With 93% of students vaccinated by the start of classes Aug. 23, the College intends to return to a level of normalcy for the 2021-2022 academic year. At the same time, it is understood that COVID-19 has not gone away and therefore the community must be vigilant in preventing the spread of the virus. Changes to protocols may be necessary depending on the impact of COVID variants. This site provides general information relating to the College’s response to COVID-19; students are encouraged to visit the COVID-19 Student Resources page on Canvas for more specific information regarding student life.
The College requires all students enrolled in on-campus classes, whether they live on campus or off, be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Those requesting an exemption for medical or religious reasons were given the opportunity to petition the College in summer 2021.
Guidance on Face Coverings
Generally, masks are not required to be worn on campus for vaccinated students and employees. We ask that all people have masks with them, and to respect people’s requests to wear them if asked.
It is the responsibility of unvaccinated individuals to wear masks for their own protection, as they are at significantly higher risk of COVID-19. Anyone who shows signs of illness will be required to wear masks and may not attend classes or campus activities until testing negative for COVID-19.
There may be particular circumstances that require mask wearing. For example, students participating in clinicals and/or internships may be required to wear a mask. Professors also have the discretion to have students wear masks; likewise, student-athletes may be required to wear masks in some situations.
There may be times that another person requests that a mask be worn. We will respectfully honor one another with our compliance. Additionally, when going off-campus, students should be mindful that some establishments and national chains are requiring masks to enter. For these reasons, it is important to have a mask with you at all times.
Guidance on Testing
The College has the availability to provide rapid antigen testing on campus for all students and employees. We have established a satellite lab on campus and have a COVID lab technician who manages testing.
Unvaccinated students will be screened for COVID-19 with a rapid antigen test upon arrival to campus and then once weekly. Testing will take place at Sullivan Arena on Mondays at 7 a.m.
Unvaccinated student-athletes, during their competition season, will be tested three times a week, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 a.m. In addition to student-athletes, unvaccinated coaches, managers and Tier One staff members will need to be tested at the same cadence during the competition season.
Guidance on Physical Distancing
Although the six-foot distance protocol has been lifted, it is recommended that students maximize outdoor activities and maintain physical distance as much as possible.
Clean and Disinfect
Regularly disinfect your living space and personal items and work to mitigate the spread of germs in high contact areas.
Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands frequently and practice good hygiene to protect yourself and help stop the spread of COVID-19.