All students returning to campus property in any capacity must comply with the restrictions, requirements, and behavioral expectations the College and state and local authorities are putting in place to promote public health with respect to COVID-19.
Note: The term COVID-19 and COVID are used interchangeably below.
The College expects that all members of our community take an active role in understanding the institution's adjustments to behavioral expectations and conditions to access campus facilities. All individuals are encouraged to report COVID-19 related concerns to the College’s COVID Response Team via the COVID-19 Compliance Reporting Form. Emergency circumstances or concerns requiring immediate assistance should be directed to the Department of Public Safety at 508-793-2222. Thank you for doing your part to help us stay together.
In addition to what is stipulated in the College's Community Standards Process and Procedures, compliance with all expectations in the Holy Cross Community Commitment, the COVID-19 Response and Reopening website or other policies or applicable law or guidance will be a condition of accessing residence halls, classrooms, dining locations, and services on campus.
If, at any point, a student is unable to meet specified commitments, the College expects that student to voluntarily return to their permanent residence and complete their coursework remotely (if applicable), thus agreeing not to return to campus property for the duration of the academic semester. Otherwise, failing to comply may result in the following institutional response:
- Daily Symptom Checking: If a student does not comply with daily symptom checking, their HC Clear status will immediately be revoked until the student returns to compliance. This will prohibit the student from accessing campus facilities including, but not limited to, the Luth Athletic Complex, Dinand Library and Kimball Dining Hall. Complete your daily symptom checker via HC Clear.
- Universal Mask Policy and Social Distancing: If a student is not wearing a face covering or respecting the “6-foot rule” of physical distancing, the student shall be asked to put on a face covering and maintain appropriate physical distance. Should these concerns occur in a classroom, the faculty member shall not proceed with instruction until the student uses a face covering, maintains appropriate physical distance or leaves. Likewise, concerned staff may ask a student to leave a particular campus space or close the space entirely because of non-compliance with these protocols. Either of these situations may also result in a referral to the Office of Student Integrity and Community Standards for appropriate follow-up. Repeated violations of the Universal Mask Policy and/or any singular incident involving a student’s refusal or intentional disregard of such requirements will result in loss of access to campus + additional administrative sanctions assigned as appropriate.
- COVID-19 Testing Requirements - Schedule Your Test Via HC Clear
- Specific on-campus testing requirements for students are as follows (subject to change):
- All students enrolled in the on-campus testing protocol are required to test at least 2x/week (a week is defined as Sunday -> Saturday).
- Students are not required to test on the same days each week.
- Tests obtained on consecutive days will not constitute compliance (i.e. if a student’s first test occurs on a Monday, the student will not be refused a test the next day, Tuesday, but must test again before the end of the week in order to remain compliant.
- If extraordinary circumstances arise and the student believes they will not be able to satisfy the on-campus COVID testing requirement for a specific timeframe, the student must notify the COVID response team in advance by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org before any gap in compliance occurs. The student will then need to provide the COVID response team (email@example.com) with a copy of the student’s negative PCR results, obtained within 72 hours prior to the student’s return to campus property. The student may not return to campus property until this documentation is provided. Students who travel out of state must also comply with the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Travel Order. When the student returns to campus with the above-noted requirement satisfied, the student is also encouraged to obtain an on-campus COVID test as soon as possible.
- The first time a student is out of compliance with COVID-19 testing, the student will receive a written warning message from the Office of Student Integrity and Community Standards with a directive to complete an on-campus COVID-19 test as soon as possible. The student’s parent(s) and/or guardian(s) will be informed of this intervention in writing.
- The second time a student is out of compliance with COVID-19 testing, an appointment will be scheduled between the student and a representative from the Office of Student Integrity and Community Standards. A decision will be made as to whether or not the student can continue to access campus. In cases where campus access is revoked, residential students will be directed to vacate their residence hall and finish coursework remotely. Non-residential students will not be permitted access to campus property for the duration of the academic semester. In cases where campus access is not revoked, the student will be directed to complete an on-campus COVID-19 test as soon as possible. In either case, the student’s parent(s) and/or guardian(s) will be informed of this intervention in writing.
- The above-noted requirements remain even if a student has received a COVID-19 vaccine.
- Specific on-campus testing requirements for students are as follows (subject to change):
- Isolation/Quarantine Protocol Requirements
- Any student who does not adhere to any aspect of required isolation/quarantine protocols risks revocation of campus access privileges, suspension or dismissal.
- Any other violation of College policy that occurs while a student is in isolation/quarantine (e.g. violations of the Alcohol and Drug Policy) will constitute aggravating circumstances and result in enhanced sanctions up to, and including, revocation of campus access privileges, suspension or dismissal.
- On-Campus Residence and Off-Campus Residence Gatherings
- Large gatherings are prohibited. Any student determined to be responsible for hosting a large gathering places their student status in jeopardy. This means that a student is likely to have their campus access privileges revoked, may be suspended or dismissed from the College. Any student attending a large gathering is also subject to disciplinary action.
- Gatherings in private off-campus residences that exceed the total number of persons present will be considered “large.” Off-campus students are responsible for adherence to guidance and/or directives provided by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and affirmed by the College as it relates to the total number of persons present.
Regulations for gatherings in on-campus residence halls will coincide with the College’s color-coded campus alert level system. Specifically:
Students who also reside in the same residence hall may visit one another’s room up to the occupancy limit (occupancy limit = all persons).
Bedroom = occupancy limit 2
Suites/Apartments = occupancy limit 6
Only the residents assigned to the specific room or suite may occupy the space. No other persons permitted.
- On-Campus Student Identification and Guest Prohibitions
- All students must wear or otherwise keep their HC ID Card visible at all times while on campus property.
- On-campus residents may not host any guest that is not otherwise also assigned to their same residence hall building.
- Non-student guests are prohibited from campus property. On-campus students determined to be a host of a prohibited guest will have their on-campus access privileges revoked + additional administrative sanctions assigned as appropriate.
- Any attempt by any person to enter a residence hall to which they are not assigned or any other campus facility without authorization constitutes a violation of College policy.
- Modification of Community Standards Procedures
- The College retains the right to determine, in its sole discretion, if it will address a report of misconduct outside of procedures established in the College’s Community Standards Process and Procedures when the safety of the College community is at risk, if the material facts are undisputed, if there are extenuating circumstances involving any party, and/or it is otherwise in the best interest of the College and/or the community to do so. The Director, or designee, may modify the procedures after taking into consideration the support and privacy needs of the parties and/or other potential hearing participants. This may include, but is not limited to, alteration of the hearing room, use of multiple rooms, video-conferencing equipment, or other electronic means. The timely resolution of allegations that surface at specific points in the academic year (e.g. summer and winter intercessions, shortly before the end of classes and/or commencement exercises) may also require modification in the event facilitator and/or panelist availability is significantly affected. The terms of any sanction may be modified and the selection of sanctions is not limited to what is outlined solely in the above-referenced Community Standards document.