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Regent Ready: COVID-19 Policies and Procedures for Fall 2021

Vaccinations

Regent University will not require students and employees to be vaccinated prior to returning to campus for Fall 2021. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) strongly encourages individuals to be vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus. Regent wants students and employees to make the healthcare choices that best support their well-being and the well-being of others.

Self-Screening

Completion of the daily self-screening questionnaire will not be required. However, if students or employees have symptoms, or believe they have been exposed to COVID-19, they should navigate to the MyRegent portal, complete the questionnaire, and remain in place until the Office of Student Services or the Human Resources Department contacts them, respectively.

Contact Tracing/Quarantine/Isolation

Isolation/quarantine procedures for students and employees will continue, including contact tracing cooperation with the Virginia Department of Health, as needed; protocols will be coordinated through the Office of Student Services and the Human Resources Department.

Masks

  • Outdoors: Masks will not be required outdoors except when individuals are grouped together in concert-like conditions in which they are closely packed together for a considerable length of time.
  • Indoors: Masking protocols at Regent will follow CDC guidelines which state that fully vaccinated individuals can resume activities without wearing a mask (except where subject to specific governmental laws, rules, and regulations); however, vaccinated individuals may continue to wear masks if they so choose. Unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged by the CDC to continue to wear masks and get vaccinated. Regent is encouraging employees and students to respect these guidelines and conduct themselves in a manner that best preserves their own health and the health of others.

Social Distancing

  • Outdoors: In general, all social distancing requirements will be removed. The exceptions will be for large and, potentially, crowded events (e.g., concerts). For these situations, accommodations may be made, including expanding the venue size to reduce density.
  • Indoors: In general, classroom configurations will remain at COVID-19 capacity limits. For other venues, size and capacities will be adjusted to allow for reduced density.
  • In all venues, participants will be encouraged to take advantage of the full space and avoid close congregation.   

Guests

Planned Visits/Events

  • Screening: All guests will be reminded to self-screen before arriving on campus.
  • Masks: All guests will follow the general masking policy for the university.
  • Guest speakers (student contact; in classroom): When guest speakers will be engaging in close contact with a group of students, one of the following requirements must be met by the speaker(s):
    • Proof of a negative-PCR test result (from an independent lab) within seven (7) days prior to arriving on campus.
    • Proof of vaccination.

Other

  • Other guests (e.g., for tours) will be allowed on campus. Campus signage will indicate Regent’s policy for visitors to follow.
  • Guests arriving at the Welcome Center will also be subject to a brief screening and temperature check.

Food Service

Food and beverages will be allowed at events, but self-service buffets will not be permitted. Food must be served by service staff or distributed in self-enclosed containers (e.g., boxed lunch).

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Students

Housing/Residence Life

  • Students will be allowed to submit one of three types of proofs to allow for immediate move-in upon arrival:
    • Proof of a negative-PCR test result (from an independent lab) within seven (7) days prior to returning to campus.
    • Proof of a positive test result more than 10 days (with no fever for 24 hours) and up to three months prior to arriving on campus.
    • Proof of vaccination.
  • Students without the above proofs will be subject to free PCR testing upon arrival; move-in will be delayed until 2 pm the following day after testing.
  • All students (including commuters) will be subject to random PCR testing throughout the semester.
  • Except for commuters, all other outside guests will be prohibited from visiting campus housing except during move-in/move-out days.

Commuters

  • Commuters (including Early College students) will be subject to the same COVID-19 policies as on-campus students.
  • Students will be allowed to submit one of three types of proofs to forego on-campus testing procedures prior to arrival on campus:
    • Proof of a negative-PCR test result (from an independent lab) within seven (7) days prior to returning to campus.
    • Proof of a positive test result more than 10 days (with no fever for 24 hours) and up to three months prior to arriving on campus.
    • Proof of vaccination.
  • Students without the above proofs will be subject to free University PCR testing; testing times and dates will be provided. Commuters must wait for confirmation of a negative test result before coming to campus.
  • Commuters who have been officially cleared to return to the university can visit fellow students in University housing.

