COVID-19 Info

2021-2022 COVID-19 Academic Year Guidance

In order to provide our students the optimal college experience and learning environment, the University will provide in-person learning for the fall of 2021. This website is intended to provide general information about Valparaiso University’s expectations and guidelines for reopening academic year 2021-2022. The information within this website is reflective of the University’s continued commitment to ensuring the safety and health of the campus community, informed within the scope and guidance of the current best practices and policies obtained by the CDC.

  • Valparaiso University is requiring campus constituents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to protect the health and safety of University students, faculty, staff, and the community. The vaccines are scientifically proven to be an effective way to prevent COVID-19.

  • The University is requiring all eligible faculty, staff, and students to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine booster by January 17, 2022, in accordance with the eligibility criteria. Those that become eligible after that date will be expected to receive their booster shot within 10 days of their eligibility.Faculty, staff, and students who have already received an approved University exemption from the initial vaccination requirement may maintain the exemption. Please note that exempted students will continue to be required to wear a mask at all times on campus and be subject to regular testing.

    Please review the COVID-19 Booster FAQ section for additional information

  • Students who fail to complete a vaccination program will not be allowed to attend classes (including any virtual or zoom access) and it will be considered an unexcused absence. Additionally, students who have not contacted the Student Health Center about their vaccination status or exemption request by August 16 may not be permitted to move into campus housing, participate in campus activities, and their One Cards may be suspended, thereby limiting their access to all campus buildings, the library and its materials, and their meal plans. Student athletes will not be allowed to participate in any team-related activities including practices and game play. Faculty and staff who fail to comply will no longer be eligible for employment at Valparaiso University.

  • Student may submit a scanned copy of their vaccination card at https://secure.medproctor.com/Account/SignIn; Faculty and Staff may submit their information at https://forms.gle/B99AMqm8CVSzrxSHA

  • Medical and religious exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students who need to request a medical or religious exemption can email covidshot@valpo.edu. Faculty and staff can go to the appropriate links on the Human Resources intranet to upload supporting documentation.

  • Anyone who qualifies for an exemption may be subject to regular COVID-19 testing, isolation, quarantine, or other measures consistent with CDC guidance.

  • The current mask usage requirement (masks required in classrooms, labs, and required academic events) will remain effective through Sunday, March 27, 2022.
  • Starting Monday, March 28, 2022 mask usage will be optional for all fully vaccinated (vaccinated and boostered) individuals in all campus locations and settings. 
  • Individuals that are exempt, and are not fully vaccinated (not boostered) are required to continue wearing masks in all indoor campus settings until fully vaccinated (definition includes a booster shot). 
  • Faculty may require masks in their classrooms and labs at their discretion when conditions may call for such discretion.  Faculty will notify students in their classes if this is a requirement for their course.

Any employee that tests positive for COVID-19 must report that to Human Resources and will be required to isolate for at least 10 days from the date of the result, unless they are fully vaccinated and completely asymptomatic at which case they must isolate for 5 days.  The isolated employee works remotely if possible and is not too sick to work.  Otherwise, the employee must use sick/vacation if available and FMLA if eligible.

For purposes of this Policy, fully vaccinated is defined as:

  1. Received a COVID-19 booster shot after previously receiving either both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine;
  2. Not received a COVID-19 booster shot but have received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine less than 6 months ago or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine less than 2 months ago; or
  3. Not received a COVID-19 booster shot but have received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and have been diagnosed with COVID-19 less than 90 days ago. 

 

EMPLOYEES WHO ARE FULLY VACCINATED

  • Employee showing symptoms (below) but fever-free and not too sick to work are required to wear face coverings for 10 days or until the employee tests negative for COVID-19 (testing is recommended).   
  • Employees who have been identified as having direct exposure to COVID-19 is required to wear face covering for 10 days from date of exposure or until the employee tests negative for COVID-19 (testing is recommended).
  • Employee has been identified as having direct exposure and showing symptoms (below) must isolated for 10 days or until the employee tests negative for COVID-19 (testing is recommended).  The employee works remotely if possible and not too sick to work.  Otherwise, the employee must use sick/vacation if available and FMLA if eligible. 

 

EMPLOYEES WHO ARE NOT FULLY VACCINATED 

  • Employees showing symptoms (below) are required to be isolated from campus for 10 days or until the employee tests negative for COVID-19 (testing is recommended).  If an employee is able to work remotely and is not too sick to work, the employee is expected to do so. Otherwise, the employee must use sick/vacation if available and FMLA if eligible. 
  • Employees who have been identified as having a direct exposure to COVID-19 are required to be isolated from campus for 10 days or until the employee tests negative for COVID-19 (testing is recommended).  If an employee is able to work remotely and not too sick to work, the employee is expected to do so.  Otherwise, the employee must use sick/vacation if available and FMLA if eligible. 

