Guiding Principles

The evolving nature of the Covid-19 pandemic requires that this Plan be a living document, subject to change in response to new developments and guidance that prioritizes the health and safety of our community members. This summer plan is not necessarily applicable to future semesters; it is specific to the summer operations of campus.

No amount of planning can eliminate the risk of Covid-19. This Plan is intended to aid in mitigating the risk of the virus spreading on campus. In order for this Plan to achieve its full potential toward that goal, every member of the Susquehanna community – faculty, staff, and students – must play an active role.

Updated June 25, 2021


Summer Vaccinations

Requirements for Students

The following persons at SU will be required to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19, which is defined as at least two weeks after the final dose.

  • All students living on campus this summer.
    • Guests of student-residents will be permitted on campus if they are registered and fully vaccinated.
    • Students who are fully vaccinated can gather in their campus home without masks as long as everyone in the group is vaccinated.
  • All students working on campus this summer.
  • All students ages 16 and over attending camps or pre-college programs on campus this summer. All students under 16 attending day camps must be tested upon arrival and throughout their camp, depending on the number of days they are on campus.

In requiring a Covid-19 vaccine this summer, we are providing assistance as well as accommodating limited exemptions.

  • Any student who needs helps arranging a vaccine appointment can contact lizardi@susqu.edu.
  • A student living or working on campus this summer who is unable to be vaccinated due to a medical condition or religious beliefs should contact healthctrnurse@susqu.edu to discuss potential options.

Any students with questions regarding the summer vaccination requirement should be directed to harman@susqu.edu. As always, questions also can be directed to the Covid phone line at 570-372-3333.

Students must email an image of your completed Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card to covidtesting@susqu.edu. Two weeks after your last shot, you will be exempt from wearing a mask or physical distancing.

Student-athletes will need to be compliant with university requirements as well as with NCAA regulations.

It is recommended that students who have been approved for exemptions continue to complete weekly Covid testing. If they need assistance with this, they can contact the Student Health Center to schedule testing times.

Unvaccinated students who test positive for Covid or who are close contacts could be asked to quarantine or isolate at home, not on campus.

Employee Vaccinations

All employees working on campus for the summer who have been fully vaccinated and have submitted a copy of their vaccination card are exempt from wearing a mask or physical distancing.


Personal Hygiene and Safety Practices

Face Masks

Masks should be worn by students, faculty, staff and visitors who are not fully vaccinated against Covid.

  • indoors and maintain at least six feet of distance from other unvaccinated persons and/or those wearing masks for any reason. Note that this could limit the number of mask-wearing individuals in a room.
  • outdoors when unable to maintain six feet of distance from other persons wearing masks.

In following source control guidelines of the CDC:

  • Acceptable face masks include KN95 masks, non-medical 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.

Physical Distancing

Physical distancing between people is one of the best methods to avoid exposure to and minimize the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Unvaccinated individuals should remain physically distant from other unvaccinated persons (typically wearing masks), even if they are not experiencing symptoms. (Asymptomatic people, those who do not feel sick, can spread the virus.) Face masks are not a substitute for physical distancing.

Handwashing

Handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is encouraged, especially after blowing one’s nose, coughing, sneezing or touching one’s face. Hand sanitizer is provided at stations across campus.


Safety Measures For In-Person Instruction And Campus Operations

Hygiene and Sanitation Protocols

All common areas, as well as semi-private restrooms, on campus will be cleaned and disinfected on a regular schedule. Supplemental cleaning wipes will be provided for personal use to disinfect surfaces as needed.

    • Please DO NOT flush any disinfectant wipes down the toilet; they should be disposed of in a trash can after use.

Capacity

As a general rule for meetings and classrooms, indoor person-to-person between unvaccinated persons needs to be as minimal as possible. Unvaccinated persons should wear face masks.

As unvaccinated attendees should maintain 6-foot social distancing between each other, this could limit capacity for unvaccinated persons. For example, only one unvaccinated person may enter an elevator or restroom at a time and should keep their face mask on.

Events

  • All on-campus events for summer 2021 must be approved by Risk Management, should be virtual unless specifically approved by Risk Management
  • As regulated by the Commonwealth, an event or gathering is defined as a temporary grouping of individuals for defined purposes that takes place over a limited timeframe, such as hours or days, including concerts, shows or receptions. Conversely, groups of people who share a space within a building in the ordinary course of operations, such as in a classroom or an office building, are not events or gatherings.
  • Limited community events will be hosted on campus for summer 2021.
  • Limited university events will be permitted to be held off campus for summer 2021.
  • Regardless of capacity, campus events must follow these measures:

Additional Student Health and Safety Expectations

Students must adhere to the Summer 2021 plan and the university code of conduct. All students are required to be vaccinated and must send a copy of their vaccination card to covidtesting@susqu.edu.

The Student Health Center has limited summer hours. Students should call the nurse hotline 844-936-1731 if needing medical assistance during the summer.


Residential Living Expectations

Move In — Students are to complete the Summer Housing Registration under Apps and Forms on the Housing Self Service

Vaccinations are required for students requesting to live on campus this summer. Students choosing to live on campus who are requesting exemption should request a limited exception form from the Student Health Center healthctrnurse@susqu.edu. Any students receiving an exemption from vaccination should continue to be tested.

