Intercollegiate athletics will follow the guidelines of the NCAA, NCAC, and DePauw athletics. At present, the NCAA has developedCore Principles of Resocialization of College Sport to be used as a foundation for more specific guidance from the NCAC.
The NCAC has established a Health and Safety Subcommittee which will define what is recommended and required, from a health and safety perspective, for athletics to occur within the guidelines from campus, local, state and federal medical and public health authorities. Given the fluid nature of the pandemic, each campus will consider its planning across the spectrum of academic and campus programming to allow for flexibility in the event the situation requires a return to more restrictive measures.
Sports are classified as following for their risk of viral transmission. Those in bold are offered at DePauw University.
Low transmission risk: bowling, diving, equestrian, fencing, golf, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, track and field.
Medium transmission risk: acrobatics and tumbling, baseball, beach volleyball, cross country*, field hockey, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, triathlon*.
High transmission risk: basketball, football, ice hockey, rowing, rugby, squash, volleyball%, water polo, wrestling.
* The level of risk in cross country, track and field and triathlon are dependent upon the student-athlete’s proximity to other unmasked individuals. For example, the start or finish of a race may involve a group of athletes who are breathing heavily in a group space with a breakdown in physical distancing.
% Volleyball can be considered medium transmission risk if masks are worn at all times.
Prior to the start of practice, all student-athletes and athletics staff will affirm:
No high-risk exposure to COVID-19 for at least two weeks before returning to campus.
Absence of typical COVID-19 symptoms including, among others, respiratory issues, gastrointestinal problems, fever, headache, fatigue and muscle pain, for at least two weeks before returning to campus.1
Combined with testing, DePauw will ensure that contact tracing can occur quickly and require students to affirm their current, local address and telephone number.
Special consideration will be given to student-athletes and staff who are at higher risk of developing severe cases of COVID-19, including an individualized plan of safely returning to campus.”(1)
All athletics participation is voluntary and includes several key concepts:
A shared commitment to non-pharmaceutical intervention methods including universal masking, physical distancing, and hand washing within their athletics program.
A shared commitment to COVID-19 testing strategies as outlined in the NCAA Resocialization of Collegiate Sport: Developing Standards for Practice and Competition, Second Edition.
Should a student-athlete test or screen positive, they will isolate/quarantine per campus policy. Once cleared to rejoin their team, they will follow return-to-participation protocols under the care of the team physician and athletic trainers. This process is similar to general return-to-participation protocols for any injury or illness.
If a student-athlete or coach tests positive, all in-person team activities will be cancelled for at least one day, until the positive case is interviewed and close contacts contacted. Once the team physician has reviewed the case interview, they will make a recommendation for either continuing or discontinuing team activities.
These recommendations and requirements will be updated as new information about the virus develops and we monitor and evaluate data. (last updated 1.12.21)