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COVID Vaccine Fall 2021
Why is DePauw requiring us to get a vaccine that only has FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) approval?
Many universities -- and many more that are continuing to announce the requirement -- are requiring the COVID-19 vaccine on the basis of its effectiveness and at the recommendation of global and national health experts, including the CDC. Campus communities such as DePauw’s are close-knit, with high levels of in-person interaction, so the best way to protect everyone’s health and enjoy a robust campus experience is through vaccination. It’s also important to note that the COVID vaccines are in the pipeline for FDA’s approval process.
The American College of Health Association urges college students to obtain their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.
Can I live at home for a semester and not get the vaccine and then come to campus in the spring/fall semester?
DePauw is a residential campus, where all students are required to live and learn on campus (except, of course, during a global pandemic or other unexpected significant emergency). We are returning to a 100% residential learning environment. Students who are unable to get to campus from an international location for reasons beyond their control may request to take some courses remotely. We will work individually with any student affected by these circumstances.
Can I move to campus with one round of the vaccine and get the second dose after I arrive?
We highly recommend that students complete all vaccination requirements prior to their arrival on-campus. We anticipate that the COVID-19 vaccine will be available on-campus and through local health authorities, however, these appointments could be limited based on vaccine availability.
If I want to defer a year, will I have to get a vaccine next fall or by deferring can I avoid getting the vaccine?
Each year DePauw reviews its required vaccinations at the recommendation of the University’s Medical Director. Students will need to show proof of any vaccines and immunizations that are required for the semester which they matriculate. That said, we encourage everyone in our community to be vaccinated for their health and protection.
By requiring this vaccination can I expect all classes to be in person, for athletics to return to normal and campus events to resume as normal?
Although we can’t predict what turns the pandemic may take next fall, one of the goals of requiring the vaccine, in addition to protecting our community, is to return to a more “normal,” pre-pandemic on campus experience. All classes are scheduled to meet in person in the fall of 2021. Since January 2021, we have resumed many in-person events, like intercollegiate athletics, and plan to continue with athletics with guidance from the NCAA and the North Coast Athletic Conference.
Students: what type of documentation do I need to provide if I have a medical or religious reason to be exempt from the vaccination requirement?
A medical or religious exemption can be requested here. Note that exempted students may be restricted from certain activities, such as international travel as part of your DePauw experience, and need to follow other precautions for the protection of all. In the event, there is an outbreak of a medical condition on campus for which there is a documented immunization (e.g., mumps), students who are not immunized or are under-immunized will be asked to leave campus and/or quarantined from other students until our Medical Director has determined that the threat of illness has passed.This protocol is consistent with how other campuses manage non-immunized populations.
If my parents do not approve of me getting the vaccination and I am under 18, does this mean I cannot come to campus?
All students who wish to live and learn on campus are required to be vaccinated. Please see the previous questions related to medical or religious exemptions from vaccination requirements.
Will the requirement that students be vaccinated reduce the likelihood of having to shut down campus if there is an outbreak?
Absolutely. We are also encouraged by the fact that more than two-thirds of our students on campus are already vaccinated with many more indicating that they intend to be vaccinated.
Is the vaccine the only alternative for a safe campus environment?
We have taken a number of steps to reduce COVID-19 transmission on our campus, including adopting requirements for return to campus testing, indoor masking for unvaccinated individuals, and upgrades to our air-handling and filtration systems. The vaccine adds another layer of viral mitigation for our entire community-- students and employees.
The COVID-19 vaccine is our best opportunity to provide a campus experience for our students that returns opportunities such as visitors in residences, social events, performances and sports with audiences and fans, and a return to fully in-person courses and labs.
Are faculty and staff required to get vaccinations?
Yes. After careful consideration and consultation with health officials and community constituencies, DePauw will also require all employees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Will everyone still be required to wear masks even if students, staff and faculty are vaccinated?
Masking in campus buildings is now recommended but no longer required for fully vaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals must wear masks indoors and when around others.
There will however, be some spaces, events and situations where masks will be required of everyone.
Will DePauw accept vaccinations from other countries for international students or domestic students who will be joining campus directly from other countries?
Yes, based on guidance from our Medical Director, DePauw will accept COVID-19 vaccinations approved by either the World Health Organization (WHO) or the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As of June 1, 2021, AstraZeneca, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer BionTech, Sinopharm and Sinovec are all approved.
