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Fall 2020 Campus Reopening Plan

Latest Communications & Updates

Stevenson has developed comprehensive plans, initiatives, and procedures to promote the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. The following information summarizes these plans and initiatives. It also provides guidance through links to policies, procedures, and videos that can answer your questions and prepare you for life on campus this Fall. As we adjust and develop additional responses to COVID-19, we will post updates and information on this site under “Latest Communications & Updates.”

Preventing and limiting the transmission of COVID-19 is both an institutional and individual commitment to follow the practices and measures recommended by public health authorities. We are taking the steps to make campus life safer, but the COVID-19 pandemic does force all of us to adjust our habits and routines in order to promote the health and safety of ourselves and others.

Stevenson is committed to these health and safety measures while we deliver the educational experience and personalized student support that is our mission. We encourage all members of our campus community to make these basic health and safety practices part of your daily routine. Use the links to our Keep Stevenson Safe page and Social Compact page to learn what you must do to protect yourself and others in our campus community. 

Watch our short informational videos on health, safety, hygiene, and learning and living on campus.

Keep Stevenson Safe

Show others that you are committed to following these practices.

Sign our Social Compact Virtual Wall

 

Health & Safety Measures

Health, Safety & Hygiene Measures

Stevenson has put the following health, safety, and hygiene measures in place for Fall 2020.

The measures we have put in place reflect the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of Maryland, and local health authorities for promoting health and safety to limit the transmission of COVID-19.

  • Safety Policy: Face Coverings Required

    Our Safety Policy requires that face coverings to be worn at all times indoors on campus, except when alone in a room or office, and outdoors on campus at all times when within 6-feet of other individuals. The complete policy is posted here.

    WATCH: How to Use Face Coverings

    WATCH: Where to Wear Face Coverings

  • Essential Health & Hygiene Practices

    Practicing proper health and hygiene is essential for everyone. Stevenson expects all students and employees to follow these practices recommended by the CDC and other health authorities:

    • Wearing face coverings
    • Physical distancing and not gathering in large groups
    • Washing and sanitizing hands frequently
    • Properly covering coughs and sneezes
    • Daily self-monitoring for possible symptoms
    • Isolating or quarantining when symptomatic or positive for COVID-19

    Our Keep Stevenson Safe web page and videos provide more guidance and information about these health and hygiene practices, and all students, faculty, and staff should familiarize themselves with them.

    Our Stevenson Social Compact demonstrates our entire community’s commitment to following these practices for the safety or ourselves and our campus community. We encourage everyone to read the Social Compact and show their commitment by signing our Virtual Wall.

  • Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfecting Procedures

    Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of campus facilities are being implemented. The plan includes:

    • Use of hospital-grade cleaning and disinfectant products recommended by the CDC
    • Enhanced and increased cleaning and disinfecting of high traffic areas such as classrooms, labs, computer labs, libraries, and study areas; restrooms; Residence Hall hallways, lobbies, and common areas; shuttles; and dining venues, among other areas
    • Multiple cleanings each day of high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, handles, elevator contacts, and railings
    • Daily monitoring procedures to screen our janitorial contractors for symptoms of COVID-19

    Nightly procedures will include cleaning and disinfecting all classrooms—including desks, seating, and countertops—all touchpoints in high-traffic areas, restrooms, and areas used for any evening student activities and events.

    Faculty and departmental offices will be cleaned and disinfected by request through our facilities work ticket system.

    Prior to the reopening of campus, Stevenson is thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting all buildings, rooms, surfaces, and touchpoints, with concentrated cleaning of carpeting, cloth furniture, and Residence Hall room and common area furniture.

    The Fall 2020 Facilities Cleaning Plan is available here.

  • Health and Safety Signage

    Signage is being placed across the university to reinforce health and hygiene measures generally and in specific rooms, facilities, and areas of campus.

Self-Monitoring, Testing, Isolation & Quarantine

Daily self-monitoring for possible COVID-19 symptoms is expected of all students and employees.

Stevenson has created online symptom screening apps and procedures for students and for employees to assist with daily self-monitoring and what to do if symptomatic for COVID-19.

We ask that all students, faculty, and staff familiarize themselves with the symptoms of COVID-19 and remain vigilant about daily self-monitoring. Identifying symptoms early and taking the steps to quarantine or isolate is critical to preventing the transmission of COVID-19.

  • What Are the Symptoms of COVID-19?

    All students and employees should be on the lookout for these symptoms:

    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea

    Symptoms are also summarized in this video: WATCH SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19

    If you have one or more of these symptoms, the tabs below explain what to do if you are symptomatic:

  • Daily Symptom Screening Apps for Students and Employees

    The following online symptom screening apps have been created to help students and employees with their daily self-monitoring:

    WATCH: How to Use Your Symptom Tracker

    Students and employees need to use these apps every morning before coming to class, to campus, or to work. Based on the user's input, the apps will indicate if they should not come to campus or to class and the next steps they need to take as a student or as an employee.

