Below are pertinent updates regarding the Spring 2021 semester. Please note that the plans for the upcoming spring semester are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Any changes to the academic calendar or other dates throughout the semester will be communicated as quickly as possible via your Saint Vincent College email address, the MySV Portal and this page.
In an effort to keep you safe during COVID-19, we are making adjustments to the return to campus process for the spring 2021 semester. Prior to your arrival, please review and adhere to all COVID-19 precautions and expectations set forth by the College. A PDF of the spring 2021 plan for testing and returning to campus can be found here and in the boxes below.
All resident and commuting students (both graduate and undergraduate) must have COVID-19 clearance to be on campus for the start of the semester Feb. 8, 2021. COVID-19 clearance is obtained by either participating in the free on-campus testing or providing the documentation described below to email@example.com prior to returning to campus.
On-Campus Testing – Feb. 1, 2 and 3, 2021
In-state students will be offered on-campus testing. Resident students who elect to be tested will move-in and quarantine in their room until given the result of the test. They may leave their room to pick up meals and outdoor exercise. Commuting students should quarantine at home until they receive results.
On-campus COVID-19 PCR testing will be provided at the ground floor of the Rogers Center on Monday, Feb. 1 through Wednesday, Feb. 3. Testing is done by appointment and students should report directly to testing prior to moving-in or other campus activities. There are approximately 1,000 appointment opportunities over the three days. Appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. It is recommended that you make your appointment as soon as possible. An online reservation system with consent forms will be used to scheduled appointments, via this link: https://hipaa.jotform.com/210055200190133.
Those Arriving from Outside Pennsylvania or Not Electing On-Campus Testing
Move-in for those who do not participate in on-campus testing will take place on Feb. 6 and 7, 2021. Out-of-state and international students and all students who do not participate in the free on-campus testing must provide evidence of a negative PCR COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours of returning to campus. The College is not responsible for any costs associated with testing that is not covered under a student’s insurance. Documentation must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to returning to campus.
Those who arrive without documentation of a COVID-19 PCR negative test will be required to quarantine following the protocols in the Health and Safety Plan.
Students Who Have Tested Positive for COVID-19 in the Last 90 Days or Received the Vaccination for COVID-19
Any student who had a positive COVID-19 test 90 days prior to returning to campus is not required to have another COVID-19 test. Documentation of the positive COVID-19 test must be emailed to email@example.com prior to returning to campus.
Any student who received a vaccination for COVID-19 prior to returning to campus should send documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to returning to campus.
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RECEIPT OF FINANCIAL CLEARANCE
All students who are financially cleared will receive notification on the portal.
Student bills are due on Jan. 15, 2021. The College will begin posting notifications for financially cleared students on Jan. 11 and will continue to do so over break. Financial clearance must be obtained prior to move-in and/or the start of classes.
STUDENTS WITH COVID & FINANCIAL CLEARANCE
Students must have COVID and financial clearance to return to their residence hall rooms. COVID-19 clearance is obtained by participating in on-campus testing or providing the necessary documentation described above.
Check-in with the residence hall staff in the lobby to receive your room key.
Residents may arrive on campus at the following designated times. Please communicate with your roommate prior to arrival to ensure there is no overlap in move-in times to avoid congestion. If you are unable to arrive during your designated move-in time, please contact email@example.com.
STUDENTS WITHOUT A FINANCIAL CLEARANCE
Resident students without financial clearance should obtain clearance prior to returning to campus. This may be done via the Portal. Contact the appropriate administrative office via email or phone if you need assistance.
Students arriving for on-campus COVID-19 testing will be provided meals at no cost during the week until meal plans begin. Meal plans are activated for dinner in the Cafeteria on Friday, Feb. 5. Hours of operation for the Shack and Community Center will be posted. Changes to meal plan levels may be made during the first week of classes by contacting the Student Affairs Office (Alfred Hall, 1st floor) or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EARLY ARRIVAL REQUESTS
Permission to arrive early will be limited only to those involved in official College activities. Requests for early arrival must be submitted to the Residence Life Office at email@example.com by 4:30pm Thursday, Jan. 21. Please communicate this with your parents/family as you make travel plans.
Have any changes been made to the modes of class delivery from the first semester?
Courses will still be delivered in one of three ways – fully in-person, hyflex or remote/online. Students should check their course schedule for class delivery mode and contact their academic advisor with any questions.
Will there be any breaks this semester?
As outlined in the updated Academic Calendar, there are structured days off for courses that meet multiple times weekly. Good Friday on April 2 is also an off day for the entire campus.
Will the final exam schedule and structure be similar to the first semester’s (spread out over two weeks, some online, some in-person, etc.)?
As outlined in the updated Academic Calendar, final exams are scheduled to be administered from Monday, May 17 through Thursday, May 20. The final day of classes will be Friday, May 14, while May 15-16 will be reading days. The method of delivery of final exams will be determined by the instructor.
Will there be an in-person, traditional spring commencement?
There have been no decisions made about how commencement will be held this spring. A decision will be made after the beginning of the spring semester and updates will be provided accordingly. It is our hope to provide an in-person commencement ceremony, but the status of the pandemic, as well as state guidelines regarding large group gatherings and input from medical experts will all be determining factors in whether or not an in-person commencement ceremony can be held.
Will Saint Vincent College offer COVID-19 testing?
