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Spring 2022 Semester Information

Dickinson is fully open for the spring semester, but COVID and its continued variants require an ongoing review of health and safety protocols. We are continually monitoring the health conditions of the campus and the local community and county. We have a series of thresholds in place with associated actions that would need to be taken so that if the conditions worsen significantly, we have plans in place to shift as needed. This process is managed within the college’s emergency management team.

The information below outlines the latest information and protocols and is updated as needed.


COVID Reporting

Total Number Current Positive Cumulative Positive In Quarantine
Students 2214 2 17 1
Employees 830 5 16

Cumulative counts include all cases since the beginning of the spring term on January 5, 2022.

All current positives are in isolation.

Quarantine separates an unvaccinated student who was in close contact with someone who is sick and/or has tested positive for COVID-19.

Students includes all those taking classes on campus in Carlisle.

Employees includes all full-time and part-time faculty and staff.

Counts last updated January 24, 2022 at 7:00 AM.

Fall 2021 Recap

See Fall 2021 recap at bottom of page.


Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for the spring 2022 semester.

Students: What do I do if I don’t feel well?
  • Any student showing symptoms of COVID-19 must report them to Wellness Center staff.
  • Please refer to the following chart for additional instruction.

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Spring 2022 Student Covid Flowchart


Employees: What do I do if I've been exposed or don't feel well?
  • Employees who have been exposed and/or have symptoms of COVID-19 should complete the Symptoms Tracker via the Gateway and contact Human Resource Services.
  • Please refer to the following chart for additional instruction.

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Spring 2022 Employee Covid Flowchart


What should faculty do if a student is ill – or if they think a student is ill?

If a student reports to faculty that they are ill or appear ill, they can encourage the student to reach out to the Wellness Center at 717-245-1663. Students can also call the Nurseline at 866-491-4462 to receive medical advice and support 24/7, especially when the Wellness Center is closed.
 
If faculty have concerns about a student’s health or well-being, they may submit a Care Team report.


Academic Program/Remote Learning
  • We made the decision to return to a fully in-person environment, so the expectation is that all students will be on campus.
  • If students are not able to return to campus for reasons beyond their control (such as international students with travel/visa issues), there is a process for students to request permission from academic affairs to study remotely by contacting Deb Bolen at bolend@dickinson.edu. It should be noted that class options for remote learners will be very limited, and students may need to change their spring schedule.
  • Faculty have been asked to be prepared to move to remote learning if needed.
  • For the most up-to-date information regarding study abroad and to see the messaging that has gone out to all of our students and other stakeholders, please visit the Center for Global Study & Engagement (CGSE) website.
  • Currently, field trips are moving forward, but faculty should have alternative plans in case field trips are canceled at any point during the semester.
  • Currently, employees and students are allowed to travel, but it is recommended that they consult the CDC’s travel planner website to assess the safety of traveling to a specific area. The CDC recommends that unvaccinated people not travel.

Face Coverings
  • A well-fitting mask is required in all indoor spaces.
    • Individuals may remove their masks temporarily when in a private office setting with the door closed. Cubicles in shared spaces are not considered individual offices.
  • Students must wear their masks in all areas of the residential facilities, except a person’s individual room, suite, or apartment. However, students should wear their masks when someone who does not live with them is in their room, suite, or apartment. Masks can be temporarily removed in community bathrooms when washing faces, brushing teeth, showering, etc.  
  • Well-fitting masks need to be worn in all campus buildings, including the HUB, and may only be removed in designated dining facilities when actively eating or drinking. As awkward as it may feel, this will mean lifting and lowering your mask during meals with others.
  • KN95s (or N95s) are strongly recommended as they provide the best protection against transmission of COVID-19. The college will distribute five KN95 masks in January to students and employees. Pickup locations and times are as follows:
    • Department of Public Safety (Kaufman Hall): 24 hours/day, 7 days/week
    • Human Resource Services: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Senior Associate Provost (Old West 2nd floor): Monday and Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. – noon; Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • ADS & SOAR Reception Room (Old West 005): Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Student Life (HUB upper level): Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Please bring your smart phone to pick up your masks, as you will need to scan a QR code. Those who cannot do this will be able to provide their information manually.
  • Individuals who cannot wear a KN95 are asked to wear a disposable mask under a cloth mask.
  • If you see someone who isn’t wearing a mask indoors, or who is wearing one incorrectly, please remind that person. It’s up to all of us.

Vaccinations (students)
  • Vaccinations and boosters are a critical component of the health and safety of our campus community. They both reduce the severity of the illness and protect high-risk members of the community.
  • All students are required to be vaccinated or to seek an exemption (religious or medical). Dickinson requires that students have received all recommended vaccine doses including boosters. The schedule below indicates when you are eligible to get a booster, after completing your vaccination (series):
    • Pfizer-BioNTech – 5 months
    • Moderna – 5 months
    • Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen – 2 months
  • Documentation should be uploaded to the Wellness Center Patient Portal. 
    • If a student is not able to get a booster, they must provide proof of a medical exemption in order to be considered in compliance with the Dickinson vaccine requirement.
  • If a student does not get the vaccine or request an exemption, they will not be permitted to live on campus or attend classes.
  • Exemption information can be found here.

