Campus Covid Status

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Campus Covid Status

On-Campus Covid Protocol

The health and safety of the Newman community continues to remain the university's highest priority and as communicated previously, we continue to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our students, faculty and staff.

Thankfully, we are currently in a much better place in 2022-23 than last year and the updated university's COVID policy reflects improved conditions.

We believe this policy adjustment is appropriate at this time, but it could be adjusted in the future, if conditions change.

Newman’s COVID Policy Update:

  1. Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Newman University protocols have been informed by recommendations by public health officials and government health agencies. At this time face coverings are not required on campus. Exceptions:
    1. If you are have a fever, cough, or other symptoms that indicate you might have COVID-19.
    2. If you have been alerted, or you know, you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  2. Newman expects all community members and all visitors to campus to take individual responsibility for one's own personal health and for the greater health and safety of all university community members.
  3. Vaccination is encouraged but is not required at this point.
  4. Isolation and Quarantine - Newman follows current CDC recommended guidelines (updated summer 2022):
    1. Isolation - Regardless of vaccination status, you should isolate from others when you have COVID-19. You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results.
      1. If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home (or if you live on campus see #3 below) for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home. You are likely most infectious during these first 5 days.
      2. Wear a high-quality mask when around others.
      3. If you live in Newman residence halls, you will isolate in Merlini Hall. See Residence Life office to coordinate move.
    2. Ending Isolation -
      1. If you had no symptoms - you may end isolation after day 5.
      2. If you had symptoms - you may end isolation after day 5 if:
        1. You are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication)
        2. Your symptoms are improving
    3. Regardless of when you end isolation, avoid being around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 until at least day 11. Remember to wear a high-quality mask when indoors around others at home and in public and not go places where you are unable to wear a mask until you are able to discontinue masking (see below).
    4. Removing your mask -
      1. Wear your mask through day 10.
      2. OR, with 2 sequential negative antigen tests 48 hours a part, you may remove sooner than day 10.
  5. Students will isolate and quarantine in Merlini Hall or at home.
  6. Newman expects community members to honor their community colleagues at all times not crowding anyone wearing a mask wherever possible. A masked person may be unvaccinated, or may be vaccinated, but still taking precautions due to an underlying condition, or living in close quarters with a person at home who is a risk, etc. Continuing to respect our fellow community members is an example of respecting every individual and living in a state of critical consciousness. Additionally, mask wearing individuals should be respectful of how they interact with others who choose not to wear mask, while maintaining their own precautions.
  7. Newman will continue to revisit COVID policies and protocols as the pandemic evolves and new developments arise. Our primary reason for these policies is to keep everyone in our community safe and minimize the spread of this virus.