COVID-19 Updates and Plans
Your resource for all plans, news, and updates regarding the changes to our campus community due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID Community Level: Yellow
We are currently in an area of medium transmission. Masks are optional in most cases.
The campus will update the website if the number of student cases on campus surpasses 1% of the total student population or 32 cases.
Recommended Actions Based on Current Level
- To report a positive case, please fill out Covid-19 Reporting Form (for faculty and staff only).
- Stay up to date on vaccination, including recommended booster doses.
- Maintain ventilation improvements.
- Avoid contact with people who have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
- Follow recommendations for isolation if you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
- Follow the recommendations for what to do if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19.
- If you are at high risk of getting very sick, talk with a healthcare provider about additional prevention actions.
- Test if you experience COVID-19 symptoms.
Latest News and Updates
Moving forward, please refer to this page for the latest COVID-related news and updates regarding academics, campus services, and residence life.
Reporting Covid-19 (For Faculty and Staff)
New CDC Guidance
As we enter the fourth academic year affected by COVID-19, it is important to note that the virus is still circulating globally. However, the high level of vaccinations and the available treatments and tools such as rapid tests and masks have substantially lowered the risk of severe illness for the vast majority of individuals.
The current status has led to changes in the guidance from the CDC and other public health experts.
At this time, we are focusing our efforts on sustainable measures that will further reduce significant illness as well as enable us to continue to allow us to serve the community and ensure that students’ academic, social, and mental health needs are met.Keep reading announcement»
Update to Quarantine and Isolation Policy
As per the Isolation policy:
Those with symptoms waiting for test results must:
- Isolate until test result is received.
Those with no symptoms but a positive test must:
- Isolate for 5 days, counting day 0 as the day the test was collected. Isolation ends after day 5.
- Isolate for 10 days if unable to wear a well-fitting surgical, N95, or KN95 mask ondays 6-10.
Those with symptoms and a positive test must:
- Isolate a minimum of 5 days, day 0 is the day symptoms start. Isolation ends after day 5.
- Isolate until fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication and until other symptoms have improved.
- Isolate for 10 days if unable to wear a well-fitting surgical, N95, or KN95 mask on days 6-10.
- Immunocompromised individuals should speak to their physician for additional recommendations.
As per the quarantine policy for those with known exposure to COVID-19:
- Regardless of vaccination status, individuals should get tested at least five days after exposure if possible.
- Regardless of vaccination status, you do not have to quarantine after being designated a close contact of a positive case.
- Wear a high quality mask for 10 days and get tested on day 5.
- If symptoms develop, test as soon as possible. If positive, isolate for 5 days from symptom onset or (if no symptoms) from the date that the test was collected.
- Those who have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days do not need to test unless symptoms develop.
For further guidance and to report a positive case or contact:
- Students who test positive should be in touch with Health Services for guidance in terms of their symptoms and the appropriate quarantine or isolation time.
- Employees should report any positive cases to Human Resources as soon as possible and be in touch with their personal physicians should they have questions about their symptoms.
Visitors are defined as any individual who requires access to campus facilities and is not an employee (faculty or staff), currently enrolled student, or a campus resident. Employees of certain vendors, contractors, volunteers, tenants, and other groups are considered visitors.
The Campus Host is a college office/department, employee, or registered student organization requiring or inviting a visitor to come on campus.
All visitors are required to follow health and safety protocols adopted by the college and as required by federal, state, and local regulations. This includes self-monitoring of COVID-19 symptoms before coming to campus. If a scheduled visitor tests positive for COVID-19 or is experiencing related symptoms they must reschedule their visit no less than ten days after their original appointment. In addition, visitors must comply with the College’s face-covering requirements.
Related Visitor Policies:
Institutions and offices on campus such as Facilities Management, the Neuberger Museum of Art, Chartwells, The Performing Arts Center, the office of Admissions, and the Athletics department may, in some cases, operate with slight variations to this procedure due to specific guidance from associations, insurance companies, and contractual obligations.
Policies governing residential visitors are covered in the Residential Guest Policy.
Updated August 10, 2022Keep reading announcement»