Preparations, Testing, and Precautions

Information regarding self-monitoring and health-related precautions will be communicated by the Wellness Center to the University community through various channels, on an ongoing basis.

All students, faculty, and staff are expected to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms daily, including daily temperature checks. Students staff, and faculty are required to stay in their room/stay home if they are sick. Students are expected to bring their own thermometers from home. Residence Life staff will be available to assist with temperature checks in the residence halls each weekday morning and in the evenings.

The University will provide hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, disposable gloves, disposable face masks, and paper towels throughout common and public areas, classrooms, and other facilities across campus for use by students, faculty, and staff.

Preparing to Arrive/Return to Campus

All new and returning students will receive information regarding self-monitoring prior to arrival on campus in August. During the 14 days prior to their arrival/return to campus, all students are expected to monitor their symptoms including daily temperature checks, and to avoid out-of-town travel, public gatherings, or any close contact with others outside of their household or others who may be at high risk for COVID-19.

Any student who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 or another communicable disease, or who has been in close contact with any person who has tested positive for COVID-19, should not travel to/return to the University. Contact the Wellness Center’s Health Service at 740.284.7223 to discuss your situation.

Close Contact Definition

  • You were within six feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes without personal protective equipment
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed him or her)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • The person sneezed or coughed  in your presence without wearing a mask or protective face covering 

Screening, Testing and Quarantine

All new students and returning resident students will undergo a health screening and temperature check upon arrival.

Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 is required to self-isolate and to notify the Wellness Center’s Health Service.

Wellness Center’s Health Service staff will administer a formal COVID-19 test to students with observable symptoms, subject to the clinical judgment of Health Service staff. Tests will be processed by Trinity Hospital. Results will be communicated by the lab to the student, the Wellness Center, and the Jefferson County Health Department. If a student’s test returns positive, the Wellness Center will contact the student, as well as the Dean of Students to initiate student quarantine. Rooms at Padua Hall and at a local hotel will be set aside for isolation/quarantine; students whose home is within reasonable driving distance may be expected to quarantine/isolate at home.

The University will cooperate with the Jefferson County Health Department to conduct contract tracing.

In addition to testing symptomatic students, the University’s Biology Department will coordinate random voluntary testing with students upon arrival to campus and throughout the semester.

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home if feasible, separate themselves from others, monitor their health and follow directions from their state or local health department.

Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it is safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific room or area and using a separate bathroom if available.

  • The University Wellness Center/Health Service will notify local health officials and the University community of any case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family Education Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA) and other applicable laws and regulations.
  • Students who test positive will isolate away from campus if home is within reasonable driving distance. Students for whom leaving campus is not an option will be isolated in appropriate University housing designated for such purpose.
  • The Wellness Center’s Health Services will maintain daily contact with each student isolated on campus for medical evaluation during the period of isolation. The student will additionally be provided with emergency phone numbers in case of worsening symptoms that may require medical evaluation.
  • Residence Life will collaborate with Dining Services to provide food delivery to students isolated on campus.
  • Students, whether isolated on or off campus, will communicate with their professors and Student Academic Support Services for assistance with remote learning, if they are well enough to participate.

Face Coverings

Cloth face coverings are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the cloth face covering coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice … COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), so the use of cloth face coverings is particularly important in settings where people are close to each other or where social distancing is difficult to maintain. (Information from the CDC website. Accessed 7.16.20)

To reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 spreading among the University community, students will be required to wear face coverings in all campus buildings including academic buildings, classrooms and labs, the J.C. Williams Center and Antonian Hall (except when eating), John Paul II Library, Finnegan Fieldhouse, Christ the King Chapel, and in residence halls (except when on wing). In addition, students are expected to wear face coverings in any outdoor situation where they are unable to maintain six-foot social distancing.

Students are not required to wear face coverings indoors when they are alone and at least six feet away from others (e.g., studying alone in the library, working alone in an assigned work area, or praying in Christ the King Chapel); while working out/exercising in Finnegan Fieldhouse, provided they are maintaining six-foot social distancing; when outdoors provided they can maintain social distance. Resident students will not be required to wear face coverings while on the wing of their residence hall; residents of Assisi Heights are not required to wear face coverings while in their apartments.

NOTE: University policy on face coverings may be adjusted to align with changes in state or local requirements. Effective July 23, 2020, the state of Ohio requires face coverings in indoor locations that are not residences, and in outdoor locations where six-foot social distancing cannot be consistently maintained from individuals who are not family/household members.

Students who are unable to wear a face covering may seek an accommodation through the Student Academic Support Services office.

Each student will should bring his or her own comfortable face coverings; students will also be issued a cloth face covering by the university. Disposable masks will be available at locations throughout campus.

Social Distancing and Decreasing Density

Social distancing of six feet in public spaces will be required of all students, faculty, staff, and guests whenever possible. In situations where the six-foot target is not realistic, spacing will be increased as practical. Capacity limits in most rooms and buildings across campus will be reduced. Seating in buildings including the St. John Paul II Library and the J.C. Williams Center will be reduced and adjusted to increase the space between persons.

Outdoor Seating

A tent will be available for outdoor dining and socializing and additional outdoor seating options will be provided across campus.