To: Stevens Students, Faculty and Staff Members
From: Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Date: June 8, 2021
Subject: Health Advisory: On-Campus Test Results; On-Campus Testing; Revised Visitor and Face Mask and Social Distancing Protocols; Vaccination Requirement
Today’s message from President Farvardin provided information on the changes in Stevens’ protocols as we transition back to normal campus operations. Those changes have been summarized below, along with results from weekly on-campus COVID-19 testing. Stay up to date on Stevens’ operations and guidance regarding the COVID-19 pandemic by regularly visiting our website.
Change in Face Mask Protocols
As noted in the message from President Farvardin earlier today, effective immediately, Stevens has lifted outdoor and indoor mask and social distancing requirements, with the following important exceptions:
- On-campus classes – Masks and social distancing requirements will remain in effect for on-campus classes through the Summer 2021 terms, regardless of vaccination status.
- Unvaccinated individuals – Unvaccinated individuals who are unable to social distance must continue to wear a mask.
We strongly urge all unvaccinated individuals to continue wearing a mask in public. Stevens supports those who choose to wear masks in all circumstances and will not tolerate retaliation of any kind against those exercising that choice.
Newly Revised Visitor Protocols
Short-term visitors are not required to demonstrate proof of vaccination or COVID-19 testing before coming to campus and are no longer required to register, except for visitors attending admissions tours and events which require advance registration.
Consultants and vendors who occasionally come to campus are not required to be vaccinated but must follow all COVID-19 guidelines when on campus. Consultants or others who come to campus regularly and interact with students and employees will be required to be vaccinated or have an exemption.
Vaccinated employees working remotely no longer need to seek approval through the visitor process to come to campus.
Update on Positive COVID-19 Cases
Since my email on June 1, no students, staff or faculty have tested positive for COVID-19.
We have received 57 test results from on-campus testing conducted from May 31-June 4 through Bergen New Bridge Medical Center (BNBMC) and none were positive.
Weekly COVID Testing - Summer Schedule
Weekly COVID-19 testing during the summer months takes place on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Walker Gym. Please register for your weekly test and schedule your appointment in advance. If you are experiencing difficulty in accessing your test results through the portal, please contact [email protected] for support.
Individuals who cannot come to campus on Wednesdays must arrange for their own weekly testing off-campus and submit a negative test result online at https://my.stevens.edu/covidtest before coming to campus.
For the summer 2021 transition period, any students, faculty or staff coming to campus regularly who are not yet vaccinated must continue to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing. Fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff are no longer required to 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.
Daily Health Checks Required
For individuals coming to campus regularly, daily health checks with the CampusClear app, originally required as Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 192, are still required per Executive Order 243.
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, Sinopharm (Beijing), and Sinovac-CoronaVac (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.
Travel for Stevens business purposes is now permitted subject to guidance by the CDC, the U.S Department of State and the State of New Jerseyand in accordance with the Stevens Business Travel and Expense Policy. Manager approval is required before non-refundable travel arrangements are made. The health and safety of our community is a shared responsibility: anyone traveling to high-risk destinations should follow all advisories and comply with testing and quarantine guidance issued by the CDC.
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.