    You can add the Symptom Tracker to your cellphone screen for easy access. View or download the instructions for making the Student Symptom Tracker web link appear as an icon on your Apple or Android mobile device’s home screen. If you use a laptop/desktop computer, you can bookmark the page in your browser.

  • Students: Symptom Screening Before Returning to Campus

    Prior to returning to campus for the Fall 2020 semester all commuter and resident students will be required to complete a period of daily self-monitoring for possible symptoms of COVID-19.

    The SU Wellness Center will provide all students a link to the Wellness Center Patient Portal Symptom Checker and instructions for downloading and using use the app on their cellphone or computer.

    When on campus, students will be required to use the app daily in the morning to pre-screen themselves before arriving on campus or leaving their room for class or activities.

    As always, if self-monitoring indicates that you could have COVID-related symptoms, do not come to campus or leave your room to attend a class or activities. Immediately contact the Wellness Center at 443-352-4200 for guidance.

    WATCH: Symptoms of COVID-19

  • Students: What to Do if You Are Symptomatic

    If your symptom screener or your own daily self-monitoring indicate that you might have symptoms of COVID-19, follow these steps:

    If you are a commuter student, stay home; do not come to campus, class, campus jobs, internships, athletics, or extracurricular activities; and physically distance from others. Contact your healthcare provider. Also, you must contact the SU Wellness Center at 443-352-4200 for information about quarantining and what you will need to do to be cleared for a return to campus.

    If you are a resident student, stay in your room; do not come to campus, class, campus jobs, internships, athletics, or extracurricular activities; and physically distance from others. Contact the SU Wellness Center at 443-352-4200. They will provide guidance on testing, quarantining, and isolation if needed.

    The following video summarizes what commuter and resident students need to do if symptomatic:

    WATCH: WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE SYMPTOMATIC FOR COVID-19

  • Employees: What to Do if You Are Symptomatic

    If your symptom screener or your own daily self-monitoring indicate that you might have symptoms of COVID-19, follow these steps:

    Do not come to work or to campus. Stay home, contact your healthcare provider, and contact your supervisor.

    Your supervisor will inform the Office of Human Resources, who will be in touch about next steps, including quarantining, working from home, contact tracing, and the steps required for being cleared to return to campus.

    The following links outline these procedures:

    Procedures for Employees with Symptoms/Infection/Contact

    WATCH EMPLOYEE PROCEDURES WHEN SYMPTOMATIC, COVID+, OR IN CONTACT WITH A COVID+ INDIVIDUAL

  • Students: Isolation & Quarantine Procedures


    View COVID-19 Isolation & Quarantine Plan

    Isolation

    If you test positive for COVID-19, students will be directed to isolate.

    Isolating means that you will need to stay at home and remain separated from other individuals. All students, including resident students, should plan to isolate at their home, not on campus.

    If you are a resident student and cannot get to your home address or have other concerns about isolating there, you might need to isolate in a residential space designated for isolation and separated from other students.

    The Wellness Center staff will provide you with information about how to isolate safely and the protocols you will need to follow before exiting isolation and returning to campus life.

    View Isolation Information Sheet

    Quarantine

    If you were a close contact (defined as having been within 6-feet proximity for longer than 15 minutes with someone who tests positive for COVID-19), you will be directed to quarantine at home.

    Quarantining means that you will need to stay at home and remain separated from other individuals. If you are a resident student and cannot get to your home address or have other concerns about quarantining there, you might need to quarantine in your own Residence Hall room.

    The Wellness Center staff will provide you with information about how to quarantine safely and the protocols you will need to follow before exiting quarantine and returning to campus life.

    View Quarantine Information Sheet

    Academic Instruction While in Isolation or Quarantine

    Stevenson will work to support the academic progress of our students in isolation or quarantine by providing remote daily access to coursework and related materials as well as other learning support options.

    If a student in isolation is too ill to engage or participate in remote learning, then they or their guardian should contact the Office of Student Success at oss@stevenson.edu.

    COVID-19: Quarantine vs. Isolation

  • Testing for COVID-19

    To provide our campus with another tool to promote the health and safety of our new and returning students, Stevenson is implementing the following testing measures for the campus.

    Pre-Testing Before Returning for Fall Semester

    We are asking all students to get a COVID-19 test before coming to campus. Students should work with their own local testing locations or clinics to arrange a test. We recognize that some results are taking up to 14 days to be returned, so we ask students to do this as soon as possible. If you receive a negative result, there is nothing that you need to do. If you receive a positive result, please immediately contact the Wellness Center at 443-352-4200 or to determine next steps before you return to campus.

