Student COVID violation rules and rubric for Fall 2021

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.

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Vaccines

Gettysburg College students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 this academic year. Vaccination information must be uploaded to Medicat, the College’s HIPPA-compliant electronic medical records system in health services. For assistance with uploading the vaccination card, please email Sue Plank, Assistant Director of College Life Technology.

If a student is fully vaccinated and has not uploaded their vaccination card to Medicat, they are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. Students are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccine. The College will accept vaccines approved by the FDA for emergency use authorization, including Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson. The College will also accept WHO-listed vaccines, including AstraZeneca, Covishield, Sinopharm, and Sinovac. Students who have not been able to access the vaccine should contact Brad Lancaster, Director of International Student Services, at blancast@gettysburg.edu to discuss their situation, including a plan to receive the vaccination upon arrival.

A small group of students have been approved for a medical or religious exemption. Please know that students must either be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption to arrive on campus for the fall semester. Students will be withdrawn from their classes if they are not fully vaccinated or have a College-approved exemption.

Unvaccinated students are required to follow additional mitigation strategies, including masking, quarantining, and surveillance testing. All students are encouraged to protect themselves and other unvaccinated people by continuing to wear masks in the residence halls and when gathering with other people.

Indoor 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 vaccinated student is inside a campus house or residence hall. Unvaccinated students are still required to mask in campus housing except while in their assigned room or apartment.
  • When an employee is alone in their personal office or workspace.
  • When an individual is eating or drinking.

Masking is not required outdoors. Likewise, no capacity limits will be imposed at this time on indoor or outdoor gatherings. We continue to urge you to wear a mask when in town.

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

Isolation and quarantine

Students who test positive for COVID-19 are required to follow isolation protocols including isolation off campus. If an unvaccinated student is identified as a contact of a COVID-19 positive person they will be required to follow the quarantine protocols. Additionally, students may have to quarantine after an incident in which there was a potential exposure to COVID-19. Vaccinated students who are experiencing symptoms may be required to follow quarantine protocols.

Isolation

Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 will be expected to isolate at home. If the student cannot isolate at home, the College has reserved a limited number of rooms for isolation space. Like positive students, unvaccinated close contacts will be expected to go home to quarantine as well.

Students in isolation may seek approval from Health Services to return to campus if:

  1. It has been at least 10 days since the onset of any symptoms
  2. There has been no fever for at least 24 hours, in the absence of fever-reducing medications
  3. Symptoms have improved significantly or disappeared, and
  4. The Health Center has authorized release from isolation

Quarantine

  1. Students must stay on campus and remain in their assigned quarantine room or at home during the required 14-day period of quarantine
  2. Students may not leave their room during this time regardless of COVID-19 test results unless participating in supervised outdoor activity
  3. Students in quarantine who test positive due to symptoms will remain in their room for 10 days from symptom onset

Testing

Vaccinated Students

Vaccinated students will not typically participate in COVID-19 testing protocol. Vaccinated students may be required to take a COVID-19 test if they are experiencing symptoms or if deemed necessary by Health Services or the College.

Both vaccinated and unvaccinated students who are concerned about potential COVID-19 symptoms are encouraged to test as soon as possible. Students have two options for testing:

  1. At Health Services, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  2. At the campus COVID-19 Testing Center at 53 West Stevens Street (the building next to DPS)
    • Mondays, 7 a.m. - Noon
    • Tuesdays, 7 a.m. - Noon
    • Wednesdays, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Unvaccinated Students

Unvaccinated students are required to take a COVID-19 test on campus every week or when otherwise required due to potential exposure or if deemed necessary by Health Services or the College, in accordance with the College’s testing program.

Travel

There are no restrictions on student travel to and from campus. We do ask all students to remain vigilant when traveling and to take proper mitigation steps.

Visitors to campus

Gettysburg College students are permitted to have non-Gettysburg guests on campus. No overnight, non-Gettysburg visitors are permitted.

Visitors and guests (anyone other than a Gettysburg student, faculty member, or staff member) are NOT permitted in residence halls. A one-time exception is being made for families on Move-In Day. Family members assisting with move-in must wear masks indoors, limit their time inside the residence hall, and limit the number of family members in the residence hall to only those essential for move-in. The policy regarding residence hall visitors will also be revisited in the coming weeks.

Violation rubric

Warning violations

COVID-19 Expectation Examples of Violations Possible COVID-19 Consequences and Sanctions*
Students must wear a mask or face covering in indoor public spaces in accordance with the College’s masking policy. Student not wearing a mask or face covering. • COVID-19 Warning for the first occurrence.
• Probation for the second occurrence.
• Referral to Student Conduct Review Board (SCRB) Hearing for the third occurrence with potential for significant sanctions up to and including suspension from the College.
Students participate in mandatory COVID-19 test in accordance with the College’s testing program. Student missed their allotted testing time and doesn’t proactively reschedule. • COVID-19 Warning and Quarantine for the first occurrence.
• Probation and Quarantine for the second occurrence.
• Referral to SCRB Hearing for the third occurrence with potential for significant sanctions up to and including suspension from the College.
Host non-student visitors on campus during the day. Student allows a visitor to stay overnight. • COVID-19 Warning for first occurrence.
• Loss of privilege to host guests for second occurrence.

Loss of privileges violations

COVID-19 Expectation Examples of Violations Possible COVID-19 Consequences and Sanctions*
Follow all isolation or quarantine expectations. • Student in isolation leaves their assigned space or invites others to the isolation space.
• Student in quarantine goes to class or meets with friends.
• Student directed to isolate or quarantine off campus is present on campus.
Referral to SCRB Hearing with potential for significant sanctions up to and including suspension from the College.

* Actual outcome depends on specific circumstances including whether it is a repeat offense:

  1. Sanctions that are issued for violating a COVID-19 expectation are not eligible for appeal.
  2. Students may be subject to the code of conduct and sanctions including probation, suspension, and expulsion.
  • Mental Health – Mental health support and guidance is available to all students through our Counseling Services Monday to Friday, including some evenings.
  • Employee policy – 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.