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.

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Students will be withdrawn from their classes if they are not fully vaccinated or have a College-approved exemption.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

Vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals may now adhere to the same masking policy. All individuals are required to wear masks in the following locations only:

  • In classrooms and labs, due to mandatory attendance and limited opportunities for distancing.
  • At events, meetings, and other gatherings if requested by the host of those activities.
  • For spectators in indoor campus performance venues, due to the public nature of these events.

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

All tests conducted on campus will be rapid tests and results will be returned within 24 hours. Symptomatic students should test when symptoms arise. Students who choose to test and those who are required to test should continue to test during their assigned testing time. Students who have tested positive within the last 90 days are currently excluded from the testing requirement.

Any student who tests positive through an at home test, local urgent care, or the hospital is required to notify the College of their positive test by emailing covidupdates@gettysburg.edu. Notification of a positive test enables the College to provide resources to ensure the health and safety of our students and the community at large.

Vaccinated Students

Testing is not required for vaccinated students, although it is available to any vaccinated student who desires a test. Fully vaccinated is defined as initial vaccine plus a booster.

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

Bullet Express to-go meals are available for all students. 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.

Please review the Guest Policy in the Residential Guidebook when inviting those outside of our campus community into our residential spaces.

Violation rubric

Warning violations

COVID-19 ExpectationExamples of ViolationsPossible COVID-19 Consequences and Sanctions*

Masking is not requirements except:   • In classrooms and labs.
   • At events, meetings, or other gatherings if requeted by the host of those activities.
   • For spectators in indoor campus performance venues.

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.
Unvaccinated students participate in weekly mandatory COVID-19 test weekly.  Unvaccinated students are individuals who do not have a first, second and booster shot uploaded in Medicat. Unvaccinated student doesn’t test during the week. • 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.

Loss of privileges violations

COVID-19 ExpectationExamples of ViolationsPossible 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.