To: Stevens Students, Faculty and Staff Members
From: Sara Klein, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Warren Petty, Vice President for Human Resources
Date: September 27, 2021
Subject: Additional On-Campus Testing Protocols
In response to a request from the Faculty Senate and due to the changing environment of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stevens will introduce randomized testing of the on-campus population beginning next Wednesday, October 6, 2021. This protocol will augment the current campus testing requirements already in place. This initiative is to further increase the comfort level of the on-campus faculty, staff, and students.
Although there is no evidence that random testing decreases the spread of COVID-19 in a community that is fully vaccinated, according to Hackensack Meridian Health, Stevens’ medical advisor, and guidance from the CDC, it is apparent that our community is interested in further enhancing current safety protocols.
Stevens will begin implementation of randomized testing for all members of the community on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. On Thursday of each week, individuals selected at random will be notified by email to register and schedule an appointment for on-campus testing on the coming Wednesday. Stevens will cover all costs of the weekly randomized testing. We will continue weekly randomized testing for the duration of the fall semester.
There will be no change to the weekly testing requirement for those who have an approved exemption. All student, faculty or staff coming to campus who are exempt from the vaccine requirement or who are not yet fully vaccinated must continue to participate in the required weekly COVID-19 testing.
Stevens also offers on-campus COVID-19 PCR testing on weekdays through Student Health Services for symptomatic individuals or those who have been deemed a close contact after direct contact to an individual who tests positive for COVID-19. Students, faculty, or staff members should contact Student Health Services for additional information. In addition to on-campus testing, local testing options are listed here.
We appreciate your continued cooperation with the Health Honor Code and your collaborative efforts to keep our campus safe.