Return to Campus Policy for Spring Semester

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We are so thankful for the way you responded to our COVID-19 protocols during the fall semester. We were able to navigate most of the semester with normal operations and minimal disruption. You may remember that we faced an uptick in cases at the beginning of the semester that caused our Campus Health Traffic Light System to turn RED necessitating enhanced protocols (face masks) for a period of two weeks.

We are not requiring vaccinations and will return to campus under normal operations. Check-in day is Monday, Jan. 10. Classes begin Wednesday, Jan. 12. Chapel schedule

With the prevalence of the Omicron variant, please be careful to do all you can to guard your health and the health of our campus community so we can begin the spring semester as safely and successfully as possible and hopefully avoid a period of enhanced protocols. As a precautionary measure, all students, faculty and staff are asked to consider getting tested for COVID five days prior to returning to campus. For those who cannot get tested, free testing on campus will be made available when you return.

To protect our campus upon everyone’s return, here are a few guidelines to follow:

  • If you have any COVID symptoms or have been in contact with anyone that tested positive within the last 10 days, you must be tested for COVID-19 before you return to campus and report your test results to [email protected]
  • Should you test positive for COVID-19, you are not cleared to return to campus and must contact [email protected] for instructions about when you will be able to return to campus and guidelines for communicating with professors.
  • Should you begin to show any symptoms of COVID-19 infection upon your return to campus, please call Student Health Services to set up an appointment to be tested as soon as possible. Do not delay as early detection is the key to mitigating campus spread.

Taking these steps will give us the best opportunity to begin the new semester without facing the major interruption of a period of enhanced protocols as a campus.

May God bless you during the rest of your break. We cannot wait to have you back on campus soon!