 

EMPLOYEES WHO ARE SICK (for any reason, regardless of COVID-19)

  • Employees feeling ill cannot report to work and should utilize sick days, if any, or vacation days.  Supervisors are expected to not allow any employee to report to work, or send them home, if the supervisor believes the employee is too sick to work or learns the employee has any of the following symptoms:
    • Fever or chills
    • Vomiting 
    • Diarrhea
    • Other sick or flu-like symptoms

 

COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • All University constituents — students, faculty, staff, guests, visitors, speakers, and vendors — are expected to self-monitor/screen for covid-19 symptoms before they report to a campus building to begin their work, research, or any other campus-based activity.

  • Students who experience covid-19 related symptoms should not attend class and are expected to contact the student health center.

  • Faculty/Staff who experience symptoms should contact their primary health care provider and develop the appropriate care plan.

  • Submitting your health status via the campus clear app will no longer be required.

  • Any individual that is exhibiting covid-19 related symptoms should be tested for covid-19. Students can coordinate these tests with the Student Health Center.

  • Students that are unvaccinated/exempt will be required to participate in monthly surveillance testing (dependent on insurance coverage) coordinated by the Health Center.

For purposes of this Policy, fully vaccinated is defined as:

  1. Received a COVID-19 booster shot after previously receiving either both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine;
  2. Not received a COVID-19 booster shot but have received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine less than 6 months ago or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine less than 2 months ago; or
  3. Having been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 90 days.

 

Isolation and Quarantine:

  • Regardless of vaccination status, students who test positive for COVID-19 will be placed in isolation for five (5) days. If they have a fever after five days, they will remain in isolation until the fever has resolved, without medication, for 24-hours. After the five day isolation period, students will be released from isolation and allowed to return to class but must follow a strict mask requirement for five days following the release from isolation.
  • Students who are exposed to a positive COVID-19 case but are asymptomatic will not be placed into a quarantine room. They will be allowed to remain in their room and attend class. They will be required to limit their public exposure and wear a mask continuously for ten (10) days and test with the Health Center five (5) to seven (7) days following their direct exposure.

 

Residential Life will reserve quarantine and isolation rooms for residential students that will be physically separated from other residential student rooms in the event quarantine or isolation rooms are needed.

Each quarantine or isolation room will have isolated bathroom facilities and be stocked with a thermometer, sanitizing wipes, tissues, soap, hand sanitizer, and toiletries.

Health Center staff will remotely monitor students on a daily basis including temperature checks and symptom screenings. For students on the campus meal plan, dining services will arrange food delivery in collaboration with Residential Life staff. Counseling Services and staff from the Chapel of the Resurrection will be available remotely to students in isolation or quarantine as needed.

Non-Residential students will need to develop an off-campus quarantine/isolation plan in case they are required to enter into a quarantine or isolation status. Due to limited space, on-campus quarantine housing options may not be available.

To the degree possible, isolated or quarantined students should continue academic activities remotely.

  • All students, faculty, and staff are required to wear masks in academic classrooms, laboratories, and at required indoor academic events. Unvaccinated individuals are still required to wear masks at all times. This policy remains in place until further notice.
  • Outside of these academic environments, remaining campus spaces are mask optional for vaccinated individuals, while masks are required for unvaccinated individuals in all spaces. Those who have specific concerns may certainly continue to wear masks on campus in any environment. Off campus situations may not share our same vaccination rates, so we strongly encourage all to wear masks and make proactive personal health decisions while out in the community.
  • Faculty will be informed which students are expected to wear face coverings indoors due to exemption from the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

  • Faculty can require non-compliant student(s) to leave the classroom.

  • Academic spaces and classroom occupancies are being returned to pre-pandemic “normal” occupancy levels but faculty can choose to distance students and set seating requirements.
  • Students registered for in-person courses are expected to attend class unless they have made other arrangements with their professor.
  • An exception to the “No Travel” policy may be granted to an approved exempt student desiring to travel on an academic class, laboratory, or other type of field learning experience. All of the following conditions must be met in order for the faculty member to request an exception and approve the student to travel for the experience.
    • The student is not experiencing any symptoms of illness, and has not been exposed to anyone that has been COVID positive in the past 10 days.
    • The trip, travel, or field learning experience is within 45 miles of the University.
    • The trip or experience does not include an overnight stay.
    • The student signs pertinent paperwork and provides self transportation.  No other students should travel with the student.
    • The student must wear a mask during the experience and when around others.
  • Residential Life will resume normal operations for vaccinated students.

