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Safety Policy (Emergency Policy Implemented due to COVID-19 Pandemic)

During the COVID-19 pandemic, employees, students, and visitors are required to comply with the policies outlined herein. This policy and any subsequent updates are being implemented to promote safety and decrease the risk of COVID-19 infections in the campus community.  

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement 

All new and returning students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus for the 2021-2022 academic year.  This requirement applies to all undergraduate students, resident and commuter, as well as all Stevenson University Online undergraduate and graduate students who access and use campus facilities.  

Students may meet this requirement by providing the university with proof they have been fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine that is approved for emergency use by either the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO). Eligible students may apply for an exemption from the vaccine requirement based on sincerely held religious beliefs or for medical reasons. Students who are exempted from the vaccination requirement will be required to complete risk mitigation strategies as directed by the university. 

Use of Face Coverings (Masking) 

In accordance with current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance, the following policy is in effect for all Stevenson campuses:  

Masks are not required outdoors. Consideration of masking in crowded outdoor settings is encouraged.  

Masks are required to be worn indoors for any person who is not fully vaccinated. An acceptable mask is one that is made of cloth or other filtering material, fully covers the nose and mouth, fits snugly against the sides of the face so there are no gaps, and is secured around the ears or head to prevent slipping.  

For persons who are fully vaccinated, the CDC recommends that masking procedures indoors should vary with levels of community transmission. Employees and students will be notified when masking procedures change due to community conditions. 

This policy on masking in indoor spaces applies generally to classrooms, co-curricular and extra-curricular events, and faculty/staff meetings. This policy also applies to campus visitors.    

The requirement to wear a mask indoors does not apply to spaces such as residence hall rooms, campus dining facilities, offices or rooms when one is alone, or to athletes during competitions/practices.  

In personal office spaces, employees may request that visitors wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.  

Physical Distancing 

Physical distancing of at least 6 feet between individuals is encouraged indoors and outdoors as feasible. Classroom capacities have been established when feasible to permit physical distancing as desired by faculty and students.  

COVID Testing

Re-entry testing and surveillance testing are not required for students who have documented with the university that they are fully vaccinated. Re-entry testing and surveillance testing are both required for students who have not documented with the university that they are fully vaccinated.

Student athletes who are not vaccinated must complete re-entry testing prior to both moving into the residence halls and the start of fall practices. Student athletes, coaches, and athletics staff will also be subject to any additional requirements of the NCAA or MAC Conference.   

Quarantine and Isolation Procedures 

Compliance with university quarantine procedures will be required in the case of any unvaccinated student, faculty, or staff who is a close contact of a person who tests positive for COVID-19. 

Unvaccinated students who believe they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should immediately contact the Wellness Center at 443-352-4200or wellness@stevenson.edu for guidance. Unvaccinated employees who believe they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should not come to work and should immediately contact their supervisor.   

In accordance with current CDC guidance, quarantine is not required for vaccinated individuals who are asymptomatic following close contact with a person who tests positive for COVID-19. It is recommended that vaccinated individuals who have a known exposure to someone with COVID-19 should obtain a COVID test 3-5 days after the exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.  

In accordance with CDC guidance, any person who tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate in accordance with campus procedures, regardless of vaccination status. Students who test positive for COVID-19 are required to immediately report their positive test result to the Wellness Center at443-352-4200or wellness@stevenson.edu. Any employee who tests positive for COVID-19 is required to report their positive test result to both their supervisor and Human Resources (hr@stevenson.edu).  

Travel and Transportation  

All persons are required to wear a mask while traveling on university buses and shuttles. 

When off campus, students, faculty and staff are expected to also follow governmental guidance related to masking and distancing. The university reserves the right to take appropriate steps to protect the health of the university community if it learns that members of the university community have not followed public guidance. Steps taken by the university could include disciplinary action, having the parties quarantine in an off-campus location, and/or other restrictions to campus access. 

This policy is in effect until further notice. Failure to comply with this policy may result in counseling or disciplinary action.  

Added August 2020; Revised June 2021; Revised August 2021

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