Vaccinations (employees)
  • Vaccinations and boosters are a critical component of the health and safety of our campus community. They both reduce the severity of the illness and protect high-risk members of the community.
  • Employees are required to be vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious exemption. Proof of vaccination can be submitted electronically. Exemptions can be requested here.
  • Booster shots are required as soon as the employee becomes eligible. According to the CDC, recent studies have shown that the vaccination effectiveness decreases over time. You can receive any booster you wish. The schedule below shows when you are eligible to get a booster, after completing your initial vaccination (series):
    • Pfizer-BioNTech – 5 months
    • Moderna – 5 months
    • Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen – 2 months
  • Proof of booster shots can be submitted electronically.
  • Approximately 90% of employees have submitted proof of an initial vaccination series. Booster records continue to be updated. 
  • Regardless of vaccination status, a proper face covering is required for everyone in indoor spaces (see also Face Coverings). Unvaccinated employees should also wear a face covering outdoors when not able to physically distance from others.
  • Unvaccinated employees include those with an approved exemption and those who are eligible to be boosted and have not yet done so. Those in this category are required to test weekly.

Testing (students)
  • Testing for asymptomatic students takes place in Allison Hall Room 1.  Hours for testing are as follows:
    • Monday - Friday 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Symptomatic students should contact the Wellness Center to arrange for testing. 
  • Unvaccinated students with exemptions will be tested weekly.
  • Unvaccinated student athletes with exemptions will be tested 3x a week based on NCAA guidelines.
  • Vaccinated students may also participate in weekly testing.
  • No appointment is necessary.
  • There are protocols (i.e., an exposure management plan) in place in the event that a student or employee tests positive with different protocols depending on whether they are unvaccinated or vaccinated. See Exposure, Quarantine & Isolation for more information.

Testing (employees)
  • Testing for asymptomatic employees takes place in Allison Hall Room 1 on Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    • No appointment is necessary.
  • Employees who are not up to date on their vaccinations or haven't been vaccinated will be tested weekly. This includes everyone who comes to campus, even if only periodically. Telecommuters who work 100% of the time from another location are excluded.
  • Employees who are up to date on their vaccination may also participate in weekly testing. 
  • There are protocols (i.e., an exposure management plan) in place in the event that a student or employee tests positive with different protocols depending on vaccination status. Details are communicated through our campus contact-tracing team. 

Symptoms Tracker
  • Unvaccinated students/employees will be expected to utilize the symptoms tracker daily.
  • Any individual who is feeling ill and/or has been exposed to a COVID positive individual should report this information via the tracker.
  • All community members are encouraged to use the COVID Alert PA app.

Exposure, Quarantine & Isolation
  • While the CDC has announced a shortened period of quarantine and isolation for those infected with COVID-19, this five-day rule does not apply to congregate settings, like a residential campus, where people eat and share sleeping quarters during days six through 10.
  • Dickinson will continue to require a 10-day period of quarantine and isolation.
  • The college has again contracted with hotels in the area to provide space for quarantine and isolation as needed.
  • Any student who tests positive, is asymptomatic and lives within 200 miles of campus will be asked to isolate at home for 10 days.
  • Students who are close contacts and not fully vaccinated will also be asked to quarantine at home. Students can request permission to stay on campus.
  • These requests are made to allow ample space for quarantine and isolation for those who can’t go home.
  • Details on quarantine, isolation and contact tracing for both students and employees is contained in flowcharts which are in the process of being updated from the fall semester. 

