 and DePaul will use the current phase for Region 11 to determine travel and local events & activities protocol.

Overnight travel- whether local or otherwise- are not allowed at this time.

All events, activities, and meetings planned by student organizations, whether on or off-campus, must be registered through DeHub at least 10 business days prior to the event. Student organizations are required to review the Student Organization Events Protocol prior to hosting an event. Please visit the Planning In-Person Events page to learn more

  Local Events & Activities Travel
Defined Area Limited to Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties All places outside the defined local area
Restore Illinois Phase 3 (DePaul under Work From Home Order) Not allowed Not allowed
Restore Illinois Phase 3 (DePaul reopens) Follow recommendations of off-site venues and facilities
*Overnight events not allowed
Essential travel only
Restore Illinois Phase 4 Follow recommendations of off-site venues and facilities
*Overnight events not allowed
Essential travel only
Restore Illinois Phase 5 Follow recommendations of off-site venues and facilities Essential travel restriction lifted; Follow recommendations of off-site venues and facilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Student essential travel is defined as:

  • Travel for academic credit that is necessary to meet a graduation requirement, cannot be postponed or achieved through an alternative assignment.
  • Travel for academic credit as part of a study abroad or domestic study away program
  • Travel that will cause significant disruption to university operations if it does not occur, such as Athletics.

Students traveling should confer with their responsible faculty or staff member. The faculty or staff member may recommend a student’s travel as essential to the responsible department head and the department head may recommend to the Dean or VP. Deans and VPs are responsible for ensuring department heads and chairs are aware of and adhere to the required approval process.

For all student travelers: If travel is approved and deemed essential, it is of utmost importance that all students traveling outside the identified counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will or abroad for university-related purposes register their travel before their expected departure and update this information as changes occur, before and during travel. Registration is an important step in reducing the risks of traveling abroad and helps keep the university community safe, especially in environments with heightened health risks such as COVID-19.

These guidelines only apply to travel, events, and activities occurring because of university business or because of your membership as part of a student organization. If you are unsure if your trip needs to follow these guidelines, please email us at studentorgs@depaul.edu.

The City of Chicago continues to have an emergency travel order in place.  More information on this travel order can be found here.  DePaul community members who chose to travel to states, regions, or territories with a travel advisory will be required to quarantine before returning to campus.

Yes. All events, activities, and meetings planned by student organizations, whether on or off-campus, must be registered through DeHub at least 10 business days prior to the event. Please visit the Planning In-Person Events page to learn more. When you are ready to start the process to register your event, visit dehub.depaul.edu and submit your event through your organization's portal.