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Travel vs. Local Events & Activities

Last Updated: July 29, 2020

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. As of 7/1/2020, the State of Illinois is in Phase Four so students are allowed to follow recommendations of off site venues and facilities for local events & activities. During this stage, only essential travel is allowed.

Travel Matrix

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.

DePaul is utilizing a virtual portal for the travel process. We are finalizing the details for the virtual portal and hope to launch it in the upcoming weeks.

Beginning Thursday, July 2, the City of Chicago issued an emergency travel order, directing travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. This includes both Chicago residents returning from travel to a designated state, and travelers arriving in Chicago from a designated state.

To see the current listing of state's affected by the the Travel Order, please visit the City of Chicago's site here. States listed on the Emergency Travel Order will not be approved for travel exemptions.