Are face masks required on campus?
Face masks or cloth face coverings are required indoors through at least Friday, Sept. 17. Face shields may only be worn in conjunction with a face mask. Exception to this policy include:
- A student’s own residence hall room (though masks are strongly encouraged if another person is visiting).
- Residence hall hallways and restrooms.
- Designated eating areas while eating (though they must be worn while in line and getting food).
- Your personal workspace if it is at least six feet of physical distance from other personal workspaces (though masks are strongly encouraged if someone enters that workspace).
- Specified athletic activities (these guidelines will be determined by the A-R-C and Athletic Department).
- Public exercise and swimming areas of The Wartburg-Waverly Sports & Wellness Center (lower level only).
How can I let the college know I’ve been vaccinated?
The Campus Health Recovery Team is using the campus vaccination rate as one of several markers to determine how long the mask mandate will be in effect. If you have not already done so, you submit your vaccination card in the following ways:
- Upload to the InfoCenter using the Symptom Tracker. This should pop up automatically if you have not already verified your vaccination status. Click “Fully Vaccinated” and then “Next” on the symptom tracker. Click “Upload Card.” Once you are redirected to the LiquidFiles website, click the green “+ Add Files” button near the bottom of the page or drag a photo of your vaccine card onto the website (on a desktop). Click the blue “Send” button.
- Present your card in the Student Life Office.
- Present your card to health professionals at Noah Campus Health Clinic in The W.
- Present your card in the Human Resources Office (faculty and staff only).
What should I do if I think I might have COVID-19?
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, do not engage in any campus activities and contact the Noah Campus Health Clinic at 319-352-8436 or your primary health care provider immediately. Students also should contact Cassie Hales (319-352-8260 or email@example.com) to enact a self-isolation or quarantine protocol (e.g. meal delivery, notification of faculty, and contact tracing). Faculty and staff should stay home, call their primary health care provider, and notify their supervisor of their absence. Employees or their supervisors should contact Ryan Callahan to initiate the contact tracing process.
What’s the difference between quarantine and isolation?
Quarantine: An unvaccinated individual who has been exposed to COVID-19 will stay at home or in their residence hall room while separating themselves from others and monitoring health. They will be contacted daily to assess symptoms and health status. Individuals will remain in quarantine for a seven days from the point of exposure if the person has tested negative and no symptoms have developed or 10 days if a test was not administered and no symptoms have developed, unless they are excused by the College’s contact tracers. (Updated January 2020)
Isolation: An individual who test positive for COVID-19 or displays symptoms is removed from interaction with campus community and moved to an isolated living space. They will be contacted daily to assess symptoms and health status. Individuals will remain in isolation for a minimum of 10 days if symptoms improve.
Quarantine and Isolation protocol
Where will I go if I need to quarantine or isolate myself?
Students who have been told to self-quarantine or self-isolate may go home if they want and are able. Students who choose to stay on campus will self-quarantine in their own rooms. The college has two fully furnished apartments on campus, three college-owned homes off campus, and three off-campus apartments where students may self-isolate if they do not return home. All students who quarantine or isolate on campus or in alternative housing provided by the college will have meals delivered to their place of quarantine/isolation.
Will I get a refund if I have to isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19?
Students must self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days when they have symptoms of or tested positive for COVID-19 and self-quarantine for 7-10 when they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus. Students who live on campus will be encouraged to return home during this period, if possible. Those who return home will be provided a pro-rated board credit (not room credit) for the number of days they are off-campus, which will be monitored by Residential Life and reported to the Business Office.
Students who live off campus and have a a board plan (except the Any 60 and Any 125) also will receive a pro-rated board credit if they self-isolate. Students who live off-campus and have an Any 60 or Any 125 board plan will not receive any board refund, even if the student is asked to self-quarantine by the College because those students can still have access to their meals throughout the rest of the term. Students who isolate on campus will be provided alternative housing and college employees will bring them their meals. These students will not receive board credit.
Students living on campus and placed in quarantine will not receive a refund and continue living in their rooms. All meals will be brought to them.
What if someone doesn’t follow the rules of isolation?
Students in isolation will be required to follow strict rules put in place to keep them and the community safe and healthy. Students who violate those rules could incur additional charges associated with their self-isolation.
I’ve already had COVID-19. Do I still have to quarantine if I’m exposed?