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Lycoming College Fall 2022 COVID-19 Protocols

All students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 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.

Statement of Principles Guiding Decision-Making

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Lycoming College has aligned its policies with guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC has recently issued the following statement that will inform College policies as the Fall 2022 semester begins:

The COVID-19 pandemic has now shifted to a new phase, due to the widespread uptake of highly effective COVID-19 vaccines, the availability of effective therapeutics, and the accrual of high rates of vaccine- and infection-induced immunity at the population level in the United States. Each of these measures has contributed to lower risk of severe disease and death across the United States.

The Fall 2022 protocols seek to cultivate and support a culture of respect in which members of the campus community are asked to balance personal autonomy with the responsibility to help maintain a healthy community.

The College continues to encourage all members of the community to consult with their health care professional about getting a COVID vaccination and/or booster shots.1 This approach follows the recommendation of the CDC and their conclusion that available evidence demonstrates that the approved vaccines are highly effective in preventing severe symptoms and hospitalization. Following the most recent CDC guidance, the College also recognizes that infection-induced immunity also lowers the risk of severe disease and hospitalization.

The College is also committed to resuming a robust campus life filled with active classrooms, volunteer service, off-campus internships, events, lectures, athletic contests, concerts, performances and more. At the same time, the College understands that a COVID outbreak remains a risk and could disrupt our normal operations. Consequently, the College will monitor internal and external conditions, scientific data, and public health guidance throughout the 2022-23 academic year. The College is also prepared to modify protocols and implement measures such as mandatory surveillance testing and/or indoor masking that may be required to control an outbreak.

1 To determine if an individual up-to-date on COVID vaccinations, please consult the CDC at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html

Campus Communication

The College will create and maintain a weekly COVID-19 dashboard. The purpose of this dashboard is to provide community members with information to make informed personal decisions and to assist faculty and staff with deciding whether to require masking in their classrooms and/or offices. Decisions about changes in campus protocols will be communicated to the community by email.

Fall 2022 Protocols for Students

Campus Events and Activities

  • Student clubs and organizations are permitted and encouraged to host events.
  • Students are permitted and encouraged to participate in off-campus events and activities, including FYS Passport opportunities, internships, volunteer or community engagement experiences, and student teaching among others.
    • The student is responsible for consulting the site supervisor and educating themselves about COVID-19 regulations and policies that may be in place at the site.

Athletics

  • Lycoming College will follow the guidance issued by the NCAA Sports Science Institute and comply with guidelines adopted by the Middle Athletic Conference.
    • The NCAA is currently not recommending surveillance screening, and following this guidance, Lycoming College will not require student athletes to participate in surveillance screening. As with all protocols, the College could resume surveillance testing of student athletes if circumstances warrant.
  • The Department of Athletics is responsible for informing student athletes of specific policies and practices that relate to sport participation.
  • Attendance at Lycoming athletic contests is encouraged and open to all Warrior fans.
  • Masking will not be required of persons attending athletic events hosted by Lycoming College.

Music and Theatre

  • The Music and Theatre Departments may choose to follow normal or regular procedures for practice, rehearsal and performances.
  • Lycoming College will not require music and theatre students to participate in surveillance screening. As with all protocols, the College could resume surveillance testing of music and theatre students if circumstances warrant.

Residential Facilities

Student Travel

  • Student travel is not restricted.

Campus Dining Locations

  • All campus dining facilities will operate at full capacity and be open to all community members.

Masking

  • Masks are not required in indoor or outdoor campus settings.
  • Faculty and staff may require surgical quality masks in classrooms and offices.

Surveillance Testing

  • Students and employees will not be required to participate in weekly surveillance testing.

Expectations of Students Experiencing Symptoms Consistent with COVID 19

  • Students experiencing congestion, runny nose, headache, cough, fever, fatigue, and/or shortness of breath call Health Services at (570) 321-4052 to arrange an appointment.

