COVID-19 information

The health of our community is a shared responsibility. Please do your part to limit exposure and spread of illness by following common sense steps such as staying away from campus when you’re ill - whether it’s with COVID-19, the flu or another infectious illness - and getting tested when symptomatic for COVID-19.

  • Return-to-campus testing for students (Winter term)

    All students should test for COVID-19 a day or two prior to returning to campus in January. If positive, you should inform Health Services of your result and isolate at home or away from campus for at least five days, consistent with current CDC guidance.

  • Vaccinations and boosters

    The College continues to require that all students, faculty and staff receive their initial schedule of COVID-19 vaccinations, along with at least one booster, unless granted a medical or religious exemption. We strongly encourage everyone to receive additional boosters as recommended by the CDC and their physician. If you have previously been granted an exemption by the College, you do not need to reapply.

    Boosters remain the best defense against serious illness from COVID-19

    The bivalent COVID-19 boosters released recently have proven to be particularly effective against the omicron strains and are now widely available. We were heartened by the response to the three booster clinics on campus this month, which filled up in short order and provided 120 people with this extra level of protection. While this booster is not required for members of the Union community, we strongly encourage everyone to get a booster when they are eligible.

  • Adjustments to masking rules
    • We are not going to require that masks be worn in classrooms or other public spaces on campus, but starting in January individuals will have the discretion to request that others wear a mask while in small, non-classroom spaces on campus, such as faculty and staff offices and residence hall rooms.

    • While an individual cannot require someone else to wear a mask, being part of a community means that we all care about the welfare of others. In that spirit, we strongly encourage others to be respectful of their colleagues making these requests and to comply whenever possible.

    • Similarly, those requesting that someone be masked should be willing to respect that there may be valid reasons for an individual to choose not to wear a mask. In those instances it may be preferable to conduct the interaction in another manner, such as via email or Zoom.

    • Employees wishing to be considered for a workplace accommodation to allow them to require others to wear masks in their workspaces due to medical concerns should contact HR for details about the process.

    • Additionally, we encourage everyone to be mindful when they are exhibiting mild symptoms of illness on campus and consider wearing a mask when around others in those situations. As a practical matter, we recommend that members of the community keep a mask with them at all times while on campus. Also, we would like to stress again that students and employees should not come to campus when sick, regardless of the illness.