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COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and Mask Guidance

Updated 1/18/22

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Rosemont’s decisions have been carefully made to achieve one overarching goal: to safeguard the health and well-being of the Rosemont College community while continuing to carry out the College’s mission.  

We are committed to providing students with a high-quality and personalized educational experience while ensuring the health and well-being of our community. At the same time, wmust recognize the increase in COVID cases and the rising presence of the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

There are three primary recommendations related to mitigating the spread and impact of Omicron: 

  • Masking 
  • Vaccination 
  • Isolation during infection 

It is with this knowledge that we have updated our COVID protocols and procedures. We ask that you closely review and adhere to all safety protocols outlined below. Through our collective efforts, we can continue to provide in-person learning to our students, which is critical to our student success. We continue to ask for your collaboration, support, and recognition that plans may need to be modified as we follow the latest public health guidance. For questions, please contact 

Mask Policy: KN95 or N95 Required for Public Buildings 

KN95 or N95 masks are now required in all public buildings. These medical-grade masks have a better fit and are made of materials that better prevent tiny particles from getting into your nose or mouth. The only exceptions to mask-wearing in public buildings are in your own residence halls and when sitting and eating in the dining areas. The masking requirement applies to all residential and commuter students, faculty, and staff whether vaccinated or if you have received a limited exemption. We ask that you all secure and wear KN95 or N95 masks which are widely available at local and online retailers. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements: Including Booster

All students, faculty, and staff who plan to be on campus are required to be fully vaccinated. As of February 28, 2022 this requirement includes having received an FDA approved booster shot. This requirement is in line with the CDC recommendation  that anyone 18+ should get boosted. If your six-month date falls after February 28th, please see the Wellness Center for an extension to the first eligible date for a booster.

Proof of vaccination must be submitted through the Raven Safe App before you will be permitted to move onto campus, attend class, or report for work. This free app can be easily downloaded to your mobile device through the app store

You can now submit proof of your booster shot in the Raven Safe app by selecting: 

  1. Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) on your home screen 
  2. Vaccine Passport
  3. View Passport Status
  4. Add a booster shot 

The CDC and other leading experts have been clear that vaccination is our best defense against COVID-19. There are extremely limited valid exceptions to this requirement. The only exceptions, which will be carefully evaluated, are: 

  • Medical Exemption: those individuals who can provide documentation, signed by a licensed medical doctor, stating a valid medical reason for exemption.  
  • Religious Exemption: official church doctrine outlining vaccine beliefs. 

Those who have already applied for an exemption, and were denied, are not eligible to resubmit exemption requests. 

To submit an exemption request: 

Guidance for New Students, Faculty, and Staff 

New students, faculty, and staff must submit proof of vaccination through the Raven Safe App before they will be permitted to move onto campus, attend class, or report for work. This free app can be easily downloaded to your mobile device through the app store. 

Guidelines for Approved Exemptions Only 

Students/staff/faculty not vaccinated (approved exemptions only) must follow all requirements laid out below. Violation will result in being dismissed from campus without any refund of tuition or housing. The following highlight some key points of compliance for those who received the limited exemptions: 

  • Arrival Testing for Those with Limited Exemptions: Those who have received the limited vaccine exemptions—whether new to the campus or an already approved exemption—must submit a PCR test prior to arrival on campus. We recommend scheduling the PCR test in advance for at least 48 hours prior to your arrival but taken no more than 72 hours before arrival on campus. A negative test must be presented upon your arrival. Students must submit their negative test upon campus arrival to your residence hall. If you are staff or faculty, you must turn them into the HR office when you come to campus for the first time in the new year.      
  • Additionally, unvaccinated students will need to take a rapid test upon arrival in the residence hall — and receive a negative result — before being allowed access to your room.
  • You will be required to wear face coverings at all times while in public spaces including classrooms/student life activities and follow all CDC and PA State guidelines for non-vaccinated individuals, even if the mask mandate is lifted for the vaccinated population.  
  • Weekly testing is required. The schedule will be provided, and testing verified. Missing weekly testing without making prior arrangements to make up will result in being dismissed from campus without any refund of tuition or housing. 
  • You will be required to complete a daily submission of the Raven Safe App symptom module.  
  • If you are a residential student, you will need to pay for a single residence room, if a similarly unvaccinated roommate is not available.   

Testing and Quarantine Procedures 

Students, faculty, and staff who test positive for COVID-19 and live within 200 miles of campus will need to isolate off campus for 10 days, regardless of vaccination status if symptomatic. If you are vaccinated and have no symptoms (asymptomatic), you may return after five days but must wear your KN95 or N95 mask for an additional five days when around others. If the positive residential student lives beyond 200 miles and cannot safely return home, quarantine space will be provided.  

Contact Tracing 

Rosemont College will conduct contact tracing when a student, faculty, or staff who has been on campus receives a positive COVID-19 test result. Students, faculty, and staff who are “close contacts” and who are fully vaccinated will not need to quarantine but will be asked to mask indoors for 10 days with the ability to be released from masking if a test 3-5 days from exposure returns a negative result.  

Campus Access

All campus entrances will be open each day 5am-8pm. From 8pm-5am all those entering campus will be required to do so via the Wendover Road entrance which will be staffed by Public Safety to support campus visitors after normal business hours. Students and employees will no longer need to show their Raven Safe App vaccine verification when entering campus.   

Residence Halls  

All students—commuter and residential—may visit friends in other residence halls. Masks are required in all public spaces (student lounges and study areas) within the residence halls. Commuters will need to wear a mask while inside residence halls. Outside guests and overnight guests are not permitted in the residence halls at this time.  


All visitors to campus, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear KN95 or N95 masks inside campus buildings to help protect our community. Rosemont will not require short-term visitors—which includes prospective students & families, speakers, and event attendees—to provide proof of full vaccination.   

Public Safety Officers will continue campus walk-throughs two times per shift of every campus building to ensure guests are complying with the mask requirement. 

January 2022 Update: No Spectators Permitted at Home Events 

On 1/7/22, the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC), which Rosemont is a part, issued the following statement: "In response to rising levels of the highly transmissible Omicron variant of COVID-19, the Colonial States Athletic Conference has made the decision to temporarily prohibit spectators at all athletic contests, effective immediately. This will remain in place through January 31, at which time the Colonial States Athletic Conference will review the policy."

Additionally, to safeguard our community, visiting teams will be required to wear KN95 or N95 masks when arriving to our campus and while they are inside any of our facilities. The only time individuals will not need to wear a mask is if they are the head coach during the contest or if they are an athlete actively playing during warm-ups or during competition; all members on the bench will need to mask at all times. Immediately following the match, all coaches and athletes will put their masks back on. We ask that teams do not mingle or shake hands prior to, during, or after competition.