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: February 1, 2022
Subject: Health Advisory: COVID Vaccine Boosters Past Due; Updated Mask Recommendations; Mask Distribution; Academic Flexibility; On-Campus Testing; Stevens COVID-19 Cases
Welcome back to campus! Please remember to remain cautious when it comes to COVID-19. While local and campus positivity rates are down, we are not yet in the clear. All campus community members must abide by Stevens guidance when it comes to mask-wearing, testing, and reporting positive results. If you feel sick, please stay at home and test before returning to campus.
COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters Past Due
A reminder that all eligible students and employees were required to receive and submit documentation of the booster vaccine by January 31, 2022. If you have not yet done so, please upload your documentation to Workday by following these instructions for students and for employees. Contact [email protected] with any questions about your eligibility for the booster vaccine.
Updated Mask Recommendations
Masks are required in all indoor, public spaces. We strongly recommend wearing an N95, KN95s, surgical masks, or a combination of a cloth mask with a surgical mask. A cloth mask alone does not appear to provide strong protection against the Omicron variant. Whatever kind of mask you use, the most important thing is to wear it consistently and properly—with a tight fit and covering both the mouth and the nose. The CDC provides additional information on mask selection.
On-Campus Mask Distribution
Students, faculty, staff, and guests who are in need of a surgical mask can stop by the following locations for a complimentary mask during business hours: Student Center Desk, Howe Center Desk, Schaefer Athletic Center Desk, Samuel C. Williams Library Desk, Office of Human Resources, Student Health Services, and School/College Administrative Offices.
While we remain committed to a full return to campus and onsite instruction, we understand that both faculty and students may face challenges in maintaining academic continuity in the coming weeks and circumstances may change regarding COVID-19. Students can request that lecture course sections (but not labs or recitations) be recorded for them. You may submit this request form if you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or the flu; test positive for COVID-19, the flu, or another illness that requires you to be out of class for more than two days; or cannot attend class due to a short-term disability, as approved by the Office of Disability Services.
Weekly On-Campus COVID-19 Testing
(for Exempt Individuals and Random Testing of Vaccinated Individuals)
Weekly COVID-19 testing takes 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 has an approved exemption from the vaccine requirement or who is not yet fully vaccinated (and has notified Student Health Services or Human Resources) 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 them here. On-campus students, faculty, and staff who are vaccinated 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, 28 students and 5 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.