    All new and returning Residential Students (students living in our Residence Halls) will be tested within the first week of their arrival on campus. This testing is in addition to your own local testing, which you will still need to do. A mandatory consent form for testing must be completed prior to move-in. This is located under the “forms” tab in your Wellness Center Patient Portal. We will provide each student with more information about the time and date of their on-campus test.

    Commuter Students (students who live in off-campus residences) may request a COVID-19 test through the Wellness Center. Commuters, like all students, should arrange their own test before returning to campus. If you would like to request a COVID-19 test, contact the Wellness Center at 443-352-4200 or . Please note that we will not be able to test non-residential students until all Residential students have been tested.

    Students from states with high positivity rates will be required to be tested and send their results to the Wellness Center. The university has identified a small number of students in this category. Students in this category will be required to get tested at home now and then immediately upload these results (positive or negative) through the Wellness Center Patient Portal. If you receive a positive result, we will contact you to determine next steps. If you do not receive your results by the time you are scheduled to move-in or come to campus to begin classes, please do not come to campus. Contact the Wellness Center at 443-352-4200 or for information about your next steps before returning.

    For questions about these testing measures, you may also contact the Office of Student Affairs at .

    Testing on Campus

    COVID-19 testing will be performed on campus when deemed clinically necessary for commuter and resident students who have been medically assessed by the Stevenson Wellness Center. Students who are not symptomatic and not considered a close contact of a suspected COVID-positive individual will be directed to the local Baltimore County Health Department’s testing sites.

    While awaiting the results of a COVID test, students will be directed to quarantine or isolate. The Wellness Center will provide guidance to students about quarantining and isolation procedures. When a positive test result is received, students will be contacted and told to continue with isolation plans or move from a quarantine to an isolation plan. In the majority of cases, students will need to quarantine and isolate at their home address, not on campus.

    If any student has decided to get a COVID-19 test on their own, they need to advise the Wellness Center immediately and quarantine until receiving their results. The Wellness Center will need to know when and where the test was done and the test result when received. Students cannot return to campus until cleared by a healthcare provider and the Wellness Center.

    On campus testing is available only to students, not to university employees. Employees should consult their own healthcare providers.

    After a Negative Test Result

    Remember that a negative test result could mean that you are still incubating the virus and that you could become positive. If you receive a negative test result, it is very important that you continue to follow all the CDC-recommended health and hygiene procedures—wearing face covering, physical distancing, washing your hands, avoiding large gatherings, and covering coughs and sneezes—and continue to monitor yourself for possible symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Contact Tracing

    Stevenson has a trained Contact Response team who will conduct contact tracing in coordination with the Baltimore County Department of Public Health. Team members will follow up with students and employees who might have been in close contact with a COVID-positive individual on campus.

    Close contact is defined as having been within 6-feet proximity for longer than 15 minutes with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. The Contact Response team will provide individuals with information and guidance about the steps that they will need to take to protect themselves and others, including quarantining if necessary.

    Students and employees should update their personal and emergency contact information through their WebXpress accounts via the SU Now Portal.

    It is important to answer any call, voicemail, or email from the Contact Response team—it is about protecting your health and the health of others in our campus community.

  • Contacting the Stevenson Wellness Center

    If you are concerned about symptoms that you are experiencing or believe that you might have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please contact the Stevenson Wellness Center immediately at 443-352-4200 or for assistance.

Academics

The Fall 2020 semester will start Monday, August 31. The Fall Academic Calendar is available here. The university will monitor State of Maryland and county public health guidance throughout the Fall as they track COVID-19 infection rates. The university is prepared to provide remote instruction if necessary.

The following health and safety measures have been put in to place for Fall 2020 to promote the health and safety of students and employees during daily academic and instructional activities. 

  • Physical Distancing in Instructional Spaces

    To increase the safety of our students, Stevenson has reconfigured classrooms, science and nursing labs, computer labs, libraries, and other instructional and study spaces for physical distancing.

    Watch: Classroom Physical Distancing

    Decals on desks, tables, and chairs will indicate where students should sit for physical distancing.

    In accordance with our Safety Policy, wearing face coverings will be required in these spaces, and accordingly eating and drinking in classrooms will not be allowed.

  • Courses Scheduled to Limit Density

    Fall 2020 course schedules and classroom assignments have been structured to augment physical distancing and reduce the number of people in classrooms as well as the density of people in buildings and hallways throughout the day.

