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Intercollegiate athletics will follow the guidelines of the NCAA, NCAC, and DePauw athletics. At present, the NCAA has developed Core 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.

Reposted Table from Above ResocializationFall2021 PDF Document

These recommendations and requirements will be updated as new information about the virus develops and we monitor and evaluate data. (last updated 8.16.21)

Table 1. COVID-19 Management Considerations for Tier 1 Individuals.

  NOT FULLY VACCINATEDFULLY VACCINATED OR DOCUMENTED INFECTION IN THE PAST 90 DAYS
(or more than 90 days if allowed by local authorities)
TESTING Upon Arrival to Campus, or Return to Campus from a Summer Break Single polymerase chain reaction/nucleic acid amplification test within three to five days of arrival, or two antigen tests on non- consecutive days within three to five days after arrival.

No team training or competition until single PCR/NAAT or both antigen tests are negative.
No testing unless symptomatic, or based on a risk assessment of a documented close contact with COVID-19.
Surveillance Testing Based on level of community immunity, community spread, and local public health official recommendations.

If community spread is substantial or high, weekly PCR/NAAT testing or three-times-week antigen testing.
No testing unless symptomatic, or based on a risk assessment of a documented close contact with COVID-19.

During Competition Season

Weekly PCR/NAAT testing or three- times-a-week antigen testing.

During a week with competition:

  • PCR/NAAT test within three days of first competition of the week or
  • antigen test within one day of each competition (continue three-times-a-week antigen testing if fewer than three competitions).
No testing unless symptomatic, or based on a risk assessment of a documented close contact with COVID-19.

Sustained Increased Transmission

If sustained increased transmission on a team, test all symptomatic individuals or individuals with close contacts, or apply a similar risk mitigation strategy.
Sustained increased transmission is likely occurring if:
• Team of < 50: Concurrent positive cases of three or more. • Team of > 50: Concurrent positive cases of five percent or more.

When sustained increased transmission is occurring, decisions about continued team activity should be made at the local level and with consideration given to ongoing risk of team transmission or transmission to another team during competition. 

 

  NOT FULLY VACCINATEDFULLY VACCINATED OR DOCUMENTED INFECTION IN THE PAST 90 DAYS
(or more than 90 days if allowed by local authorities)
Quarantine & Isolation Close contacts Quarantine in accordance with local public health authority guidance for close contact with another individual with confirmed positive COVID-19.
Previous considerations regarding activity during quarantine (e.g., individual exercise if it does not cause cardiopulmonary symptoms) continue to apply.
Masking in public indoor settings for 14 days with discontinuation if a COVID-19 test is performed three to five days after exposure and is negative, or if assessment does not reveal high risk.
Positive Test Protocol Isolation for 10 days and at least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms have improved.
Post-isolation exercise consistent cardiac considerations.
 
Athletics Activities Training and Competition No restrictions. No restrictions.
Team Travel Masking during travel. Masking during travel.
Other Athletic Activities (e.g., team meetings) Universal masking and physical distancing. Masking in indoor settings.
 
Nonathletic Activities Nonathletic Activities Universal masking and physical distancing. Masking in public indoor settings. Large crowd avoidance or masking where community immunity is unknown or vaccination status cannot be determined.
In-Person Interactions Universal masking and physical distancing. Masking in indoor settings.

These recommendations and requirements will be updated as new information about the virus develops and we monitor and evaluate data. (last updated 9.2.21)