Employee COVID policy for Fall 2021

Employees are expected to adhere to the College’s COVID-19 policies and procedures, including masking and surveillance testing for the unvaccinated. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action.

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Vaccines

All employees are strongly encouraged to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and are required to upload their vaccination record. If the College does not receive a vaccination record, those employees will be placed in the surveillance testing protocol and will be expected to wear masks in campus facilities.

Employees can upload their vaccination records by emailing vaccine@gettysburg.edu or by uploading it into the secure SISCO system.

Masking

Effective Monday, August 23, all individuals—regardless of their vaccination status—will be required to wear a mask while inside campus buildings, with the following exceptions:

  • When a student is inside a campus house or residence hall
  • When an employee is alone in their personal office or workspace
  • When an individual is eating or drinking

Masking is not required outdoors.

We anticipate that the indoor masking requirements for vaccinated students and employees will be temporary.

Testing

Vaccinated Employees

Vaccinated employees will not participate in COVID-19 testing.

Any employee who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should stay home from work, isolate themselves from others, and be clinically evaluated for COVID-19 by their health care provider. Employees who test positive for COVID-19 or are a close contact to a positive case are required to notify the Human Resources Office immediately.

Unvaccinated Employees

Unvaccinated Employees will be tested every week of the semester beginning the week of August 30 in the former Center for Career Development Building on Stevens Street. The tests will be administered through WellSpan Health. Employees who test positive will be sent home to isolate for 10 days. It is important to note that the extended sick time benefit has expired and, therefore, employees will need to use their sick time if they need to isolate (positive test) or quarantine (close contact).

Expectations and accountability

As of August 1, in keeping with Centers for Disease Control guidelines, employees who have not shared their COVID-19 vaccination card with the Human Resources Office will need to comply with masking and testing policies.

Masking

Required to wear a mask in all indoor College facilities, except while alone in a private office. A private office is defined as a room with four floor-to-ceiling walls with the door closed. Masks must be worn at all times in all indoor College facilities, except while alone in a private office (with the door shut) or while actively eating or drinking. Masks must cover both the nose and mouth.

Testing

Required to participate in COVID-19 surveillance testing throughout the 2021-22 academic year. Surveillance testing will begin on August 30, 2021 and will be administered through WellSpan Health at the former Center for Career Development Building on Stevens Street on a biweekly basis. Employees will be assigned their dates/weeks to test by August 20. No testing appointments will be necessary. Walk-ins will be permitted throughout the week during the testing window.

If an employee does not show for testing during their assigned week, they will be subject to disciplinary action. The only exception to this will be for those employees who share in advance with HR that they are out of town during their testing week (ex. vacation, conference, etc). In those cases, the employee must show up for testing the following week.

Faculty and staff who are on vacation or on an approved leave during the entire week they are to be tested must notify HR no later than the Friday before their week of testing. Email vaccine@gettysburg.edu. Employees who miss their COVID-19 test during their assigned week must be tested the following week as soon as possible, but before the end of the day on Wednesday.

Progressive discipline

Employees who are out of compliance with the masking or testing policies will be subject to progressive discipline. Details of the progressive discipline process have been shared with supervisors and unvaccinated employees. The progressive discipline policy applies to all non-tenured faculty, administrators, and support staff. Tenured faculty have a different process for progressive discipline, which is managed by the Provost’s Office.

  • Mental Health – Mental health support and guidance is available to all students through our Counseling Services Monday to Friday, including some evenings.
  • Student policy – Students are expected to adhere to the College’s COVID-19 policies and procedures, including masking and surveillance testing for the unvaccinated. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action.