Due to the modified Chicago Emergency Travel Order, ​​​​​​we are issuing revised guidance for personal travel to states colored red or orange on the travel order map. In line with protocol for employees of Rush University Medical Center, we ask that students, faculty and staff refrain from personal travel unless absolutely necessary. Additionally, the City of Chicago has issued an official advisory asking all Chicago residents to stay home to curb the spread of COVID-19. This advisory asks that you avoid gathering with friends or family outside of your home for the holiday or otherwise.

It is very difficult to ask this of our students, faculty and staff members. However, it is necessary in order to protect each other and prevent overwhelming the nation’s hospitals with increasing cases of COVID-19.

Stay-at-Home Advisory

The Stay-at-Home Advisory goes into effect Monday, November 16, 2020. Individuals living and working in Chicago are advised not to leave their homes except to work, attend school, seek medical care, shop for groceries, go to a pharmacy or pick up takeout food. Students are expected to follow these guidelines and continue to participate in classes virtually. Students currently engaged in clinical rotations may continue for now, pending the possibility of further requirements from city or state authorities. We will issue further guidance if anything changes regarding attendance to program-required activities.

Emergency Travel Order

If you decide to travel, against Rush university recommentations, please go to the CDPH website to view the state maps and determine if you will be required to quarantine upon your return to Chicago. All Rush University students, faculty and staff are required to abide by the CDPH order, and may not return to campus until after travel quarantine requirements are completed.

This holiday season will be unlike any other, and COVID-19 related anxiety is affecting many of us. Please know that Rush University’s Center for Clinical Wellness is available for counseling appointments and the Rush Wellness Assistance Program is available for 24/7 support. Both of these resources may be utilized by all students, faculty and staff at Rush University.

Business Travel

Rush has suspended all University participation in business travel, conferences or gatherings until further notice.