COVID-19 Campus Updates
Spring 2022 | Campus Update
In-seat, on-campus classes begin Monday, January 24. Our indoor mask mandate (covering your nose and mouth properly) for public access spaces—in hallways, classrooms, and public areas—remains in place.
With the start of the Spring 2022 semester quickly approaching and COVID-19 continuing to be a challenge for our community, we ask for your continued support and commitment to ensuring our success and well being in managing the latest phase of the pandemic together.
COVID-19 Testing for Students, Faculty, Administrators, and Staff
All members of our campus community—students, faculty, administrators, and staff—are strongly encouraged to participate in on-campus COVID-19 testing when returning to campus for the start of the Spring 2022 semester. Testing will be provided Monday, January 24 and Tuesday, January 25.
Employees and resident students returning to campus before January 24 are required to either be tested through one of the on-campus tests or must submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before their return to campus.
Employees and commuter students returning to campus on or after January 24 are required to test on January 24 or 24. Otherwise, they must submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before their return to campus.
Students and employees can submit private, off-campus COVID-19 test results (either taken at a testing facility or using an at-home testing kit) through Self-Service, following the upload instructions.
Students who are unable to attend testing prior to the above dates and cannot obtain a negative COVID-19 test result prior to their return to campus must contact email@example.com.
To ensure our health and safety, we are committed to increasing routine testing for all members of our community on campus through the Spring semester. Information about test dates will be shared routinely.
Vaccine Booster and Reporting
All members of the Mount community are required to be fully vaccinated, with only approved medical or religious exemptions allowed. Employees and students who have approved medical or religious exemptions for vaccination will be required to submit weekly negative tests to Human Resources or Student Affairs.
Consistent with current CDC, State, and City guidelines, we strongly encourage all members of the community to get a booster vaccination as soon as you are eligible to do so. These booster doses are expected to reduce the duration and severity of illness should you become infected with COVID, and help protect our community from the spread of the more contagious variant currently spreading in the US. Booster vaccination records should be submitted through Self-Service to update your personal records as soon as they are received.
All students participating in Study Abroad programs for the Spring 2022 semester and beyond are required to receive a vaccine booster before traveling abroad. Many international programs are updating their requirements for participation on an ongoing basis, and the College will share information with students as we are informed of updates.
All nursing students participating in clinical placements must receive a booster vaccination to be eligible for clinicals. This is a requirement of the clinical settings, and there cannot and will not be exceptions to this requirement.
All members of the College community are reminded that they must submit their vaccination status, including receiving booster vaccines, through Self-Service.
Residential Life, Student Activities, and Athletics
Our protocols for residential life remain unchanged from the Fall 2021 semester. Again, to keep our community healthy, the safety precautions that were in place during the Fall will continue, including the prohibition of guests in residence halls. Residential students will be required to recommit to these safety protocols upon their return to campus.
Clubs, organizations, and all student activities will continue in-person once students are back on campus. With health and safety in mind, all will be meeting regularly while adhering to masking protocols and where necessary, using a hybrid approach with limited large events until further notice.
Regretfully, but with our community’s safety paramount, until further notice there will be no spectators permitted to attend student events.
The Skyline Conference has prohibited spectators for athletic competitions until February 1, 2022. While we continue to monitor guidance from the NCAA and Skyline Conference for Winter and Spring athletics, participation in athletics competitions and related events continues as scheduled. Travel plans for our Spring teams remain under consideration as the College monitors local and regional conditions, and updates to student athletes will be provided as we are informed.
Key to NYC: COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
Beginning December 13, 2021, all College event attendees age 5 and older will be required to show proof that they have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the FDA or WHO by the date of the event.
If a participant cannot provide the proper documentation at the College’s main security gate booth, they will not be allowed on campus. Documentation showing a negative COVID-19 test does not enable a participant to enter the campus or attend any events.
Children ages 2 years to 4 years and 11 months old who are not vaccinated are required to wear a face covering (mask) at all times on campus and in indoor facilities. If the child is participating in a performance or athletic function, they must show proof of a negative PCR test with 72 hours of the event to the guard(s) at the campus’ main gate of the campus.
All guests/participants who are 5 years and older, who receive an “exempt” waiver, and are not vaccinated are not allowed in any of the indoor facilities, which include the Hudson Heights Cafeteria and the Peter J. Sharp Athletic and Recreation Center.
COVID-19 Vaccination Screening Protocol
All College students, employees, and visitors are asked for proof of COVID-19 vaccination status at the College’s main gate.
Effective immediately, all employees and visitors of the College of Mount Saint Vincent must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination records to enter campus. Beginning October 16, all students will also be required to show COVID-19 vaccination records.
We ask that each member of our community be prepared to show proper documentation upon arrival at the College’s main security gate. Failure to verify your vaccination status will result in the denial of entry to campus.
There are a few ways to show you are vaccinated, all of which will be accepted:
- Mount ID (please ensure you have uploaded your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card to Self-Service)
- CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card (a photo or photocopy of this card is acceptable)
- NYC Vaccination Record or other official immunization record from your healthcare provider (a photo or photocopy of this card is acceptable)
- NYC Covid Safe
- Excelsior Pass
In its ongoing effort to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and to align with the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Mount Saint Vincent also requires the proper use of masks by all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, when indoors in designated public areas. As a part of this mandate, the College’s requirement for face coverings in hallways and instructional spaces remains in effect.
