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If you are a student, faculty, or staff, and have:
- Tested Positive for COVID-19 or
- COVID-19 symptoms or
- Come in direct contact an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has COVID-19 symptoms.
You are required to fill out one of the below forms:
If you have a question that needs an immediate answer, please contact:
If you are an STU student and would like to speak with a counselor, please e-mail Maria Bedoya, our Director of Student Health, Maria Bedoya MariaBedoya@stu.edu or call (305) 628-6695 between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays. At night as well as weekends/holidays, call 211 for counseling assistance, text “start” to 74171, or call crisis hotline at 1 (800) 273-8255.
What is the policy on wearing masks on the STU campus?
Masks are optional in both indoor and outdoor facilities on campus.
Is STU mandating vaccines?
At this time, STU employees and students are able to submit proof of vaccine but are not required to.
Will STU offer Covid testing on campus?
Yes, STU will be offering Covid testing on site for STU community members only. All details of on-site testing will be communicated.
What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?
Quarantine occurs when an individual comes into close contact with a Covid positive individual or has symptoms of Covid. Isolation is when an individual has been infected with the virus with proof of a positive test result.
What are the current quarantine and isolation guidelines?
- Quarantine: depends upon vaccination status.
- Vaccinated individuals: guidance will depend on whether symptomatic or asymptomatic. If symptomatic, a five (5) day quarantine, followed by five (5) additional days of wearing a mask will be provided in guidance. If asymptomatic, guidance will include wearing a mask for ten (10) days while continuing normal attendance to work or class.
- Isolation: five (5) days from the date positive test result, including a reduction of symptoms. If symptoms persist, individuals should notify contact tracers and additional guidance will be provided. Upon return, individuals need to wear a mask for an additional five (5) days.
What constitutes a close contact that would result in the need to quarantine?
A close contact is someone who is been in direct contact, within six feet, with an individual who has tested positive for Covid-19 for a cumulative period of 15 minutes over a 24-hour timeframe, whether masks are worn or not.
Am I required to quarantine if I have had COVID-19 within the last 90 days and am now a close contact again?
No, if you have had COVID-19 within the last 90 days, have fully recovered, and have no active symptoms, you are not required to quarantine; however, contact tracers will request proof of your previous positive result to ensure proper guidance. If no proof is provided, you will be deemed required to quarantine.
When am I considered to be fully vaccinated?
Individuals are considered fully vaccinated after receiving the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or after their initial dose of Johnson & Johnson (J&J). Booster vaccines are required for Pfizer and Moderna six months after the second dose. Booster vaccines are required for J&J within two months of the initial vaccine.
Is there a daily symptom checker that I will be required to fill out?
Yes, the Office of Student Affairs will send out a daily symptom checker through the RAVE Guardian app and STU email each morning at 8:00 am. This checker is to ONLY be filled out if you have tested positive for COVID-19, have developed symptoms, or were a close contact of an individual who has tested positive. Once you have completed the contact tracing form, no additional forms are needed to be submitted unless a change in circumstance has occurred, such as transitioning from a close contact to receiving a positive test result.
A university contact tracer will provide prompt outreach to each individual that submits a contact tracing form and provide accurate guidance based on the information provided.
Is there a designated individual responsible for contact tracing for STU?
The Office of Student Affairs is responsible for contact tracing for STU. All communications with come from either Lidia Varon, Student Affairs Administrative Assistant, or Matthew Roche, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Compliance.
Is there enhanced cleaning procedures of common areas on campus?
Yes, community spaces and other high touch areas within the facilities will be cleaned at least twice daily and in accordance with CDC and ACHA (American College Health Association) guidance. Hand sanitizers will be placed at the entrance of each building and on each floor of every residence hall.
If I am traveling out of the United States are there any quarantine requirements upon reentry into the US? Who do I need to notify of my travel?
If you are vaccinated, no quarantine requirements are currently in place. If you are unvaccinated, the following guidelines apply: get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 5 days after travel. Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 5 days. If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected and complete the university contact tracing form.
May I choose BobcatGO this semester?
Is there a campus curfew for students?
How can I request accommodations as an employee?
Any employee seeking accommodations related to COVID-19 must go through the reasonable accommodation process, similarly to any other related accommodation request. The Office of Human Resources will coordinate with the AVP of Compliance on appropriate accommodations.
If I am required to quarantine or isolate, will I still be paid?
Any STUward (staff or faculty) will utilize their university issued sick time to cover their quarantine period, unless it is approved by a direct supervisor and Human Resources that the individual can adequately complete their job from home.
Once sick time is out, the employee will be given the choice to either take unpaid leave or begin using their university issued vacation time.
Can a professor mandate masks in the classroom?
As a student, am I required to provide proof of vaccine?
The only time proof of vaccine can be required is in the contact tracing process.