COVID-19 Campus Updates
We did it, ‘Phin Fam!
Because of your commitment to our community’s health and safety, the College is able to return to another successful, fully in-person semester this fall.
While COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in the state of New York due to the high rates of vaccinations and lowered rates of COVID-19 cases, the College of Mount Saint Vincent continues to pay attention to the guidance offered by the CDC for Institutions of Higher Education. We appreciate your support as we work to provide another academic year filled with all of the joy and benefits of the shared experience we cherish at the Mount—along with the new tools, methods, and expertise that we have developed throughout the pandemic.
Please check back often to stay up to date with our campus plans and policies regarding COVID-19. See you on campus soon!
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 July 15, August 16, 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.
The deadline for students and employees to report that they have received the full course of vaccine doses (one or two, depending on the vaccine) is 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.
*COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for the entire College of Mount Saint Vincent community once fully approved by the FDA.
**The value of all incentivized prizes may be taxable to the recipient.