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Campus COVID-19 Safety Information

To promote health and safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Stevenson has developed the following campus safety policies and procedures in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local and state government and public health authorities. 

The university may adjust its policies or procedures as necessary to protect public health should case levels and community transmission increase. Similarly, policies or procedures may be adjusted by the university for individual events to protect public health.

March 4, 2022 - IMPORTANT UPDATE
Revised Campus Masking Protocols and Phased Process for Making Masks Optional on Campus


January 4, 2022 - IMPORTANT UPDATE
COVID Booster Requirement and Reentry Testing for All Stevenson Students - Spring 2022 Semester

To help our students prepare  for the return to campus for in-person classes and activities this Spring 2022 semester in light of the recent national upsurge in COVID cases, Stevenson is requiring the COVID vaccine booster for all vaccinated students as well as reentry testing for all students regardless of vaccination status. Please read:

These requirements apply to all undergraduate resident and commuter students, as well as doctoral students in our Psy.D program and Stevenson University Online (SUO) bachelor’s and graduate students who access and use campus facilities.

Thank you for your continued efforts to keep Stevenson safe!

Masking Protocols

 
  • COVID Vaccination Requirement


    Vaccine Required

    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).

    Click here for detailed information and FAQs about the university Vaccination Requirement and Exemption Request Process.


    Exemption Requests

    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.

    Click here for detailed information and FAQs about the university Vaccination Requirement and Exemption Request Process.

  • Use of Face Coverings (Masking)

    UPDATE March 4, 2022: Revised Campus Masking Protocols and Phased Process for Making Masks Optional on Campus

    This spring 2022, Stevenson University has pursued a process of Campus Renewal to safely increase the number and variety of academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities on campus. Given recently revised guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)—COVID-19 Community Levels and Prevention Steps—and the low levels of community transmission in Baltimore County, we will begin a phased process of making masks optional on campus.

    In formulating this approach, we have considered public health guidance, recommendations from our COVID-19 Core Operations team, and input from our Faculty Council and Student Government Association leadership.

    Masking Optional Strategy

    A masking optional strategy allows those in the community who feel that they will benefit from wearing a mask to continue doing so, while allowing other members of the community to choose not to mask. Please see the CDC’s masking information site for evidence that use of an appropriately fitted N95 or KN95 mask provides protection from infection even when others are not masked.

    We are pursuing this strategy in phases so that we can carefully monitor infection rates on campus following the implementation of a mask-optional strategy. As we have done throughout the pandemic, we will adjust our approach in response to this data. In this context, we will continue surveillance testing in our community so we can monitor infections and isolation/quarantine procedures to limit the spread of infection in our community in Phase 1 of the masking optional process.

    Phase 1: Masking Optional Spaces

    Effective immediately, the following spaces will be mask optional on Stevenson’s campuses:

    • Residence Halls

    • Ratcliffe Community Center

    • Rockland Hall

    • Garrison Hall

    • All Athletic and Fitness Facilities

    • All non-classroom and non-instructional spaces on the Owings Mills, Owings Mills North, and Greenspring campuses

    Phase 1: Masking Required Spaces and Situations

    The mask requirement remains in place at Stevenson in the following campus spaces and situations:

    • All Classrooms, Laboratories, and Other Instructional Spaces (e.g. a Theater class on stage, Fashion Design studios )

    • Anyone who is positive for COVID-19, has symptoms of COVID-19, or a known exposure to someone with COVID-19

    • The Wellness Center

    • University Shuttle Buses and Other Forms of Large-Scale Transportation of Students and/or SU Staff and Faculty

    • Large Scale Accepted Student and Campus Visit Events

    • Any office that houses a single occupant if the occupant requests office visitors to wear masks

    Please remember to carry a mask with you on campus for the referenced circumstances and that eating in classrooms and other instructional spaces is not permitted.