  • Science Lab Safety Procedures

    Specific health and safety procedures required of students in science laboratories are explained in the following video:

    Watch: Science Lab Health and Safety Procedures

  • Accommodations and Adjustments for Individuals with Immunocompromising Health Conditions or Other Concerns

    Accommodations

    The Office of Disability Services (ODS) is prepared to support students who require accommodations due to disabilities and recognizes that COVID-19 has had a greater impact on certain populations. Students who are immunosuppressed by diagnosis or due to a medical treatment plan may be at higher risk, and Stevenson recognizes that some students with chronic medical conditions may also require temporary accommodations.

    If you believe that you may qualify for accommodations due to a disability, have specific questions, or would like to discuss this option, please contact the Office of Disability Services ODS@stevenson.edu or 443-352-5320. You can also find more information here.

    Adjustments

    If you do not have a documented disability but have other concerns about the fall semester, then we invite you to communicate with us using this link. This link should only be used if you are interested in remote access to your courses for the full semester.

    More information is also posted here.

Residence Life
  • Move-In Plan

    The Office of Residence Life has developed a Fall Move-In Plan to increase student safety by extending the schedule and limiting the density of people in Residence Halls, hallways, elevators, and floors while moving into the Residence Halls.

    • All students will be assigned a specific date and timeslot for their move-in.
    • Move-ins will be scheduled from Monday, August 24 to Sunday, August 30 for new students and returning students. Additionally, there will be approved early arrivals for select student groups.
    • Returning students have the opportunity to arrange a “drop off” move in of their belongings a week early, prior to their returning for the start of the Fall 2020 semester.

    A summary of the Fall 2020 Move-in Plan can be found here. Questions? Please contact Residence Life at reslifereception@stevenson.edu.

     
  • Symptom Screening Before Returning to Campus

    Prior to returning to campus for the Fall 2020 semester, all commuter and resident students will be required to complete a period of daily self-monitoring for possible symptoms of COVID-19. When on campus, students will be required to use the app daily in the morning to pre-screen themselves before arriving on campus or leaving their room for class or activities.

    The following online symptom screening app has been created to help students with their daily self-monitoring:

    Sign in to the Wellness Center Patient Portal Symptom Checker
    View Student Symptom Tracker Instructions 

    WATCH: How to Use Your Symptom Tracker

    You can add the Symptom Tracker to your cellphone screen for easy access. View or download the instructions for making the Student Symptom Tracker web link appear as an icon on your Apple or Android mobile device’s home screen. If you use a laptop/desktop computer, you can bookmark the page in your browser.

    Students need to use this app every morning before coming to class or to campus. Based on the user's input, the apps will indicate if they should not come to campus or to class and the next steps they need to take as a student.

    As always, if self-monitoring indicates that you could have COVID-related symptoms, do not come to campus or leave your room to attend a class or activities. Immediately contact the Wellness Center at 443-352-4200 for guidance.

    WATCH: Symptoms of COVID-19

  • Residence Hall Cleaning & Safety Measures
    • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of all Residence Halls, rooms, bathrooms, lounges, common rooms, hallways, stairs, elevators, laundry rooms, and furnishings with hospital-grade products before students move in.
    • Enhanced daily cleaning and disinfection of all high-touch surfaces, lounges, common rooms, hallways, stairs, elevators, and laundry rooms with hospital-grade cleaning products.
    • Furniture arranged for physical distancing in lounges and common areas.
    • Posted signs in hallways, stairs, elevators, and common rooms to indicate proper physical distancing and other safety measures.
  • Resident Student Health & Safety Policies
    • In accordance with the university’s Safety Policy, face coverings are required in all common areas, such as lobbies, hallways, stairs, and common rooms. We encourage students to watch the following videos: How to Use Face Coverings and Where to Wear Face Coverings
    • In accordance with our Roommate Agreement process, Resident Students will discuss and agree upon guidelines with their roommates for the use of face coverings and physical distancing while in their rooms/suites/apartments.
    • Guests are prohibited in individual rooms, suites, and apartments and visitors are prohibited from entering any Residence Hall building. No one may enter a room, suite, or an apartment except the residents who live in the assigned space. Guests and visitors are permitted outside of Residence Hall buildings in accordance with the University Visitor Policy.
    • Students should avoid overnight travel and large gatherings on or off campus.

    WATCH: Residence Life Fall 2020 Health & Safety Measures

Dining Services

Stevenson has reconfigured Dining Service operations to optimize physical distancing for diners while accessing and eating at our various dining locations. Our plan includes maintaining safe operating procedures by dining services staff, enhanced cleaning and sanitation of dining areas, and replacing self-serve food stations with server-staffed stations.

