Updated Feb. 3, 2021

Susquehanna’s protocols for the 2020–21 academic year help ensure the continued health and safety of the campus community. The support services offered to students go beyond keeping them safe — they also strive to meet students’ physical, social and emotional needs while living on campus.


Close Contact is defined as being within 6 feet of an infected person (with or without a mask) for at least 15 minutes. The 15-minute exposure does not have to be contiguous; it could be three five-minute exposures, for example.

Individual Quarantine separates people believed to have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or who are displaying some symptoms consistent with a COVID infection. Quarantine is a pre-emptive measure meant to prevent spread of disease when people might have been exposed to COVID-19.

Isolation separates people who are known or reasonably believed to have been infected with the COVID-19 virus from those who are not infected. If you test positive for COVID-19, whether you are symptomatic or not, you will be moved to isolation housing.


Preparation

Pack a bag with personal supplies enough to last for up to two weeks’ time. If you are moved to isolation housing, you will not be able to return to your room to retrieve them yourself.

Sample Preparation List: 

  • Medications: prescriptions and over the counter medications, such as fever reducers and pain relievers
  • Thermometer
  • Self-care items (tissues, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soothing teas/drinks)
  • Mobile device chargers
  • Toiletry items (shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste)
  • Other personal care items (razors, hygiene and care products)
  • Contacts or glasses (solutions, case)
  • Healthy non-perishable snacks (nuts, dried fruits, granola or other snack bars)
  • School supplies (computer, charger cord, textbooks, notebooks, handouts, pens, etc.)

Individual Quarantine

Individual Quarantine separates people who are displaying some symptoms consistent with a COVID infection or believed to have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

If you have had close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms or are displaying symptoms yourself, you will be asked to quarantine. You may also be instructed to quarantine if you are awaiting COVID-19 testing or test results.

  • Quarantine can take place in your Susquehanna residence or a university-designated, off-campus location. You should remain in your quarantine location for the duration of quarantine except in emergencies (such as a fire alarm sounding). If you are a commuter, you will be instructed to self-quarantine in your own residence.
  • Continue tracking and reporting symptoms via the questionnaire that will be emailed to you. Alert Susquehanna Student Health Center at 570-372-4385 regarding any change in your condition or the onset of symptoms.
  • Your meals will be delivered to your Susquehanna residence or university-designated, off-campus location. A COVID Care Coordinator will ask if you have allergies and dietary needs, and will alert Dining Services about these needs.
  • Your CA will inform professors of your absence from class and switch to remote learning.
  • Quarantine lasts for 10 days from the date of your most recent exposure to a positive case or someone who has symptoms. A negative test during your quarantine period does not allow you to end quarantine early because of the incubation period of COVID-19. This is meant to help identify the spread of the virus and to help further contact tracing efforts.
  • You will receive confirmation of your ability to leave quarantine from Susquehanna’s Student Health Center or your COVID Care Coordinator.  

If a student has a positive COVID-19 test result or has symptoms of COVID-19, their roommate(s) will be required to quarantine. In shared living situations, such as a fraternity or sorority house, a larger group of students could be asked to quarantine. 

If a student you live with tests positive for COVID-19 and is transported to isolation housing, the university’s Contact Tracing team as well as a COVID Care Coordinator will call you to either help you transition to a quarantine space or sanitize your existing space as well as provide you with resources while in quarantine. 

Unless you both had close contact with the same individual who tested positive for or has symptoms of COVID-19, you will not be required to quarantine if you live with someone who is under quarantine.  If your roommate or roommates need to quarantine, they will be contacted individually.

Students quarantining on or off campus: If you do not experience symptoms after 10 days, you will be released from quarantine and may resume in-person classes and move about campus. Due to the incubation period for COVID-19 and in the interest of community health, you may or may not be tested for COVID-19. 

Isolation

Isolation separates people who are known or reasonably believed to have been infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected.

If you test positive for COVID-19, whether you are symptomatic or not, you will be moved to isolation housing.

Here is what to do and expect if you are asked to move to isolation housing:

  1. As soon as your test results are revealed as positive, a member of the university’s Contact Tracing Team will contact you to begin the contact tracing process.
  2. Following this call, a COVID Care Coordinator will contact you to provide an isolation plan and location. Isolation housing will be provided by the university in a temporary on-campus location. If you live off campus or commute, you should self-isolate at your own residence.
  3. Change into clean clothes (if able) and sanitize your hands in your Make sure your bag is packed and ready when Public Safety arrives.
  4. If you live in a shared living space, separate yourself from others by staying in a specific room or area while awaiting the move to isolation.
  5. Public Safety or University Representative will arrive wearing personal protective They will knock on your door when they arrive. Put on your face covering before opening the door.
  6. Public Safety or the University Representative will escort you to your isolation You should remain in your isolation room until instructed to discontinue isolation.
  7. Your room will be disinfected by Facilities staff.
  8. The Center for Academic Success will notify professors of your absence from in-person class attendance and your switch to remote learning.
  9. Continue tracking and reporting symptoms via the questionnaire that will be emailed to you. Alert Susquehanna Student Health Center to any change in your condition or the onset of symptoms.
  10. Meals will be delivered to your university-designated, on-campus location. Your COVID Care Coordinator will ask if you have allergies and dietary needs, and will alert Dining Services about these needs.
  11. Isolation lasts for at least 10 days — possibly longer if you continue to have a fever or other COVID-19 symptoms have not improved.
  12. Once you are released from isolation housing, you may resume in-person classes and move about campus.

