Protective Practices Policy
In order to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and protect the health and safety of our campus community and visitors, Beloit College requires students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors to adhere to specific standards of protective practice behaviors.
If local, state or federal mandates include protective practices that exceed these standards or include other prescribed behavior, anyone addressed in this policy will be required to adhere to those practices as well.
The following are important protective practices that contribute to the health and safety of our campus community.
- Vaccination Policy
- Mask Policy
- Physical Distancing
- Daily Wellness Checks
- Exposure to someone who has tested positive
- Clean Spaces and Surfaces
- Frequent Handwashing
The college can operate in-person only if all members of the on-campus community diligently and consistently follow these protective practices.
These practices must be followed whenever an employee or student is on campus, in any college-operated facility or vehicle, or participating in any college-sponsored activities or business that may occur in other locations. Additionally, all employees and students are strongly encouraged to adhere to these Beloit College protective practices in any non-college activities that take place off-campus. Doing so will help avoid bringing COVID-19 to the college when resuming your activities on campus.
COVID-19 Vaccine Policy
With vaccines available and widely adopted, we are planning an in-person 2021-22 academic year, with traditional semester calendar and breaks. Fall semester classes begin Aug. 23, and students will enjoy the complete Beloit experience: residential living, campus activities, and services.
At the same time, COVID-19 will remain a reality, and that will require us to continue our health and safety measures. We are confident that Beloit’s spirit of “self-care is community care” will allow us to succeed in keeping our community safe, in-person, and as close to “normal” as possible.
The newest CDC guidelines make it crystal clear that the way we return to a more normal on-campus experience is to require all Beloit College students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated. Our goal is to have nearly all of the community vaccinated by the fall to allow us to resume the activities we did prior to the pandemic.
Students must provide proof of full vaccination, including maker and dates, by the date of return to campus for the 2021-22 academic year and should be sent to email@example.com.
Faculty and staff must provide proof of full vaccination, including the maker of the vaccine and vaccination dates, to Human Resources by Aug. 1.
This requirement applies equally to those who have already had COVID-19 or have the presence of antibodies. Any vaccine authorized for use is acceptable, including vaccines obtained outside the United States. The full number of doses of the relevant vaccine must be completed at least two weeks before arriving on or returning to campus for the fall semester.
Beginning Aug. 1, students, faculty, and staff will not need to attend regular testing if they have been fully vaccinated, nor will they have to quarantine if they are designated a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Testing and quarantine will continue for those who display symptoms of COVID-19 infection. Mask requirements may periodically change depending upon CDC guidelines and COVID-19 infection rates.
Faculty, staff, and students may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical reasons, religious beliefs or strongly held philosophical objections. Faculty and staff seeking an exemption should contact Human Resources and students seeking an exemption should contact the Health and Wellness Center.
As federal and state health and safety guidelines evolve to consider individuals’ vaccination status, the College will continue to align its testing program, social distancing and masking policies, and other health and safety protocols with these guidelines. As many of these guidelines currently depend upon vaccination status, and will likely continue to be in the coming months, it is reasonably anticipated that individuals may volunteer their own vaccination status.
While employees may voluntarily disclose their vaccination status, the College expects all employees to exercise sensitivity to employees’ choices and unique circumstances. If an individual’s vaccination status is voluntarily disclosed, under no circumstances shall a supervisor or co-worker ask an employee why they have or have not been vaccinated.
Cloth face coverings are likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 because they help prevent people with the virus from spreading it to others.
The virus spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice (e.g., while shouting, chanting, or singing). Wearing a cloth face covering will help protect you and people around you, including those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
- All faculty, staff, students, and emeriti faculty and staff are required to wear masks indoors, with the exception of your personal space (i.e. dorm room or office), regardless of your vaccination status.
- Masks are not required to be worn outdoors.
COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about six feet) for a prolonged period. Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby.
Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is beneficial to physically distance yourself from others when possible, even if you—or they—do not have any symptoms. Physical distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Students, faculty, and staff must self-evaluate their health status and symptoms on a daily basis. Stay home when you feel ill or experience symptoms for which you do not have an explanation.
Possible COVID-19 symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle aches or pain
- Loss of Smell or Taste
- Sore Throat
- Feeling feverish or measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 ℉
- Gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite
Individuals with any of these symptoms that cannot be explained in other ways may not work on campus or attend in-person classes until they have contacted their healthcare provider or the Health and Wellness Center for further guidance. If anyone is showing symptoms related to COVID-19 while at work or in class, they should go home or return to their residence immediately.
When employees and students are ill for any reason they should remain home for the duration of the illness and may not work on campus or physically attend classes until symptoms have subsided.
Employees and students who experience any of the COVID-19 symptoms should obtain a COVID-19 test. Employees and students who have tested positive and have symptoms should follow the guidelines below for resuming on-campus activities.
The following recommendations are taken from CDC guidelines, “When you can be around others after you had or likely had COVID-19.”
If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result and have or had symptoms, you may return to campus when:
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, AND
- At least 24 hours with no fever, without using fever-reducing medications (advil, ibuprofen, paracetamol, acetaminophen, tylenol), AND
- Symptoms have improved
All three conditions must be met for your return to campus.
If you receive a positive test result and had no symptoms, you may return to campus when:
- Ten days have passed since the test was performed.
- If you develop symptoms during this 10-day period, follow the directions above for a positive test with symptoms.
Follow CDC guidelines if you have close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19.
The responsibility for maintaining cleanliness is a shared responsibility. Faculty, staff, and students must assist in maintaining the cleanliness of offices, classrooms, kitchens, and other shared spaces.
Cleaning materials, including wipes, will be available in all classrooms and buildings. Unnecessary items should be removed to maintain clean counter spaces and ease cleaning efforts on common surfaces. The following practices are recommended:
- Normal routine cleaning with soap and water will decrease how much of the virus is on surfaces and objects, which reduces the risk of exposure.
- Cleaning using disinfectants can also help reduce the risk. Frequent disinfection of surfaces and objects touched by multiple people is important. Disinfectant supplies are available from Housekeeping.
- Discourage people from sharing items in offices, kitchens, or other locations that are difficult to clean, sanitize, or disinfect.
One of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs, COVID-19, and other viruses is frequent handwashing. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Students and employees should strive to wash their hands frequently, and always:
- After you have been in a public place and touched an item or surface that may be frequently touched by other people
- Before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
To operate as an in-person campus community during the pandemic, everyone must comply with practices designed to reduce the spread of the virus.
Students and employees are expected to comply with Beloit College’s protective practices as described in this policy as a condition of residence, enrollment, or employment while being on the physical campus or participating in college-sponsored activities and events.