What if I can not get the vaccine before joining campus in the fall?
Individuals who would like to be vaccinated but are not able to obtain vaccination prior to arrival for the fall semester will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine shortly after their campus arrival.
What happens to me if I am exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual after I am vaccinated?
Vaccinated individuals exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual do not need to quarantine. The CDC does ask that you monitor for symptoms or fever for 14 days after exposure. If you develop symptoms or fever, you are asked to isolate yourself from others and seek healthcare evaluation immediately.
Can I get COVID-19 after I am vaccinated?
Yes, it is possible to get COVID-19 after vaccination. However, it is uncommon. If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 after vaccination, you should isolate yourself from others, wear a mask at all times, and be evaluated by a healthcare professional to determine if you need testing.
How long will the COVID-19 vaccines be effective? Will I need a booster?
We don't know yet how long the current vaccine immunity will last. Vaccine companies are currently studying this. We do anticipate that a booster will likely be needed, possibly by fall 2021.
Do the current vaccines protect me from COVID-19 variants that are spreading in the US and around the world?
The current vaccines do offer some level of protection against some variants but it may not be as strong as the protection against the original strain of the virus. Future vaccines and/or boosters will likely be updated to protect us against these new variants.
Classes begin as scheduled on Monday August 31, 2021. There is no longer a week of fully remote pre-instruction. The full academic calendar can be found here.
How can I learn more about the instructional modes of specific courses?
The instructional mode of all classes can be identified online on the Schedule of Classes (SOC).
Who should I contact if I have questions about my schedule of classes?
Please contact your academic advisor.
Off Campus Programs
DePauw is moving forward with Fall 2021 Off-Campus International Study opportunities for students. Restrictions based on The US State Department Travel Alert ranking system and current travel limitations will apply. Additional details are available by contacting Mandy Brookins at the Hubbard Center for Student Engagement.
Housing and Dining
During June and July, anyone is able to dine at Hoover Hall. This will be reevaluated in preparation for student return in August.
How will quarantine and isolation meals work?
If a student lives in University-owned housing:
Those in quarantine will order from Hoover Hall for pick up.
As part of the meal plan, those in isolation will place meal orders online with dining services and have meals delivered.
For students living in Greek chapters, chapters are responsible for providing food delivery for those in quarantine and isolation housing. If House Corporations decide, they may contract with Bon Appetit at a modest charge per meal for packaging and delivery.
Do students still have to follow the health guidelines?
Yes. These Guidelines will be periodically reviewed and re-evaluated in light of health data from the state, county, and campus. The COVID-19 Restart Team is currently evaluating all guidelines and will be emailing the community regularly this Summer as policies change.
How have classroom spaces adapted?
As of August 9, 2021 masking will be required during all classes, labs, studios and similar instructor-led activities that take place indoors regardless of vaccination status unless, for pedagogical reasons, an instructor decides that masks should be recommended and not required for vaccinated students. Faculty should note if masks will be recommended and not required, for vaccinated students, on their syllabus and students will always have the option to continue wearing masks.
DePauw will not require extra physical distancing in classrooms or other educational spaces, although we will taking steps to correct some isolated pre-pandemic instances of classroom overcrowding. When possible, approximately 10% of the seats in each classroom will be available for extra distancing accommodations as needed. In some cases this may lead to a small decrease in classroom occupancy.
What health services are available on campus?
The DePauw Health Wellness Center will be open to students on campus as per usual, as will Counseling Services. For more information regarding specific services and hours of operation, please visit https://depauwhealth.org/wellness-center-hours-for-students/ or https://www.depauw.edu/campus-life/wellness/counseling-services/
Testing, Quarantine and Isolation
The University has reserved rooms for on campus students who have been clinically diagnosed positive or tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. More information can be found here.
What happens if I am told to quarantine?
Based on guidance from the CDC, fully COVID-19 vaccinated students and employees will no longer be required to quarantine following an exposure to someone with COVID-19 as long as they remain asymptomatic. These students and employees will still be required to monitor their symptoms and seek care for COVID-19 like symptoms and illness.
If you are a close contact of a person diagnosed with COVID-19 you will be required to quarantine and provided specific direction on what to do next. A close contact is a person who spends more than 15 minutes within six feet of a positive COVID-19 person from the 48 hours prior to the positive person’s symptom onset until the positive COVID-19 person isolates themselves (or from 48 hours prior to the test collection date if the positive person never develops symptoms). While mask use decreases the risk of infection, at this time it does not change recommendations for quarantine.