  • Dining Health & Safety Measures

    Health and safety measures that students will see this Fall in our dining facilities include:

    • No-touch swiping when entering the Rockland Marketplace.
    • Floor and table decals marking required physical distancing while entering, getting food, and eating.
    • Physically distanced tables and seating.
    • Plexiglass barriers on smaller tables.
    • Additional tables in the Rockland Banquet Room and outdoors to accommodate overflow from the Rockland Marketplace.
    • No self-serve. Food stations will have assigned servers to assist students, and Plexiglass barriers will be added to front of serving areas.
    • A Dub Box kiosk on the suites Quad to give students a daily food truck-style option and allow them to pick up prepared meals and eat in their rooms.
    • Continual cleaning and sanitation. Tables will be cleaned and disinfected after each use. Electrostatic spray disinfectant will be used to augment nightly cleaning.
    • Dining services employees will wear face coverings and gloves, and they will be required to monitor for symptoms daily before reporting to work.

    WATCH: Stevenson Dining Services Health & Safety Measures

Shuttle Service

Stevenson will continue to provide university shuttle service between our campuses and the Metro Station in Owings Mills.

In accordance with our campus health, safety, and hygiene plans, the following measures will be in place for shuttles:

  • Riders will be required to wear face coverings and physically distance.
  • Seating will be marked to indicate where students should sit to maintain physical distancing.
  • Shuttles will be cleaned and disinfected between each shift, and once per week using an electrostatic mist.

Physical distancing will limit the number of riders permitted on each shuttle. Students are encouraged to use the Dell Family Pathway to walk between the Owings Mills campus and Owings Mills North.

Students who have a special need for shuttle transportation can contact 443-352-5438 to schedule a pickup.

Student Activities, Intramurals & Fitness
  • Student, Social, and Cultural Events

    Students will have many opportunities to enjoy and get the most out their Stevenson experience this Fall. Student activities, Arts Alive!, MAP, and other university- and student-sponsored events will continue through virtual online formats as well as face-to-face under protocols that enhance safety for participants. These safety protocols include wearing face coverings, physical distancing, and limiting the number of participants.

    The Office of Student Activities will work with student organizations and clubs to ensure safety protocols are followed as they develop plans and host events. Routine club and organizational activities, such as meetings, will move to virtual online formats.

    Some of planned events and activities include:

    • Virtual Ask-Me-Anything Career Sessions connecting you with employers, Careers on the Quad, and virtual weekly Career Chats—brought to you by the Stevenson Career Connection Center Livestream
    • Diversity & Inclusion events and performances from the Coffee House
    • Arts Alive! events—virtual, outdoor, and small group—that include performances, art-making, photography, fashion, weaving workshops, virtual museum tours, online music workshops, and more
    • Virtual Review Show of movies and television featuring student panelists brought to you by the Film & Moving Image program
    • Student Activities and student group-sponsored virtual and in-person opportunities for fun and social engagement, including welcome back events, virtual games shows and cooking classes, outdoor movies, and Homecoming
  • Intramural Sports and Fitness

    The university recognizes the value of providing intramural sports and physical fitness resources to our students as well as the need to make these activities as safe and low risk for them at this time.

    Intramural sports will transition to more individual-based activities, such as weekly and semester-long individual fitness challenges and contests, instead of team play.

    Fitness classes that typically take place indoors, such as Zumba, will be shift to larger, outdoor spaces to optimize physical distancing. Other fitness classes, such as yoga and Pilates, will shift to virtual online formats.

    Our campus Fitness Centers will be open under new regulations to optimize physical distancing, limit density, and enhance cleaning and disinfection after each student’s workout. These measures include:

    • No walk-up entry allowed. Students will need to schedule a timeslot in advance online and will be checked in by an attendant when they arrive.
    • Face coverings will be required during their entire workouts.
    • All fitness equipment will be spaced to optimize physical distancing.
    • Students must clean their equipment both before and after use with disinfectant wipes, and attendants will perform additional cleaning between each scheduled workout time.

The university asks every student to read the Informed Consent for Student Participation and acknowledge that they have by digitally signing it. The Informed Consent is to help students make an informed judgment about their choice to participate in campus life while understanding, despite the health and safety measures and guidance, there are possible risks in any situation. A student's matriculation is not contingent upon their signature, but Stevenson asks all students to read the document thoroughly.

Informed Consent for Student Participation

This document contains important information about your decision to participate, occupy and use Stevenson University’s campus, buildings, facilities and related services, activities and programs (collectively, the “University”) in light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) public health crises.  The undersigned student has read and acknowledges the matters set forth below.  

