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Fall 2021 Student Life COVID Protocols

Unvaccinated students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, as well as vaccinated students who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and are experiencing symptoms, may not attend class and should instead remain in/return to their room or home. During regular business hours immediately contact Health Services at health@lycoming.edu and after business hours contact Public Safety at security@lycoming.edu or call (570) 321-4064.

Lycoming College Commitment to Social Responsibility

Our collective commitment to being in residence with face to face instruction has served us well during the pandemic. Due to the continuing presence of the COVID-19 virus, the College will expect all community members to make a commitment to the principle of social responsibility again in the fall 2021 semester.

As a member of the Lycoming College Community I agree that living with COVID-19 will require me to make sacrifices and adopt behaviors that recognize the mutual obligations to care for self, for others and for the whole community.

To this end, I commit to:

Protecting myself through conscientious habits of personal hygiene and being cognizant of my own health e.g., fever, loss of taste or smell, chills, etc.

Protecting others by wearing a face covering in accord with College guidance, and following all other Lycoming safety protocols, including cleaning and disinfecting spaces throughout campus and adhering to all signs and directions related to COVID-19.

Protecting the Lycoming College Community by acknowledging individual commitments can collectively benefit the well-being of all. I understand that guidance to stop the transmission of COVID-19 is subject to change. I will do my part to stay informed of and support College, local, state and federal efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Warrior Wellness Initiative

Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is important to be successful in college and it supports a higher quality of life. The Student Life Division is committed to providing programs and activities that enhance the health and well-being of Lycoming College students. The Warrior Wellness Initiative utilizes a holistic approach to wellness by offering a variety of activities that improve physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. An upcoming Warrior Wellness Initiative SharePoint site will highlight activities being planned and the dates that they will become available.

Residential Living

  1. Lycoming College will continue to utilize the residential building structure to promote supportive student “units.”

    • A unit is a room, suite, or apartment.
    • Members of the unit will take responsibility to support the emotional wellbeing, physical health and social needs of the other members of the unit.
    • During the universal masking period, residents of campus housing are not required to wear a face covering/mask while in their own unit. Unvaccinated students are advised to maintain physical distance from other unvaccinated roommates, suitemates, or apartment mates.
    • All students are required to wear a face covering while in common areas of the residence halls
    • This policy could be modified later in the semester to allow fully vaccinated persons the option of not wearing a mask in public indoor settings. This possible change will depend upon CDC guidance for Lycoming County and a set of metrics developed by Lycoming College. Students will be notified when and if conditions allow this change to be made. The metrics will be available on the Lycoming College website.
  2. In rooms occupied by two or more unvaccinated individuals, residents are advised to arrange furniture, in particular beds and desks, to promote physical distancing.
  3. To promote physical distancing, all residence hall rooms, suites and apartments have been assigned a maximum number of persons that are permitted.

    • Social gathering/parties. A social gathering/party may not exceed the maximum number of persons permitted in the unit.
    • Unvaccinated persons in a room, suite or apartment are advised to maintain a physical distance from other unvaccinated persons.
    • During the universal mask wearing period, all persons in the room are advised to wear masks when others beyond the unit members are in the room.

Masks

  1. All members of the community will be expected to wear masks indoors in public settings. This protocol means that everyone will begin the semester wearing masks during class.

    • Under current CDC guidance, this policy could be modified later in the semester to allow fully vaccinated persons the option of not wearing a mask in public indoor settings.
    • Metrics that incorporate the percentage faculty, staff and students that are vaccinated, the rate of virus transmission on campus and the transmission rate within the county will be utilized to determine modifications of the universal masking policy.
  2. In addition to classrooms, public indoor spaces where masks will be required include common areas of residence halls, Wertz Student Center, Keiper Recreation Center, Snowden Library, among others.
  3. To take advantage of protocol exemptions for fully vaccinated individuals that will be offered when CDC guidance and local conditions permit, students must present verification of their vaccination status to Health Services.
  4. Health Services will maintain a roster of the vaccination status of all students (residential and commuter).

* An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after receiving one dose of a one dose vaccine. Those who have received a vaccine not approved in the US but approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) should consult with Health Services.

