Student COVID violation rules and rubric for Spring 2022

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

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Vaccines and boosters

Gettysburg College students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 this academic year. The data show we can significantly minimize the impact of COVID-19 on ourselves and each other by being fully vaccinated and receiving a booster shot. In keeping with recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and consistent with our COVID-19 vaccine requirements that are already in place, all students are required to receive a booster shot within two weeks of becoming eligible. Individuals are eligible for a booster six months after completing the initial Moderna, five months after completing the initial Pfizer vaccination, or two months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. We anticipate this means that the majority of students will be boosted no later than February 15, 2022.

Proof of Booster Vaccination

Students must submit verification of a COVID booster by February 15, 2022. Students can upload a copy of their vaccination card to Medicat, the College’s HIPPA-compliant electronic medical records system. If a student will not be eligible for the booster by February 15, please contact Sue Plank in Health Services at splank@gettysburg.edu.

As with our initial vaccination requirement, students may request religious or medical exemption consideration. Students who were granted a religious or medical exemption for the initial vaccination requirement remain exempt and do not need to re-submit any information. To submit a new exemption request, please request the Exemption Form by emailing Sue Plank in Health Services atsplank@gettysburg.edu.

Students will be withdrawn from their classes if they are not fully vaccinated or have a College-approved exemption.

Indoor masking

All individuals—regardless of their vaccination status—are required to wear masks while inside campus buildings, with the following exceptions:

  • When an employee is alone in their personal office or workspace.
  • When an individual is eating or drinking.
  • When a student is their assigned room or apartment. (Note: This is a change from our Fall masking policy. All students must mask in residential common spaces. We will revisit this policy after the first four weeks of the term.)

Visitors and gatherings

Visitors and guests (anyone other than a Gettysburg student or employee) are not permitted in residence halls. Exceptions will be made for family members helping students move into residence halls. Helpers are asked to limit their time in the halls and must be masked at all times. Masking is not required outdoors. Student organizations are asked to refrain from meeting in person and no programs/social events are permitted. Students are encouraged to limit gatherings to no more than 10 people, especially indoors, until they have received an on-campus negative test result. We encourage all community members to take the necessary precautions when in the town of Gettysburg.

Effective Masks

KN95 masks are currently recommended as the most effective way to stem virus transmission. If you do not have a KN95 mask, please consider double masking in classes and other group settings.

Isolation and quarantine

Given the high transmission rate of the Omicron variant, we expect to see a higher number of positive cases than we saw in the Fall. We have identified ample isolation and quarantine spaces to account for this increase. However, the food service, facilities, and other staffing resources available to support students in isolation and quarantine are finite, and redirecting those resources disrupts our ability to fully conduct day-to-day operations. For this reason, any student who lives within 300 miles of the College must isolate or quarantine at home if they test positive or are identified as a close contact. Gettysburg has updated its isolation and quarantine requirements to be consistent with the CDC’s latest guidance.

Isolation

Students who test positive are required to isolate for five days from the date their test was administered. If they are asymptomatic on Day 6 (no fever for 24 hours), they can return to school, but must remain masked indoors at all times through Day 10 and should refrain from eating or drinking indoors with others.

Quarantine

The guidelines for those who have been in close contact with a known positive vary based on vaccination status:

  • If a student has received a booster or is vaccinated but not yet eligible for a booster and isasymptomatic, they do not need to quarantine, but will be tested on Day 5 after exposure.
  • If a student is not fully vaccinated (not vaccinated/boosted if eligible), theyare required to quarantine for five days regardless of their symptoms or lack thereof. They will be required to test on Day 5 after exposure.

Testing

Beginning Monday, January 24, all tests conducted on campus will be rapid tests and results will be returned within 24 hours.

The testing center is located at Plank Gym. Hours of operation are:

  • Mondays
    9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesdays
    9 a.m. – 5 p.m
  • Wednesdays
    9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

*Closed M, T, W Noon – 12:45 p.m.

Vaccinated Students

Due to Omicron’s high transmission rates, and in order to maintain our ability to safely conduct in- and out-of-class activities with as much normalcy as possible, we will be testing all students, regardless of vaccination status, on a weekly basis for at least the first four weeks of the Spring term. We will determine whether or not continued testing of vaccinated students is necessary after February 9 as we monitor campus positivity rates and other data points.

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. To restate, unvaccinated status includes those who have not received a booster within two weeks of eligibility.

Dining

Beginning Monday, January 24, Bullet Express to-go meals will be available for all students. Students who remain in the restriction period (tested positive or awaiting results) should avoid in-person dining and order from Bullet Express. Students who are no longer in the restriction period may choose in-person dining (Servo, Bullet Hole, etc.) or to-go dining through Bullet Express. To order online, download the Touchnet Order Ahead app; create a profile and choose Gettysburg College as your order/pick up location; order your meal and pay using Bullet Bucks, Getty Gold, or use a meal “swipe”; and pick up your meal at the Bullet Express window at the Bullet Hole.

Bullet Express will be open Monday through Friday. Breakfast hours will be 7:30 - 10 a.m. Lunch hours will be 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Dinner hours will be 5 - 7:30 p.m.

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. Visitors and guests (anyone other than a Gettysburg student or employee) are not permitted in residence halls. Exceptions will be made for family members helping students move into residence halls. Helpers are asked to limit their time in the halls and must be masked at all times.

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 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 Hearing for the third occurrence with potential for significant sanctions up to and including suspension from the College.
Host non-student visitors in area outside of residence hall. Student allows a guest in the residence hall. • 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 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.