WCSU Covid-19 Information Fall 2021

Division of Student Affairs

Housing & Residence Life

Living on Campus During Covid-19

What a time it's been!


The times we've lived through over the last year+ due to Covid and health restrictions have certainly been something most of us could never have imagined.  But here we are, hoping that we're on the other side of things now, and trying as well as we can to bring life back to "normal" at WCSU.  Here are a few things it's important for you to know.

  1.  Vaccines - Students who live on campus must be vaccinated (or receive an exemption - medical or other). You will not be permitted to move into on-campus housing unless you have been vaccinated or have received either a medical or non-medical exemption.  Unvaccinated residential students with an approved medical or other exemption will need to :
    • Receive and submit  results of a PCR test within 7 days before their arrival on campus.
    • Be tested again upon their arrival on campus prior to being able to move into their residence hall.
      • If their results return with a positive result, they will move to the isolation area in Fairfield, or isolate at home, for 10 days.  At the end of the isolation period, they may return to their assigned room.
    • Exempted (medical or non-medical) unvaccinated students are required to be tested weekly for covid. Testing will be available on campus.
      • Students who test positive for covid will be moved to isolation in Fairfield Hall.  Students (vaccinated or exempt) who show symptoms of Covid will quarantine in an identified on-campus space (or at home) until such time as they are released from quarantine, usually 10 days.  They will be retested, and if discovered to be positive, will be moved to isolation in Fairfield Hall or may opt to isolate at home.
  2. Masks  - UPDATED INFORMATION: Since we first published this section, the university has once again required that masks must be worn in ALL INDOOR facilities.  Masks are required to be worn in all public areas of the residence halls (hallways, bathrooms, lounges, study areas, laundry, etc.).  Masks will not be required to be worn by residents within their own room/suite/apartment. (Guests are required to be masked while in the building, including within your room/suite/apartment).
  3. Frequent hand washing/sanitizing. Stations will continue to be set up around campus, including throughout the residence halls, for hand sanitizing.  Make use of these stations and good handwashing as frequently as you can.  Again – this and wearing masks are the two best tools available for keeping all of us safe!
  4. Cleaning – The WCSU Facilities staff has been and remains hard at work keeping surfaces clean. They will continue to focus on our residence halls and classrooms, where there is the most risk of exposure.  This means that your public spaces may be temporarily closed down for additional cleaning throughout the day.  Even with their increased presence and cleaning, the responsibilities for keeping rooms and apartments clean is, as always, the job of the students who live in that room/suite/apartment. For example, in addition to regular deep cleaning in private bathrooms, students should be wiping down their bathrooms after use (as will most of us in public bathrooms as well) along with doorknobs and other high-touch surfaces in the apartments.
  5. Visitation will return to "normal", with each student being permitted up to two (2) guests at a time.  ALL guests must wear masks while in the building, including in individual rooms, and regardless of their vaccination status.  Visitation policies will revert to normal sign-in and escort regulations.  Please see the full visitation guidelines in the HRL Guide, Policies, and Procedures area of the website.
  6. Testing - unvaccinated students will be tested weekly by a campus provider.  Vaccinated students will not need to be tested unless they become symptomatic for Covid. Please look for updates as we get closer to the start of the semester.  Once again, those who are required to be tested will be documented for failure to test and referred to Judicial Affairs. Students who test positive will be required to isolate, either at home or in Fairfield Hall. Roommates and contacts may also be required to quarantine or seclude for a period of time if you test positive or are symptomatic.
  7. Social Distancing will continue to be practiced as much as is possible throughout campus.  Capacity limits will be reviewed and expanded or limited based on guidance from the State's Department of Public Health in consultation with WCSU's Covid Coordinator. We do suggest that students continue to practice social distancing as much as is possible.  Health, Fire, and Safety inspections in rooms, suites, and apartments will recommence this fall.
  8. Move-in - there will be no early drop-off for belongings this year, but all students will be assigned a specific move-in time.  First year and transfer students will move in on August 22nd.  Returners will move in on August 25th.

As information and knowledge about Covid-19 develops, these procedures may change.  We will do our best to keep you informed of what is happening and what changes are coming.  As you’ve most certainly seen yourselves, we are living in a time that is filled with the unknown, which we know brings a much higher level of anxiety with it.  But, knowing that we’re all in the same boat – after all, we work in the buildings you live in – we hope that all of us can keep in mind to be considerate of others, to be kind, and to try to follow rules which may seem arbitrary on the surface, but are truly being developed to keep each of us safe and healthy, while still allowing you to experience all the wonderful things that living on campus can be.

 

Other Important Information

Testing

Testing will be in place for any unvaccinated students, and may be randomly assigned to vaccinated students depending upon the guidance of the CDC and State Department of Public Health.  Please look for updates periodically.  Once again, those who are required to be tested will be documented for failure to test and referred to Judicial Affairs. Students who test positive will be required to isolate, either at home or in Fairfield Hall. Roommates and contacts may also be required to quarantine or seclude for a period of time if you test positive or are symptomatic.

 

Isolation, Quarantine, and Seclusion.

If you become infected and/or diagnosed with Covid-19, you must first report it to Health Services through this link:  https://westconn.tfaforms.net/201.

Students who test positive will be offered an individual ISOLATION room in Fairfield Hall.  Isolation lasts 10 days from the date of testing, and students should, if possible, continue their classes online and with guidance from their professors.  Meals will be provided to you in Fairfield during the isolation period.  (Other information about isolation will be provided to you when arrangements are being made to move you to the isolation area).

Students who come in contact with or have been exposed to a positive Covid-19 case  are required to QUARANTINE.  Midtown residents will quarantine in a separate area of Fairfield Hall from the students in Isolation.  Westside residents will quarantine in their suite or apartment, and will be required to be masked, maintain social distancing, and implement disinfection practices when in common areas with roommates.  Quarantine lasts 10 days from the date of last contact with the positive case.  Meals will be delivered to your suite or apartment door.  (Other information about quarantine will be provided to you when arrangements are being made for your quarantine).

If you are showing symptoms for Covid-19 or were exposed to another person exhibiting symptoms of or suspected of having Covid-19, you are required to SECLUDE pending having your own test and receiving negative results.  This seclusion period is usually 2-3 days (until the test results are returned and you have been released by Health Services), and will occur in your assigned room/suite/apartment. You will be required to be masked, maintain social distancing, and implement disinfection practices when in common areas.  If you receive a positive test result, you will be moved to Isolation.   (Other information about seclusion will be provided to you when arrangements are being made for your seclusion).