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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?
All unvaccinated individuals must wear a mask while indoors on campus. Vaccinated individuals may choose whether or not to wear a mask. This will be maintained on the honor system; if a concern arises about an individual that is not vaccinated refusing to wear a mask, it should be reported to the assigned university contact tracers listed below.
Is STU mandating vaccines?
At this time, STU is not mandating vaccines for students, staff, or faculty. All community members are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated.
Will STU be collecting vaccine cards on campus?
If you are involved in the contact tracing process, vaccination cards will be required to be submitted in order to receive proper contact tracing guidance. Otherwise, community members can voluntarily submit copies of vaccine cards to have on file, to assist with contact tracing efforts.
What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?
Quarantine is when you might have been exposed to the virus. Isolation is when you have been infected with the virus, even if you don’t have symptoms.
What are current quarantine requirements?
Unvaccinated individuals must quarantine if a close contact occurs. People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure.
What are the current quarantine and isolation timeframes?
- Quarantine: 10 days after the onset of symptoms or the close contact with a positive individual, if not vaccinated.
- Isolation: 10 days after the initial positive test result, including a reduction of symptoms and no fever over the last 24-hour timeframe.
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.
Am I required to quarantine if I have been vaccinated?
No, unless you have developed symptoms. If you have developed symptoms, you should get tested and appropriate guidance will be provided based on your test results.
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 in order 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 2 weeks after their second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or 2 weeks after their Johnson & Johnson 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.
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 7 days after travel. Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days. If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
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.
Will vaccines be offered on campus?
There is a potential that there will be pop up vaccine dates on campus through Miami Dade County.
Will there be COVID-19 testing on campus?
No, STU community members can find local testing sites on our COVID-19 website as well as CDC and local department of health pages.
My professor has mandated masks in their classroom but I am vaccinated, do I have to comply with their classroom policy?
My professor has kept masks optional in their class, but I am not vaccinated. Can I elect not to wear a mask in class?