Testing Positive and Isolation

  • Students testing positive at an off-campus location or using a home test must notify:
    • During weekday business hours of 8:00am - 4:30pm — Health Services, (570) 321-4052 or health@lycoming.edu
    • After business hours and on weekends — Public Safety, (570) 321-4064
  • Students who test positive (medical provider or home-test) for COVID-19 must isolate for five days. If a student is asymptomatic or symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours) after five days, the student may cease isolation but will be required to wear N95 or KN95 mask around others for five days.
    • Students who test positive will be required to isolate at home.
      • Students required to isolate at home must communicate their plan to travel home and isolate.
    • If it is not possible to isolate at home (e.g., due to extensive travel distance and/or immunocompromised household member), students will isolate in spaces designated by the Vice President for Student Life or designee.
    • Isolation location for students approved for on-campus isolation will be determined by the residential setting as follows:
      • Students living in community bath style housing will be moved to College designated isolation spaces.
      • Students living in suite or apartment style housing may isolate in-place, (suited room or apartment) with the approval of the Vice President for Student Life or designee.
        • If a student is approved to isolate in-place, residents are expected to wear a surgical quality mask when in the presence of the infected person and maintain physical distance when one or more of the occupants is present.
  • Access to meals: Students isolating on campus may utilize the To-Go option in Wertz Dining Hall while properly wearing an N95 or KN95 mask.
    • Students in isolation may also ask a friend to pick up meals at the Wertz Dining Hall, Café 1812, or Jack’s Place.
    • Off-campus delivery options are at student expense.
  • Health Services will notify faculty if a student is required to isolate.
  • As noted below, faculty are not required to provide Short Term Remote Access (STRA), and students should consult course syllabus policies with respect to attendance and STRA.
  • Students in isolation are encouraged to contact Counseling Services during regular business hours or access tele-counseling services at any time.
  • No refunds or adjustments to room and board charges are provided for absences from campus related to COVID-19 related isolation and quarantine.

Student Exposure to COVID 19/Close Contacts and Quarantining

  • Students testing positive for a COVID-19 infection are required to notify their close contacts.
  • Students who are exposed to a person who tested positive must follow CDC quarantine guidelines.
    • A student will be considered exposed to COVID or a close contact if the person was less than six feet from someone with a confirmed case of COVID; and that exposure took place starting two days before the infected person developed symptoms or the date they tested positive; and the exposure was for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/daily-life-coping/COVID-19.
    • Close contacts who are up-to-date on their vaccines or have recovered from a COVID-19 infection during the past ninety days are not required to quarantine but should monitor symptoms, test after five days and wear a surgical quality mask around others for 10 days.
    • Close contacts who are not up-to-date on their vaccines and/or have not recovered from a COVID-19 infection during the past ninety days are required to quarantine for at least five days.
      • Students required to quarantine should plan to quarantine at home. If it is not possible to quarantine at home, students who are close contacts and required to quarantine should contact Student Life for options.
      • As noted below, faculty are not required to provide Short Term Remote Access (STRA), and students should consult course syllabus policies with respect to attendance and STRA.
  • Students in quarantine are encouraged to contact Counseling Services during regular business hours or access tele-counseling services at any time.

    Director of Counseling Services
    Townsend Velkoff
    velkoff@lycoming.edu
    (570) 321-4258

    Assistant Director of Counseling Services
    Stephanie Fortin
    fortin@lycoming.edu
    (570) 321-4332

    Counselor (part-time)
    Darlene Garcia-Johnson
    garciajohnson@lycoming.edu

  • No refunds or adjustments to room and board charges are provided for absences from campus related to COVID-19 related quarantine.

Classroom Remote Access

  • Faculty are not required to provide Short-Term Remote Access (STRA) to courses for students who are unable to attend for any reason, include isolation and quarantine COVID protocols.
  • Students should consult individual course syllabi for the specific course policies pertaining to STRA and attendance policies.
  • As with all class absences, it is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with the faculty member to make up missed classroom work.

