Frequently Asked Questions
Are faculty and staff going to be tested before they return to campus?
All staff and faculty must be vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious exemption prior to returning to the campus on August 16, 2021. Employees with an approved exemption will be required to continue testing and may be subject to associated costs. Wastewater testing will continue at no cost to employees.
I’m an employee and need to get tested. Can I use the Student Health Center?
Employees may not use the Student Health Center. Employees must test off-campus at a facility of their choice (e.g., pharmacy, doctor’s office, urgent care center) and rapid test results are acceptable. Test results must be received weekly by Friday at 4pm. Test results may be dropped off in-person to the Office of Human Resources or sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m an employee and have been told I need to test off-campus. Where do I need to go and where do I send results?
As of August 16, 2021, all employees of Goucher College are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a pending or approved medical or religious exemption request. Employees in the process of becoming vaccinated or with a pending/approved exemption are required to provide weekly negative COVID-19 test results to the Office of Human Resources.
Employees may test off-campus at a facility of their choice (e.g., pharmacy, doctor’s office, urgent care center) and rapid test results are acceptable. Test results must be received weekly by Friday at 4pm. Test results may be dropped off in-person to the Office of Human Resources or sent to email@example.com.
How can employees best equip themselves to support their ongoing mental health after returning to campus?
The Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) through BHS provides 24/7 free, confidential, in-the moment-support to employees and their household members to help with personal or professional problems. Counseling services, community discounts, financial and legal consultation services, and childcare and eldercare referrals are also available. Take advantage of the numerous athletic and fitness opportunities as well, including Goucher’s walking trails.
What should faculty/staff tell a student to do if they share that they have symptoms consistent with COVID-19?
If a student has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they should call or email the Student Health Center (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What should faculty/staff tell a student who share that they have been exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19?
If a student has been exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19, they should use the COVID reporting form.
Will faculty be informed about a student who tests positive to COVID-19?
If a student is positive, the Student Health Center (SHC) will inform the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies (APUS), who will then inform the faculty member that the student will not be able to attend class in person. APUS will not specify why the student may not be able to attend class as medical information is confidential.
How should faculty accommodate students who are not officially quarantining but who are waiting for test results and are asymptomatic?
If students are vaccinated and asymptomatic, CDC is not suggesting for them to quarantine while they await results.
How should faculty accommodate students who may be not officially quarantining but who have symptoms associated with COVID?
Students are being advised to quarantine if they are symptomatic. This is also a CDC recommendation. All faculty members have attendance policies in place which should be enforced. It is at professors and instructors’ discretion to grant any requests for excused absences or online instruction stemming from individual case-to-case circumstances. It is also at professors and instructors’ discretion to determine the specific nature of these reasonable instructional adaptations for individual case-to-case students. However, faculty should still abide by APC guidelines for online instruction:
- The default expectation for both faculty and students is that classes will be in-person in the fall, with few exceptions for either.
- Students unable to attend classes because they are in quarantine may receive permission to attend classes online temporarily. See Quarantine and Isolation Policy (PDF). In these cases, faculty will receive an email from the associate provost for undergraduate studies informing them that the student will contact them in a timely manner to inquire about how to makeup missed classwork.
Is Goucher College consulting with an epidemiologist?
There will be various interpretations of the CDC guidelines including that one epidemiologist may not agree with another. We are not contracted with a specific epidemiologist, but our team is constantly conversing with local colleagues, the health department, and participating in webinars about best practices based on CDC guidelines that include epidemiologists. It is also important for any faculty and staff member to know that they are always welcome and encouraged to be tested when they want. Here is the link for local FREE testing sites https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/covid-19/testing. Additionally, HR has shared how tests can also be charged to health plans versus paying out of pocket for testing.
Please check the following websites for any other questions you might have:
Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies: