Expected Behavior on Campus

Considering the research findings, COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be effective at protecting you from getting sick, reducing the spread of illness, reducing the severity of illness, and reducing the risk of hospitalization. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, there are differences in resuming activities and responses to exposure. There variations are due to the vaccination status of the individual.

In general, people are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine

If these requirements are not met, regardless of age, the individual status is NOT fully vaccinated. It is STRONGLY recommended that those not fully vaccinated continue taking all precautions until fully vaccinated as those who are not vaccinated remain at greater risk. Personal responsibility is even more important for those who are unvaccinated.

  • If any person has a condition or is taking medications that weaken the immune system, they may NOT be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated. It is recommended to talk to your healthcare provider. Even after vaccination, it may need to continue observing all precautions.
Guidelines for Unvaccinated People

Symptom Monitoring - Prior to leaving home, faculty, staff and students should conduct a daily symptom self-assessment. Per the CDC, symptoms include elevated temperature (100 or higher), cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. If you have one or more symptoms, you MUST stay home. It is recommended that you seek medical attention for testing recommendations.

  • Take your temperature if symptoms develop while on campus.
    • Don't take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
    • If you forget to take your temperature, we've got you covered. Just step up to the kiosk as you enter the building and it will take your temperature in a second or two!

Social/Physical Distancing - Social /physical distancing is the most effective way of slowing the spread of COVID-19. It is recommended that all unvaccinated individuals continue with social distancing, also called "physical distancing," means keeping a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household.

  • To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Facial coverings - Facial coverings are required of all employees, students, and visitors while inside one of our buildings regardless of vaccination status. You are not required to wear a mask if you are working in an office by yourself, when presenting, when eating or drinking, or have a medically qualified mask exemption on file. The primary purpose of the face covering is to prevent the spread of disease.

  • There are permissible exceptions in wearing face coverings. In such cases, the person will be expected to complete an online Mask Exception Accommodation Request Form and students forms will be processed by Student Services and employees form processed by Human Resources.
  • Exceptions are limited to:
    • Facial coverings are prohibited by law or regulation;
    • Facial coverings are in violation of documented industry standards;
    • Facial coverings are not advisable for health reasons;
    • Facial coverings are in violation of a documented safety policy;
    • There is a functional (practical) reason not to wear a facial covering on campus.

Hand Washing - Faculty, staff and students should wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer when entering the building and at regular intervals throughout the day. When soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer is available throughout the buildings and should be used.

  • Hand sanitizer is available at each campus entrance. Additionally, surface sanitizing supplies are available in all high-contact locations.

Quarantine - Local public health authorities determine and establish the quarantine options for their jurisdictions. Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.

  • Unvaccinated people who have been in close contact (within 6 feet for greater than 15 minutes in a 24 hour period) with COVID-19 will generally follow a reduced option of a 10 day quarantine period as long as no symptoms develop. Continued symptom monitoring is recommended for 14 days.
    • Those students and faculty in a health care related program with follow a reduced option of 7 days with testing on day 5 with continued symptom monitoring for 14 days.
  • Local public health authorities make the final decisions about how long quarantine should last, based on local conditions and needs. Follow the recommendations of your local public health department if you need to quarantine. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department. The following are exceptions:
    • People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms.
    • People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated against the disease and show no symptoms.

Isolation - Local public health authorities establish the need for isolation in their jurisdictions. Isolation is a minimum of 10 days and is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected.

  • People who are in isolation should stay home until it's safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific "sick room" or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available).
  • People included to isolate who have COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status are those:
    • who have symptoms of COVID-19 and are able to recover at home; or
    • who don't have symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19.

Vaccination - Authorized COVID-19 vaccines can help protect you from COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine is available to those that meet eligibility requirements. Once you are fully vaccinated, you may be able to start doing some things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

Guidelines for Vaccinated People

Symptom Monitoring - Prior to leaving home, faculty, staff and students should conduct a daily symptom self-assessment. Per the CDC, symptoms include elevated temperature (100 or higher), cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. If you have one or more symptoms, even though individuals may be fully vaccinated, they MUST stay home. It is recommended that you seek medical attention for testing recommendations.

  • If you forget to take your temperature, we've got you covered. Just step up to the kiosk as you enter the building and it will take your temperature in a second or two!

Social/Physical Distancing - Social /physical distancing is the most effective way of slowing the spread of COVID-19. It is recommended that all vaccinated individuals continue with social distancing, also called "physical distancing," means keeping a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household.

  • To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Facial coverings - Facial coverings are required of all employees, students, and visitors while inside one of our buildings regardless of vaccination status. You are not required to wear a mask if you are working in an office by yourself, when presenting, when eating or drinking, or have a medically qualified mask exemption on file.

Hand Washing

  • Faculty, staff and students should wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer when entering the building and at regular intervals throughout the day. When soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer is available throughout the buildings and should be used.
    • Hand sanitizer is available at each campus entrance. Additionally, surface sanitizing supplies are available in all high-contact locations.

Quarantine - Local public health authorities determine and establish the quarantine options for their jurisdictions.

  • People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated against the disease and show no symptoms.

Isolation - Local public health authorities establish the need for isolation in their jurisdictions. Isolation is a minimum of 10 days and is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected.

  • People who are in isolation should stay home until it's safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific "sick room" or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available).
  • People included to isolate who have COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status are those:
    • who have symptoms of COVID-19 and are able to recover at home; or
    • who don't have symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19.