Campus Facilities
  • Campus buildings returned to pre-COVID access status (vs. card access only) when students returned to campus. Some buildings remain accessible with a Dickinson ID card after business hours as they were pre-COVID. 
  • To ensure a safe campus environment, facilities management maintenance staff will closely monitor the performance of building air handling units daily via the automated controls program. Due to the concern surrounding COVID-19, more detailed in-person spot checking will also occur, especially in those buildings without these controls. Where possible, facilities management will be increasing air exchange rates to maximize the amount of fresh air. This will be accomplished by disabling demand-controlled ventilation and opening outdoor air dampers as outdoor conditions permit. 
  • It is possible to open windows in most campus classrooms and facilities will check on their operation prior to the start of school.  If you find they cannot be open, please contact facilities management for assistance.  If you open windows, please pay attention to the outside air temperature and humidity conditions. On very hot and humid days, introducing too much warm air will make it difficult for the mechanical systems to maintain building set-points. This could result in environmental hazards such as mold and mildew. Ideally, acceptable outdoor air temperatures should be between 50 and 60 degrees to open windows. Humidity levels should be less than 6%. Windows should be closed when leaving spaces. 
  • A number of our classroom buildings have CO2 sensors as part of the HVAC controls systems. In classrooms without operable windows, portable HEPA filters/air purifiers may be provided in some classrooms.  Appropriate locations will be determined based upon occupancy levels and type of building HVAC system.
  • We are not planning to return to social distancing. We feel that our anticipated high vaccination rate for our full community does not require returning to social distancing. 
  • The same campus protocols will apply to any outside groups that are utilizing space on campus. They will need to abide by whatever the campus health and safety protocols require.
  • To qualify for a HEPA unit, spaces needed to meet the following criteria:
    • Windows are inoperable, AND
    • The space is served by an HVAC system where it is challenging to increase the amount of fresh air.  In this instance, the system is either of a residential type nature or the current setting cannot be manipulated to easily increase the designed amount of outdoor air.
  • Any building or space where windows can be opened did not meet the requirements identified above and thus were deemed ineligible for the HEPA units. For those buildings where windows may be stuck or difficult to open, we ask that members of the community please contact Facilities Management by submitting a work order or calling 245-1212 and our staff will work to get that rectified.  It should be noted however, that the facilities team is currently deployed in preparing the campus for the arrival of students and the request to unstick windows will be addressed as soon as it is feasible to do so.
  • It should also be noted that some buildings with inoperable windows do have the capacity to increase their outside air volume through the HVAC system, and thus do not qualify for HEPA units. Buildings in this category include Tome, Kaufman, the Library, Weiss and the HUB.
  • All requests for HEPA units were reviewed carefully and each one was thoroughly vetted against the above criteria.

Children's Center
  • The Dickinson College Children’s Center continues to review its COVID health policies and procedures in consultation with the CDC, PA DOH, DHS, OCDEL. 
  • A DCCC child or staff member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 is required to isolate for a period of 10 days. DCCC will follow the most recent guidance from DHS requiring that all test results for exposure or symptoms must contain a signature from a physician, nurse practitioner, or a CLIA certified pharmacist testing site (e.g., CVS Minute Clinic) to be permitted to return to the center. This update is effective immediately.
  • If there is found to be a classroom exposure, DCCC will follow the most recent guidance for early care from DOH and OCDEL and close the classroom for 10 days, all exposed children will be required to quarantine for 10 days. This new quarantine policy will be effective for any new classroom closures taking place on or after Jan. 17, 2022.

Travel Guidelines for Students
  • While there are currently no restrictions on student travel, the CDC recommends that unvaccinated students delay travel until fully vaccinated. The CDC shares the following recommendations for unvaccinated people who cannot delay travel.
  • Any student who has traveled internationally should get tested upon return to campus at Allison Hall and must have a negative test before returning to class. Hours for testing are as follows:
    • Monday - Friday 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Student groups traveling overnight and/or outside of Carlisle, representing the college or on college business, must register their travel through the TRIPS system under travel in CLIQ.
  • Masks are required for all using mass transportation.
  • Masks are required for travel with others in fleet vehicles.
  • Travelers are encouraged to use the CDC Travel Planner to understand the transmission rates in the areas where they will be traveling. 
  • Any vaccinated student returning from a trip can request to be tested at the Wellness Center. 
  • If an increase in COVID cases on campus is traced back to travel, the current guidelines will be reevaluated and potentially revised. 

Visitors and Events
  • Speakers, guest lecturers and others invited to campus should be reminded by their host that the college has a vaccine mandate. Those not “up to date” on their vaccinations should have a negative test no more than 72 hours before visiting campus.
  • The Kline Fitness Center and Pool will be open only to students and employees through February 6.
  • Admissions visitors receive reminder messages regarding health and safety when planning their visits.
  • Events with more than 25 attendees will be postponed or reformatted as virtual events through February 6.

What are the factors the college considers when making decisions around COVID?

The college uses a set of observable conditions to guide decision making around health and safety measures for the campus and community. Factors considered include but are not limited to:

  • Student vaccination level
  • Employee vaccination level
  • Number of students in isolation & quarantine
  • Staffing levels
  • Availability to deliver the academic program
  • Availability to provide essential services
  • Resource availability/shortages (food, cleaning supplies, PPE)
  • Local hospital capacity
  • County positivity rate
  • County CDC transmission levels
  • Federal and state regulatory guidance
  • Unforeseen financial impacts

These factors are reviewed regularly by members of the college’s Emergency Management Team, COVID Planning and Implementation Committee, and its various subcommittees (Academic & Technology, Facilities, Health & Safety, Student Experience, and Financial Considerations). The EMT is comprised of faculty and staff; the COVID committees are comprised of faculty, staff and students from across the community.

Recommendations for changes to our current guidelines flow through the Implementation committee to president’s staff. Updates to campus are shared by the president.


Updated 1/20/22.

 


Fall 2021 Recap  
Employee Count 827
Employee cumulative positive 48
Student Count 2215
Student cumulative positive 70

Fall 2021 Recap

The information at left offers a snapshot of positive cases of COVID-19 among the campus community as of the end of the semester.