Fall 2021 | Updated Mask Mandate
Reinstated COVID-19 Indoor Mask Mandate
As we continue to monitor the rates of COVID-19 and the guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), New York State, and New York City regarding best practices for health and safety, our optimism for the end of this pandemic continues to be challenged. With the recent change in CDC mask recommendations for vaccinated individuals, and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s indoor mask recommendations where the vaccination status of other people is unknown, the indoor mask mandate has been reinstituted at the Mount in hallway passing and public spaces.
As previously announced, all members of the Mount community (i.e., students and employees) are required to be vaccinated with only approved medical or religious exemptions allowed. If you have not submitted your vaccination records or sought approval for medical/religious exemptions, do so as soon as possible. You can view our Vaccination Requirements and upload your documents online.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has fully authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. All employees have been asked to upload their vaccination records, or approved medical or religious exemption, to the system prior to the start of the Fall semester on Tuesday, September 7—there are no exceptions.
Students will also have to meet the same requirement, on a slightly expanded timeline of October 15. Recognizing that some may not have had access to, or support to be vaccinated, we will provide on-campus vaccine clinics for students, prior to and at the start of the Fall semester.
Because vaccination rates have stalled and the Delta Variant is taking hold, the guidance for how best to preserve the health and safety of our community continues to change. One of the many reasons the College of Mount Saint Vincent is requiring COVID-19 vaccination for the 2021-2022 academic year is because our mission and values call us to commit to human dignity and a full appreciation of our obligations to each other. Our mission and values call us to action, which in this instance includes taking the necessary steps for the health of our community.
As the situation evolves, we’ll continue to share updates we make to keep our community safe. We encourage you to review our COVID-19 Resources for more information.
Fall 2021 | Campus Plan
Public Health COVID-19 Protocol
The following changes to the College’s COVID-19 protocol take effect immediately for individuals who are fully vaccinated:
- Social distancing is not required on campuses or in classrooms.
- Offices and research labs can operate at full density.
- Daily health screening surveys and COVID-19 clearance passes are no longer required for anyone to enter campus, including employees, students, vendors, and guests.
- There are no limits on the size of gatherings.
- Additional pandemic-related cleaning and disinfection protocols are no longer required.
- Dining facilities can resume normal capacity and hours of operation.
- On-campus activities, events, and camps can operate without restrictions.
- Athletic, recreational, and fitness centers/spaces can operate without restrictions. Additionally, whereas all state restrictions on college athletics are rolled back, we will continue to comply with any guidance required by the NCAA and Skyline Conference.
Per the CDC guidance, as we implement these changes in protocol for vaccinated individuals, we still require those who are not vaccinated or have medical or religious exemptions to wear masks indoors and socially distance as needed to ensure their health and safety.
Residential Life, Student Activities, and Athletics
There are no limits on the size of gatherings and on-campus activities, events, and camps can operate without restrictions.
Clubs, organizations, and all student activities will continue once students are back on campus—still with health and safety in mind. Clubs will meet regularly and the Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board, and all clubs will offer in-person programs and events at full capacity.
Athletic, recreational, and fitness centers/spaces can operate without restrictions. Additionally, whereas all state restrictions on college athletics are rolled back, we will continue to comply with any guidance required by the NCAA and Skyline Conference. That said, we continue to provide our student athletes meaningful and safe experiences with their teammates and coaches. Further information about specific sports will be communicated with student athletes and updates on competitions, as available, will be provided on our athletics website.
COVID-19 Vaccine and Incentives
Vaccinations are required for all students attending the College of Mount Saint Vincent, as well as all faculty and staff employed by the College, with exemptions for medical reasons and sincerely held religious beliefs.
While protecting yourself, your loved ones, and the Mount community against COVID-19 is the greatest prize of all after the past year, we plan to throw in a little something extra to reward those who have gotten their shot—and to encourage the entire College community to participate.
From full-tuition scholarships to a new MacBook and free food to round trip airfare, the Mount has gathered some ‘phintastic prizes as rewards for getting your shot.
Stay tuned for the four drawings on September 15 and October 16!
Proof of immunization is required for the incentivized prizes* at the Mount. Those who cannot receive the vaccine for medical reasons and sincerely held religious beliefs will also be included in the giveaway once their exemption has been approved. The College community is encouraged to visit our COVID-19 resources for more information on vaccination requirements. Please visit our Health Services page and Self-Service to confirm your vaccination status or request an exemption.
Employees are required to upload their vaccination records or approved medical or religious exemptions online prior to September 7, while students have until October 15, 2021.
Our dining facilities—Hudson Heights and Mag’s Kitchen Grab and Go—will open their doors at normal capacity and resume regular hours of operation.
Shuttle services will resume on September 7, 2021 to coincide with the first day of classes. Face coverings will be required, but seating is available at full capacity.
Campus Offices, Classrooms, and Laboratories
Offices and research labs can operate at full density.
*The value of all incentivized prizes may be taxable to the recipient.