Updated Jan. 27, 2022


Health And Wellness

Susquehanna University will require students who learn, live or work on campus for the spring 2022 term to be up to date vaccinated for Covid-19 and if eligible, to have received a Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech booster by Feb. 4, 2022. All other students must obtain the booster within two (2) weeks of their eligibility date. Students who have tested positive for COVID and are eligible to receive a booster have 90 days from the date of that diagnosis to receive their booster.

Learn more about the vaccine roll-out and locations to get your vaccine.

All students must submit their Covid immunization record of proof if it is not already on file with the university. If you have been up to date vaccinated, email an image of your completed Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card to covidtesting@susqu.edu.


What is new about the Spring 2022 Plan?

The Spring Plan adds three significant health and safety measures:

  • Adds a booster requirement for students, and, again like the fall 2021 primary vaccination requirement, gives students time to get to campus to get their third shot. Guests entering residence areas are also required to have up to date vaccination. See more at Vaccinations
  • Encourages students to quarantine 5-7 days before the semester. All students not up to date with vaccines, those with symptoms or those in close contact with a Covid-positive person within five days are required to test within five days prior to arrival to campus. Up to date vaccinated students are still encouraged to test before arrival.
  • Promotes medical-grade KN95, N95 or surgical-type masks over other types for everyone, which now excludes cloth masks that had been acceptable in the fall.

The next two updates are helpful for students to minimize time away from campus. The Spring Plan:

  • Lowers isolation for students who test positive with an option from 10 to 5 days if they test negative for Covid on Day 6 and approved by the Student Health Center. This test is not required of everyone, only those who wish to return to classes earlier than the 10 days.
  • Allows positive students to isolate in their room with restricted movements.
  • Allows close contact students to quarantine on campus with some restrictions.

What is an individual plan for quarantine/isolation off campus?

Students are expected to have ready an individual plan whether they choose to isolate in their room or to relocate themselves off campus. Susquehanna will continue to work with students on a case-by-case basis, e.g., who live far, to provide temporary overnight housing and other support to help them activate their individual plan.

How will students in quarantine/isolation continue coursework without a remote class option?

Like the fall semester, students will work with professors to continue coursework while studying away from the campus.

How can I get tests?

Beginning Jan. 19, you can order free at-⁠home Covid tests from covidtests.gov. There are no shipping costs and you do not need to enter a credit card number. 

What is a student family group?

Your “student family group” includes roommates; suitemates, e.g., West Village, Seibert Hall; or housemates, e.g., University Avenue, Liberty Alley, 18th Street Commons.

What happens when the university discovers that a member of the SU community (or vendor/visitor) has tested positive for Covid-19?

As with any potentially threatening virus, if someone who has been on campus within 14 days, or has been on a recent study abroad trip, tests positive for Covid-19, the university has standard procedures to keep the SU community safe and well.

SU will immediately inform campus community members with possible direct exposure. Concurrently, our responsibility is to protect the identity of the impacted individual(s). Federal privacy laws limit what SU is allowed to disclose; furthermore, it is everyone’s responsibility to respect privacy. Student and employee information related to Covid is considered confidential and will be shared with the Covid Response Team as needed to ensure the safety of the campus community.

Upon receiving notification of virus confirmations of individual(s) who recently have been on campus, our process includes:

  • Immediately isolate infected individual(s) from the general university population. Impacted individual(s) will be isolated in their off campus family home when safe and possible. On-campus isolation space is extremely limited and will be only be available for temporary situations until the affected individual can make other arrangements.
  • Clean potential contaminated areas with materials designated to eliminate Covid-19, based on standard protocols.
  • Perform contact tracing for the campus, if applicable.

If I think I have the virus, what should I do?

If you think you have been infected by Covid-19, contact the Student Health Center immediately. They will make arrangements for any testing and further medical care. They will also advise on necessary steps to approve a return to campus. In the meantime, isolate yourself from others.

I have a chronic medical condition, including an immune deficiency, which places me at high risk. What should I do?

Susquehanna cares about each member of our community. We also understand that individuals have individual needs. The Student Health Center is available to any student who has health concerns or questions at 570-372-4385.

I already had documented Covid-19 in the past. What should I do?

Students who have provided the sufficient documentation for prior Covid-19 infection will be excused from Covid-19 testing and quarantine for the 90 days following the date of initial infection. It is important for the SU Student Health Center to be up-to-date with your medical information. Contact the SU Student Health Center at 570-372-4385 to provide them with this necessary documentation.

For more about health services:

See the Student Health Center
The health center can be reached at 570-372-4385 or healthctrnurse@susqu.edu.

For more about counseling and mental health services:

See Counseling & Psychological Services
Counseling & Psychological Services can be reached at 570-372-4751 or 570-374-9164 (after hours).


SU Facilities and Student Resources

Mailroom

The mailroom offers touchless pick up for letters and packages. See more here.

Questions regarding the mailroom can be directed to 570-372-4231 or via email at studentmail@susqu.edu.

Garrett Sports Complex

Use of the Jacobs Fitness Center requires online registration and is available to students and employees. In compliance with the masking guidelines on campus, anyone using the fitness facility will be required to wear a mask while working out. See more here.

Student Employment

Students required to isolate or quarantine and have an on-campus job with regular hours may be paid for their regularly scheduled hours. Students must promptly notify their supervisor of the length of their isolation or quarantine and enter their regular schedule on their timesheets. Any questions may be directed to studentemployment@susqu.edu.


Travel And GO (Global Opportunities)

What about GO? – future and current programs?

See Study Abroad FAQs.

What about travel?

It is of utmost importance that all faculty, staff, and students traveling abroad for university-related purposes register their travel before their expected departure and update this information as changes occur, before and during travel. Registration is an important step in reducing the risks of traveling abroad and helps keep the university community safe, especially in environments with heightened health risks such as Covid-19.

All domestic and international university-related travel for students, faculty and staff should be registered through the links below.


Questions

Contact the Susquehanna Covid-19 Information Center, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, at 570-372-3333.