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: July 27, 2021
Subject: Health Advisory: Vaccination Deadlines Approaching; On-Campus Test Results; On-Campus Testing; Employee Guidance for Returning to Work
Please stay up to date on Stevens’ operations and guidance regarding the COVID-19 pandemic by regularly visiting our website. It is important for all members of our community to remain vigilant against COVID-19, particularly as restrictions have lifted across the country and the Delta variant is causing a spike in cases locally and nationally. Stevens continues to monitor the developments from the CDC and local and state health agencies, and remains in contact with our healthcare advisor, Hackensack Meridian Health.
Vaccine Requirement Deadlines Approaching
All students and employees must submit evidence of COVID-19 vaccination by August 1 (employees) and August 16 (students). Students who do not submit their vaccination documentation or receive an authorized exemption by August 16 will be unenrolled from fall courses and their Stevens DuckCard will be deactivated; residential students will not be permitted to live in Stevens housing.
Students who are currently in progress towards vaccination but will not be fully vaccinated by August 16, as well as students who are located internationally and having difficulty getting vaccinated must complete this form as soon as possible, but no later than August 16, 2021, to inform Stevens of their plans regarding vaccination.
Student instructions and employee instructions on how to submit your documents are available online. Stevens will keep individuals’ vaccination information confidential. Please submit your documentation as soon as you have completed all doses of the vaccine.
See the FAQs for more information on this requirement.
Face Mask Protocols
A reminder that masks and social distancing requirements will remain in effect for on-campus classes through the summer 2021 terms, regardless of vaccination status. All exempt/unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear a mask in public but may remove their mask in private spaces such as a personal office, residence hall room or an individual restroom. Stevens supports those who choose to wear masks in all circumstances and will not permit retaliation of any kind against those exercising that choice.
Update on Positive COVID-19 Cases
Since the last email on July 20, no students, faculty or staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.
We have received 21 test results from on-campus testing conducted from July 19 - 23 through Bergen New Bridge Medical Center and none were positive.
Weekly COVID Testing - Summer Schedule
Weekly COVID-19 testing during the summer months takes place on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m. in Walker Gym. Any student, faculty, or staff coming to campus regularly who are not yet fully vaccinated must continue 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.
Please note: Employees who are returning to work on campus and are exempt from the vaccination requirement must join the weekly testing regimen as soon as they return to campus.
Any student or employee with an approved exemption who is coming to campus must register for weekly testing and schedule a testing 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.
Employees Returning to Work On Campus
Fully vaccinated faculty and staff who would like to begin transitioning back to their offices may do so at any time. Employees are no longer required to complete a daily health check through the CampusClear app.
Unvaccinated faculty and staff who have been granted a medical or religious exemption and are planning to come to campus must first participate in the weekly COVID-19 testing (see section above on Weekly COVID Testing).
Employees experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home and get tested, regardless of their vaccination or exemption status.
Students Returning to Campus for Fall 2021
Students with an approved exemption from the vaccination requirement are required to submit a negative COVID-19 viral/diagnostic test result online before returning to campus. This test must be taken within 5 days before returning to campus. COVID-19 antibody tests will not be accepted.
Those students with an approved exemption will be required to participate in weekly on-campus COVID-19 testing in the fall semester; more details will be communicated directly with exempt students in the coming weeks.
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.