    Thank you for your consideration of all members of our campus community, those who choose to mask and those who don’t, and for your efforts to help our campus move forward in a safe manner. We will provide additional details on Phase 2 of our masking optional strategy as the semester proceeds.

  • Physical Distancing
    • Physical distancing of at least 6 feet between individuals is encouraged indoors and outdoors as feasible.
    • Classroom capacities and layouts have been established to permit physical distancing as desired by faculty and students.
  • COVID Testing (Re-entry & Surveillance)

    COVID Booster and Reentry Testing Requirement for All Stevenson Students Before the Start of the Spring 2022 Semester

    To help our students prepare  for the return to campus for in-person classes and activities this Spring 2022 semester in light of the recent national upsurge in COVID cases, Stevenson is requiring the COVID vaccine booster for all vaccinated students as well as reentry testing for all students regardless of vaccination status. Please read:

  • Isolation & Quarantine Procedures


    Isolation Procedures: Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Students

    • Vaccinated and unvaccinated students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for a minimum of 5 days. If ​the student does not develop symptoms at all or their symptoms are resolved by day 5, Wellness will clear them to return to campus.  After clearance, the student ​should wear a mask when around others and in public for 5 more days (no eating meals with others during that time) and notify Wellness if symptoms do occur.   If symptomatic on Day 5 the student will continue to isolate until symptom free or fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving. 
    • Students should plan to isolate at their permanent address.

    Quarantine Procedures: Vaccinated Students

    Quarantine procedures for vaccinated students (with or without boosters):

    • If COVID-19 symptoms are identified
      • the student will be directed to isolate if they have symptoms ​and ​fill out a symptom tracker noting their exposure and symptoms.  The Wellness Center will then contact the student and determine whether the student needs to continue to isolate  and when to get tested.
      • the student should get a COVID test (PCR on day 3 of symptoms is most accurate so if a student has a negative rapid or a negative PCR done prior to day 3 of symptoms, they may be asked to repeat testing). and upload their results as directed by the Wellness Center. If positive, ​the student should upload their positive test to their patient portal ​and notify Wellness by completing another symptom tracker/monitoring questionnaire.  If they test negative, they should upload negative results to www.stevenson.edu/negativetestresults.
      • the student must remain in isolation until contacted and assessed by the Wellness Center. If Wellness determines the student does not need to isolate, the process outlined below will be followed.
    • If NO symptoms are identified
      • the student will not need to quarantine. However, they must be vigilant about monitoring their symptoms and they must complete the Student Symptom Tracker for 10 days . ( They should notify Wellness if they develop symptoms and isolate immediately.)
      • The student should get a PCR test 5-7 days after their exposure and up​load their results as directed by the Wellness Center.
      • Exposed student must wear a face covering in public indoor settings for 10 days following exposure or until they receive a negative PCR test result and report the result to the Wellness Center.

    Quarantine Procedures: Unvaccinated Students

    • Unvaccinated students should plan to quarantine at their permanent residence.
    • Requests to quarantine on campus will be referred to the Coordinator of Quarantine and Isolation for review.
    • Students will need to monitor their symptoms via the Student Symptom Tracker and complete the Symptom Tracker for the full duration of their quarantine.
    • Students will need to have a PCR test on day 5 or later. Wellness may clear them  from quarantine if they test negative and do not develop symptoms. Student must fill out their ​symptom tracker/monitoring questionnaires daily while in quarantine and wait until Wellness clears them.
  • Campus Shuttles & Transportation

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


    Off Campus

    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. 

  • Residence Halls


    Guest and Visitor Policy

    Traditional guest policies have been re-instated. All resident students are strongly encouraged to review the Guest and Visitor Policy. Violations of the Policy can result in sanctions or disciplinary action.

