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Rosemont Announces COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and Mask Guidance

Katie DuBoff - June 1, 2021

Rosemont has announced a vaccine policy and updated mask guidance for the fall semester based on current scientific evidence that widespread vaccination is safe and effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Once the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given full biologics license approval of at least one vaccine product, Rosemont will require vaccination for students, faculty, and staff. We anticipate authorization is likely to come before the beginning of the school year.

"Each and every decision in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been carefully made to achieve one overarching goal: to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the Rosemont College community while continuing to carry out the College’s mission," said President Jayson Boyers, EdD, in a letter to the Rosemont community to announce the policy. As we look forward to the fall, we are implementing a vaccine policy that I believe is in the best interests of everyone in our community. I am confident in the scientific evidence to date that widespread vaccination is safe and effective to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Rosemont must be a place where everyone feels safe and protected. It is important that we resume in-person classes and meetings to once again build meaningful personal connections that are so special to the Rosemont community, and essential to our students’ success. These guidelines aim to provide everyone with the confidence that it is safe to do so."

Individuals already vaccinated with FDA-approved Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) vaccines will not need to re-vaccinate unless boosters are recommended for efficacy. 

 The following guidelines will apply as we work to optimize in-person learning, living, and working at Rosemont this fall: 

  • All students, faculty, and staff who plan to attend in-person classes, participate in campus activities, and/or work on-campus in Fall 2021 must provide proof of full vaccination from an FDA-approved (EAU or biologics licensed) vaccine by August 1, 2021.  
  • Limited medical, religious, and philosophical exemptions may be granted based upon evaluation of specific circumstances, but our expectation is that all populations on campus will be overwhelmingly vaccinated. 

A feature will be added to the Ravens Safe App that will allow individuals to submit proof of full vaccination. More details will be provided as soon as this module is complete. Again, all community members are expected to submit proof of full vaccination no later than August 1, 2021. 

Mask Guidance

In line with CDC and State of Pennsylvania guidance for fully vaccinated individuals, please take note of the updated face-covering guidance for the campus community: 

  • If you have been fully vaccinated by an FDA approved vaccine, face coverings are no longer required indoors or outdoors. You are encouraged to use your own discretion if you wish to continue wearing a face covering.  
  • Those few who have received a vaccine exemption, and un-vaccinated campus visitors, are still required to wear a face-covering while indoors and align with all CDC guidelines for un-vaccinated individuals. 

Room Occupancy Limits 

There will no longer be COVID-19 related occupancy requirements in campus rooms and common spaces.  

What Has Changed 

Under the new Rosemont guidelines—which follow CDC and State of Pennsylvania guidance—fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff: 

  •  Are no longer required to wear a face covering or physically distance when outdoors. 
  • Are no longer required to wear a face covering or maintain physical distance of six feet or more when indoors. 
  • Will no longer be identified as a “close contact” if exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19. 
  • Will no longer be required to quarantine if exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
  • Will no longer need to complete self-assessments on the Raven Safe app. 

Read the full policy and FAQs for further information.