COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and Mask Guidance
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.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements
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.
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.
This policy is a continuation of our practice with all COVID-related decisions throughout the pandemic: we have followed the science.
How to Report Vaccination Status
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.
Pre-Arrival Testing for Those Not Yet Vaccinated
It is expected that at the return to school in August, the majority of students, faculty, and staff will be vaccinated and will have submitted proof of vaccination through the Ravens Safe App. Those few who have received an exemption, which will be limited, who have not been on-campus for more than two weeks, will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test administered within 72-hours prior to returning to campus.
Individuals traveling with students to campus who are not fully vaccinated will not be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test but are required to follow CDC guidelines for non-vaccinated individuals—which includes wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.
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 effective June 1, 2021:
- 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.
You will be able to see the smiles of your fellow students and colleagues. You will be able to eat and drink without getting your mask dirty. And most importantly, according to the scientific data and CDC guidelines, you should feel confident that you are protected if exposed to COVID-19.
Rosemont Vaccination FAQs
Why is Rosemont implementing a vaccination policy?
We are implementing this policy because we are confident in the scientific evidence to date that widespread vaccination is safe and effective to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are committed to providing a high-quality, and personalized, educational experience while keeping the College’s campus as safe as possible. Therefore, Rosemont will require vaccinations for our students, faculty, and staff. This includes undergraduate, graduate, and full-time and part-time students who will attend in-person classes or participate in in-person activities on campus. We know that our students crave the full Rosemont experience that can be found through in-person learning and gathering safely with peers, and we look forward to offering that this fall.
How do the vaccine requirements align with Pennsylvania health guidelines?
In April 2021, Governor Wolf issued a statement urging college students to get vaccinated with the goal to provide more in-person learning opportunities. Every decision we have made at Rosemont has been guided by science. Our vaccine policy is in alignment with CDC, FDA, and American College Health Association guidelines.
How do members of the Rosemont community provide proof of vaccination?
The Raven Safe app will be updated to include instructions to submit proof of vaccination. More details will be shared as soon as the module is available.
Which vaccines are accepted?
Any FDA-approved vaccine, including the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) vaccines below, as well as any that receive full biologics license approval in the future:
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
- Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
- Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine (Johnson & Johnson)
Are other vaccines required for students?
Yes, other vaccines are required for students to enroll at Rosemont. They include:
- Two M.M.R. vaccines
- Hepatitis B vaccines
- Tetanus vaccine (within the past 10 years)
- Meningitis vaccine
What happens if someone chooses not to be vaccinated?
When vaccines receive full FDA approval—which we anticipate is likely to occur before the beginning of the school year—vaccinations will be required for students, faculty, and staff unless they have an approved exemption. Those few who are granted vaccine exemption will be provided detailed testing and reporting requirements that consider their individual circumstances, which will include consideration of exposure risk to themselves and others. Un-vaccinated individuals will be required to wear face coverings while indoors.
What should I do if I'm vaccinated but others in my household are not?
We know there are cases where members of the same household may not all be vaccinated due to those with young children who cannot be vaccinated yet or those with medical conditions that prevent them from being vaccinated. Currently, the CDC notes that we are still learning how well vaccines prevent you from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to others, even if you do not have symptoms. Early data shows that vaccines help keep people with no symptoms from spreading COVID-19. If you are vaccinated, but others in your household are not, please use your discretion to continue wearing a mask when on campus.
Will Rosemont offer vaccination clinics for those still needing a vaccine?
Currently, we do not expect to offer on-campus vaccinations. Vaccinations are offered by many health providers and are widely available at CVS, Rite Aid, and other retail pharmacies. VaccineFinder is a helpful resource to find your most convenient vaccine location.
Will Rosemont offer COVID-19 booster shots if they become necessary?
It will be required that students, faculty, and staff maintain full vaccination status based on the guidelines of the vaccine they received. At this time Rosemont does not plan to administer required additional dosages or boosters. Individuals should work with their health care provider to ensure they remain fully vaccinated.
Will I have to quarantine if I test positive for COVID-19?
Yes, those who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine in line with CDC guidance. Those who test positive, and have housing within at least 100 miles of the campus, must return home to quarantine. For those who are unable to return home, the college will work individually to coordinate quarantine housing.
Will I have to quarantine if in close contact to someone who tests positive if I am fully vaccinated?
Consistent with current CDC guidance, fully vaccinated individuals who have been in close contact with a known COVID-19 positive individual will not need to quarantine.
Will we continue to use the Raven Safe App to complete self-assessments to enter campus and classrooms?
The majority of students, faculty, and staff will no longer need to complete the Raven Safe App self-assessment as they will instead have submitted proof of full vaccination through a new module added to the app. The few individuals who received vaccination exemption may be required to complete the self-assessment on the Raven Safe app daily if residing on campus, or for commuters, every day they visit campus. This will be defined on an individual basis.
How will Rosemont ensure the privacy of students, faculty, and staff who qualify for a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination policy?
Rosemont will not disseminate vaccine status information.
How will this policy affect campus visitors?
Rosemont will not require short-term visitors—which includes prospective students & families, speakers, and event attendees—to provide proof of full vaccination. All visitors will be notified of Rosemont’s vaccination policy which reinforces that those individuals who are not fully vaccinated must follow CDC and State of Pennsylvania guidance for unvaccinated individuals: which includes wearing a mask and social distancing.