Health and Safety

Health and safety are at the forefront of everyone’s concerns, and in the ever-evolving climate of the pandemic, the university has implemented new quarantine/isolation procedures and has updated information on mask distribution and booster availability.

COVID-19 Testing

Starting Monday, January 24, 2022, the university will offer walk-up symptomatic student testing 9:30-11:30 a.m., Monday-Friday, in the security booth at the entrance to West Campus residences. Testing will be available during Spring 2022.

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Quarantine / Isolation Policy

Our quarantine/isolation policy now aligns with the five-day recommendation from the CDC that has also been adopted by the state Department of Public Health. Under the new guidance, if an individual tests positive, they must isolate for five days at home. After that time (day 6 through day 10), if their symptoms are resolved or resolving, they should wear a mask when around all other people, and should return to campus. If their symptoms are not resolved within that period, they should remain isolated for the full 10 days.

Residential students and student-athletes who test positive must isolate at home for the first five days and if their symptoms are resolved after that time, they must have a negative antigen test before returning to their residence hall or athletic experience.  More details specific to these student populations will be provided in separate communication from the Office of Residence Life or Department of Athletics.

If someone is a close contact with an individual who has tested positive and they have received a booster shot or are still within the five months' vaccination period for Pfizer and Moderna (or two months for Johnson & Johnson), they do not need to quarantine. If they are unvaccinated or eligible for a booster, they should quarantine at home for five days and mask around anyone else for five days after that.

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Contact Tracing

Contact tracing will now be limited to residential students and athletes only. Essentially, we are now contact tracing for communal living situations only – mirroring state DPH guidelines for K-12 schools.

If you are a commuter student or an employee and report a positive case, you will receive a standard message describing the requirements for isolation and encouraging you to notify close contacts and your supervisor or, if you are a student, your faculty members. Faculty members should use this communication from their students to document students’ quarantine or isolation status.  The Dean of Students Office will not be sending individual notices to faculty about student quarantining or isolation.

    Masks

    Masks, including KN95s and N95s, which offer the most protection against the Delta and Omicron variants, will be available for distribution, starting Tuesday at the following locations: the Adanti Student Center Information Desk, the Buley Library Circulation and Security Desks and the Wintergreen Building Information Desk.

    To ensure a continued ample supply for all members of our community, please collect only one mask per person per day. You will not be able to pick them up for others (e.g., an entire office, class, organization, etc.). Please be considerate of those in our community who have a greater need for access to these masks.

    Booster Shots

    Booster shots are strongly encouraged for everyone on campus for the spring semester, with proven effectiveness against serious COVID symptoms. Weekly vaccination clinics – which are open to the public as well as to members of our campus community – will be held Thursday afternoons by Griffin Health, starting Jan. 20 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Schwartz Hall Programming Space, 320 Fitch Street. This walk-in clinic will also offer the pediatric COVID vaccine (for ages 5 to 11) as well as vaccinations for those aged 12 and up.

    Beginning in February, the vaccine clinic will be expanded to Thursday and Friday at the same times and location.

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