Travel

  1. Students are discouraged from traveling during the universal mask period. Residential and commuter students who choose to travel beyond Lycoming County are expected to follow CDC travel guidelines as well as public health guidelines in the locality that they are visiting. If it is necessary to travel during the universal masking period, students are expected to notify Dean Miller 24 hrs. before leaving campus – millerda@lycoming.edu

Guests

  1. Lycoming College has adopted the following guidelines for the first two weeks (August 30 -September 12) of the fall 21 semester concerning guests of students in the residence halls:

    • With the exception of parents or guardians, students are prohibited from having a guest (vaccinated or unvaccinated) on campus.
    • This policy may be revised if the CDC guidance for Lycoming County changes and/or the college community achieves its metrics for vaccination rates and low virus transmission.

Health Services

The Office of Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students will coordinate assistance from the Student Life staff in activating Lycoming College's response to COVID-19.

Decisions regarding appropriate care for students related to COVID-19 will be coordinated with the College medical provider, the local healthcare system, the PA Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

  1. Unvaccinated students may not attend class if any of the following conditions become significant and persistent and are known not to be related to allergies.

    • An elevated temperature as set by the College in consultation with health professionals
    • Chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body ache
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  2. Unvaccinated students experiencing symptoms are required to contact the Health Center by phone (570) 321 – 4052 or at health@lycoming.edu.

    • Symptomatic unvaccinated students must not attend class and must limit their movement around campus (if a residential student, to the extent possible stay in their room) until they have been contacted by Health Services. After hours, symptomatic unvaccinated students should contact Public Safety.
  3. Vaccinated students who may have been exposed to COVID and are exhibiting any of the above symptoms may not attend class and must contact Health Services immediately.
  4. Vaccinated students exhibiting symptoms above that are significant and persistent should wear a mask and seek medical attention in Health Services or with a medical provider of choice.
  5. All students visiting the Health Center are required to wear a mask while in the Health Center regardless of vaccination status.

Diagnosis

  1. The College medical provider will be responsible for ordering testing based on current medical criteria for diagnosing suspected COVID-19 cases, using procedures outlined by the PA Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

    • Students should call Health Services (570) 321- 4052 to arrange an appointment.
    • The College medical provider will determine the format to use in meeting with the student, including in person or via telemedicine – a phone call or TEAMS.
    • The College medical provider will determine whether the student should be tested.
  2. If the College medical provider cannot be contacted, suspected cases of COVID-19 will be referred by the Health Services staff to the local Emergency Department or a comparable outpatient clinic.

    • The student will be required to wear a face covering while in transit to off campus care.

      1. Students who do not have personal transportation will be transported to the ER by Public Safety in one of the College owned vans as a primary mode.
      2. If a van is not available, students will be transported in the Public Safety vehicle.
      3. Both the student and the Public Safety officer are required to wear a face covering.

Reporting

  1. All positive results will be reported to the PA Department of Health.

Isolation

  1. The College will determine isolation options. In most cases, a student receiving a positive COVID 19 test result will be expected to go home for the required isolation period. A limited number of isolation rooms will be available on campus. Exceptions will be made for students whose home residence is more than 250 miles (Google Maps) from campus. Dean Miller will review cases of other students who have concerns about quarantining at home.

    • During regular business hours, Health Center personnel will conduct a telemedicine check-up on the condition of a student in isolation on campus.
    • Outside regular business hours, the on-duty staff member will contact students who are in isolation on campus to check on the student’s overall wellbeing.
    • Campus Dining will provide contactless delivery of food for students in isolation on campus. On-duty staff member may assist dining services.
    • Academic support. The student will be expected to contact the faculty members teaching the courses in which the student is enrolled to make arrangements to make up missed work. The faculty members will have discretion to determine the arrangements.
    • General support e.g., housing, dining, technology assistance, etc.: will be determined on a case by case basis.

Contact Tracing

  1. College staff will assist the PA Department of Health in establishing a list of case contacts that may have been exposed to COVID-19.
  2. Unvaccinated individuals meeting the contact definition of exposure of less than six feet for greater than 15 minutes in a 24-hour period will be expected to self-quarantine for 10 full days, or 7 full days if the outcome of an antigen or PCR test taken on day 7 is negative. Antigen tests to shorten the quarantine period are at the expense of the student – test administered both on or off campus.