You must wear a mask anytime you leave your room. You may leave your room to get a meal order, to use the bathroom or go outside to exercise or take a walk. You may study in an outside space alone while practicing physical distancing and wearing a mask.
More information for students can be found here.
What happens if through the case investigation or contact tracing process I am asked about behaviors that would otherwise fall under Community Standards and University discipline?
DePauw has approved a COVID-19 Case Investigation and CONTACT TRACING AMNESTY policy.
Case Investigation is the phrase used to describe the process of interviewing individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. This interview will also be used to identify people who are their close contacts (people who have been exposed) so we can work with them to interrupt disease transmission.
The focus of the COVID-19 Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Amnesty Policy is to address barriers that may prevent students from sharing all information needed to allow the University to contact trace effectively. Any information shared during the contact tracing process will not be used in the University Community Standards process, even if a violation of University policy occurred.
What do I need to do for daily symptom screening?
On a daily basis, individuals should take their temperature and assess for key indicators of illness: a fever of 100.40F or higher, dry cough, shortness of breath, congestion or runny nose, diarrhea, nausea, sore throat, muscle pain/fatigue, chills, new loss of taste or smell. Record this information on a piece of paper, or in an app so you can easily assess it if asked by a health care provider. If you have a fever, dry cough or shortness of breath, you should stay in your room and contact DePauw Health Wellness Center.
Can I go home if I've been put in isolation or quarantine?
Students can find information about in-person and virtual events on CampusLabs. Some lowered capacity spaces may remain on campus, and guests or community members attending events should pay attention to directions or capacity limits.
Are spectators allowed at indoor home athletics contests?
Yes, a limited number of DePauw students will be allowed at home athletics contests. Students will be required to secure a ticket prior to the event, and maintain DePauw's masking and distancing standards throughout the event. There will be no concessions or outside food or drink allowed; in addition, no tailgating is allowed.
Are spectators allowed at outdoor home athletics contests?
Yes, a limited number of DePauw students, DePauw employees and family members of DePauw student-athletes who are competing will be allowed at home athletics contests. Students, employees and family members will be required to secure a ticket prior to the event, and maintain DePauw's masking and distancing standards throughout the event. There will be no concessions and no tailgating allowed.
Guests are allowed on campus. All guests must follow the current campus guidelines at time of their visit. Swipe access will remain for most buildings, and some spaces may continue to operate at a lower capacity.
For the purposes of this policy, the term ‘guest’ refers to any non-DePauw community member who is present on University premises or at a University-sponsored activity. This includes, but is not limited to: family members of DePauw students and employees, prospective students and their families, alumni, academic guests, contractors, visiting athletics teams and staff, athletics officials, and vendors conducting business with the University, including making deliveries to the University.
Can prospective students and their families visit campus?
Prospective students and their families may still visit campus. All appointments should be scheduled through the Office of Admissions.
Due to congregate living situations and student privacy regarding vaccinations, admission and athletic overnight visits for prospective students are suspended until further notice.
What is the policy for use of Lilly and fitness spaces?
Cleaning and Disinfection
Hand sanitizing stations and disinfecting wipes are placed throughout the campus in classrooms, offices, and public spaces. Everyone is expected to wash or sanitize hands at every transition from one space to another. Students are responsible for hand sanitizing and disinfecting within their personal space i.e. residence hall room.
How often are classrooms and offices being disinfected?
Each classroom, faculty and staff office, labs, lounge, restrooms, general public is stocked with hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. Students and Faculty are asked to assist in disinfecting the surfaces they use such as desktops and chair handles (see above). Facilities staff cleans and disinfects classrooms five nights a week.
Additionally, several buildings with classroom spaces have been outfitted with a special ionization system.
How are public spaces being cleaned and disinfected?
Public spaces are cleaned on a nightly basis five nights a week. Additionally they are disinfected with CDC approved disinfectant.
What other health and safety details are in place for those on campus?
In addition to the cleaning and disinfecting measures described above, there is educational signage. Classrooms and public areas are de-densified to encourage and foster proper social distancing. Many classrooms in several buildings have been outfitted with a special Ionization Purifications System (more information here). Additional outdoor seating and trash receptacles have been provided throughout campus. Restrooms in academic buildings are being converted to touchless fixtures.
Detailed reporting is available here.