  • Guest & visitor policies are reinstated to their pre-COVID-19 pandemic status.

  • All students, faculty, and staff are required to wear masks in academic classrooms, laboratories, and at required indoor academic events. Unvaccinated individuals are still required to wear masks at all times. This policy remains in place until further notice.
  • Outside of these academic environments, remaining campus spaces are mask optional for vaccinated individuals, while masks are required for unvaccinated individuals in all spaces. Those who have specific concerns may certainly continue to wear masks on campus in any environment. Off campus situations may not share our same vaccination rates, so we strongly encourage all to wear masks and make proactive personal health decisions while out in the community.

Other than the mask requirement for the first few weeks of classes, all University events and activities will resume their pre-pandemic planning & operations. At this time, there are no limits to group size nor any other restrictions for fully vaccinated students. Individuals that are unvaccinated due to an exemption, or who are midway through the vaccination process, may participate in University events and activities, but will be required to wear face-coverings.

  • In general, student travel will be permitted for those who are vaccinated.

  • Travel limitations may be instituted based on covid-19 infection rates within certain states/geographic regions.

  • Individuals that are unvaccinated/exempt will not be allowed to travel.

  • All new or returning international travelers should refer to returning travelers guidelines and review current travel bans and restrictions.

  • International students, faculty, and staff who are currently on campus and are considering travel to their home countries should review global travel restrictions as noted by the U.S. State Department and the CDC.

  • An exception to the “No Travel” policy may be granted to an approved exempt student desiring to travel on an academic class, laboratory, or other type of field learning experience. All of the following conditions must be met in order for the faculty member to request an exception and approve the student to travel for the experience.
    • The student is not experiencing any symptoms of illness, and has not been exposed to anyone that has been COVID positive in the past 10 days.
    • The trip, travel, or field learning experience is within 45 miles of the University.
    • The trip or experience does not include an overnight stay.
    • The student signs pertinent paperwork and provides self transportation.  No other students should travel with the student.
    • The student must wear a mask during the experience and when around others.

Unvaccinated new international students may arrive in time for orientation and participate in academic classes with some precautions and restrictions. Those include:

  • Students must make vaccination arrangements with the Health Center upon their arrival.

  • Students will be able to attend orientation sessions and classes, they may also eat in the campus dining areas. BUT they should limit their social interactions with others and related activities and maintain physical distancing for at least 7-days after their arrival.

  • Students must not have any covid-19 related symptoms nor had any recent (within 14 days) direct contact to anyone with positive COVID-19.

  • Students should be tested for covid-19 within three to five days of arrival. (The Health Center will be able to assist with this testing)

  • Students must wear a face-covering at all times except in their personal residence or eating until they have completed the vaccination process (2 weeks after last injection).

  • Students must maintain proper physical distancing (6 ft) until they have completed the vaccination process.

  • Guests and visitors are permitted on campus and not required to check-in at any place on campus.

  • Guests and visitors are expected to abide by the same covid-19 policies as faculty, staff, and students.

  • Guests and visitors must not have any covid-19 related symptoms nor had any recent (within 14-days) direct contact with anyone with positive covid-19.

  • Overnight guests must be vaccinated.

  • Unvaccinated guests and visitors will be required to wear masks in all indoor campus locations. Masks are optional for fully vaccinated (definition of fully vaccinated includes a completed booster) guests and visitors.
  • Tours & Day visits are operating under pre-pandemic/normal policies

    • Brandt Hall admission showroom is available

  • Overnight Hosts/Guests

    • All overnight guests must be vaccinated

    • All overnight hosts must also be vaccinated

  • The current mask usage requirement (masks required in classrooms, labs, and required academic events) will remain effective through Sunday, March 27, 2022.
  • Starting Monday, March 28, 2022 mask usage will be optional for all fully vaccinated (vaccinated and boostered) individuals in all campus locations and settings. 
  • Individuals that are exempt, and are not fully vaccinated (not boostered) are required to continue wearing masks in all indoor campus settings until fully vaccinated (definition includes a booster shot). 
  • Unvaccinated guests and visitors will be required to wear masks in all indoor campus locations. Masks are optional for fully vaccinated (definition of fully vaccinated includes a completed booster) guests and visitors.