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Campus Health and Safety

Introduction

The ĤƵ is committed to providing a safe and healthy campus environment that supports and sustains the singularity of the Scranton experience. The University will assess the impact of health and safety issues and implement appropriate measures on campus as warranted. The information below relates to the University's continued response to the SARS Co-V2 Pandemic. 

Vaccination

Grounded in our Catholic and Jesuit mission, and in a commitment to community that defines and distinguishes us, our Campus Health and Safety Measures are grounded in a shared responsibility to keep each other safe. Vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 virus is currently the best way to ensure the health and safety of our communities. The University recommends strongly that all members of our community, especially individuals with health conditions that place them at greater risk of serious illness, be vaccinated and remain current with boosters.

Masks

Instructors and employees with disabilities who wish to require high-quality masks (e.g., N95) be worn in instructional spaces (e.g., classrooms, laboratories) or workspaces for medical reasons must complete the necessary paperwork for a reasonable accommodation available from the Office of Equity & Diversity website.

Students who need medical accommodations should contact the Office of Student Support & Success (OSSS) for academic accommodation and the Office of Equity & Diversity for non-academic accommodation.

If an individual chooses to wear a mask, high-quality masks (e.g., N95, KN95 or KF94) are recommended. These  . All masks should be well-fitted and must cover both the mouth and nose.

Note: Individuals may ask, but not require, guests in personal spaces (i.e. offices, residence hall rooms, research laboratories) to wear a mask

Mask Availability

  • Students can secure high-quality masks from Student Health Services, Printing and Mailing facility on Jefferson Avenue, and from their respective deans' offices, or from University Police in the evening hours.
  • Departments can secure masks and other personal protective equipment by completing an online ordering form and emailing it to the Purchasing Department. Departments should monitor their use of PPE and request additional supplies 7-10 days before running out.

Isolation & Exposure

Members of the campus community who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate in accordance with . 

  • Staff and Administrators
    • Staff and administrators who are not able to work on campus due to illness should follow the protocols in place for their department or division and the guidelines included in the Staff and Administrators Handbook available through The Office of Human Resources website.
  • Students
    • Students can find additional information about isolation procedures, especially for those living in University residence halls, through the Student Health Services website.
    • Students requesting absence notifications due to illness must present medical documentation from a healthcare provider to the Dean of Students by emailing studentlife@scranton.edu. Testing for COVID or other common illnesses is available through Student Health Services.
      • Faculty will be notified of student absence of class due to illness via the Dean’s Offices in the same manner as with any other illness.
    • Students who need to isolate are encouraged to do so off- campus, if possible. If residential students are unable to do so, they must contact the Office of Residence Life to determine an isolation plan. Students may be guided to isolate in their assigned residence hall room.
  • Faculty
    • Faculty who are not able to teach due to illness should follow the Faculty Absence Policy as found on the Academic Policy Handbook page of the Office of the Provost.
Members of the campus community who have been exposed to COVID-19 should follow CDC Guidance –  The guidance includes the need to take the precaution of wearing a high quality mask “…as soon as you find out you were exposed” and continuing through 10 full days. The CDC recommends getting tested at least five full days after your last exposure.

Public and Other Access to Campus

Visitors, guests, contractors, or other non-members of the University community must comply with the Campus Health and Safety Measures. Individuals refusing to comply may be asked to leave campus by University Police.
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