For Unvaccinated & Not Fully Vaccinated Students, Fall 2021
To resume campus life this fall, Puget Sound requires all students, staff, and faculty to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Students may request an exemption for medical or religious reasons. In an effort to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 at Puget Sound, we have developed the following requirements for unvaccinated students living on campus. These requirements also apply to not fully vaccinated students until they reach full vaccination. A not fully vaccinated student is someone who has not completed the required vaccine doses or has not finished the “waiting” period for the vaccine to be fully effective. All unvaccinated students and not fully vaccinated students living on campus will be required to acknowledge that they have read and agree to uphold these requirements by signing the Contract for Unvaccinated & Not Fully Vaccinated Students with Counseling, Health, and Wellness staff.
Students who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated MUST wear face coverings on campus. Acceptable face coverings include masks and two-layered gaiters that cover your mouth and nose securely. Bandanas and scarves are not considered acceptable face coverings.
- While indoors in all campus buildings
- In lounges, common spaces, and hallways;
- If you have a guest in your bedroom; and
- In bathrooms, your face covering may be removed only while doing personal grooming that is not possible with a mask on (e.g., showering, brushing teeth, washing face, etc.).
Unvaccinated students may remove face coverings ONLY:
- In your personal bedroom with your roommate;
- In the residence hall/shared bathroom when grooming that is not possible with a mask on (e.g., showering, brushing teeth, washing face, etc.); and
- When eating and drinking.
Students are expected to launder and care for their own cloth masks and are responsible for any costs associated with cleaning their cloth masks. Information on recommended face coverings and instructions on the use of and care for face coverings is available from the CDC.
Quarantine and Isolation
Unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated students will need to quarantine or isolate during certain times. There are two categories for quarantine:
- Arrival Quarantine: All students are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result taken 4 days before arriving. Unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated students will move into quarantine housing until they receive a second negative test result. During this arrival quarantine period, students are allowed to leave your room to:
- use the restroom,
- pick up food from the Diner,
- pick up books from the Logger Store,
- pick up mail and packages from the mailroom, and
- take a brief walk/run outside
- Exposure Quarantine: Unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated students living on campus are required to move into quarantine housing if it is determined, through contract tracing, that they have been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. During their stay in Exposure Quarantine, students are allowed to leave their room to use the restroom or pick up delivered meals to the residence hall.
- Isolation: All (vaccinated, unvaccinated, or not fully vaccinated) students living on campus who test positive for COVID-19 are required to move into isolation housing. During this isolation period, students are allowed to leave their room to use the restroom or pick up delivered meals to their residence hall.
COVID-19 Asymptomatic Surveillance Testing
All unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated students are required to weekly asymptomatic testing until they are fully vaccinated. Asymptomatic testing must be completed twice weekly for on-campus students, and once weekly for off-campus students. On-campus students must drop off their first test of the week by Tuesday at 3 p.m., and their second test of the week by Friday at 3 p.m.. Test kits can be picked up and dropped off at Counseling, Health, & Wellness Services, Wheelock Student Center, room 216.
What happens if I don’t test?
If you miss a test, you will receive an email or phone call reminder to test. If you do not follow through on testing after the reminder by completing a test within the next day, you will be referred to Rights & Responsibilities. It is your responsibility to check your campus email messages regularly. Failing to check email does not preclude you from a referral to conduct. Please see Accountability below for more information.
All unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated students are required to complete a daily screening prior to attending any in-person activities. Students can access the daily screening through myPugetSound. Failure to fill out the daily screening by 1pm each day will result in receiving an email or phone call reminder. After being reminded, if you do not fill out your daily screening by 5 p.m., you will be referred to Rights & Responsibilities. Please see Accountability below for more information.
If the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department determines that there is a COVID-19 outbreak on campus, unvaccinated individuals must leave campus and will not be allowed to return until 14 days have passed since the last positive case was recorded. No refunds for tuition, meal plans, travel, or on-campus housing will be issued in this case. Students must work with their professors to develop, in advance of any outbreak, an approved plan for remote class, make up assignments, or taking a leave of absence. In addition, students and their support system must develop a plan for assisting the student in leaving campus and seeking alternative housing arrangements (non-campus housing) in the event of an outbreak.
Unvaccinated students must abide by these requirements. All alleged violations of the requirements will be referred to Rights & Responsibilities for a fair process through our conduct procedure. Abiding by these requirements is paramount to the safety and well-being of our community. As such, if a student is found responsible for violating any of these requirements three times, the student may be removed from campus.
- The first violation may result in a warning.
- The second violation may result in an educational conversation with CHWS and an educational assignment.
- After the third violation*, students may be removed and trespassed from campus and may no longer be able to attend classes until the COVID-19 requirements are lifted. For students living on campus, this may mean eviction from campus housing.