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Guidelines for the Spring 2022 Semester

Since June 2021, our goal has been to create an academic year that is full of typical Saint Mary's activities and traditions, while continuing to consider CDC and Indiana Department of Health guidelines. We are confident that even with the unpredictability of the Delta, Omicron and other variant strains, by following the science, routinely reviewing emerging data and remaining flexible, we can ensure a successful year for our entire campus community. Our data from the last year help us remain confident that we can continue All Together for the full 2021-22 academic year.

Our fall 2021 and spring 2022 guidelines are influenced by the fact that we are a highly vaccinated campus in a county that has an increased level of transmission. They can be found in full by clicking the Health and Safety Standards button. For those traveling to our campus in the coming weeks, below are the current College visitor and masking policies. 

Visitors to Campus

The College welcomes visitors to campus. Visitors are not required to wear a mask unless they are not up-to-date with the COVID vaccine (they are not vaccinated; or they are eligible for a booster but have not received one), if they are a recent close contact with someone positive, or after recent release from quarantine or isolation periods that require masking.

Masking

All members of the Saint Mary’s student and employee community who are up to date on their vaccinations can remove their masks indoors if comfortable doing so, including classrooms, with the following exceptions: 

  • Unvaccinated or Not Up-To-Date with Vaccines. Any individual who is unvaccinated, or is eligible to receive a booster but has not done so, should continue to mask indoors at all times. For students, this includes private residence hall rooms that are not yours.
  • Recent Close Contact, Quarantine or Isolation. Following CDC recommendations, you are required to wear a mask indoors when around others due to a close contact, or recent release from quarantine or isolation. 
  • Private Offices and Classrooms. We ask that all members of our community mask in offices, classrooms and spaces where use of a mask is requested. Employees of the College are encouraged to complete reports on students who are not following masking requirements in offices or individual classrooms, and violations could result in Student Conduct referral
  • Performances, Lectures and Events. Some performances, lectures, or events might require masks. Be prepared to wear a mask if the individual event requires them.
  • As Requested. Be prepared to mask when asked.

In addition to following Saint Mary’s masking requirements, athletes will follow NCAA and/or MIAA masking guidelines.

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. Beginning with the academic year 2021-22, we expanded our student immunization requirements to include being up-to-date with the COVID-19 vaccine and booster. To read more, click here. In addition, employees of the College were required to be immunized. As of August 23, 95% of employees are vaccinated and over 91% of students are vaccinated.

Document Your COVID-19 Vaccination

Students, to document your vaccination, please upload your information to the medical records system, Medicat. Employees, you must document your vaccination record using this form.  

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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Campus

+Does Saint Mary’s College require visitors to wear masks?

All visitors, regardless of their vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask indoors. As a reminder, members of the tri-campus community are not considered visitors and must follow Saint Mary’s masking and other protocols while on campus.

+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. All visitors, regardless of their vaccination status, are required to wear a mask indoors. 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 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Several dining options are available: Murphy's Cafe, located inside Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex (M-F); The 1844 Cafe, which includes Starbucks (open daily) and the Noble Family Dining Hall (open daily), both located inside the Student Center. 

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