University travel for the purposes of attending research conferences will be allowed, contingent on the ability to travel safely, the local guidelines at the destination, and available funding. Faculty seeking to attend an in-person conference will need to request and receive approval from their dean prior to making any travel plans. Note that University funding for conference attendance will be limited. Essential travel is also allowed for conducting research, defined at this time as travel to locations outside of the Milwaukee metropolitan area to perform research that cannot be done via remote alternatives and that is time-sensitive and cannot be reasonably postponed (e.g., work with project deadlines, grant milestones, funding timelines, faculty at critical career junctures, graduate students who need to complete degree requirements, or field work with seasonally dependent data collection).
Researchers who wish to engage in essential research travel, as defined above, must request and receive permission from their dean prior to scheduling any travel. The general university travel guidance provided above must be followed. Faculty (including graduate students on assistantships) should discuss with their deans how to mitigate potential impact on other university duties if they end up needing to quarantine after returning or if they cannot return as initially planned, as part of the approval process. Note that travel to international destinations, whether for conferences or for conducting research, will be reviewed with respect to the current U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories.