Wellness Center

January 14 - Follow-up to Ursinus Town Hall and Important Vaccination and Quarantine/Isolation Information

Dear Ursinus Families,

Thank you for joining us for Wednesday night’s town hall and for your great questions. We hope you found it helpful in preparing for the spring semester, and we’re looking forward to another successful residential experience for our students. If you did not have the opportunity to tune in for the town hall, or if you’d like to view it again, a captioned recording can be found online at https://ursinus.edu/TownHallJan12.

Earlier this week, students received an email detailing the check-in process and testing upon arrival. As discussed on Wednesday night, all students have been assigned a specific check-in time. While we recognize that some of you may have extenuating circumstances, we ask that you arrive as close as possible to your assigned time to avoid crowding in Lower Wismer. Additionally, no parents or family members should join their student for the check-in process.

Vaccination and booster expectations are listed on our website at https://ursinus.edu/StudentVaccinations. We will ask for updated information on your vaccination and booster status via a Qualtrics survey around the February 1 booster deadline. It is important that students not email their status to the Wellness Center prior to February 1 and should instead wait until the Qualtrics form is sent out.

If you have not received a booster yet, an on-campus clinic with the Pfizer vaccine will be held on January 27. More information about the clinic will be communicated soon.

Students who are eligible for a booster but have not received one by February 1 will be considered “not up to date” by CDC definitions, and therefore will be subject to more stringent quarantine guidelines. In addition, Ursinus is adopting—with minor modifications—the recently revised guidance from the CDC on quarantine and isolation. These changes reflect the more rapid progression of disease from the Omicron variant, as well as a desire to reduce disruption to students’ on-campus experience. Students who are infected with the virus should remain isolated for five days from the onset of symptoms or the date of the positive test. Please make sure you have a plan to isolate off campus. We can work individually with students on the best plan for them.

You can view the complete guidance on our website at https://ursinus.edu/TestingAndGeneralPolicies.

We received some questions during the town hall regarding faculty and staff vaccination. While we have not had any documented transmission of the virus between students and faculty/staff thus far, the higher level of infectiousness of Omicron makes our ability to maintain this barrier dependent on the requirement of boosters for students and the requirement of vaccination among employees. Vaccination is now required for all faculty and staff by Feb. 10.

Thank you, Bear families, for your diligence in taking these steps to ensure a safe and healthy return to campus. As stated during the town hall, we enter this semester better positioned than the previous three semesters. We’re excited to see you back on campus.

Sincerely,

Jill Leauber Marsteller ’78, P’18
President

Mark Schneider
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean
Virus Task Force chair