Operating level thresholds

Operating Level 1: Normal COVID-19 Operations

  • Cases are low and transmission controlled. Continue health screenings daily. Adhere to campus mask guidance.
  • Follow campus mask mandates
  • Asymptomatic testing planned through the semester
  • Students able to leave campus in accordance with community compact
  • Follow campus safety protocols and personal healthy hygiene practices, including current mask protocols
  • Unvaccinated individuals must wear masks indoors, even when mask mandates are not in place
  • Outdoor masking encouraged regardless of vaccination status when distance cannot be maintained, and may be required for certain events

Operating Level 2: Modified Normal COVID 19 Operations with Heightened Awareness

  • Moderate number of cases with most from a known source. Limit further exposure for yourself and others to COVID-19 and continue all precautions.
  • Students tested twice per week, on campus employees tested on normal schedule
  • Students requested to limit movement off campus to purchase necessities, off campus work, shopping and health appointments
  • No visitors or guests allowed in any campus building except approved vendors/contractors/applicants
  • Implement alternative instruction modes/locations and work options in units/areas impacted as needed
  • Implement limits on campus activities and events as safeguard for spread of the disease

Operating Level 3: Restricted COVID 19 Operations

  • Many cases, including community spread with some undetected cases. Limit everyday activities to reduce spread.
  • Continue testing during this period, students twice per week
  • Students must remain on campus and can only access their residence hall and dining commons, limited exceptions for off campus work or health appointments
  • No visitors, guests, vendors or contractors allowed in any campus building. Exceptions only for vendors/contractors providing emergency service
  • Limit buildings open to students in order to reduce movement and interactions
  • Advise campus to begin twice-daily health checks
  • Implement remote instruction and work options in units/areas impacted as needed
  • Significantly reduce campus activities and events
  • Limit dining services to take out

Operating Level 4: Severely Restricted COVID 19 Operations - temporary or ongoing

  • Widespread uncontrolled outbreak with many undetected cases. Take strong measures to limit all contact.
  • Dining services modified if in room quarantine called
  • All classes and events in remote format
  • Students must remain on campus and can only access their residence hall and dining commons
  • Many buildings will be closed
  • Consider additional testing if student or employee cases continue to grow
  • Non essential staff and faculty to work remotely
  • No visitors, guests, vendors or contractors allowed in any campus building. Exceptions only for vendors/contractors providing emergency service

Semester Launch: Student Move-in and Semester Launch

  • Semester Launch January 2022- limited movement, unvaccinated students from international locations must not leave campus for 7 days.
  • Students report for first COVID test upon arrival
  • Asymptomatic testing for on campus and commuter students twice weekly
  • All community members to wear masks at all times in indoor locations except when alone in their private space
  • Students arriving unvaccinated from international locations must remain on campus for 7 days, all others should stay on campus as much as possible
  • All residential students should limit movement off campus only to purchase necessities, off campus work, shopping, health appointments and in person Five College classes
  • All classes held remotely for the first two weeks
  • Other interactions/meetings/events to be held remotely when possible, Orientation events will be in various formats.
  • Stay vigilant about any COVID guidance and adjustments to protocols for specific events or buildings