Student Return to Campus

  • Students who are experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms are expected to test prior to departing for campus. Students who test positive are required to delay their return to campus and email Dr. Dan Miller, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, millerda@lycoming.edu, for additional instructions.
  • Upon return to campus, all students will be asked the following two questions:
    1. Are you experiencing COVID symptoms such as congestion, runny nose, headache, cough, fever, fatigue, and/or shortness of breath?
      • Students exhibiting symptoms will be administered a test prior to completing arrival.
      • If the test is positive, the student will be required to isolate following the protocols on isolation above.
    2. To your knowledge, have you recently been exposed to a person who has tested positive?
      • Students acknowledging exposure will be expected to follow the protocols for quarantining above.
      • Students not required to quarantine will be provided a home test and instructed to test if symptoms arise and/or on day five after the exposure.

Fall 2022 COVID Protocols for Employees

Lycoming College follows the CDC guidance regarding quarantine and isolation protocols.  For the most up to date CDC guidance, please reference: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html.

If an employee tests positive for a COVID-19 infection, the employee is required to:

  • Leave campus or avoid coming to campus;
  • Notify the Office of Human Resources (hr@lycoming.edu); and
  • Notify any close contacts (people you have been within 6 feet of for 15 minutes or more consecutively or cumulatively over a 24 hour period) of the exposure and instruct them to follow CDC guidance regarding exposure to COVID, which is available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html.
  • Following CDC guidance, the employee should isolate for a minimum of five days. Day one is the first full day after symptoms developed or the day of the positive COVID test.
  • If an employee is fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications and symptoms are improving after five full days of isolation, that employee may return to campus and wear an N-95, KN-95 or other similarly effective mask through day 10.
  • If an employee tests positive but does not develop symptoms after five full days of isolation, that employee may return to campus and wear an N95, KN95 or other similarly effective mask through day 10.
  • If an employee still has a fever, or symptoms have not improved after five days, the employee must continue to isolate and remain off-campus until symptoms have improved.
  • Employees are required to keep Human Resources and their supervisor updated on your return to campus and/or need to remain out.

If you are exposed to a positive case of COVID-19:

  • If an employee has been exposed to COVID-19 and is NOT up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations:
    • Leave campus or avoid coming to campus and quarantine for a minimum of five days. Day one is the first full day after your last contact with the person who has COVID-19;
    • Notify the Office of Human Resources (hr@lycoming.edu) of the exposure and need to quarantine;
    • Get a COVID test five days after the exposure;
    • Monitor for symptoms for a minimum of 10 days and isolate and get a COVID test if symptoms develop.
    • If the employee remains symptom free and does not test positive for a COVID-19 infection, the employee may return to campus on day six after the exposure, wearing an N95, KN95 or other similarly effective mask through day 10 after the exposure;
    • Keep HR and your supervisor updated on your return to campus and/or need to remain out.
  • If the employee has been exposed and IS up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations:
    • Get a COVID test five days after the exposure;
    • Monitor for symptoms for a minimum of 10 days after the exposure. If symptoms develop, isolate, get a COVID test, and notify HR;
    • Wear an N95, KN95 or other similarly effective mask through day 10 after the exposure.
  • If the employee has been exposed and had a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the past 90 days:
    • Get a COVID test five days after the exposure;
    • Monitor for symptoms for a minimum of 10 days after the exposure. If symptoms develop, isolate, get a COVID test, and notify HR;
    • Wear an N95, KN95 or other similarly effective mask through day 10 after the exposure.

Employees are expected to exercise good judgment about coming to campus when feeling sick even if the employee has not tested positive for COVID. If an employee is feeling ill, the employee should take reasonable precautions such as testing periodically, wearing a mask, avoiding close contact with others, and working remotely or taking time off.