For the spring 2022 semester, the University’s COVID-19 containment strategy continues to rely largely on vaccinations and other mitigation strategies. These FAQ about the spring semester will be updated as needed.
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ARE BOOSTER SHOTS REQUIRED TO RETURN to campus for spring semester?
The University strongly encourages all vaccinated students to receive a booster shot as soon as they are eligible.
SHOULD I GET TESTED PRIOR TO RETURNING TO CAMPUS?
Yes. The University asks that all Sewanee students, even if vaccinated, take a COVID-19 test 24 to 72 hours prior to returning to campus. If you test positive, please inform the Dean of Students Office, and contact your faculty to arrange for your coursework while away.
WHEN WILL RESIDENCE HALLS OPEN?
Residence halls will open at 9 a.m. on Jan. 9, 2022, and classes will begin classes on Tuesday, Jan. 11.
SHOULD I GET TESTED ONCE I ARRIVE ON CAMPUS?
Yes. Upon returning to campus, students are encouraged to take a rapid test. Rapid tests are available to be picked up beginning Monday, Jan. 10, at the Wellness Commons and at McClurg Dining Hall:
- Pick up at the Wellness Commons (lower level): 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Pick up at McClurg Dining Hall: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
If you are unable to pick up your test on Monday, tests will continue to be available at the Wellness Commons on Tuesday, Jan. 11. Due to limited supplies, only one rapid test is available per student. Please complete your test within 72 hours of arrival on campus.
Students who test positive after arriving on campus will need to isolate themselves in their rooms if they cannot return home.
WILL THE UNIVERSITY OFFER VACCINATION AND BOOSTER SHOTS ON CAMPUS?
Yes! In partnership with Walgreens, University Health Service will offer vaccination clinics in the Wellness Commons, Room 203, no appointment necessary. The first clinic is on Monday, Jan. 17, from noon to 4 p.m. Notifications will be sent as other dates are added.
DO I NEED TO wear a mask WHEN ON CAMPUS?
On March 4, the University updated its masking policy. Effective immediately, masking in indoor spaces is now optional with the following exceptions:
- All visitors to University Health Services (UHS) must continue to wear a mask, according to its stated policies.
- Faculty may require masks to be worn in their classes, laboratories, studios, and offices.
- Staff members may require masks to be worn in their offices.
WHAT should I DO IF I AM EXPERIENCING COVID-19 SYMPTOMS?
Students should schedule an appointment at the University Health Service in the Wellness Commons, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., by calling 931.598.1270. Your appointment will be with a provider who will conduct an assessment and a COVID-19 test, if necessary. Please note that your insurance will be billed for the visit. The Sewanee Molecular Diagnostics Lab performs PCR tests on campus only for those students who are symptomatic.
WHAT IF I EXPERIENCe COVID-19 SYMPTOMS ON THE WEEKEND OR OUTSIDE OF BUSINESS HOURS AND WOULD LIKE TO BE TESTED?
- In Monteagle: CVS Minute Clinic
- In Winchester: Complete Express Care, Bennett's Pharmacy, Kroger
- In Tullahoma: Walgreens
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I RECEIVE A POSITIVE TEST RESULT?
You may return to your room and isolate, or you may choose to isolate off campus at a location of your choice. According to updated CDC guidance, you should isolate for five days and be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to class and resuming any co-curricular activities. After the five days of isolation, you should wear a well-fitting mask anytime you are around other people for the next five days.
I TESTED POSITIVE, BUT MY ROOMMATE IS NOT INFECTED. WHAT SHOULD WE DO?
Best practice is to wear a mask as much as possible to protect your roommate. Your roommate should wear a mask as well. If you and/or your roommate are unvaccinated, isolating or quarantining at home is strongly recommended. Students can request KN95 masks for themselves and their roommates from Residential Life (firstname.lastname@example.org) or UHS (931.598.1270).
IF I ISOLATE MYSELF IN MY ROOM, HOW DO I GET MEALS?
You may request a to-go meal from McClurg by filling out this form. After you submit the form, please have a friend check in with the McClurg front desk cashier to receive a box to fill. If you need to pick up your own meal, please proceed directly to McClurg and wear a mask both outdoors and while inside. Please do not eat in McClurg while you are in isolation.
WHILE I AM ISOLATED, HOW DO I GET ASSISTANCE WITH FOLLOW-UP CARE OR CONNECTING WITH CAMPUS RESOURCES?
If you receive a positive test result from University Health Service or elsewhere, a case manager will check in with you to be a helpful guide and connect you with a variety of support resources on campus. Your case manager will assist you with scheduling follow-up UHS appointments, telehealth appointments, and connecting with a variety of University support services.
HOW WILL MY PROFESSORS BE INFORMED THAT I NEED TO MISS CLASS DUE TO A POSITIVE TEST RESULT?
You, the student, are expected to contact your professors. You may use the notice of your positive lab result in your patient portal to inform them. Health Services or Student Accessibility Services may approve you for isolation and the need for remote learning. Remote learning means you will learn from a distance because you need to isolate. You should use the notice from your patient portal to inform your professors you will be learning remotely. The faculty member will then determine how you can best maintain your studies. This may be through Brightspace modules or other kinds of assignments; it might include Zoom or a hybrid classroom. Your professors will make that determination based on the specific course and the students involved.
HOW WILL I TAKE CLASSES WHILE ISOLATING IN MY ROOM OR AT HOME?
Your professor will determine the best way for you to maintain your studies. Remember that “remote” simply means “at a distance.” Your professor has a number of ways to work with you. This might include, for example, Brightspace activity, Zoom, a hybrid classroom, or standard email. The professor will determine the method based on the nature of the class and your condition.
WHEN CAN I RETURN TO CLASS FOLLOWING A POSITIVE TEST RESULT?
According to updated CDC guidance, students should isolate for five days and must be symptom-free before returning to class and resuming any co-curricular activities. After the five days of isolation, you should wear a well-fitting mask anytime you are around other people for the next five days.
I TESTED POSITIVE AND SHARE A HALLWAY BATHROOM WITH SEVERAL STUDENTS. MUST I ALERT FACILITIES MANAGEMENT TO REQUEST A SPECIAL CLEANING PROTOCOL FOR A SET PERIOD OF TIME?
If you are COVID-19-positive, you must wear a mask in your residence hall, especially in shared spaces (halls and hall bathrooms) to protect those around you. COVID-19 is transmitted through respiratory pathways. All existing cleaning protocols are effective against the virus causing COVID-19, and no special cleaning protocols are necessary. Hall bathrooms are cleaned daily; suite bathrooms and theme houses are cleaned weekly.
We request that you wear a mask when Facilities Management staff needs to enter your room for cleaning or maintenance out of courtesy for their safety.
WILL THE COVID-19 DASHBOARD CONTINUE TO BE UPDATED?
Yes, the dashboard will continue to track information on vaccination rates and testing.
WHAT WILL BE REQUIRED OF ADMISSION VISITORS AND RECRUITS?
The Office of Admission will resume campus tours and information sessions on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Lunch hosting will be available beginning Feb. 1, 2022. Admission guests and athletic recruits will be required to wear masks indoors per University policy.
IS FRATERNITY & SORORITY rush CANCELLED?
We are planning for a full in-person recruitment experience as scheduled on January 31, 2022.
WILL ATHLETIC EVENTS BE CANCELLED?
At present, all athletic events are planned to take place as scheduled. However, rescheduling may occur due to testing outcomes by our athletes or visiting athletes. We do not anticipate a disruption to our spring sport schedules.