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COVID-19 Health and Safety Information

Moving Forward, Together!

As we prepare for 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.

Below you will find a revised health and safety plan, effective Wed., July 21, 2021. You will also find information regarding plans for the Fall 2021 semester, including guidelines for vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals.

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.

Fully Vaccinated Individuals | Unvaccinated Individuals | All Individuals | Returning to Campus | Classrooms and In-Person Learning | Residence Hall Visitation | Dining | Sample Testing | Student-Athletes | Events and Visitors

COVID-19 Vaccine

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 immunization@stvincent.edu, 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.

Updated Health and Safety Protocols

Health and Safety guidance for the Saint Vincent community, effective July 21, 2021

Fully Vaccinated Individuals 

Fully vaccinated individuals are at least two weeks past their final vaccine dose AND have submitted proof of their vaccination record to immunization@stvincent.edu

  • Those with documented full vaccination are exempt from mask wearing and physical distancing requirements indoors and outdoors but are encouraged to wear a mask when in crowded situations and whenever they see fit.

  • Fully vaccinated individuals will not be required to enter isolation or quarantine protocol when deemed a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case, but they will be notified and asked to monitor symptoms.

Unvaccinated Individuals 

Unvaccinated individuals include those not fully vaccinated or without a vaccine card on record with Saint Vincent.

  • Follow CDC recommendations, which include:
    • Wearing a mask
    • Practicing social distancing
    • Avoiding crowded and poorly ventilated spaces
    • Frequent handwashing and cleaning/disinfecting of personal spaces
  • Mask wearing and physical distancing should be practiced indoors unless eating or in one’s own office or residence hall room.
  • Unvaccinated individuals may be tested periodically throughout the course of the semester.
  • Unvaccinated individuals will also be required to enter isolation and quarantine protocols when deemed a close contact of a probable or confirmed positive COVID-19 case.

All Individuals 

Guidelines for ALL members of the Saint Vincent community, regardless of vaccination status.

  • When in doubt or if you feel uncomfortable being in a large group, mask up regardless of whether you are fully vaccinated.
  • All members of the campus community should continue to perform daily health checks, monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, practice proper hygiene and maintain clean working and living spaces.
  • If you experience symptoms related to COVID-19, it is imperative that you contact the Wellness Center or your primary care provider and follow all guidance from medical professionals.
  • If you are experiencing severe symptoms, contact 911. Do not wait.

Returning to Campus 

For returning to campus for the Fall 2021 semester, the following guidelines are in place for resident students.

Fully Vaccinated Resident Students 

This includes students who are at least two weeks past their final COVID-19 vaccine dose AND have submitted their vaccine card to immunization@stvincent.edu.

  • These individuals are exempt from any return-to-campus testing.

Unvaccinated Resident Students 

This includes students who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine, are less than two weeks past their final vaccine dose, or who have not submitted proof of the COVID-19 vaccine card to immunization@stvincent.edu

  • Students who are not vaccinated should self-quarantine as much as possible in the two weeks before returning to campus.
  • These individuals will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (either PCR or rapid test) performed within 72 hours prior to moving into the residence halls.
  • Students are expected to arrange their own testing.

Classrooms and In-Person Learning 

The College is returning to a standard academic calendar with fully in-person learning and full classroom capacities. The guidelines listed above should be followed based on vaccination status.

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.

Residence Hall Visitation 

The Fall 2021 semester will begin with standard visitation policies in place and there will be no "neighborhood" designations. All student handbook policies will be enforced and guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals should be followed. Repeated violations of the guidelines may result in changes to the visitation policy during the semester.

Dining 

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 COVID-19 Testing 

Sample testing of unvaccinated individuals 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 

The College will follow testing policies as set forth by the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) and the NCAA. The PAC and NCAA will be announcing those policies at a later date this summer. 

Events and Visitors 

All guests visiting campus for events, conferences or other purposes should follow the guidelines the College has set forth for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.