Updated March 18, 2021

Face Masks Update

Face masks must be worn by all faculty, staff, students and visitors on campus. Appropriate use of face masks, even if asymptomatic or vaccinated, is critical for minimizing risks to others and slowing the spread of the virus. In following source control guidelines of the CDC:

  • Wear masks - for spring 2021, Susquehanna is strongly encouraging everyone to either wear a KN95 mask or double masks (e.g., nonmedical disposable mask under a cloth washable mask).
  • Acceptable face masks include KN95 masks, nonmedical disposable masks and snugly fitting cloth masks with at least two layers of washable, breathable fabric, and must cover nose and mouth and fit snugly around the face and chin.
  • Not acceptable face masks include single-layer gaiters (buffs), open-chin bandanas, face shields (when worn without masks), as well as masks with vents or exhalation valves. In winter, you can wear your scarf, ski mask or balaclava over your masks, but not as a substitute for a mask.

Students, faculty, staff and visitors are asked to bring their own face masks for individual use; however, nonmedical disposable masks, which are encouraged to be doubled up, will be provided at stations across campus. Personal protective equipment will be provided for personnel who require it to perform their roles on campus, and those individuals will be trained on the appropriate use of PPE.

What does SU consider as a face mask?

There are multiple options to satisfy the university’s requirement for wearing a face mask. It is strongly recommended that individuals wear KN95 masks or double masks (e.g., nonmedical disposable mask under a cloth washable mask). Face shields are allowed to be worn if accompanied with a cloth face mask.

Scheduled Individual Testing

  • Each week, all students will be scheduled to be tested twice a week with a nasal swab test. Faculty and staff will be scheduled to be tested bi-weekly throughout the spring semester.

Susquehanna University COVID-19 Monitoring and Tracking Protocols

Move In and Arrival Testing Update

  • Students are to complete the Campus Arrival Registrationunder Apps and Forms on the Housing Self Service site before selecting a check-in time.  Staggered move-in times are as follows:
  • Seniors and resident assistants will move in Feb. 6-7.
  • Juniors will move in Feb. 13-14.
  • Sophomores and first-year students will move in Feb. 16, 20-21
  • Students will take a COVID-19 test immediately upon their arrival to campus. This should be the same time you selected on Housing Self Service as your Move In Time. Students are not permitted to move into their residence hall room until receiving a negative test result:
    • In contrast to the fall, we will be testing students upon their arrival to campus this spring. Students’ self selected move in time will be their testing time..Early move-in will not be permitted this spring.
    • Students should be prepared to return home or have a separately packed quarantine bag with supplies needed for 10 days in quarantine should they test positive for COVID-19.
    • Testing will occur in Garrett Field House. All students should arrive directly to the Garrett/Smith parking lot and walk to Garrett for their rapid test
    • After testing, students will be directed to an individual classroom to wait for their test result. After receiving a negative test result, students will be permitted to drive to their residence hall for move-in
    • Students testing positive will be directed to return home or travel to a designated quarantine space on or off campus, and follow appropriate guidelines for the return to campus after the quarantine period is over.
    • In addition to the on-campus rapid test provided on the day of arrival, students traveling a distance are encouraged to have an additional COVID-19 PCR test taken in their hometown within 72 hours of arriving to campus. This will limit the number of students testing positive on arrival and therefore needing to either immediately quarantine or return home.

Expectations for Residence Halls, Guests, Random Testing and COVID Preparedness Update

  • Students are permitted to have one student guest in their individual room. Guests must be a current on-campus residentand all students must wear masks when guests are present in the room.
  • Residential students leaving campus for essential reasons outside the immediate area are required to register travel outside the immediate area 48 hours in advance (this includes day and/or overnight travel). Please note that mental health reasons are considered essential. Depending on the type of travel and location, students may be required to quarantine and take a COVID test prior to returning to campus. Students are not permitted to visit other college campuses.