To: Stevens Students, Faculty and Staff Members
From: Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Date: June 1, 2021
Subject: Health Advisory: On-Campus Test Results; Change in On-Campus Testing Schedule; Revised Visitor and Outdoor Face Mask Protocols; Vaccination Requirement
Stay up to date on Stevens’ operations and guidance regarding the COVID-19 pandemic by regularly visiting our website. All members of the Stevens community must abide by the Stevens Health Honor Code whether on campus, off campus, or in your home community and follow all university requirements.
Face Masks on Campus
In response to the recent changes in the State of New Jersey guidelines, Stevens no longer requires that masks be worn while outdoors, regardless of an individual’s vaccination status.
Last week,Governor Murphy announced an Executive Order pertaining to indoor mask-wearing. Stevens is reviewing that order and will communicate any resulting changes to our protocols in the near future. At this time, Stevens is maintaining its requirement that masks must be worn indoors when on campus and when participating in Stevens-sponsored indoor events off campus, except when eating or drinking.
Revised Visitor Protocols
Stevens has updated its visitor protocols. Forms must still be submitted for all visitors, but changes have been made to the duration and frequency allowed for visits.
A short-term visitor is an individual who visits the campus to conduct essential business but does not visit the campus regularly. Short-term visitors may visit for a full day and may visit more than one day per week. Faculty, staff and students visiting regularly (e.g., on a weekly schedule) should follow the process set forth by Human Resources and Student Affairs and either participate in weekly testing or provide proof of vaccination through Workday.
A long-term visitor is an individual who visits the campus regularly to conduct essential business. Employees and students do not qualify as long-term visitors. Long-term visitors must receive approval from Human Resources to come to campus.
Please note: vaccinated employees working remotely must still seek approval through the visitor process to come to campus if they are not already on the list of employees who are approved to regularly be on campus.
Update on Positive COVID-19 Cases
Since my email on May 25th, no students, staff or faculty have tested positive for COVID-19.
We have received 95 test results from on-campus testing conducted from May 24-28 through Bergen New Bridge Medical Center (BNBMC) and none were positive.
Weekly COVID Testing - Summer Schedule
Weekly COVID-19 testing during the summer months will occur on Wednesdays only from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Walker Gym beginning this week. Individuals who cannot come to campus on Wednesdays must arrange for their own weekly testing off-campus.
Weekly COVID-19 testing is provided on campus in Walker Gym for students, faculty and staff who come to campus regularly during the summer and have not yet submitted proof of vaccination to Stevens. You may choose to be tested on campus or may use an off-site testing location and submit a negative test result online at https://my.stevens.edu/covidtest before coming to campus.
If you arrive without an appointment, you will be asked to schedule an appointment later in the day or on another day. To avoid that outcome, please register for your weekly test and schedule your appointment in advance for on campus COVID-19 testing.
If you are experiencing difficulty in accessing your test results through the portal, please contact [email protected] for support.
Stevens no longer requires that fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff participate in weekly COVID-19 testing. To qualify for a release from testing, fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff must provide a record of COVID-19 vaccination to Stevens via Workday and wait two weeks after their final dose before stopping their weekly testing. Fully vaccinated Tier One in-season athletes must continue to test even after submitting vaccination documentation.
All students and full-time and part-time employees, including but not limited to faculty, full-time staff, adjuncts, and part-time staff whose program of study or work assignment requires them to be on campus for the Fall 2021 semester must be vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine that has been authorized or granted emergency use authorization (EUA) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Limited exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement will be considered for medical and religious reasons. See the full text of the May 24th announcement and FAQs for more information on this requirement. The CDC has emphasized the benefits of COVID-19 vaccines and their effectiveness in preventing the transmission of COVID-19. For more information about statewide vaccination site locations visit https://covid19.nj.gov/vaccine.
Stevens will accept COVID-19 vaccines approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) or World Health Organization (“WHO”). As of today, June 1, 2021, the approved vaccine lists include vaccines manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Janssen/J&J, AstraZeneca/Oxford/Covishield, and Sinopharm (Beijing). Please continue to monitor these lists regularly as vaccination approvals may change.
All faculty, staff and students who have received all doses of the COVID-19 vaccine should promptly submit evidence of the vaccination (such as a vaccination card), including the vaccination date(s) and vaccine name, through Workday. Student instructions and employee instructions on how to submit your documents are available online. Stevens will keep individuals’ vaccination information confidential.
Guidance from the State of New Jersey
As of May 17, New Jersey residents returning home and travelers visiting New Jersey do not need to quarantine but should follow travel guidance from the CDC, the NJ Department of Health, and all local health and safety protocols of their travel destination. More information is available here, including guidance for international travel. International travelers must continue to follow guidance and advisories from the US Department of State.
The State of New Jersey guidelines for indoor and outdoor gatherings can be found at https://covid19.nj.gov/.
Reporting COVID-19 Symptoms and/or Positive COVID-19 Results
If any student, faculty, or staff member (living on campus or off campus) experiences COVID-19 symptoms, tests positive for COVID-19, or has close contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19, please self-isolate and immediately contact Stevens Student Health Services at 201-216-5678 or [email protected]. This protects you and those with whom you have been in close contact.