Health and Safety Guidelines for the Spring Semester 2022 

  • The College strongly encourages mask wearing for indoor settings but no longer requires them. People are asked to carry a mask with them and be respectful if asked to wear one.
  • There are circumstances that require mask wearing. For example, professors have the discretion to have students wear masks. Students participating in clinicals and/or internships may be required to wear a mask; likewise, for student-athletes in some situations. And masks will be required in Health Services and the Athletic Training facilities. 
  • Masks will continue to be required for close contacts of positive individuals (10 days), for those who are released from isolation at seven days (masks for 3 additional days), and those who have symptoms of COVID-19 (wear a mask and call Health Services for testing).
  • The College requires all students and employees to be fully vaccinated and strongly encourages a COVID-19 booster shot.
  • Do not attend in-person classes or come to campus if you have any symptoms of sore/scratchy throat, stuffy nose, headache, fever, chills, body aches, cough. Loss of taste/smell is a sign that you have had COVID for a few days. Contact Health Services immediately for guidance.
  • The College has the availability to provide rapid COVID antigen testing on campus for all students and employees. The testing lab is located at Sullivan Arena.
  • Every student who does not have immunity – which the College defines as receiving a booster, receiving a vaccination within the past six months, or testing positive for COVID in the past 90 days – will be required to participate in weekly testing. Unvaccinated employees who have been granted a vaccine exemption are required to report for weekly testing unless they have had a positive test within the last 90 days.
  • Students who test positive for COVID during the spring semester will be required to isolate at home if they reside within 100 miles of campus.
  • Those who must remain on campus will be assigned isolation housing. Meals will be delivered three times per day. A member of Health Services will check in with the student on a daily basis, but we do not have an infirmary on campus.
  • Even if you have received the COVID vaccine, especially with the developing variants, you can still get the COVID illness, but it may be a milder case. You will need to continue to follow all guidelines and protocols.
  • If you are isolating at home and asymptomatic, you may be re-tested by PCR or Antigen Test at an off-campus location one week later. At-home testing kit results are not acceptable.
    • Those who test negative after seven days, and do not have symptoms, may return to campus but will required to wear a mask when on campus and within 6 feet of others or unable to socially distance for the next three days. You will need to avoid travel and public transportation for a full 10 days.
    • Those who test positive after seven days will be unable to return to campus for 10 days. No further testing is needed.
    • Students may return to campus without testing after 10 days if their symptoms have resolved. Students who remain symptomatic at the 10-day point should stay home, and follow up with their health care provider.
    • Anyone who tests positive will be exempt from testing for 90 days.
    • The NCAA has a formal return-to-play protocol for Student-Athletes after having COVID. Please contact your Athletic Trainer for further information.
  • If you are identified as a close contact, and are not vaccinated, you will be required to quarantine at home for seven days and submit a negative COVID test before returning to campus. A PCR or Antigen test from a medical facility will be acceptable. At-home testing kit results are not acceptable.
  • If you are vaccinated and identified as a close contact, you need to wear a mask and test on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the 10-day incubation period.
  • These isolation protocols are based on the College’s experience with COVID-19 cases within the community since summer 2020. These guidelines are periodically reviewed and could be adjusted based on regional and campus data.