Health & Safety Information
We will continue to follow the Massachusetts guidelines with the following additional protocols for college campuses that will take effect at Stonehill on Wednesday, August 11, 2021.
- Masks will be required for all students and employees, vaccinated and unvaccinated, indoors, in “public-facing” areas. Public-facing areas are defined as follows:
- All classrooms, library-space, meeting rooms, and conference rooms;
- the Sports Complex, gymnasiums, dance and workout space, and locker rooms;
- all cafeterias and serveries (except when actively eating);
- all hallways, restrooms, and other common areas in academic and administrative buildings;
- all health-related facilities and worship spaces; and
- any other space designated as public-facing.
Yes, guests and visitors may access campus provided certain criteria are met. Guests and vistors will be required to complete a short online form. Additional information and access to the form is available here.
Yes, at this time, residential and commuter students will be able to visit one another in their campus residence halls.
COVID-19 Testing at Stonehill
All students, employees, and partners (vaccinated and unvaccinated) must receive a pre-arrival test. We have expanded the testing timeframe so you can arrange for and receive your test up to seven days in advance. Submitting your test results early will expedite processing of your documentation and help to avoid delays.
Securing a Pre-Arrival Test
The following are acceptable ways to secure your pre-arrival test:
- Come to the Testing Center in Alumni Hall on Campus up to seven days before your move in date or “first day” on campus, test, and go home, to await your results.
- Obtain a test on your own up to seven days before your move in date and upload it to our Student Health Services Portal if you are a student or email it to the testing center if you are an employee or partner prior to your move in date or “first day” on campus (allow at least 24 hours for your upload to be reviewed and approved).
- Approved tests include:
- A PCR test administered by your medical provider, a pharmacy, or other health care professional.
- A rapid-antigen test administered by your medical provider, a pharmacy, or other health care professional.
- A self-administered rapid-antigen test.
- These tests are available at most retail pharmacies like Rite Aid, CVS and Walgreens, and large retailers like Target, Amazon, and Walmart. In store and online availability can vary so please plan ahead.
- Many of these tests have very specific instructions about how to take the test, and some require that you take two tests within a 36-hour period, so while they are rapid tests (usually giving results within 15 minutes) you still need to plan ahead.
- These tests usually require you to register with the company and/or download an app to your phone in order to properly report results. Stonehill is requiring that you now submit results using the method provided in the tests instructions.
- Stonehill strongly recommends that you verify the test you use has received, minimally, FDA approval for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).
- Individuals who have tested positive for COVID in the last 90-days should submit a copy of their positive results instead of retesting, and do not have to submit a pre-arrival test and do not have to participate in weekly testing as current public health guidance does not require testing for 90 days after a positive result).
Submitting Your Test Results
- We will no longer accept a photograph of your test. You must use the Abbot Navica App (available for Android and Apple) to submit your results and you must submit both tests results as provided in the Abbot instructions.
At this time, the College anticipates requiring regular surveillance testing of all vaccinated and unvaccinated students and employees throughout the first several weeks of the semester. A determination on the extent and duration of surveillance testing will be made based upon the results of onboard testing as well as campus and local infection rates following the start of the semester.
Yes. The College will be providing symptomatic testing to students, faculty, and staff. During business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday), students experiencing symptoms should contact Health Services directly at 508-565-1307. Outside of normal business hours students should submit the Symptom Reporter and follow the guidance provided. Employees experiencing symptoms should always contact their primary care provider first and follow up with COVID Testing Center Director, Monique Avila at 508-565-1608.
No, however, to avoid long wait times students are asked to follow the general testing schedule below:
- A-L: Mon, Wed
- M-Z: Tue, Thu
Regular reminders will be sent via text to those who have not completed a test.
Fridays are reserved for invalid tests performed earlier in the week.
Yes. At this time, the College anticipates conducting regular surveillance testing of all vaccinated and unvaccinated students and employees throughout the first several weeks of the semester. A determination on the extent and duration of surveillance testing will be made based upon the results of onboard testing as well as campus and local infection rates.