Student acknowledges and understands that COVID-19 infections and illnesses have been confirmed and are continuing throughout Maryland, the United States, and the World.  Despite the efforts of Stevenson University to slow the transmission of COVID-19, Student acknowledges that he or she may still be exposed to the coronavirus.  Student understands and agrees that by participating, occupying or using the University, he or she voluntarily assumes the risk of exposure to the coronavirus.  In accordance with the most recent guidance and protocols issued by the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the State of Maryland (collectively, “Public Health Authorities”), for slowing the transmission of COVID-19, Student agrees to and shall take all appropriate actions to adhere to personal hygiene guidelines and social distancing guidelines set forth by the Public Health Authorities.  Student acknowledges and agrees that Stevenson University may revise such steps and any related procedures at any time, including based on updated recommended guidance and protocols issued by the Public Health Authorities, and Student further agrees to comply with Stevenson University’s revised procedures prior to further use of the University.   

Student acknowledges and agrees that he or she has carefully considered the choice to participate, occupy and use the University, understands the risks associated with COVID-19, and that Student finds and accepts same as being safe and reasonably suited for the use by the Student. Student acknowledges and agrees that Stevenson University has taken certain reasonable steps to implement recommended guidance and protocols issued by the Public Health Authorities (as defined below) for slowing the transmission of COVID-19.   

Student’s voluntary signature indicates student has carefully read and understands this Informed Consent for Student Participation. 

I Acknowledge that I Have Read the Informed Consent

FAQs
Stevenson has compiled a list of frequently asked questions about various Fall 2020 reopening plans, preparations, and health and safety measures. If you should have a question not addressed below, please contact us at .
  • Academics & Instruction

    Why are you not offering online course options? Will online courses be offered or just in-person?

    Stevenson is offering a range of options for students who have specific disabilities or vulnerabilities to COVID-19. These will include selected online courses, opportunities to view class meetings through a webcam, and other individualized approaches. More information can be found here.

    If you do not have a documented disability but have a medical condition or other concerns about the Fall semester, then we invite you to communicate with us using the link below.  Stevenson may be able to make schedule or other temporary adjustments on a case-by-case basis.  If you are concerned about related risk factor(s) and would like to request an adjustment for Fall 2020, then please complete the Student Request for Adjustment Form to provide us with more information.

  • Athletics

    What about sports? Will teams play in the fall?

    After careful consideration and with the health and well-being of our students-athletes in mind, the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) has suspended all intercollegiate athletics competition through the Fall semester in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stevenson remains committed to providing safe, positive, growth-oriented training and leadership experiences to all of our student-athletes during the Fall with the ultimate goal of returning to competition in all sports in the Spring 2021 semester.

    More details and information can be found at the following link: Stevenson, MAC Suspend NCAA Competition for Fall 2020.

  • Commencement

    What are the plans for Spring 2020 Commencement ceremony?

    Stevenson is exploring a variety of alternative dates and formats for an on-campus ceremony to honor our Spring 2020 graduates. Guidance from public health authorities must guide our decisions about large-group gatherings, and we will notify graduates and family when our options become more concrete.

    Will there be a December Commencement?

    December Commencement is currently scheduled for December 21. If public health guidance should preclude our holding Commencement, we will notify students and families in advance.

  • COVID-19 Monitoring, Testing, and Contact Response

    Who does a student contact if they are immunocompromised?

    The Office of Disability Services will work with students individually to accommodate those with immunocompromised conditions. You may contact the Office of Disability Services at ODS@stevenson.edu or 443-352-5320.

    Will you be monitoring temperatures?

    Stevenson University will not be regularly monitoring temperatures. We will ask students, faculty, and staff to self-monitor for possible symptoms and report them to the SU Wellness Center or Human Resources Office so that they can be quarantined or isolated as needed.

    In classes where physical distancing may not be possible for the entire class period, temperature checks may be required before students can enter the classroom, laboratory, or studio. Temperature check policies as posted on the Provost’s Office Portal will be followed, student privacy will be protected, and health information will not be recorded or shared. Students not permitted to attend class in person will not be penalized and alternate assignments and/or make-up work will be provided.

    Are you testing for COVID-19? Will COVID-19 tests be available at SU?

    Stevenson is following CDC recommendations to educate students, faculty, and staff about self-monitoring for symptoms and has established procedures and online resources for daily self-monitoring. If a student is symptomatic, they will contact the SU Wellness Center, who will provide guidance and arrange COVID-19 testing if deemed necessary.

    If a student tests positive, does the roommate have to quarantine?

    Stevenson’s Contact Response team will reach out to the student’s contacts to determine if roommates, friends, or other individuals with whom the student has been in contact were at a level of exposure that would require them to quarantine.

    What is the protocol if faculty/staff/students test positive for COVID-19? Will you isolate people who are COVID-positive?

    The protocol is isolation of the COVID-positive individual at-home or on campus for 14 days. COVID-positive individuals will not return to campus or exit on-campus isolation until cleared by their healthcare provider and our Wellness Center.