Yes. All students must have COVID-19 clearance before the beginning of the Spring 2021 semester. There will also be surveillance testing and testing for symptomatic students administered on campus with a referral from the Wellness Center.
How does a student receive COVID-19 clearance?
In-state students – both resident and commuter – can be tested on campus Feb. 1, Feb. 2 or Feb. 3. They will be able to register for their testing appointment by using an online registration system and testing will take place in the Fred M. Rogers Center. Each test will take no longer than a few minutes.
Students (both graduate and undergraduate) arriving from out-of-state and those who do not participate in on-campus testing will arrive on campus on Feb. 6-7 and must have documentation of a negative COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours of arrival.
Will students have to pay for testing?
Students participating in on-campus testing will not be charged. Those who test off-campus are responsible for the cost of the testing.
What if I had COVID but was never tested? Can I present an antibody test?
Students must present documentation of a previous positive test through their physician or testing center. However, antibody tests will not be accepted in place of a case confirmed by a PCR test. Otherwise, students must be tested upon returning to campus, or they must provide a negative PCR test within the 72 hours prior to returning. Students who tested positive within the last 90 days, but no less than 10 days, must provide documentation of the positive test to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive clearance to return to campus.
Are there testing times available after 4 p.m.?
Students requesting a testing time-slot on campus after 4 p.m. should contact Student Affairs as soon as possible at email@example.com.
What do I do if I need to cancel my testing appointment?
If you need to cancel a testing appointment, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
How frequently will students be tested?
There will be regular surveillance testing this semester conducted on campus. The frequency of the testing will depend on the virus status on campus and in the surrounding region as well as the number of tests administered for other reasons to students, faculty and staff.
In addition, to surveillance testing, symptomatic students referred by the Wellness Center can now be tested on campus.
If I got tested before moving in, do I still need to get a test sanctioned by the College?
In-state students can arrive later if they provide the College with official documentation of a negative PCR test performed 72 hours prior to their arrival on campus.
Which testing method will be available for students?
The PCR test will be administered.
Will commuter students also be required to get tested?
Yes. Tests will be required for all students who will be attending class in-person or are on campus for any purpose for the spring 2021 semester. Commuter students will register for their test via the online registration system, and testing will take place Feb. 1-3 in the Fred M. Rogers Center.
I officially tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days. Do I still have to take a test?
No. A test will not be required of students who officially tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered 90 or fewer days before their arrival on campus for the spring semester (but no less than 10 days). Official documentation must be provided by the student for proof of their prior positive test.
Is an antibody or antigen test for COVID-19 acceptable to receive COVID clearance from Saint Vincent?
No. These tests do not provide the accuracy or reliability of the PCR test.
Will the ‘neighborhood’ structure for gathering in residence halls be loosened or changed at all?
Neighborhoods will still be enforced as part of the Health and Safety Plan. To mitigate opportunities for virus transmission, it is critical for students to continue to follow the neighborhood policy in the residence halls and to responsibly use common areas throughout campus.
Will students who reside on campus be required to inform a prefect or RHD when they are leaving campus for any reason? (work, food, shopping, etc.)
Yes, students are asked to inform their prefect or RHD when planning to leave campus for more than two hours.
Can we loosen the visitation policy?
While we must err on the side of caution, the Forward Together Advisory Committee is working on formulating a plan that will ease the visitation policy in phases, based on the circumstances with the pandemic. Additional information will be forthcoming in the updated Health and Safety Plan.
Have any changes been made to the Community Center/Shack dining-in and take-out policies and procedures?
Procedures and hours for the dining hall remain the same as the fall semester. In-person dining, as well as to-go orders, will be available from the Community Center and The Shack. Students should use the GET Mobile App for placing to-go orders. Information on downloading the GET Mobile App can be found here: https://www.stvincent.edu/student-life/student-services/dining.html
Will there be any varsity sports competition during the spring semester?
The NCAA has advised its member conferences and institutions to decide whether will proceeding with varsity competition for the remainder of the 2020-21 academic year. It is our intention to provide our fall, winter and spring student-athletes the opportunity for meaningful competition, but we will adhere to all guidelines from the Presidents’ Athletic Conference that address the resumption of athletic competition.
Will there still be a way to report violations of the Health and Safety Plan?
Yes. Health and Safety Plan violations may be reported using this form. (https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=8JfMV5sD9EiAofQDQYicCzgpP5yg-hVLtsKg6yrwZb9UMzhDUTlaVVRXNlBKT1laUDU4TTQwVjY2OCQlQCN0PWcu)
If I already had COVID-19, do I still need to wear a mask?
Yes, masks must be worn at all times in public spaces on campus, unless eating or in your neighborhood. All members of the Saint Vincent community must continue to follow the protocols and guidelines outlined in the Health and Safety Plan, regardless of whether or not an individual has previously tested positive for COVID-19.
What happens if I do not receive COVID clearance before the beginning of the semester?
Failing to receive COVID clearance by either getting tested on campus, providing documentation of (1) a negative COVID-19 test result within the 72 hours before returning to campus or (2) a positive COVID-19 within the last 90 days (but no less than 10 days) will result in the student entering the quarantine/isolation protocol. There are no exceptions.
I received a COVID-19 vaccine. What do I need to do?
An individual who has received the COVID-19 vaccine must provide documentation before returning to campus. Documentation must be emailed to email@example.com. Individuals who receive a COVID-19 vaccine must still wear a mask and abide by the Health and Safety Plan.