Students should send a copy of their vaccination form to covidtesting@susqu.edu.

Expectations for Residence Halls, Guests, Random Testing and Covid Preparedness

Vaccinated registered guests are permitted in any residence halls, townhouses, apartments, suites and small houses. This includes parents and other family members. Students should register their guests through the Campus Safety Office by completing the online registered student guest forms. A copy of the guest’s vaccination card will need to be uploaded to that form. Unvaccinated guests are not permitted in residence halls.

For summer 2021, residential students are permitted to leave campus without registering travel unless it qualifies as university travel (see University Travel below). Students needing to work are encouraged to work on campus. Additional work opportunities are available by contacting studentemployment@susqu.edu. Students are permitted to work off campus, but are asked to register their off-campus employment.


University Travel and Quarantine Guidelines

See Covid-Related Travel Advisories.


Work Arrangements

Faculty and Staff Accommodation Requests

  • Faculty and staff with disabilities (which may include those with serious health conditions that put them at greater risk from Covid-19) may request accommodations by contacting Human Resources via email.

Flexible Work Options

  • Staff who have been working remotely have been asked to return to campus effective June 1, 2021.

Faculty and staff may work with their supervisor or department head to create alternative work schedules so long as essential functions of the job are completed.

  • Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to work on site but may request to work remotely in some instances (independent of any approved disability accommodations), where essential functions of the jobs are fulfilled and the student experience is not compromised, by following the Telework Policy.

Strategy for Health Conditions of the Campus Community

Attendance and Absentee Policies

Under no circumstances should somebody who is sick or has been exposed to Covid-19 attend classes, meetings, events, or report to work.

Students:

Student employees must notify a supervisor if they are experiencing symptoms. If students become symptomatic, test positive for Covid-19 or are exposed to another who is symptomatic or positive, the university will require them to quarantine, isolate or go home to reduce the spread to other Susquehanna community members.

Faculty and Staff:

Faculty and staff experiencing Covid-19 symptoms or who have reason to believe they have been exposed to Covid-19 must stay home (i.e., telework if possible or take leave), notify Human Resources by emailing humanresources@susqu.edu, and follow CDC Guidelines regarding self-monitoring, isolation, quarantine, or any other restrictions or required actions. Supervisors and department heads may send faculty or staff home if employees are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms.

Self-reporting and Monitoring for Symptoms

Students:

Students are required to remain home/in their residence hall room when sick. Students should contact the Student Health Center if experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, including but not limited to a fever over 100.4° F, cough, shortness of breath or loss of taste and/or smell.

Faculty and Staff:

The University is requesting all employees perform a daily, well-being self-check before coming to work. Faculty and staff experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, including but not limited to a fever over 100.4° F, cough, sore throat, muscle aches or shortness of breath or who have reason to believe they have been exposed to Covid-19 must stay home (i.e., telework if possible or take leave), notify Human Resources by completing this form and follow CDC Guidelines regarding self-monitoring, isolation, quarantine or any other restrictions or required actions. They may return to campus after being fever-free for 24 hours and free of respiratory symptoms.

Effective Aug. 1, 2021, Covid-19 leave will no longer be available. In the meantime, in addition to using it to recover from a Covid infection, SU staff may use their Covid-19 paid absence benefit to take time off to get vaccinated and to recuperate from any mild side effects that may occur. Starting in August, employees who become ill because of a Covid infection, need to quarantine as a close contact, get a vaccine or experience vaccine side effects should use their regular sick leave.

Protocol for Confirmed Case or Close Contact

Any student, faculty or staff member who tests positive will be required to follow CDC/ WHO recommended health and safety guidelines including social isolation, quarantine and enhanced personal safety behaviors.

  • If a student tests positive for Covid-19, or has close exposure to another who is symptomatic or positive, the university will require the student to quarantine, isolate, or go home to reduce the spread to other community members. Students should contact the Student Health Center immediately.
  • If an employee tests positive for Covid-19, or has close exposure to another who is symptomatic or positive, the university will require the employee to follow CDC Guidelines regarding self-monitoring, isolation, quarantine or any other restrictions or required actions and must notify Human Resources by emailing humanresources@susqu.edu.
  • Susquehanna will close off areas used by a symptomatic person, and possible persons with close contact, until cleaning and disinfecting is completed.
  • Students, faculty, and staff should be prepared to provide information about physical contact with other Susquehanna community members for contact tracing.

Mental Health

Understandably, some Susquehanna community members may feel anxious about the pandemic and its impacts.

Students

Faculty and Staff

  • For faculty and staff, SU offers two Employee Assistance Programs to all faculty and staff:
    • New Direction: Visit the website and enter login code: Susquehanna. For telephone counseling and consultations, call 800-624-5544.
    • The Standard: Visit the website or call 888-293-6948 for counseling and consultations.
  • Please also visit cdc.gov for helpful tips to manage stress and anxiety.

Strategy To Coordinate with Local Health Officials

The university will maintain regular communication with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and regional healthcare organizations to report cases on campus, follow health developments within the region, and coordinate contact tracing and mitigation efforts as appropriate.


Strategy To Communicate Accurate and Timely Information

The university will regularly update its webpages to reflect the most current information. Should significant changes in practices or protocols take place, these will be announced by email to all campus constituents.