On-Campus Mitigation Measures
Routine testing is a critically important way to quickly—and accurately—measure the health of our campus in real-time. That is why Ursinus is conducting daily on-campus testing throughout the semester. Students who are fully vaccinated will be tested every three weeks in a “block” approach, while students approved for a vaccination exemption, or who are not yet two weeks past their final vaccine shot, will be tested once every week. Here is the block schedule for fully vaccinated students:
Block A (weeks of 9/6, 9/27, 10/18, 11/8, 11/29)
Block B (weeks of 9/13, 10/4, 10/25, 11/15, 12/6)
Block C (weeks of 9/20, 10/11, 11/1, 11/22, 12/13)
Students should reserve a testing date and time using “Pick A Time.” Additionally, we will only use the NAVICA app to process your testing results. Every student must download that app.
Weekly Testing Schedule in Lower Level of Myrin Library:
Monday: 4 to 8 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday: 4 to 8 p.m.
Thursday: 4 to 8 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Given the increased transmission of the Delta variant, masks are now generally required for shared indoor settings and indoor academic spaces, regardless of your vaccination status. Please always have a mask available when you are on campus and be mindful of your peers and colleagues. Masks do not have to be worn outdoors.
Isolation and Quarantine
Unlike last year, the college has very limited housing options to accommodate those who need to isolate or quarantine. Regardless of their vaccination status, all students should have a personal plan to isolate off-campus should they test positive. In a change to our our quarantine guidelines, students who are fully vaccinated and are named as contacts will not be required to quarantine but will instead participate in daily testing for five days. Full Details
The limitations on gathering sizes that we implemented last year have been lifted, including in residence hall rooms. We are no longer organizing around “family units,” so we ask that all students be especially respectful of one another when discussing expectations within our living communities.
Registered events will be able to take place as long as our weekly positive cases fall under the CDC’s “Low” to “Moderate” transmission levels. The dashboard will be updated weekly to reflect our campus totals. And to make sure we’re creating as safe an environment as possible, participating students should expect to get tested the Thursday before the event. Remember: our data models indicate that a 95% vaccination level among our students, coupled with regular testing, will likely keep infections below this threshold.
It is important we assess the health of our campus, especially as students become acclimated to their residential communities. For this reason, guests will not be permitted in residence halls for the first two weeks of the semester. That will change beginning Monday, September 13, if our campus maintains its general health. However, with the exception of our residence halls and academic buildings, including Myrin Library, visitors are currently welcome on campus and can attend athletic events, performances, and other social venues such as the Schellhase Commons—as long as they remain masked indoors.
We are once again offering full eat-in, self-service dining in Upper Wismer, with no restrictions on venue capacity. Take-out options are available, as is outdoor seating around campus. Please note that masks are required in dining facilities unless you are actively eating or drinking. Alternative options such as Café 2020, Natural, the C-Store and the Lower Wismer food court remain open as well!
As we start the semester, it is our intention to offer as robust a residential experience as possible for our students. The college has created a campus operations webpage that lists regular hours for key dining locations, athletic facilities, the mail room and other popular offices. We will update that page in real-time and communicate those operational changes on our What’s Up, Ursinus? Instagram feed. As for our fitness center, we be using our online reservation software again, but with some enhancements that will allow for a greater number of reservation times.
This depends on transmission rates within Montgomery County, Pa., but we begin the semester having lifted all off-campus travel restrictions. Students may travel off campus without requesting permission. We ask that you stay mindful of community health and carefully consider your decision to visit any current pandemic “hot spots” if you plan to return directly to campus.
Code of Conduct
Finally, but perhaps most importantly: We are a community of learners. Our community values guide how we live and work with one another. An email about the college’s code of conduct will be sent soon but remember: every student is expected to respect one another, regardless of vaccination status, test results or personal beliefs.