    How will you isolate people who are COVID-positive on campus?

    Stevenson has designated one Residence Hall to be used for isolating students who, for a variety reasons, cannot return to their homes for the period of isolation. Only authorized personnel will be permitted to enter this building, and it will receive daily enhanced cleaning and disinfection. Students who are isolated will be monitored for symptoms by medical personnel. Students will receive food service deliveries and will be able to continue their studies while isolating.

    Can a person who is a close contact of someone who is COVID-positive, but has not yet tested positive, quarantine on campus?

    Students who are not COVID-positive but may have been exposed to the virus through a close contact should quarantine at home. If it is not possible for a student to quarantine at home, arrangements will be made for them to quarantine in their dorm room or in other university designated space.

    Will faculty, staff, and students be informed when someone tests positive?

    Generally, the entire campus will not be notified, but contact tracing will be initiated to identify close contacts of COVID-positive individuals. Contact tracing will allow us to inform and follow-up with anyone on campus who was in proximity to a COVID-positive individual in a manner that could have exposed them to the virus.

    Will contract tracing be done on campus? By whom?

    Stevenson has a trained Contact Response team who will work in coordination with the Baltimore County Department of Public Health.

    If someone in an academic or administrative department tests positive for COVID-19, does the entire department need to quarantine?

    Contact tracing will be initiated to determine with whom the COVID-positive individual was in close contact. Contact tracing will allow us to inform and follow-up with anyone on campus who was in close contact with a COVID-positive individual. An entire department might not need to quarantine if individuals were not in a proximity that posed a risk of transmission.

  • Dining Service Operations

    How will the dining halls be changed to accommodate for virus precautions?

    Stevenson has developed a comprehensive plan for its dining services. Tables and seating are being arranged to optimize physical distancing, and we are using additional space in Rockland for indoor physically-distanced dining. Instead of self-service stations—such as in the salad, community grill, smoothie, and cereal areas—we will have staffed stations to serve students by request.

    Dining tables will be regularly cleaned and disinfected after a diner completes their meal. Plates and flatware will be distributed to diners individually, and dining services staff will be wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), including face coverings and gloves, and will be required to complete a daily self-monitoring procedure in accordance with their company’s policy.

  • Fall 2020 Schedule: Fall and Thanksgiving Breaks

    What was the rationale for doing away with the break days in October and the day in November?

    The modifications to the Fall academic calendar will allow students to complete final exams earlier. This schedule allows students to return home earlier if there are significant increases in COVID-19 or influenza cases in December.

    Are courses in-person or online after Thanksgiving?

    Course formats will generally be in-person after Thanksgiving. If State and public health guidance indicates the need to transition to remote instruction after Thanksgiving, the university will implement these formats.

    Many schools are moving to remote instruction and exams after Thanksgiving to reduce travel. Why isn’t SU?

    Students benefit significantly from face-to-face instruction and being in an on-campus environment, especially at the end of the semester when students are preparing for exams. If State and local public health guidance indicates the need to transition to remote instruction after Thanksgiving, the university will implement this approach.

  • Health, Safety & Hygiene Measures

    What health and safety measures will be required of students and staff on campus?

    This fall, physical distancing, wearing face coverings, sanitizing surfaces, and other measures will be in place on campus to promote your health and safety. 

    In accordance with our Safety Policy, wearing face coverings is required on campus in all indoor locations, except when alone in a room or office, and outdoors when withing 6-feet of other individuals.

    Our Keep Stevenson Safe campaign is providing information to students, staff, faculty, and families about the health and safety measures that all will have to follow when we return in the fall. We are sending regular emails, texts, and social media posts to update the community. All information is also posted online at www.stevenson.edu/safe.

    How will restrooms be affected? How many in the room at one time?

    Signage will be posted on all restrooms to indicate the need for wearing face coverings, maintaining physical distancing, and washing hands thoroughly. Restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized regularly in accordance with our enhanced cleaning and disinfection plan.

    Will you be providing face coverings and hand sanitizer?

    Yes, a welcome kit will be provided to students that will contain a face covering and hand sanitizer, among other items. There will also be hand sanitizer stations on campus. A variety of personal protective equipment (PPE) will also be provided to students, faculty, and staff when needed in specific academic and co-curricular circumstances. Students are also strongly encouraged to bring their own personal hand sanitizer and use their own washable face coverings.

    Will hallways and stairs be labeled “one-way”?

    Since there are many kinds of facilities and spaces on the campus, physical distancing and wearing face coverings will always be the rule. Classrooms, labs, libraries, and study and common spaces are being arranged to maximize physical distancing. Signage—including directional signage—will be used to indicate the physical distancing required in different spaces, including hallways and stairs of certain buildings.

