Health guidelines for students and staff

Health guidelines for students residing on campus

Students must adhere to daily health guidelines. We are also providing resources to help all members of the community, especially those at higher risk.

For students

There are a variety of health standards and practices that students will be asked to engage in throughout the academic year. While some of these items are mandatory, others are shared responsibilities. We are asking each community member to do their part to follow the health guidelines that were put into place to protect their own health and the health of those around them.


  • Students will be asked to fill out a daily symptom checklist via an online patient portal managed by Health Services. Positive responses will be shared with Student Health Services for further evaluation.
  • Students will be required to wear a mask or face covering while on campus. Exceptions to this are: when a student is alone in their residence hall room or suite, when a student is eating meals, when a student is exercising outside or in the Jaeger Pool, or when a student is driving a college-owned vehicle by themselves with no passengers. Please note: Walking alone or in groups does not qualify as exercise within our policy. Therefore, masks must be worn by students and employees at all times when walking outdoors.
  • If you fit into one of the exceptions included in Section 3 of the state’s mask order (PDF), you should contact the Health Center.

Additional considerations

  • Any student travel that is not absolutely essential will be highly discouraged.
  • Faculty are aware that we have asked students to stay home if they don’t feel well and we are suggesting that faculty take this into account in their expectations for students when it comes to absences.
  • We will make it possible for parents to take their children home if their student tests positive for COVID-19, and that’s what they would prefer.

Public health education will remain a key component of the fall semester. While we anticipate that all students in the residential cohort will honor our communal pledge, enforcement protocols will address situations where members of the community do not follow the proper health protocols.

Emotional health

All students can request individual counseling through Counseling Services, and can set up an appointment by calling 717-337-6960 (If your call is not immediately connected, students are encouraged to leave a voicemail and staff will return the call as soon as possible). We are providing services remotely, so counseling from isolation/quarantine is not a problem. We also have peer supporters (PEEPS) available to meet with students remotely. This is especially helpful to students who might not feel they need counseling or therapy but who could use some extra support from a trained peer. Students should call Counseling to request a meeting with one of the PEEPS.

Counseling Services is also assisting the Health Services by checking in with students who are in isolation and quarantine. Counseling is hosting a daily (M-F) ZOOM chat for all students in isolation/quarantine. Additionally, Counseling Services has produced a guide for confronting the emotional challenges presented by COVID-19, which is available online.

At-risk students

Our Health Services will work individually with students who have compromised immune systems or other conditions that may make them more susceptible to COVID-19. Please contact Health Services for more information or to discuss your individual circumstances.

If you fit into one of the mask exceptions included in Section 3 of the state’s mask order (PDF), you should contact the Health Center.