Our Healthy Campus
Based on our experiences last school year, we understand the importance for our students of making a smooth transition to college, building relationships, maintaining good social and emotional health and experiencing a rich learning environment. For this reason, we are opting for a fully in-person, campus experience that is as normal as possible for Fall 2021. We know that our students want and need an in-person classroom experience paired with a robust campus life.
Still, the delta variant is causing pandemic conditions to change rapidly. While vaccination has been generally safe and largely effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalization and death, the CDC is reporting that fully immunized people as well as unvaccinated individuals can transmit the virus to others.
Effective on August 25, based on these changing conditions, everyone, whether vaccinated or not, is required to wear face coverings in most shared, indoor spaces on campus.
- Face coverings are required in all public spaces of academic buildings, including in classrooms, studios, and lab spaces, and hallways.
- Face coverings are required in the dining hall when not actively eating or drinking.
- Face coverings are required at indoor campus meetings, events, and gatherings if social distancing is not possible.
- Face coverings are required in offices if social distancing is not possible.
- Face coverings are NOT required in residential areas but are strongly recommended.
- Face coverings are NOT required outdoors.
In addition to wearing face coverings in these indoor settings, faculty, staff, and students are asked to do the following to help protect themselves and others on campus and in the community:
- Engage in the practice of good hand hygiene by regularly washing hands with soap and warm water or using hand sanitizer.
- DO NOT come to work or go to class or practice if you are not feeling well. Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other infections such as influenza, common cold, or strep throat. A healthy campus relies on everyone doing their part to not spread a disease to the campus community.
- If you are not feeling well or have COVID-19 symptoms, please report your symptoms to firstname.lastname@example.org or by using this online form. COVID testing will be available on campus.
- If you have tested positive COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, please report this to email@example.com or by using this online form. These measures are designed to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
- Unvaccinated people are at the greatest risk for serious illness, hospitalization and death. You can schedule an appointment for the vaccine at hundreds of locations in Ohio at Coronavirus.ohio.gov, or book directly with a local provider. New appointments are posted regularly. For other areas of the country, the CDC has a vaccine finder site at Vaccines.gov.
- If you are not vaccinated, we encourage you to schedule an appointment so you are fully vaccinated before fall semester begins. If you haven’t yet done so, please fill out the vaccination status form. If you have been fully vaccinated you will need to upload a photo of your vaccination card to verify your status.
- In early September, NDC is working to offer a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students and employees using the two-dose Pfizer vaccine. Watch your email for information.
None of the policies above are permanent. Future communications about COVID-19 and associated protocols are forthcoming.