An Encouraging Outlook
Returning to a more normal campus environment has been our goal from the beginning. The collective efforts of everyone in the Saint Mary’s community has brought us to this place and we are incredibly grateful to every student and parent, faculty and staff. Our work to combat COVID-19 is not complete, but as more and more members of our community receive the vaccine, we are closer to providing a more normal fall experience for our students. We completed the academic year in person and graduated an amazing group of Saint Mary’s students. Our data from the Fall and the Spring semesters help us remain confident that we can remain All Together for the 2021-22 academic year.
Visitors to Campus
We are pleased to announce that campus is once again open to visitors, who will not be required to wear masks outdoors, regardless of vaccination status. Unvaccinated visitors are encouraged to wear masks indoors. The same guidelines apply to groups renting space from the College. No outside visitors are allowed in residence hall rooms.
Beginning June 1, in accordance with the St Joseph County health office guidelines, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance indoors or outdoors. Unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to continue to wear a mask and continue to observe physical distance.
For summer day camps run by Saint Mary’s, voluntary vaccination information will be requested. Camp participants who provide proof of vaccination can be unmasked indoors or outdoors. Camp participants who are unvaccinated should wear a mask at all times indoors, and in some cases outdoors. All campers and staff who wish to continue to wear a mask are welcome to do so.
Caring for our Community
Our ability to come together for in-person instruction depends on suppressing the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The broad immunization of our campus community is critical to achieving this goal. Because we are a congregate-living residential community, we must take every measure available to prevent this highly infectious disease. Therefore, we have expanded our student immunization requirements to include the COVID-19 vaccine beginning with the Summer 2021 term. To read more, click here. In addition, all employees of the College will need to provide documentation that they too are fully immunized against COVID-19.
Document Your COVID-19 Vaccination
Students, if you have received the vaccine, please complete the Student COVID-19 Vaccination Information form. Employees, you must document your vaccination record before August 2, 2021, by using this form.
Screening testing allows an organization to discover positive cases, in particular among asymptomatic individuals. Diagnosing cases before an individual presents symptoms helps to prevent uncontrolled outbreaks. Random screening testing will continue throughout the summer term for unvaccinated students and employees. If you receive an email from Health and Counseling regarding a screening test, and you feel you should be removed from the selection pool, please ensure you have documented your vaccination status. For further questions, contact HCCenter@saintmarys.edu.
Prospective students are welcome to visit campus. Please see the Visit Campus page for further details.
The plans outlined by Saint Mary’s College are dependent upon local, state, and national health and wellness guidelines, and can change according to the current state of COVID-19. We encourage you to watch for further updates via email communications and on this website.
+Does Saint Mary’s College require visitors to wear masks?
Beginning June 1, in accordance with the St Joseph County health office guidelines, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance indoors or outdoors. Unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to continue to wear a mask and continue to observe physical distance. Any individual who wishes to wear a mask is welcomed to do so.
+I am coming to campus as a camper. Do I need to be vaccinated?
If you are attending a Saint Mary's-sponsored summer camp, you will be asked your vaccination status. Camp participants who provide proof of vaccination can be unmasked indoors or outdoors. Camp participants who do not provide proof of vaccination will be required to mask indoors and in some instances, outdoors. If you come to campus through an outside camp entity (such as NCA Cheerleader Camps), you are asked to follow vaccination guidelines outlined by the organization.
+Is campus open for visits from prospective students?
Yes! We welcome your visit to our campus! In an effort to protect the safety and well-being of the Saint Mary’s community and our visitors, the following requirements will be implemented: Tour size will be limited to ensure proper physical distancing. All non-related guests are expected to maintain physical distance between one another. Unvaccinated visitors are expected to wear masks indoors and vaccinated visitors are welcome to wear masks if they would like, but are not required. Please visit our Admission webpage to schedule your campus visit.
+Is the bookstore open? Where can I eat on campus?
Our bookstore is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday during the summer months. The 1844 Cafe, which includes Starbucks, is open to all. The Noble Family Dining Hall is open with limited summer hours for students and employees of the College.
+Will Saint Mary’s College require students to be immunized against COVID-19 for the summer semester as part of their regular immunization requirements?
Yes, Saint Mary’s College is requiring all undergraduate and graduate students taking classes on campus to be fully vaccinated beginning with the Summer 2021 semester. In addition to the COVID-19 vaccine, the College requires the following immunizations: tetanus, hepatitis B, varicella, MMR; and meningitis; and strongly recommends hepatitis A and HPV.