As we embark on the fall 2021 semester, we - students, faculty, administrators, staff and the monastic community – must continue to work together to ensure everyone's health and safety. Responsible behavior and making smart decisions will enable us to keep moving forward.
As the pandemic continues, we are all responsible for protecting our own health and the health of our community members. Saint Vincent will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation on campus and in the region. Updates may be made to these guidelines in response to changing circumstances.
Please continue to be a good neighbor, look after yourself and one another, and remain mindful of the role each of us plays in maintaining a strong, healthy and safe community.
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Last Updated: Oct. 20, 2021, at 12:30 p.m.
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COVID-19 Dashboard Definitions
New Positive Cases
The number of positive test results newly reported to the college on a given day.
Persons Under Investigation
Individuals awaiting results of a COVID-19 test.
Total Positive Cases
The total number of positive cases since Aug. 30, 2021.
This includes the individuals who were medically confirmed COVID-19 cases who have recovered according to the CDC’s criteria.
Saint Vincent College is strongly encouraging, but not requiring, the COVID-19 vaccine for all individuals. Members of the campus community who do not have a vaccine card on record with the College should use this link to confirm their vaccination status: https://hipaa.jotform.com/211885449164060
* If you have already submitted your vaccination record to email@example.com, you do not need to complete this survey.
** If you do not complete this form, it will be assumed that you have not received a COVID-19 vaccine and you should follow the guidelines for unvaccinated individuals.
This form will also assist with contact tracing and other protocols in the event of a positive case.
Westmoreland County is currently at a high transmission level of COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
In accordance with CDC recommendations for counties with substantial or high rates of transmission, Saint Vincent College is requiring that all persons wear a mask when indoors on campus, regardless of vaccination status.
This masking requirement applies to classrooms, shared offices and other indoor spaces, as well as indoor events.
Masks will not be required when actively eating or drinking, working in private office spaces, in residence hall rooms or outdoors.
Fully vaccinated individuals are at least two weeks past their final vaccine dose AND have submitted proof of their vaccination record to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unvaccinated individuals include those not fully vaccinated or without a vaccine card on record with Saint Vincent.
Guidelines for ALL members of the Saint Vincent community, regardless of vaccination status.
The College is returning to a standard academic calendar with fully in-person learning and full classroom capacities. The masking policy listed above will be in place in all classrooms.
Faculty members will communicate attendance and make-up policies for students in their respective syllabi. COVID-19 academic accommodations will only be provided to students who enter quarantine and/or isolation protocol.
The Fall 2021 semester will begin with standard visitation policies in place and there will be no "neighborhood" designations. All student handbook policies and Health and Safety protocols will be enforced. Repeated violations may result in changes to the visitation policy during the semester.
The Community Center and The Shack will return to full capacity for seating. Mitigation efforts will be in place, including sanitizing and disinfecting tables and high contact surfaces, frequently switching self-service utensils and availability of additional hand sanitizer stations.
Sample testing will be conducted on-campus throughout the semester. Individuals selected for random testing will be notified in advance and are asked to honor the requests within the given timeframe.
Student-athletes can find the Return to Athletics Plan by clicking here or on the Saint Vincent Athletics website: https://athletics.stvincent.edu/sports/2020/7/7/svc-return-to-athletics.aspx.
All guests visiting campus for events, conferences, camps or other purposes should follow the guidelines the College has set forth in this health and safety plan.
To inform the leadership teams of the College and the Seminary, the Forward Together Advisory Committee was formed to bring together representative members of the Saint Vincent community. Members of this Committee, Dr. Aldo Prosperi and Gretchen Flock, coordinate with local public health officials at Excela Health. The Committee is charged with continuously reviewing the guidance from federal, state, and local authorities, as well as the conditions on campus, in the local community, state, and nation. The Committee serves as an advisory body on questions related to the pandemic, including but not limited to the resumption and suspension of face-to-face instruction and residential living. In addition, the Committee has developed the campus guidelines informed by federal, state, and local authorities.