To: Stevens Students, Faculty and Staff Members
From: Louis Mayer, CFO, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer and Warren Petty, Vice President for Human Resources
Date: January 11, 2022
Subject: Health Advisory: COVID Vaccine Booster Requirement and Deadline; Return to Campus Guidelines; On-Campus Testing; Stevens COVID-19 Cases
We look forward to the upcoming start of the Spring 2022 semester on Monday, January 18th. As noted in the announcement to the campus community last week, Stevens will begin the semester with temporary, remote instruction. In-person learning is expected to resume on Monday, January 31. Students living in Stevens Housing (on-campus residence halls, Stevens Leased Housing, Greek Housing, Lore-El Center, and 1036 Park) should plan to return to their housing between January 27-30. Residential and Dining Services will communicate further details to residential students in the coming days.
We urge all students, faculty and staff to remain vigilant with mask-wearing and social distancing and to get tested if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters
Based on public health guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and with the support of representatives from our student, faculty and staff populations, Stevens requires that all students and employees receive and submit documentation of the booster vaccine as soon as they are eligible but no later than January 31, 2022. Individuals are eligible if it has been at least five months since the second shot (Moderna or Pfizer) or at least two months since receiving a Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Eligible vaccinated individuals are permitted to choose which of the three approved vaccines they receive as a booster dose. Individuals who have tested positive before getting a booster can receive the booster 30 days after the positive test result. Documentation of the booster vaccine must be submitted through Workday by following these instructions for students and for employees. Limited exemptions will be considered. Any prior exemptions must be renewed before the start of each semester.
Getting Tested at Stevens Upon Your Return to Campus
It is advisable that students, staff and faculty take a COVID-19 test at home before traveling back to campus. Positive results should be reported to Student Health Services by calling 201-216-5678. Anyone testing positive should delay their return to campus.
- Residential students. All residential students must take a COVID-19 test immediately upon returning to campus, even if their at-home pre-arrival test was negative. An at-home COVID-19 rapid test will be placed in each room or apartment for every residential student to self-administer as soon as they return to campus. Once administered, the student will need to wait 15 minutes for a result. All residential students are asked to have any parents or friends who have transported them back to campus wait outside of the building until the student receives a negative test result. Any students who have a positive test result and who are able to return home for isolation will be asked to return home immediately until their isolation period ends. Residential students who do not have the ability to return home for isolation will be moved to a designated isolation space. Any student who tests positive must immediately self-isolate and call Student Health Services for further guidance. Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days should not take a test – instead, be sure Student Health Services has been informed of your previous positive test result. Vaccinated individuals with negative test results should not be reported to Student Health Services or submitted online. Instructions for vaccine-exempt students are provided below.
- Students who do not live in Stevens housing. Students who do not reside in Stevens housing are strongly encouraged to pick up and self-administer a free, rapid at-home testing kit from Student Health Services during regular business hours. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must immediately self-isolate and call Student Health Services at 201-216-5678. Negative test results should not be reported to Student Health Services or submitted online (unless the student is exempt, in which case instructions are provided below).
- Faculty and staff. Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to either pick up and self-administer a free, rapid at-home testing kit from Human Resources during regular business hours as soon as they return to campus and not earlier than the date of return, or test on their own (see How to Get Tested Off Campus below). Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must immediately self-isolate and call Student Health Services at 201-216-5678. Vaccinated individuals with negative test results should not be reported to Student Health Services or submitted online. Instructions for vaccine-exempt faculty and staff are provided below.
- Individuals exempt from Stevens’ vaccination requirement. All individuals who have received a Spring 2022 exemption to Stevens’ vaccine requirement are required to test before or upon returning to campus. Exempt individuals are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result online before or upon returning to housing, classes, or offices. Exempt individuals may test through any available means before coming to campus, may participate in the regular weekly testing on Wednesdays provided by BNBMC, or may test using the provided at-home test kit. Documentation of a negative at-home test result will be accepted through the online submission process by submission of a photograph of the resulted test next to your Stevens ID card.
How to Get Tested Off-Campus
Students, faculty and staff may choose to test at a location of their choosing before returning to campus. All are encouraged to take advantage of the free at-home COVID test kit for New Jersey residents, use an at-home test (available at some pharmacies) or make an appointment at a local testing site in Hoboken or Jersey City.
Weekly On-Campus COVID-19 Testing Information for Exempt Individuals
Weekly COVID-19 testing continues to take place on Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Corcoran Room on the first floor of Gateway North. Any student, faculty or staff coming to campus who is exempt from the vaccine requirement or who is not yet fully vaccinated must participate in weekly COVID-19 testing. Stevens students and employees who are getting COVID-19 tests off-campus and submitting their required test results should submit here. On-campus students, faculty and staff will be randomly selected to participate in weekly testing throughout the spring semester. Read more and register for a weekly test.
Stevens COVID-19 Cases
During the past week, 38 students and 37 employees have tested positive for COVID-19. Please see Stevens’ COVID-19 Dashboard for complete data.
Please visit the Stevens COVID-19 website and FAQs for more information about Stevens’ operations and guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for your cooperation with and attention to this important information.