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This page was updated June 25, 2021

The following protocols are designed to allow for relaxation of COVID mitigation measures for fully vaccinated individuals. These protocols are developed based on at least 80% of our population (faculty, staff and students) being fully vaccinated. If our final vaccine percentage is lower than 80%, revisions may be made to the protocols.

Summer Updates to Campus Guidelines

The following changes will be in place on campus this summer, until Aug. 1. Any further updates will be made at that time based on the community's overall vaccination rate.

  • Vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear a mask indoors or outdoors.
    • Unvaccinated people — and those who haven’t submitted their vaccination status — must continue to wear a mask indoors.
    • Masking is still required by everyone in Health Services, the COVID-19 Testing Center in Hogan, Counseling Center.
  • Physical distancing requirements are lifted for vaccinated individuals.
    • Unvaccinated people should continue to maintain six feet of distance between themselves and others.
  • Indoor gatherings are permitted without capacity restriction 
  • No limitations on food and drink indoors

HC Our Shot Challenge

Keep up with the race between the classes to get vaccinated against COVID. The first class with 90% of students having at least one dose will get a special VIP food truck experience in September, and bragging rights over your fellow Crusaders. 

Important Dates

  • Students accessing campus for Summer term must upload vaccination status by June 1 to their Patient Portal
  • Fall students must upload vaccination status by July 15 to their Patient Portal
  • Students who have not uploaded their vaccination status or communicated with Health Services regarding their plans to obtain vaccination may NOT move into their residence halls or access campus until they do so.

All Students

  • Must report to Health Services any COVID symptoms or exposure to COVID-19
  • Can access COVID testing at our testing center on the fourth floor of Hogan. Monday and Wednesday 9 am to 5 pm, and Thursday 2 pm to 7 pm. Please schedule an appointment via HC Clear 
  • Will be able to isolate in campus Isolation/Quarantine space in the event that they test positive.
  • Will be able to quarantine in campus Isolation/Quarantine space in the event that they are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and live greater than 250 miles from campus, or have been granted an exemption from returning home to quarantine.

Distancing

  • If our community does not reach an 80% vaccination rate, distancing requirements may still apply to locations such as:
    • Kimball;
    • The Jo;
    • Official college-sponsored events, including but not limited to athletic events, performance venues, student events, etc.
  • If our community reaches an 80% vaccination rate, physical distancing requirements will be eliminated, and all capacities will return to normal.

Masking

  • If our community reaches an 80% vaccination rate, masking outdoors is no longer required except at large outdoor gatherings and events. 
  • Masking indoors is still required below a 90% vaccination rate. If our community reaches a 90% vaccination rate, masking will no longer be required indoors or outdoors except in certain locations including Health Services, Counseling Center, the Testing Center, and during transportation. 

Visitors

  • If our community reaches an 80% vaccination rate, visitor policies within the residence halls will return to normal.

COVID Cluster or Increased Cases

  • In the event of a COVID outbreak or increased cases on campus, the College will work with the Department of Public Health to determine additional steps needed to control the spread of COVID. These steps may include quarantine, isolation, increased testing, shelter in place, and changes, suspension or termination of classes and activities on campus, and housing in the residence halls. 
  • The College also reserves the right to differentiate between vaccinated students and unvaccinated students, in compliance with applicable law. 

Vaccinated Students

(FULLY Vaccinated with a World Health Organization (“WHO”)-approved vaccine — two weeks after receiving the second dose of a two-dose series or the first dose of a single dose vaccine)

Move In

  • No requirement for pre-arrival testing (unless arriving from an international destination, see below) 

Testing

  • Must get a COVID PCR test weekly until we establish a baseline of cases and testing compliance. If we achieve 90% vaccination rate, and 90% testing compliance, we will reduce the testing frequency.

Isolation

  • Must isolate for 10 days with a positive COVID test, with release on day 11.

Quarantine

  • Do NOT have to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19
  • Must monitor for COVID symptoms for 14 days after exposure 
  • Must test twice weekly after high-risk exposure for 2 weeks (as determined by a contact tracer) (recommend day 1, 5, 8, 12)

Travel

  • Can travel within the US without any requirement to test or quarantine upon return.
  • For international travel, please read “Students arriving from an international location” below.

Unvaccinated Students

Move In

  • Must submit a negative COVID PCR test from within 3 days prior to arrival

Testing

  • Must get a COVID PCR test twice weekly on non-consecutive days.

Isolation

  • Must isolate for 10 days with a positive COVID test, with release on day 11.

Quarantine

  • Must quarantine for at least 10 days if exposed to COVID-19 
  • Must be asymptomatic with a negative test on or after day 8 to be released after 10 full days

Travel

  • If traveling within the United States, students must submit a negative PCR test from within 3 days prior to return to campus
  • If traveling internationally, please read “Students arriving from an international location” below.

COVID Cluster or Increase in Cases

  • As noted above, in the event of a COVID outbreak or increased cases on campus, the College reserves the right to take additional steps as required under federal and state law, orders, and guidelines and as the College determines to be necessary or desirable, in its sole discretion, to respond to the situation. The College reserves the right to differentiate between vaccinated students and unvaccinated students, in compliance with applicable law

Students Arriving from an International Location

  • International Travelers must follow CDC Guidelines, which are currently as follows:
    • Must have a negative COVID PCR test result no more than 3 days before boarding a plane to enter the US, regardless of vaccination status.
    • If unvaccinated, must quarantine for 7 days, with a negative PCR test on day 3, 4 or 5, and a release from quarantine on day 8. (This testing can be obtained at Health Services) 
    • International Travel During COVID-19 CDC Guidelines 

Vaccination Status

  • An International student may choose to (1) get vaccinated in your home country if the vaccine is available or (2) obtain the vaccination in the U.S.
  • If you receive a non-WHO approved vaccine in your home country, you should submit this vaccination to Health Services via the Patient Portal. Upon arriving in the US, you will need to follow the protocols for unvaccinated individuals (please read “Unvaccinated students” above). 
  • According to the CDC, students who choose to receive non-WHO approved vaccines can receive an approved vaccine upon arriving in the US, but it must be administered at least 28 days after your most recent vaccination. Once you have completed your WHOapproved vaccine series you can follow the protocols for vaccinated individuals, above.
  • If you are unable to get vaccinated in your home country, you may arrive on campus unvaccinated and Health Services will assist in scheduling a COVID vaccine. These students must follow the protocols for unvaccinated individuals until they are fully vaccinated (please read “Unvaccinated students” above)

Move In

  • Fully vaccinated: students arriving from an international location must have a negative COVID PCR test within 3 days of arriving in the US. Do NOT need to quarantine after arriving in the United States, but MUST get tested 3 to 5 days after travel, and report any symptoms to Health Services.
  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated: students arriving from an international location must have a negative COVID test result no more than 3 days before returning to the US. Must quarantine for 7 days, with a negative PCR test on day 3, 4 or 5, with a return to campus on day 8.