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06/14/2021

“Campus Guidance for Summer (June 14-August 1, 2021)” letter sent to the Beloit community

Dear Members of the Beloit Community,

As we continue to plan for a more normal Beloit experience in the upcoming academic year, we write today to share changes to the expectations for those of you who will be on campus this summer. The guidance below will be in place from Monday, June 14, until Sunday, Aug. 1, when Beloit will transition to operating in the context of the framework for academic year 2021-22. Detailed information and policies for Fall 2021 will be shared in July.

Given the health and safety standards that were necessary for the 2020-21 academic year, we recognize that some of the changes below mark a shift in the way we have become accustomed to living, learning and working on campus. As always, our decision-making is driven by the best available public health guidance and supported by science. As we look beyond the Commencement milestone—given our highly vaccinated community and decreasing rates of infection in Rock County—we are confident that we can move forward with an operational model that responds to current public health practices in the state of Wisconsin.

The following guidelines are effective June 14-August 1, and will be subject to change when needed.

General Expectations for Faculty, Staff & Students

  • All students, faculty, staff and emeriti faculty and staff planning to be on campus this summer are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are unable to be vaccinated due to medical, religious or philosophical reasons, please contact Human Resources (faculty or staff) or the Health and Wellness Center (students) for the necessary paperwork.

  • Physical distancing is encouraged as it continues to be a highly effective way to avoid illness.

  • If you are not feeling well, stay home, however, daily symptom tracking is not required.

  • Surveillance testing for COVID-19 continues for unvaccinated students remaining on campus over the summer.

  • If at any time you become symptomatic, you should follow up with the Health and Wellness Center (students) or seek a test from off campus (faculty or staff). Any positive results should be reported to the Health and Wellness Center (students) or Human Resources (faculty or staff) immediately.

  • Employees who wish to return to work before Aug. 1 may do so in consultation with their supervisor and Human Resources. A more detailed plan for returning to campus offices will be communicated in July.

Mask-Wearing

  • Fully vaccinated faculty, staff, students, and emeriti faculty and staff are not required to wear masks indoors. Members of our community who choose to continue to wear a mask will be supported in this choice.

  • Faculty, staff, students, and emeriti faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear masks indoors in public spaces and when in the presence of others with whom they don’t share a living space.

  • Occupants or users of offices, meeting rooms, department spaces, or classrooms may require that masks be worn by all in attendance while they are using that space.

  • Masks are not required to be worn outdoors.

  • Please continue to keep a mask with you at all times so that you are prepared to put one on if needed or asked.

Visitors

Campus facilities, such as the library, the museums, the Powerhouse, and fitness facilities, remain closed to the general public.

All summer programming involving participants who are not current Beloit College students, faculty or staff, including CLS, Help Yourself, and Upward Bound should continue as planned with all virtual programming in place.

Visitors to campus will be permitted as necessary for essential academic purposes, business continuity, or as guests of staff, students and faculty. This includes contractors, vendors, Admissions visitors, Development visitors, job candidates, and immediate family members and personal guests of Beloit College faculty, staff, students, and emeriti faculty and staff.

  • All visitors are required to wear a mask indoors on campus, even if fully vaccinated.

  • Visitors may enter campus buildings only when accompanied by a faculty or staff member or student.

  • Physical distancing is encouraged as it continues to be a highly effective way to avoid illness.

Events & Gatherings

  • All on-campus events continue to require approval from the COVID-19 Task Force.

  • All events are limited to Beloit College students, current or emeriti faculty and staff.

  • Outdoor events are encouraged whenever possible, as are event plans that allow for social distancing.

  • The number of people in attendance at Indoor events is limited to room capacities. We strongly encourage you to plan indoor events in spaces that allow you to continue social distancing.

  • An attendee list must be kept for all events in case it is needed for contact tracing.

Buildings & Spaces

  • Beloit College students, current or emeriti faculty and staff, and guests who align with the visitor’s policy are permitted in all campus buildings.

  • Cleaning and sanitizing processes will primarily return to pre-pandemic standards. These include daily cleaning and disinfecting of restrooms, entries, and kitchens/lounges in residence halls; depending upon space usage, weekly or more frequent cleaning and disinfecting of restrooms, entries, hallways, and classrooms in academic and administrative buildings; and weekly cleaning and emptying trash in offices.

  • Hand sanitizer is widely available, and disinfecting wipes are available from Housekeeping by request.

  • Building signage detailing mask-wearing, occupancy, directions, and line queuing expectations will be taken down over the course of the summer. Plexiglass barriers will remain for the time being.

  • Drinking fountains will open over the course of the summer.

College Vehicles

Vans are available for use by Beloit College faculty, staff, and students. While in the vehicle, all current campus policies outlined above must be followed. We strongly encourage social distancing as much as possible. COVID-19 capacity limits for college vehicles are no longer in effect.

Conclusion

As we all look forward to a renewing summer and a more traditional fall, we want to thank every one of you for your commitment to making Beloit a safe and respectful place to live, learn and work this year. If you have questions about any of the information shared here, please email the Task Force at COVID-19@beloit.edu.

Sincerely,
The COVID-19 Task Force

Cecil Youngblood
Lori Rhead
Tara Girard
Erica Daniels
Kristin Bonnie

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