To: Stevens Students, Faculty and Staff Members
From: Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Warren Petty, Vice President for Human Resources
Subject: Return to Campus Protocol and COVID-19 Testing for Spring 2021, COVID-19 Vaccine Information, Emergency Alerts and Contact Information
As some of our faculty and staff are preparing for the start of the Spring semester, we would like to remind the community of the proper procedures for returning to campus or coming to campus for the first time.
Initial COVID-19 Testing
Faculty and staff, including graduate students working in labs and student employees who are scheduled to be on campus or who have a hybrid (partially remote, partially on campus) work schedule, must be tested for COVID-19 and submit a negative test result no more than five days before their initial arrival on campus. Test results must be submitted through https://my.stevens.edu/covidtest. Please do not come to campus until you have received and submitted a negative test result.
Employees are responsible for making their own appointments and arranging for their testing. There are many local options for COVID-19 diagnostic testing which are listed here.
For faculty and staff returning to campus or coming to campus for the first time who may have difficulty arranging for a testing appointment close to home, as was the case in the fall, Stevens is offering free COVID-19 saliva testing through Bergen New Bridge Medical Center (BNBMC) on campus in Walker Gym. This is a highly sensitive PCR test but is not a rapid test and results are expected to be available in 72 hours. Employees may come to campus for the testing only, must leave campus immediately after the test, and quarantine until the results are received. Employees must register for their test and schedule an appointment for on-campus COVID-19 testing before coming for the test. Please review the campus testing schedule for testing dates.
Once approved by Human Resources to come to campus, faculty and staff must follow the Stevens Health Honor Code, complete an on-line training about COVID-19 and practice the proper health and safety procedures, including completing the daily Campus Clear Survey.
Weekly COVID-19 Testing
Faculty and staff, including graduate students working in labs and student employees who are scheduled to be on campus or who have a hybrid (partially remote, partially on campus) work schedule, must be tested weekly for COVID-19. If you prefer to be tested on campus, rather than arrange your own testing each week off campus, please make every effort to arrange your schedule to be on campus on the days that testing is available. In January, testing will be offered two days per week. Starting February 1, testing will be offered three days per week (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday).
Employees may arrange for their own weekly testing off-campus and submit their results through https://my.stevens.edu/covidtest by noon on Sunday each week or use Stevens on-campus testing option through Bergen New Bridge Medical Center (BMBMC). Employees testing on campus through BNBMC must register for their test and schedule an appointment for on-campus COVID-19 testing before coming for the test. Please review the campus testing schedule for testing dates.
Guidance on Travel to New Jersey from States, Countries and Territories With High Rates of COVID-19
The State of New Jersey is recommending that non-essential travel outside of New Jersey be avoided. Faculty and staff traveling from states, countries and territories outside the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware) to New Jersey need two negative COVID-19 tests – one negative test 1-3 days before travel and another negative test 3-5 days after travel. After arrival in New Jersey, individuals must quarantine until they receive the second negative result, and then must continue to quarantine until they have quarantined for seven days from when they arrived in New Jersey. A negative test result must be submitted online before arrival to Stevens.
Individuals who receive a positive test result from their first or second test should isolate for ten days from the date of the test, refrain from travel and notify Student Health Services.
Check here for updates on travel advisories since this information may change. Additional information can be found on the Stronger, Safer Stevens website.
Eligibility and Availability of COVID-19 Vaccine
The State of New Jersey has established guidelines for distribution of the vaccine. At this time, supply is limited. We encourage faculty and staff to pre-register in order to receive the most up to date information on when you may be eligible and how to schedule an appointment.
To pre-register in New Jersey, please use this link: https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/. For additional information about the phases and priorities, please review this website: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/vaccine. Please check back regularly as the guidance changes often.
The State of New York has provided information to determine if you are eligible and to schedule an appointment for the vaccine, check here: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/.
The City of Hoboken has launched a pre-registration process for those currently eligible for the vaccine. These groups are: healthcare workers, law enforcement personnel, seniors 65 years of age and older, as well as those ages 16-64 with medical conditions (as defined by the CDC that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus). More information and registration is available here.
Jersey City has provided a website with vaccine information for its residents, located here: https://jerseycitynj.gov/cms/one.aspx?portalId=6189744&pageId=17287319.
Faculty and Staff Members Visiting Campus or Inviting Visitors to Campus (Short-term Visits)
To promote a healthy and safe campus, we must continue to limit the number of visitors to campus and also track visitors for contact tracing. Stevens faculty and staff may request access for themselves or for short-term visitors for up to four hours. Individuals visiting more often or for a longer period of time each day should contact Human Resources and must be tested for COVID-19 before coming to campus. Please note:
A faculty or staff member must request permission for a short-term visitor or for themselves for a particular date, time and location. A faculty or staff member may request permission for their own short-term visit to campus and must use this approval process and register as a short-term visitor. Visitors are only allowed to visit the approved location and only during the approved time period. Students, including student employees, do not have the authority to and may not request permission for individuals to visit.
Sign Up or Update Your Contact Information for Stevens Emergency Alerts
All employees should register or update their contact information to receive Stevens Everbridge Emergency Alerts. The link for Stevens Alerts (Everbridge) registration is available through an icon on MyStevens. Stevens Emergency Alerts provide important information about campus closings, emergency situations or outages through texts and emails. In case there is a network outage or another event that impacts Stevens availability to contact you, be sure to include both your Stevens and personal email addresses as well as land-line and cell phone numbers.
Mental Health Resources for Students in Distress
Free, confidential mental health counseling and crisis intervention services for students are available through Counseling and Psychological Services located on the 2nd floor of the Wellness Center. If you are aware of student in a crisis situation or who may be having thoughts of death, dying or suicide, we provide support and response 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for psychological emergencies by calling Campus Police at 201-216-3911.
If you are concerned about a student in distress and are not sure what to do, and the student is NOT in immediate danger, you can share your concerns with the Stevens CARE Team. The CARE team is a network of Stevens professionals that provides academic, psychological, medical, and social support for students in need. All information provided is confidential. For any situation involving immediate danger or a threat of danger that is time sensitive, please call Campus Police at 201-216-3911.
We thank all members of our university community for doing their part to promote a safe and healthy campus. Our collective adherence to these proven practices made a significant difference last semester and we hope for the same for the Spring 2021 term.