COVID-19 and Public Health-Informed Policies
Stonehill College aims to promote and support a culture of health and safety and minimize the potential spread of viruses and disease within our community. Prevention is the most important step we can all take to best ensure the health and safety of the College community, and we ask all community members to directly and intentionally promote prevention efforts and mitigation measures.
Residential Living: Our Collective Responsibility
Stonehill’s approach for mitigating the spread of this virus is rooted in our collective responsibility to ourselves and our neighbors, as what we all do as individuals protects our entire community. This is especially true for those living within our residential community. To best ensure the health and safety of our students, temporary safety protocols and behavioral standards have been established, which currently include the following outlined below. We ask that all students familiarize themselves with these expectations.
- Each day, students are required to complete the “Student Self-Checker” and answer questions to ensure one’s own health and safeguard that of the community.
- Students are expected to wear masks/face coverings at all times while on campus and outside of their own residence hall room. This includes within all lounges, kitchens, study spaces, prayer spaces, and laundry rooms.
- Students must maintain a physical distance of six or more feet whenever possible.
- At this time, students will only be permitted access to their assigned residence hall.
- To limit exposure, guests will not be permitted within the residence halls following the move-in process until further notice. A guest can be defined as a non-student, a family member, an alumnus, or another Stonehill student not assigned to a particular room.
- Residence hall room capacity will be temporarily limited to the residents of the room plus two additional individuals from the same residence hall.
- To maximize safety, no alcohol will be allowed in common spaces.
- Students are expected to adhere to the posted capacity for hall lounges and common spaces.
- Gatherings that exceed State limits and/or do not allow for physical distancing are prohibited.
- Students are required to participate in testing protocols as communicated by the College.
- All of us have a responsibility to ourselves and our neighbors, as what we do as individuals protects the entire community. As such, students are asked to avoid unnecessary travel so as to limit their potential exposure and help keep Stonehill safe.
- Lastly, students are expected to adhere to all isolation and quarantine protocols as detailed below. Please be aware that students needing to go home for periods of isolation and/or quarantine will not be issued partial room and board refunds.
Isolation Protocol for Residential Students
A student who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, is clinically stable, and has consulted with and received guidance from Health Services, is expected to return home for the isolation period until they are cleared to return and will not be issued a pro-rated refund. Students should maintain contact with Health Services and will not be permitted to return to campus until at least ten days have passed since symptom onset, they have been fever-free for over 72 hours, and symptoms are improving.
Students unable to return home will be temporarily reassigned to alternative housing for isolation and will maintain ongoing contact with Health Services personnel. Case management will occur for all persons with isolation status, and they will be provided access to coursework, mental health support, and assistance with basic needs, such as food.
Isolation is also expected for any student awaiting test results.
Quarantine Protocol for Residential Students
Students who have been contacted through a “contact tracing” program will be expected to follow quarantine protocols for the required amount of time.
Students who have been identified as a close contact of someone with a positive COVID test are expected to return home, following consultation with and guidance from Health Services, and remain in quarantine for a two-week period. Students unable to return home will be temporarily reassigned into alternative housing for quarantine.
Case management will occur for all persons with quarantine status and they will be provided access to coursework, mental health support, and assistance with basic needs, such as food.
Commuter Student Protocols
Commuters will need to adhere to the above protocols on campus and follow the same guidelines as they travel, interact with family members, employers and co-workers at their jobs and internships. Commuters are required to complete the "Student Self-Checker" before coming to campus and remain home at any sign of illness.