    The following guidelines from the Guest and Visitor Policy are highlighted for their importance in maintaining health and safety within our community in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic:

    • Residents are allowed a maximum of 2 guests at any time.
    • Residents must get the prior approval of all roommates in order to have any guest.
    • A guest may stay in a resident’s unit for no longer than one night in a seven-day period.
    • If asked to do so by a roommate, a resident entertaining guests is expected to take the guests elsewhere, and not to inconvenience the roommate in any way.
    • Residents are responsible for making sure their visitors adhere to all residential regulations and guidelines. Residents must escort their guests at all times.
  • Symptom Tracking & Reporting

    All members of the university community (both vaccinated and unvaccinated) should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19.

    Students: If You Have Symptoms Regardless of Your Vaccination Status

    Whether vaccinated on unvaccinated, students with symptoms should contact the Wellness Center at 443-352-4200 or if they believe they have symptoms of COVID-19 and use the Student Symptom Tracker available via their confidential Wellness Center Patient Portal.

    Students who are required to isolate or quarantine should use the Student Symptom Tracker as directed by the Wellness Center to monitor themselves. Symptom tracking is required in order to be cleared from isolation or quarantine once completed.


    Faculty and Staff: If You Have Symptoms

    Faculty and staff should contact Human Resources if they believe they have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone testing positive for COVID-19.

    Please access the document post at SU Now Portal Home Page for the procedures that Stevenson employees should follow in the case of COVID-19 symptoms, infection, or contact with someone who is positive.

  • Athletics

    Stevenson Athletics will be returning to a full athletic schedule of home and away competition for Fall 2021.

    The university will monitor and follow current NCAA and MAC COVID-19 protocols. However, Stevenson may follow more stringent protocols than required by these organizations based on transmission rates or other pertinent situations associated with our campus or surrounding community. The following safety protocols apply to Stevenson student athletes, coaches, and staff:

    Vaccinated Student Athletes, Coaches, and Staff

    1. No residential re-entry testing is required.
    2. Periodic COVID-19 testing will not be required unless symptomatic.
    3. Masking is not required during practice or competition (both indoor and outdoor).
    4. Masking is currently required in indoor settings such as training rooms, locker rooms, Fitness Centers, sidelines for indoor sports, and modes of team and public transportation.
    5. If deemed a close contact, a vaccinated individual will not need to quarantine.

    Unvaccinated Student Athletes, Coaches and Staff

    1. Residential athletes will need to provide a negative PCR test within 7 days of their arrival on campus.
    2. Athletes who are out of season, will be subject to weekly PCR testing.
    3. During season, athletes will be required to test within three days of competition which will be no less than once per week.
    4. Masking is not required during practice or competition (both indoor and outdoor).
    5. Masking is required in indoor settings such as training rooms, locker rooms, Fitness Centers, sidelines for indoor sports, and modes of team and public transportation.
    6. If deemed a close contact or symptomatic, an unvaccinated individual will follow current university isolation or quarantine procedures
    7. The athlete will not return to play or practice until the appropriate return to play protocol has been completed.
    8. During team travel, athletes will be housed with vaccinated athletes or by themselves.
    9. Athletes will be required to mask in restaurants or will be provided a boxed meal during travel.

    Currently for indoor sports, masking will be required for athletes, coaches, and staff on the sidelines regardless of vaccination status.

    Spectator Policy

    1. For outdoor games, masking will not be required.
    2. Currently, indoor games require masking.
  • Dining Services

    Stevenson Dining Service operations and locations are configured for the optimal safety and health of our students following current CDC and Baltimore County Department of Health guidelines. The various dining facilities have returned to full seating capacity. Additionally, self-serve stations will be available for students in the Rockland Marketplace.

    Meals will be provided in takeaway containers by request for students who want to eat in their rooms. Venues will be open under normal hours of operation.

