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: August 10, 2021
Subject: Health Advisory: Masking Guidelines; Vaccination Action Needed; Events and Meetings Guidelines; Third Party Use of Facilities; On-Campus Test Results; Testing Information; On-Campus Vaccines
Please review the updates below and follow the links for more information about Stevens’ operations and guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Face Mask Protocols
All faculty, staff, students and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear masks in all indoor, public campus spaces regardless of vaccination status. Exempt and partially vaccinated individuals are required to wear masks in public settings. All individuals may remove their mask in private spaces such as a personal office, residence hall room or an individual restroom. We will continue to closely monitor local COVID-19 transmission rates for masking guidance as reported by the Hoboken Health Department and will provide additional guidance as it becomes available.
Faculty and staff may request that individuals meeting with them in their private office space wear masks; if the individuals do not wish to wear a mask, the meeting may be held virtually. All members of our community should be flexible and respectful when asked to wear a mask. Please note that a masking requirement may be imposed for certain events and occasions in the coming academic year; advance notice of such a requirement will be provided to participants.
Masks and social distancing requirements will remain in effect for on-campus classes through the summer 2021 terms, regardless of vaccination status.
Vaccine Requirement: Action Needed
Students: The deadline to submit evidence of COVID-19 vaccine through Workday is this coming Monday, August 16. 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.
Employees: The August 1 deadline has now passed. If you have not submitted evidence of COVID-19 vaccination or received an exemption, contact Human Resources at [email protected] immediately.
See more information about the vaccine requirement here.
Fall 2021 Events and Meetings Guidelines
Please use the following guidelines when planning events and meetings for the fall semester:
- Masks are strongly recommended at all indoor meetings and events for fully vaccinated individuals and required for those with approved exemptions, as well as unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals.
- Vice Presidents and Deans may determine that participants must wear masks at specific large, indoor meetings and events.
- The meeting or event coordinator should give advance notice to participants about a mask requirement and should have masks on hand to provide to attendees without masks.
- When possible, events and meetings should be scheduled in larger spaces than necessary to accommodate the number of attendees, especially when catering is provided.
- Outdoor events are encouraged when possible.
- Student Life staff will work directly with student clubs and organizations to assist with decision-making for student-run events and meetings.
Third Party Usage of Campus Facilities
During the fall of 2021, third party usage of campus facilities will not be permitted. Additional guidance for the spring semester will be shared as it becomes available.
Update on Stevens COVID-19 Cases
Since the last email on August 3, one staff member who has not been on campus recently has tested positive for COVID-19. We have received 14 test results from on-campus testing conducted from August 2-6 through Bergen New Bridge Medical Center and none were positive.
Weekly COVID Testing: A Requirement for Vaccine Exemptions and Partially Vaccinated Individuals
Weekly COVID-19 testing takes place on Wednesdays from 9:00 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 regularly who is exempt from the vaccine requirement, who is not yet fully vaccinated or who has not provided evidence of vaccination to Stevens must participate in weekly COVID-19 testing. Vaccinated individuals do not participate in the weekly on-campus testing. Read more and register for a weekly test.
Pre-Arrival Test Required for Exempt, Unvaccinated and Partially Vaccinated Individuals Before Returning to Campus for Fall 2021
Students, faculty and staff with an approved exemption from the vaccination requirement or who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated 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. Visit the COVID-19 Testing website for more information.
On-Campus COVID-19 Vaccines
Stevens has arranged for Bergen New Bridge Medical Center to offer vaccines at the Student Center for the Stevens community through mid-September. Individuals interested in receiving a vaccine are encouraged to register in advance, but all walk-ins will be accepted. Please visit the On-Campus COVID Vaccination website for specific information including registration instructions and details regarding how to prepare for your vaccination appointment.
Reporting COVID-19 Symptoms and Positive COVID-19 Results
If any student, faculty or staff member experiences COVID-19 symptoms, tests positive for COVID-19, or has close contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19, please isolate and immediately contact Stevens Student Health Services at 201-216-5678 or [email protected].