International

  • International students will follow the same “return to campus” protocols as other students.
  • If applicable, these students will have to arrange to stay overnight off-campus while waiting for their test results to be provided the next day. Students who test negative may move into their on-campus residence. Those who test positive will be provided additional instructions, including where to report for isolation at the university. 

Employees

Employee testing will not be part of the Fall 2021 protocols. However, employees who are returning from international travel where there are high incidences of COVID variants will be subject to CDC travel guidelines and must complete and submit testing to the Human Resources Department prior to return to campus.

Students and Employees

All students and employees who test positive for COVID-19 must follow COVID-19 protocols as directed by the Office of Student Services or the Human Resources Department, respectively. In addition, students or employees who have been exposed to COVID-19 during the academic semester must complete the self-screening survey on the MyRegent Portal and await instructions from the respective offices.

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Other Protocols, Policies, and Procedures

Classrooms

  • In general, room capacities will remain at COVID protocol levels.
  • Where absolutely necessary, configurations may be modified to increase capacities in select classrooms.
  • Plexiglass barriers and “safe zones” will also remain. Vaccinated or otherwise immune-protected faculty members may move about freely in the classroom.
  • Hand sanitizer, cleaner, etc. will be available in various locations in each classroom building for faculty and students to use, as desired.

Residencies

  • Residencies will resume following protocols for on-campus students.  Residency students must submit one of three types of proofs to be allowed to participate in residency:
    • Proof of a negative-PCR test result (from an independent lab) within seven (7) days prior to returning to campus.
    • Proof of a positive test result more than 10 days (with no fever for 24 hours) and up to three months prior to arriving on campus.
    • Proof of vaccination.

On-campus PCR testing will be unavailable as the 48-hour turnaround time for results will be prohibitive. As such, students will be highly encouraged to submit one of the proofs outlined above.

Breaks

  • Fall and Thanksgiving breaks will resume.

Library

  • The Library will increase seating around tables and carrel capacities to near pre-COVID levels; however, tables were spaced further apart for COVID protocols and those configurations will remain.
  • The Library will maintain their “tap to enter” policy.
  • The Library will retain curbside pickup as a service because it is very popular and is convenient for working adults.
  • For the fall, the Library will continue to suspend access to the public and alumni. 

Fall Convocation

  • Fall convocation has been scheduled for Friday, September 10 at 11am. The Board of Trustees plans to participate, as the board meeting is scheduled for Saturday, September 11. The convocation ceremony will be streamed online.
  • Capacity may be limited to accommodate only those integral to the ceremony.

Faculty/Staff Travel

  • In general, faculty/staff travel will resume following pre-COVID protocols.
  • Faculty/staff must follow guidelines on the CDC site for domestic and international travel (for both vaccinated and unvaccinated).
  • In some instances, extra caution may be required in the case of international travel to areas with high infection rates, particularly, with variants. The faculty, staff, deans, and Academic Affairs will have to employ wisdom in the approval process for these trips.

  • The Health Center will conduct ongoing, randomized testing of students for all students.
  • The primary location for the Health Center continues to be the Commons; also testing will be available by appointment in the Village satellite location.
  • Approximately 40 Village beds have been designated for isolation housing.
  • There will be a bias towards conducting events outside when feasible and/or appropriate (Office of Student Activities and Leadership).
  • The university will factor in social distancing for indoor events; venue size and capacities will be adjusted to allow for reduced density.
  • Weekly chapel, Un-chapel, or other internal events will be held following the reduced capacity policy.
  • External parties will contact Administrative Services to determine chapel availability and to schedule chapel events.
  • There will be on-going promotion of self-screening, general wellness, good hygiene, consideration for others, etc. through social media, website, posters, videos, word of mouth, and other methods.
  • Theatre operations will follow the same masking policy as the university.
  • Designated, social distanced seating will no longer be enforced, but overall capacity will be limited to 60% capacity.
  • On the days of the performances, temperature screenings will be done.
  • In addition to adhering to the general COVID-19 protocols set forth by the University, Athletics will participate in ongoing testing in order to meet the health and safety protocols of the schools they will be competing against. Frequency of testing will vary depending upon the timelines and expectations communicated to Regent by other institutions.