Campus Health and Safety

Outlined below are current practices for testing and isolation guidelines in accordance with current CDC and state recommendations. Because the CDC frequently updates its recommendations, these protocols could change at any time. We will update this information as soon as possible, but there could be some lag time.

Classes

All 2022-23 courses will be taught in person. Remote access to classes will not be offered. If a student is sick, they will follow the College’s standard operating practice for missed classes. As with all excused absences, it is the student’s responsibility to contact faculty and work with them to plan how to stay on track with coursework during any absences. Each faculty member will have a policy in the course syllabus that will guide how they approach working with students during their absence. For further guidance on missing classes, refer to the College Bulletin.

Cleaning of Classrooms and Offices

Classrooms, bathrooms, and public spaces will be cleaned and sanitized regularly. However, heightened cleaning protocols will go into effect in hallways, shared bathrooms, and common areas if a student becomes COVID-19 positive or symptomatic while on campus. Health and Counseling will notify Building Services of the areas that will need enhanced cleaning.

Isolation Space for Students

Students who test positive for COVID-19 and reside on campus but whose primary home is within 300 miles of campus are encouraged to make arrangements to move home within 24 hours to complete their isolation period. Students who remain on campus will complete their isolation period in place in their residence halls. Students completing isolation in residence must remain in their rooms with the door shut, make arrangements to have meals brought to them from the dining hall, and are only permitted to leave their room to use the restroom/shower. Students in isolation are required to wear a mask anytime roommates are in their room, when they leave their room to use the bathroom, (except while actively showering), and avoid interactions with other students on their floor or in their room. Visitors are prohibited in rooms where students are completing isolation periods. The College does not provide separate quarantine/isolation space. 

Isolation

Regardless of vaccination status, students with a positive COVID diagnosis must remain in isolation for at least 5 full days following the onset of symptoms or the positive COVID test (if asymptomatic). The Health and Counseling Center team will help determine the appropriate date. The Health and Counseling Center team will inform Academic Advising that you will be away from class without releasing the reason, and Academic Advising will in turn notify your professors. As with all excused absences, it is the student’s responsibility to contact faculty and work with them to plan how to stay on track in their courses during any absence. Each faculty member will have a policy in the course syllabus that will guide how they approach working with students during their absence. 

The following are additional criteria for students following a positive diagnosis:

  • Students will consult with the Health and Counseling Center—regardless of whether they are isolating in place or at their permanent residence—on day 5 to determine if additional time in isolation is needed. If they are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and their symptoms are improving, they may leave isolation on day 6 with approval from the Health and Counseling Center.
  • According to the CDC, Day 0 is the first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after symptoms developed or the test specimen was collected.
  • The clock restarts at day 0 if an asymptomatic student with a positive test develops symptoms.
  • After being released, students must continue to wear a face mask in public spaces and around roommates until day 10. We recommend that students take their meals to go from the dining hall to eat in a private space during this time.
  • If students develop symptoms after being released, or after day 10, they must contact the Health Center at HCCenter@saintmarys.edu immediately.

Masking Protocol 

Individuals who prefer to continue to wear a mask are welcome to do so. Public spaces, classrooms, offices, and office suites will no longer require masking, with a few exceptions: 

  • Recent Close Contact or Isolation. You are required to mask after testing positive for COVID-19 or being identified as a close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID-19
  • Private Offices and Classrooms. When requested, all members of our community will mask in offices, classrooms and spaces. Employees of the College are encouraged to complete reports on students who are not following masking requirements in offices or individual classrooms. 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.

Reporting a COVID-19 positive diagnosis, close contact or symptoms

You are asked to email the Health and Counseling Center immediately if any of the following apply: You are diagnosed with COVID-19; develop COVID symptoms; or if you have been in direct contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. 

Residence Halls

Residence Halls are open to all visitors. Residence Hall visitors should follow current Saint Mary’s masking protocols, and should wear masks if they are a recent close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, or after recent release from isolation period that required masking. Visitors and hosts should follow the College’s usual visitation hours and rules. As a reminder, visitation hours are: Sunday to Thursday, 10 a.m. – midnight, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. Visitors are prohibited in rooms where students are completing an isolation period.

Screening and Other Testing 

NCAA-required screening tests of student athletes is on-going. No additional screening testing is currently taking place for students or employees. In case of a significant outbreak, or a change in the county or local levels of transmission, the College reserves the right to return to required screening testing. Students who present with COVID symptoms will continue to be tested by the Health and Counseling Center team.

Vaccination Requirements for Students and Employees

All students and employees who are eligible must meet the College’s immunization requirements, which includes COVID-19 vaccine and booster, to be considered up-to-date. 

Visitors to Campus

The College welcomes visitors to campus. Visitors are not required to wear a mask unless they are in any space where masks are requested, if they are a recent close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, or after recent release from isolation period that required masking. Visitors are prohibited in rooms where students are completing an isolation period that required masking.