ACHA Travel Policies for Students and Employees

The Allegheny College Health Agency has developed travel policies that are designed to keep the campus community as safe as possible and help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Members of the campus community are expected to review these policies and adhere to them; please contact ACHA at healthagency@allegheny.edu with questions about the policies or traveling to/from campus.

Updated: 03/17/21

Employee Travel Policy

The CDC recently updated its travel guidelines, which are more stringent than the Pennsylvania travel guidelines. Allegheny College strives to provide the highest level of safety in the workplace, so we will follow the CDC guidelines for travel.

Employees who travel away from home overnight, within Crawford County or beyond, are required to get an off-campus PCR COVID-19 test after returning home from travel and before returning to work. Please stay home until you get a negative test result. If you test positive, please isolate and contact ACHA for your return-to-work date. Email your test results to healthagency@allegheny.edu. Please note that the College is not able to provide testing for employees for personal travel or Allegheny-related travel; such testing must be arranged directly by the employee and obtained off campus. Both Vernon Express Care and Med Express in Meadville offer COVID-19 testing. When quarantine or isolation prevents you from working in person, please discuss working remotely or time off with your supervisor or Human Resources.

Vaccinated employees who fulfill all of the following requirements are not required to quarantine or test when returning to campus after travel:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of 1 dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
  • Are asymptomatic without symptoms of COVID-19
  • ACHA has reviewed your vaccine card

Employees who have an ACHA-approved exemption from testing due to a documented COVID-19 positive test result within the last 90 days do not need to quarantine after travel.

If Allegheny College should subsequently return to a “campus quarantine” phase, all College-sponsored travel should again be suspended.

Student Travel Policy

The travel policy for employees differs from the student travel policy because students live closely together in a congregant setting. Residential students are strongly discouraged from leaving campus to visit family and friends, both to protect themselves and to protect others.

We know the temptation to visit local cities such as Erie and Pittsburgh is strong. However, students are encouraged to stay on campus and use carry-out, curbside pickup, and delivery services available through local restaurants and stores. If students do make trips off campus, they should adhere to the College’s guidance related to physical distancing and face coverings.

Students are permitted to leave campus and return the same day for medical appointments. Please limit stops and use caution when doing so. When there is no campus quarantine, students do not need to seek permission from ACHA for appointments that will be attended without an overnight stay off campus.

Requests to leave campus overnight should be submitted through the Off-Campus and Travel Request form.

Travel-related Quarantine

Given the rate of COVID-19 transmission on our campus, quarantine in Edwards Hall is no longer available for travelers. Any student who leaves campus overnight (including to the student’s primary residence, within Crawford County or beyond) is required to quarantine as detailed below. To better understand the reasoning behind the day 5 PCR test, please review the isolation and quarantine guidelines, which describe the incubation period for COVID-19 and its likely peak on day 5.

Social Events

If a student leaves campus to attend a social event, the event date is considered day 0. Off-campus quarantine begins the next day, which is day 1. On day 5, the student obtains a PCR test. When the student receives PCR test results, they should send it to ACHA for review. If the test is negative, the student will then be approved to return to campus at their earliest convenience.

Sample Social Event Timeline

Day 0

Saturday
Attend funeral
Sunday
Visit bereaved family and attend dinner

Days 1–7

Quarantine at off-campus location, learn remotely

Day 5

Obtain PCR test

Day 7

Email negative PCR test results to ACHA

Day 8

Return to campus


Family Visits

If a student leaves campus to visit family overnight (within Crawford County or beyond) the arrival date is considered day 0. If no socialization is planned, the student begins off-campus quarantine the next day. On day 5, the student obtains a PCR test. When the student receives PCR test results, they should send it to ACHA for review. The student will then be approved to return to campus at their earliest convenience.

Sample Family Visit Timeline

Day 0

Arrive at parents’ home

Days 1–7

Stay at parents’ home only, in quarantine, learn remotely

Day 5

Obtain PCR test

Day 7

Email negative PCR test results to ACHA

Day 8

Return to campus


If a student receives PCR test results sooner, ACHA will review it ASAP because the goal is to get students back on campus.

Vaccinated students who fulfill all of the following requirements are not required to quarantine or test when returning to campus after travel:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of 1 dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
  • Are asymptomatic without symptoms of COVID-19
  • ACHA has reviewed your vaccine card

Students who have an ACHA-approved exemption from testing due to documented a COVID-19 test within the last 90 days do not need to quarantine when returning to campus after travel.