COVID Case Management
When made aware of a presumptive positive test, the College collaborates with local and state health officials and works to implement contact tracing and all follow-up protocols. Faculty and staff who test positive will be sent home and required to self-isolate according to public health guidelines.
Students who test positive will be asked to return home as well, if determined safe to do so, following a conversation with and guidance received from Health Services and should follow all public health guidelines. Those students unable to return home will be moved to an alternate campus location that provides necessary isolation. Students required to self-isolate should remain in ongoing contact with Health Services regarding the process to return. Close contacts of the positive case and their circumstances will be evaluated to determine the need for quarantine.
Case management will occur for all persons with isolation or quarantine status, and they will be provided access to coursework, mental health support, and assistance with basic needs, such as food.
Positive COVID-19 cases will be discussed with local public health officials to receive specific guidance. The College employs trained individuals who perform contact tracing in collaboration with local public health officials. To aid in mitigating the spread of potential illness, all people diagnosed with COVID-19 should be prepared to list anyone who would be considered a “close contact” during the 48-72 hours prior to symptoms of illness onset. People with close contacts to a positive COVID-19 individual will be tested and contact tracing protocols will be followed. Particular areas of campus may be taken off-line for a pre-determined amount of time for disinfection.
At this time, our protocols are as follows:
- Fully vaccinated close contact without symptoms: No quarantine required; monitor for symptoms
- Unvaccinated close contact without symptoms: 10-day quarantine
- Fully vaccinated or unvaccinated close contact with symptoms: 14-day quarantine
Students should call Health Services during hours of operation Monday through Friday from 8:30-4:30, and fill out the symptom checker if it is after-hours so that Health Services personnel are aware of your situation and can follow up accordingly. For timely medical care, students are directed to go to local Urgent Care Centers, such as Compass Medical Urgent Care or to the local emergency department if Urgent Care Centers are closed or if there is an urgent or emergent medical need.
Fully vaccinated: It has been more than 14 days since an individual's final vaccination in the series.
Unvaccinated: Includes those who are not vaccinated at all, are partially vaccinated and those for whom it has been less than 14 days since their last dose in the series.
According to state guidelines, anyone who is fully vaccinated does not need to obtain a negative test prior to traveling to, or quarantine upon arrival to, Massachusetts or the Stonehill Campus. COVID-19 vaccinated individuals arriving in Massachusetts must have documentation of their vaccination(s), including the date(s) of administration, available if asked.
All travelers should continue to monitor state guidance available online.
The College continues to closely monitor the CDC and Mass DPH guidance.
Each week the College will publish a dashboard on its website. The dashboard will be available starting the first Monday after classed begin for the semester.
The College is prepared for many contingencies including plans to move to remote learning for a designated period of time if and when necessary.
General Vaccination FAQs
Yes. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like washing hands often and staying at least six feet away from others. The College beleives it is important to continue to follow Massachusetts Guidance.
No. Only if you have gotten two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines or one dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine more than 14 days ago are you considered fully vaccinated.
It is important to note that the most effective tool against the virus is vaccination. Anyone can start their vaccination process now, and the College can assist.
Unfortunately, the deadline for submission of exemptions was August 1st. However, in extraordinary circumstances, employees and students may still be able to receive a medical exemption by submitting a signed exemption from their licensed medical provider which documents a contraindication. For employees, while no specific form is required, documentation must be from a medical provider and should provide reasonable information which describes the reason why an individual cannot medically receive the vaccine.
An employee may receive a religious exemption by stating in writing that a vaccine conflicts with their sincerely held religious belief and submitting the form in confidence to Human Resources.
Students may also in extraordinary situations request to submit a late vaccination exemption (medical and religious) request to the Office of Health Services via the student health portal. Information about the Vaccination Exemption Request process is available upon request to the Director of Health Services.