Campus Protocols

As of Sunday, February 20, 2022, masking is optional in indoor spaces at Stonehill College. This change aligns with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s recent advisory regarding face covering and other positive indicators related to the fight against COVID-19. 

Masking will still be required inside Health Services, the Athletic Training Room, and our Testing Center. Those who test positive for COVID-19 or are identified as a close contact must also continue wearing a mask in accordance with isolation and quarantine protocols. Faculty and staff may request the use of masking for classroom settings or meetings, and we ask that everyone be understanding, accommodating, and respectful of these requests. Individuals may continue wearing a mask if they choose for any reason, and we support them in that choice

Yes, guests and visitors may access campus. Non-student, overnight guests are also permitted in the residence halls. Resident students wishing to register an overnight guest should do so through the guest registration process in myHill. Additional information 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

At this time, the mandatory weekly surveillance testing program has been suspended. Voluntary surveillance testing is available, and symptomatic testing is strongly encouraged.

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 complete the Symptom Reporter and follow the guidance provided.

Employees experiencing symptoms should always contact their primary care provider first and follow up with COVID-19 Testing Center Director, Monique Avila at 508-565-1608.

For students, if you have questions regarding general health information and vaccines, you can contact Maria Sullivan, Director of Health Services, at msullivan7@stonehill.edu or 508-565-1307.

Employees should contact Monique Avila, COVID-19 Testing Center Coordinator, at mavila@stonehill.edu or 508-565-1608. She can also answer questions related to testing as well for all community members. 

COVID-19 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 are expected to return home as well and should follow all public health guidelines. Those students who have to access public transportation and are therefore unable to return home will be moved when possible to an alternate campus location for isolation. Students required to self-isolate should contact their PCP for any medical concerns while isolating at home and Health Services if isolating on campus. Close contacts of the positive cases will be provided information consistent with public health guidelines 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, as needed. 

The Massachusetts Department of Health has adopted recommendations from the CDC regarding isolation and quarantine protocols, which the College will follow as we return for the spring.

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 regardless of vaccination/booster status:

  • Must remain in isolation for five days, regardless of having symptoms or not;
  • Are required to isolate at home, unless public transportation would need to be accessed;
  • Is eligible to leave isolation on Day 6, after five full days of isolation if fever free for 24 hours and symptoms have improved;
  • Must wear a mask indoors and outdoors for five days after having completed isolation when unable to maintain appropriate physical distancing;
  • Individuals with ongoing symptoms that have not improved must remain in isolation.

“Day 0” refers to the date of onset of symptoms or, if asymptomatic, the date of the positive test. “Day 1” of isolation refers to the day after the positive test, or the day after the onset of symptoms.  (Example: 1/1/2022 you developed nasal congestion. On 1/3/2022 you test positive for Covid-19.  Day 0 of your isolation period would be the day you started having symptoms.)

For more information on isolation protocols, check out this infographic.

If you have questions about when it is appropriate to leave isolation, or general questions about these protocols please call us.

- Students call 508-565-1307

- Employees call 508-565-1608

The CDC recently updated their guidance that those who have been identified as a close contact and have not yet received their booster vaccination will be required to quarantine according to stated guidelines. 

Close contacts who have received their booster or who are fully vaccinated with Moderna within the last five months, Pfizer within the last five months, or J&J within the last two months:

  • Will not have to quarantine, unless symptomatic;
  • Must wear a mask indoors and outdoors for 10 days when unable to maintain physical distancing;
  • Are encouraged to test on day 5 after exposure or at any time if become symptomatic.

Close contacts who have not yet received their booster, and those with previously approved COVID vaccination exemptions:

  • Must quarantine for 5 days (and are encouraged to do so at home);
  • Must wear a mask indoors and outdoors after release from quarantine for 5 days when unable to maintain physical distancing;
  • Should test on day 5-7 after exposure or at any time if symptomatic. 

For more on quarantine protocols, check out this infographic.

Management of positive COVID-19 cases is coordinated with local public health officials. The College employs trained individuals who coordinate contact tracing. 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 up to the time of being notified of their positive test and onset of isolation. The College uses various means to perform contact tracing including telephone and email systems. Community members are expected to cooperate with contact tracing efforts. 

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. The College believes it is important to continue to follow Massachusetts Guidance.

According to the CDC, “up to date” with COVID vaccinations is considered anyone who has completed the primary COVID vaccine series plus one booster dose, if eligible. 

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.

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 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.

We strongly urge all individuals to receive their annual flu vaccine. It’s best to be vaccinated before flu begins spreading in your community. However, vaccination is still recommended because flu most commonly peaks in February and significant activity can continue into May. 

Public health guidance is encouraging individuals to get the COVID-19 booster as soon as they are able. Per the CDC, "If you have recently had a COVID-19 breakthrough infection and are over 16 years old, it is recommended that you get your COVID-19 booster once your symptoms have resolved and you have met the criteria to end isolation—and the recommended time has elapsed since your primary series of either Pfizer (five months), Moderna (five months) or Johnson & Johnson (two months). Vaccinated people who received monoclonal antibodies as part of their COVID-19 treatment plan will need to wait 90 days before getting a COVID booster."