    Dining health and safety measures include:

    • Masks may be removed for eating, but are required to worn while obtaining food, moving about dining service locations, and entering/existing dining service locations.
    • No-touch swiping when entering the Rockland Marketplace.
    • Plexiglass barriers will be stationed on some tables in each dining venue. Additional barriers will be available upon request.
    • Plexiglass barriers will continue to hang above stations at shoulder height to separate servers and dining patrons.
    • Plexiglass barriers will remain at cashier stations.
    • Plexiglass walls will remain in the kitchen to separate staff work stations.
    • Continual cleaning and sanitation is in place, and tables are cleaned and disinfected after each use.
    • Dining services employees wear face coverings and gloves, and they are required to monitor for symptoms daily before reporting to work.
    • Employees will continue to disinfect kitchen work stations at the beginning and end of each shift.
  • Facilities Cleaning
    • The campus will receive a thoroughly enhanced cleaning prior to re-opening for the Fall semester, including furniture, upholstery, floors, and carpets.
    • Daily enhanced cleaning includes Residence Hall lobbies, common areas and hallways; classrooms and computer labs; public bathrooms, common areas in buildings such as lobbies, hallways, lounges, and reception waiting areas; dining venues; student meeting spaces; and fitness and locker rooms.
    • Common areas will receive daily treatments with electrostatic misting disinfectant sprayers and hospital-grade disinfectants.
    • In instances where COVID-19 has been positively detected the following additional procedures will be undertaken:
      • Resident Students: Entire room and suite will be disinfected by trained staff in appropriate PPE gear using an electrostatic disinfectant sprayer and other disinfecting products. Isolation rooms for students who have contracted the virus will be treated as requested by the Residence Life and Wellness Center staff during the period of stay. Once vacated the entire isolation suite will undergo a thorough disinfection process.
      • Faculty/Staff: Contact tracing procedures will determine the extent of interpersonal connection with other university employees and students. Any identified spaces will be cleaned with the electrostatic disinfectant process. This procedure may be modified due to the presence of information technology, lab equipment, or other sensitive electronics and equipment.
  • Fitness Centers & Intramural Sports
    • Intramural sports will return to team-based activities. No masks are currently required for outdoor sports. Masks are required for indoor activities.
    • Group fitness classes will be offered indoors at the Wooded Way Fitness Studio. Masking is required for both instructors and participants.
    • The Caves and Garrison Hall North Fitness Centers will be open and follow procedures to limit density and enhance cleaning and disinfection after each participant’s workout. These measures include:
      • Students, faculty, and staff  must clean their equipment both before and after use with disinfectant wipes provided on site, and attendants will perform additional cleaning between each scheduled workout time.
      • No walk-up entry allowed. Students, faculty, and staff will need to schedule a timeslot in advance online and will be checked in by an attendant when they arrive. Timeslots can be reserved through the following link: Fitness Center Time Reservations.
      • Masking and physical distancing are required during the participant’s entire workout.
  • Student Activities & Events

    The following guidelines are to assist student clubs and organizations in planning and holding activities and events with COVID-19 safety procedures in place. If students need assistance with planning events and activities, the Office of Student Activities is ready to assist at campus ext. 4300 (443-352-4300).

    • Meetings: In-person meetings are permitted, but virtual meetings are also still an option depending on the needs of your group. All students and advisors must follow current masking rules and should practice physical distancing when possible.
    • Food: If food or snacks will be served at your meeting or event, pre-packaged or to-go meals are recommended and having food served vs. self-served is preferred. Anyone serving food should wear a mask and gloves. Working with Sodexo to place a catering order is encouraged to maintain safe preparation and distribution of food.  
    • Attendance: Please plan to reserve an ID scanner (and a laptop if you do not have one) so that you can collect attendance information for all in-person events. All attendance reports should be sent to Britney Campbell, Assistant Director of Student Activities, at within 48 hours of your event. 
    • Physical Distancing and Minimizing Physical Contact: If your group is planning an in-person meeting or event, you should practice physical distancing as feasible and avoid physical contact with others as much as possible.
    • Off-Campus Travel: When using transportation for a student event, masks must be worn at all times. 
 
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