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COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and Mask Guidance

Rosemont 2021-2022 

Throughout the past year, Rosemont’s decisions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic 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 have all been in this together, and we need to continue to embrace new requirements to keep our community safe.

We are committed to providing students a high-quality and personalized educational experience, while ensuring the health and well-being of our community. As we look forward to the Fall 2021 semester, we are implementing a vaccine policy based on current scientific evidence that widespread vaccination is safe and effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

Vaccination, testing, and the continuation of key health and safety practices—including masking precautions and limited external visitors as we transition back to campus — will help us achieve our collective goal of keeping the Rosemont College campus community healthy. Similar to last year, we will refine and strengthen our protocols as CDC/PADOH guidance and data evolves. We continue to ask for your collaboration, support, and recognition that plans may need to be modified in the weeks ahead. For questions, please contact campushealth@rosemont.edu.


COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

Vaccination is our best defense against COVID-19. As communicated earlier in the summer, vaccination is required for all students, staff, and faculty returning to our campuses. We continue to receive and verify vaccination records to ensure our campus is vaccinated this semester. Outside of limited exceptions granted prior to the recently passed deadline, you will not be allowed to enter campus, move in, or attend class without your vaccine verification through the Raven Safe App.

We appreciate all you have done so far to get vaccinated and help us prepare for a more robust on campus experience. For the health of our Rosemont College campus community, and due to the increased number of COVID‑19 cases worldwide and the prevalence of the Delta variant, Rosemont College is implementing a change to its student vaccination policy regarding Philosophical Exemptions:

After any of the three currently approved vaccines receive full FDA approval, philosophical exemptions will no longer be accepted. The FDA granted full approval to Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, August 23. Students, faculty, and staff will have until September 30 to provide proof of vaccination.


Campus Access

We again will have one entrance into campus. The campus public safety officers will be checking your Raven Safe App for your vaccine verification. You will not be allowed on campus without showing the app.

The Wendover Road entrance will serve as the single point of entry to campus beginning August 26th.  It will be staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week by the Office of Public Safety. All students and employees entering campus should be prepared to show their Rosemont Raven Safe App vaccine verification. 

All guests will be required to complete a Wellness Check at entry to campus. Guests will be required to mask at entry to campus and remain masked throughout their visit.


Arrival Testing for Students, Faculty and Staff

We will be requiring a negative test of all individuals regardless of vaccination status who will be coming to campus at the beginning of the Fall Semester. We realize many staff and some faculty have been coming to campus already on a regular basis, but we are going to follow the recommendation to test everyone as a baseline.

Staff and faculty, please schedule a test at any of the various pharmacies or community sites offer free testing(CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, etc) preferably within 72 hours of the start of classes. One negative test will be required for your first trip to campus during the first week of class. 

First-Year and Transfer Students of the Undergraduate College living on campus will move into campus as scheduled on August 26. Orientation will take place from August 26 to 29, with the Convocation Ceremony taking place on August 29. Classes will begin for all students on Monday, August 30.

Fully Vaccinated Students:

  • Complete a PCR test prior arrival to 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.
  • No further testing will be required unless you are symptomatic.
  • Please refer to the attached chart that outlines Vaccinated/Unvaccinated procedures.

Not Vaccinated or Partially Vaccinated Students/Faculty/Staff (Approved Exemptions Only):

Students/staff/faculty not vaccinated (Approved Exemptions only) or partially vaccinated (only have received 1 of the 2 shots required) must follow all requirements laid out in the chart based on vaccination status. 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:

  • 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. 
  • 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 a residential student, you will need to pay for a single residence room, if a similarly unvaccinated roommate is not available. 
  • Removal from campus for the duration of quarantine (at cost to the student) if a positive COVID test is received.  
  • No overnight athletic or academic trips for anyone unvaccinated (more specific athletic guidelines will be reviewed in the team meetings).

NOTE: If/when students who are partially vaccinated become fully vaccinated, masking and weekly testing will no longer be required. All students in this group will be required to verify the completion of shots by September 30.


 Contact Tracing

Rosemont College will contact trace any students, faculty and staff with a positive COVID-19 test result, whether through surveillance testing or symptomatic testing. 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 14 days with the ability to be released from masking if a test 3-5 days from exposure returns a negative result. Students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate off campus for 10 days, regardless of vaccination status.


Facilities

All campus spaces—classrooms, labs, residence halls, dining spaces, offices, libraries, common spaces, administrative offices, etc.— no longer have room occupancy limits.


Events/Visitors

Rosemont will not require short-term visitors—which includes prospective students & families, speakers, and event attendees—to provide proof of full vaccination. As we return to campus, all visitors to campus, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks inside campus buildings to help protect our community. This includes families who are on campus for Move-In and Orientation. Overnight guests are not permitted in the residence halls at this time.

Events that include visitors will once again be permitted. Visitors are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated and, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks at all times on campus.