    Can the virus travel through the HVAC system in our buildings and what are you doing to protect us from that?

    There are no documented cases of transmission of COVID-19 through this mechanism. University HVAC systems, including filters, are regularly inspected and serviced to ensure proper functioning.

    For faculty and staff—what is the protocol for shared spaces? Will they be cleaned after one person uses and before the next?

    University facilities will be regularly cleaned and disinfected. Disinfectant wipes and materials will be supplied so that employees can clean spaces if needed between regular cleanings. Hygiene protocols such as washing hands, using hand sanitizer, and not touching your face should be practiced to enhance the effects of these procedures.

  • Internships & Clinicals

    How will off-campus internships work?

    Stevenson University is making every effort to place students at safe internship sites that are compliant with health and safety guidelines. Students in off-campus internships will follow the health and hygiene protocols of their placement site. Students should work with their school’s internship coordinator, faculty, or department chair to discuss options or ask specific questions.

    Will nursing students still have clinical rotations in the Fall?

    The Department of Nursing is working very closely with all of its clinical partners on plans to return to clinical rotations in the Fall. Extensive safety measures are being put in place, including the use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), universal precautions, symptom checkers, and additional procedures as needed. We are communicating with our students via their Stevenson University email as more details become finalized. Any specific questions can be sent to clinicalplacement@stevenson.edu.

  • Residence Life / Move-in

    When are students moving in? What is being done to make Move-In safe?

    The Office of Residence Life has developed a Fall Move-In Plan to increase student safety by extending the schedule and limiting the density of people in Residence Halls, hallways, elevators, and floors while moving into the rooms. All students will be assigned a specific date and time slot for their move-in.Move-ins will be scheduled from Friday, August 21 to Sunday, August 30 for new students and returning students. Additionally, there will be approved early arrivals for select student groups. Returning students have the opportunity to move in their belongings a week early, prior to returning for the start of the Fall 2020 semester. A summary of the Move-In Plan can be found here.

    How can you possibly make the campus safe for students in the fall, especially in Residence Halls—especially in double rooms? Can I get a single room?

    The university is putting measures in place, including physical distancing in our campus facilities, use of face coverings, enhanced cleaning and sanitation procedures, and educational programs, among other measures, to promote health and safety across the campus. Students may request a single or a double room and the university will attempt to meet these requests through on-campus or off-campus accommodations.

    Do roommates need to cover faces in their rooms?

    Face coverings are recommended when within 6-feet of other individuals, including roommates, but can be removed when alone in the room or in separate room. In accordance with our Roommate Agreement procedures, roommates will discuss and set the rules and expectations for their suites and apartments together, including if they will wear face coverings when they are in their suites and apartments together.

    What should I do if someone is refusing to wear a face mask?

    Face coverings are required in all indoor locations, except when one is alone in a closed room or office, and outdoors if one is within 6-feet of another individual. In accordance with our Keep Stevenson Safe communications plan, signage and safety ambassadors across the campus will remind students, faculty, and staff of this and other required safety procedures.

    Concerned students can notify Security Office at 443-352-4500 if they observe someone not following this protocol. Employees can contact their supervisors if they have a concern.

  • Shuttle Service

    How will the university shuttles be run? What safety measures will be in place?

    The density of riders on our shuttles will be limited to optimize physical distancing. Drivers and riders will be required to wear face coverings, maintain physical distancing when entering and exiting, and drivers will routinely clean the shuttles during their shifts. Staggered seating will be designated to optimize physical distancing.

    Given that seating will be limited, we do encourage students to walk on the Owings Mills campus. Students who need mobility accommodations can contact our Security Office at 443-352-4500 to arrange transportation.

  • Travel and Quarantining before Returning for Fall

    If I have traveled internationally, do I need to quarantine for 14 days before I return to campus?

    Yes. CDC guidance requires a 14-day period of quarantine after returning from international travel. Please contact the SU Wellness Center first at 443-352-4200 to begin this process and receive a self-monitoring form and instructions for the process

    Or—If I have been living abroad, what steps do I need to take to return to campus?

    CDC guidance requires a 14-day period of quarantine after returning from international travel. Please contact the SU Wellness Center first at 443-352-4200 to begin this process and receive a self-monitoring form and instructions for the process

    If I suspect that I have COVID-19 symptoms, what should I do?

    If a student suspects that they have COVID-19 symptoms before returning to campus, they should immediately contact their healthcare provider and the Wellness Center at 443-352-4200. Students who suspect they have symptoms should remain at home, not come to campus, maintain physical distancing, and wear a face covering. The Wellness Center will provide guidance for self-monitoring, quarantining, testing, isolation, and what students need to do to be cleared for returning to campus. Residence Life will assist returning students with a modified move-in plan before they return. 

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