In isolation housing, you will have:

  • A private bedroom
  • A refrigerator and microwave
  • Wi-Fi internet, with access to internal Susquehanna resources
  • Meals prepared by Susquehanna Dining

Other Options

You must move to quarantine or isolation housing if instructed to do so, but you have other options for spending the remainder of the isolation period.

If, as an on-campus resident, you prefer to return home for quarantine or isolation:

At-home Quarantine/Isolation is permitted but not recommended for residential students currently residing on campus. We would prefer you stay on campus to reduce the potential spread of virus to your family, but if you choose to quarantine at home, we need to ensure your safe return to campus. First, you will need to Register Travel Here. Also, you will need to:

  • Self-isolate at home until you are cleared to return to campus based on the date of your quarantine scheduled end date or your residence hall’s release.
  • Provide us with a copy of a negative COVID-19 PCR test prior to returning to campus. You will need to make the arrangements with your personal health care provider at your cost.

A university representative will contact you to confirm that you may return to campus. You may not return to campus until you have received clearance.

If, as an on-campus resident, you prefer to return home for the rest of the semester:

  • Inform Residence Life if your intention is to return home for the rest of the semester.
  • Online learning arrangements will be made for you.
  • Do not return to your residence to move out. Please make arrangements for family or friends to pack your belongings and drop your key off at Residence Life.
  • You will not be permitted to return to campus for the remainder of the semester.
  • You will be contacted by Residence Life later in the semester to identify a new housing assignment for the spring.
  • Room fees and unused board charges will be credited in accordance with University Policy.  
  • Once approved, students need to complete the ”Remote Departure From” on Housing Self-Service. Once the form is complete a professional staff member will reach out to coordinate their move.  As long as the building is not in an active quarantine, students can pack their items and head home. If they are in quarantine, students can leave and take as much as possible after they test. If their test comes back negative and the building comes out of Testing Protocol, they can return to gather belongings and drop their key off to Residence Life.

If you wish to withdraw from the University or take a leave of absence for the rest of the semester: 

  • Consult with the Center for Academic Success to determine if a withdrawal or a leave is right for you.
  • After completing the form, you will be contacted to make arrangements for moving out of student housing.
  • You will not be able to return to campus for the remainder of the semester.
  • Tuition, room fees and unused board charges will be credited in accordance with University Policy.

Individual Quarantine and Isolation Support Services

Although you'll be in quarantine or isolation, you're not alone. The Susquehanna COVID Care Team has established a multi-layered system to support you.

Wellness Checks

Once in your quarantine or isolation location, you will receive a daily phone call from the university’s Contact Tracing Team personnel, who will help you monitor your health and symptoms and track your progress. It is important to promptly answer any calls or emails from the Student Health Center, your COVID Care Coordinator or the Contact Tracing Staff.

Meals

Meals prepared by Susquehanna Dining Services will be delivered to your room during your stay in quarantine or isolation housing. Your COVID Care Coordinator will ask if you have allergies and dietary needs, and will alert Dining Services about these needs. Staff will leave meals outside the door to your room and knock to announce delivery, but will not enter your room. Wear your face covering when opening your door to retrieve the meal.

Package Delivery

If you receive notification that you have been sent a package, notify deanofstudents@susqu.edu and they will make arrangements to get your package to you.

Clean Linens and Room Sanitizing

You will be responsible for cleaning inside your room in quarantine and isolation housing. Place your trash outside the door to your room. Staff will not enter rooms in quarantine or isolation housing to clean. Isolation rooms will be cleaned and sanitized between occupants. Quarantine spaces will be cleaned after quarantine is released. Common restrooms will continue to be cleaned and sanitized. Fresh bedding and towels can be obtained by emailing deanofstudents@susqu.edu.

Service and Emotional Support Animals

If you have a service or emotional support animal on campus, alert Residence Life so that we can make appropriate plans.

Mental Health and Wellness Resources

Susquehanna’s Counseling Services are available to provide mental health services online via video or over the phone. Schedule counseling services by calling 570-372-4751 or emailing counseling@susqu.edu.

  • Same-day phone support is available during Call-in Consultation.
  • Emergency support services are available at 1-844-936-1731 during evenings and weekends.

Family Notification with Consent

The Dean of Health and Wellness or other University Representative will contact you to obtain your permission to contact your family about the move to quarantine or isolation housing. Your family will not be contacted without your consent.

Academic Transitions

Susquehanna’s faculty are providing instruction and learning experiences for students studying both in person and remotely.

If you need to quarantine or move to isolation housing, your professors will be notified that you will switch to remote learning without sharing the reason for your switch. If you become too sick to participate in classes or exams, contact Susquehanna’s Student Health Center, who will prompt the Center for Academic Success to notify professors of your absence. You may return to in-person classes when you are released from quarantine or isolation housing.

  • For questions about switching to remote learning, contact the Center for Academic Success.
  • For an accommodation need due to COVID-19, contact Disability Services at 570-372-4342.

SU Contact Information

Susquehanna Student Health Center

620 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, PA 17870
570-372-4385
1-844-936-1731 (After-hours emergency line)

Call ahead if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms

Dean of Students

Christie Kracker
Student Life Suite, Degenstein Center
514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, PA 17870
570-372-4139
deanofstudents@susqu.edu

Public Safety

18 th Street Commons Community Building
514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, PA 17870
570-372-4444 (24/7)

Dean of Health & Wellness

Dr. Stacey Pearson-Wharton
Counseling Center
570-372-4238

Vice President for Student Life

Dr. Susan Lantz
570-372-4134
vpsl@susqu.edu