    • Unvaccinated students may be relocated to spaces identified by the College or required to self-quarantine in their residence hall room.
    • Isolation decisions will be determined based upon the information obtained through contact tracing and coordinated by Health Services in consultation with the PA Department of Health and the office of the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students.
  3. Vaccinated students who come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 are required to get tested 3-5 days after the date of the exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until a negative test result.
  4. Recognizing that they have an obligation to consider the well-being of others and the campus community as whole, students are required to be forthright and clear when answering questions asked by contact tracers

Quarantining

  1. The College will determine quarantining options. In most cases, students will be expected to quarantine at home. A limited number of quarantine rooms will be available on campus. Exceptions will be made for students whose home residence is more than 250 miles (Google Maps) from campus. Dean Miller will review cases of other students who have concerns about quarantining at home.
  2. A student will be exempted from quarantining if the student can produce documentation of a diagnosed COVID-19 infection less than 90 days from the date of an exposure to a person exhibiting COVID-19 like symptoms or a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. The student must also be symptom free.
  3. A student will be exempted from quarantining if the student can produce documentation has provided the College documentation of being fully vaccinated. The student must also be symptom free.
  4. When a student is in quarantine on campus, the following procedures will be followed:

    • During regular business hours, Health Services will conduct a telemedicine check on the student’s condition.
    • When in quarantine, meals will be delivered by dining services to the student’s quarantine location on campus.
    • Students in quarantine may leave their room to take a walk outside and are to avoid sustained close contact with others.
    • Students in quarantine and are not allowed in academic buildings, Rec Center, Snowden Library, Lamade, Long Hall, or the Shangraw Athletic Complex.
    • Students in quarantine are not allowed to attend classes.

Notification

  1. The Office of Vice President for Student Life Dean of Student Affairs will be notified of a suspected case of COVID-19.

    • This office is responsible for notifying the President of the College.
  2. The campus community will be notified of a positive case of COVID-19.

    • The communication will include messaging reinforcing education information on the transmission, prevention and course of illness of COVID-19.

Media

  1. All media contacts will be handled through the office of Marketing and Communications.
  2. The College website will be kept updated with pertinent information regarding the College’s response.

Parents and Family

  1. Contact with parents and family will be handled by the Office of the Vice President for Student Life.

Student Life General Guidelines:

Due to a higher risk of transmission of COVID-19 during a period defined by the CDC as substantial or high, the following programmatic or activity guidelines have been developed:

Campus Dining:

  1. Persons eating in the Wertz Dining Hall must wear a face mask in the Dining Hall at all times unless eating or drinking.

    • This policy could be relaxed depending upon levels of vaccination with the college community and rates of virus transmission, locally and on campus.
  2. Unvaccinated persons eating at any campus dining location must maintain a physical distance from other persons.
  3. Faculty and staff are allowed in the Wertz Dining Hall and at all Parkhurst Dining retail locations. They will be expected to observe the protocols that apply to students.
  4. During the period of universal mask wearing, dining at one of the outdoor eating locations is strongly encouraged, especially for unvaccinated students

Transportation:

  1. Persons riding in vehicles for College sanctioned programs, activities, or events are required to wear a face covering. Unvaccinated persons must maintain a physical distance while traveling with other unvaccinated persons.

    • This policy could be relaxed depending upon levels of vaccination with the college community and rates of virus transmission, locally and on campus, during the first few weeks of the semester
  2. Due to physical limitations of cars, vans, and buses the number of unvaccinated persons may be limited and determined on a first-come first serve basis in order to maintain physical distance while traveling.

Club & Organization Meetings:

  1. Unvaccinated students are advised to avoid large/crowded meetings.
  2. All members of the community are required to wear masks indoors in public settings, including while attending club and organization meetings.

    • This policy could be modified later in the semester to allow fully vaccinated persons the option of not wearing a mask in public indoor settings.
    • In addition to classrooms, public indoor spaces where masks will be required include common areas of residence halls, Wertz Student Center, Snowden Library, Keiper Recreation Center among others.
  3. Clubs and organizations are expected to meet in spaces that allow for persons to maintain physical distance from one another. If unvaccinated persons cannot maintain physical distance, the organization are advised to consider to meet virtually or outdoors in one of the tents.

College Sanctioned Activities & Events:

  1. Unvaccinated persons are encouraged to avoid large social gatherings where physical distance cannot be maintained.
  2. Protocols for attending intercollegiate athletic events are available at https://www.lycoming.edu/covid-19/athletic-protocols-fall-2021.aspx.
  3. Protocols for attendance at lectures, theater performances, music concerts, art exhibitions and/or similar College sanctioned activities & events will be posted very soon.