Health & Wellness Policies and Procedures

This page was last updated on January 26, 2021, at 11:46 a.m.

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COVID-19 Testing

The College is following New York State recommendations with regard to COVID-19 testing.

See the latest information on the College's testing plan for the spring 2021 semester

Daily Self-Monitoring Symptom Check

COVID-19 presents differently in individuals, from being asymptomatic to severely ill. One important mitigation measure, along with social distancing, utilization of masks/face coverings, hand washing, and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces, is to employ a daily self-monitoring symptom check with the understanding that asymptomatic individuals can still be COVID-19 positive. All community members (students, faculty, and staff) are required to complete a daily self-monitoring symptom check through an online questionnaire and must be symptom free before coming to campus or leaving a residence hall. Individuals who live off campus must be free of any symptom related to COVID-19 to be on campus or to participate in campus activities.

Instructions on how to complete the self-monitoring symptom check are sent to students, faculty, and staff via email daily. 

COVID-19 symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. These symptoms or combinations of symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

What if a residential student tests positive for COVID-19? How will isolation/quarantine work?

Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 will be relocated to a room on campus that has been identified for isolation. Residential students who identify as a close contact (less than six feet apart for greater than 10 minutes) with a confirmed case will be relocated to a room on campus that has been identified for quarantine. Residential students in isolation or quarantine will have their health monitored by the SLC Health & Wellness Center, and will be provided with mental health support services, food, medicine, and necessary supplies. Students in isolation or quarantine on campus will only be allowed to return to campus activities when medically cleared by the Health & Wellness Center, in accordance with CDC and NYS DOH guidelines.

When a student is diagnosed with COVID-19, contact tracing to identify persons with a potential exposure will be coordinated through the Westchester County Department of Health and supported by the Health & Wellness Center.

What does it mean to be in isolation?

The CDC defines isolation as separating sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick, and quarantine as separating and restricting the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

What criteria will be used for clearance to return to campus activities from isolation?

  • Fever-free without the use of fever reducers for 24 hours AND
  • Symptoms have improved AND
  • It has been at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared

If a student tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms, the individual can be cleared to return 10 days after the test as long as the individual does not develop symptoms. If the individual develops symptoms during this time, then the individual must follow the criteria above using the date symptoms started as the first day of isolation.

What criteria will be used for clearance to return to campus activities after quarantine?

  • 14 days from last exposure AND
  • No symptoms developed during the 14 day period
If symptoms developed during the 14 day period, a student would start isolation from the date symptom(s) began and return to campus will be based on isolation clearance criteria.

Will students who reside off campus quarantine/isolate in a campus space?

Due to space constraints on campus, the College will not be able to isolate or quarantine students who reside off campus. Students residing off campus who test positive for COVID-19, or who believe that they have had contact with a confirmed case, should contact the Health & Wellness Center for instructions on how to isolate/quarantine and obtain medical and mental health support services during this time.

Will I need to wear a mask or face covering on campus?

Yes. Masks/face coverings (e.g., disposable masks or cloth face coverings) must be worn by all individuals on campus at all times in public settings (e.g., common workspaces, public spaces, hallways, stairwells, elevators, meeting rooms, classrooms, break-rooms, campus outdoor spaces, restrooms, etc.), even if social distancing is maintained.

Students will supply their own mask/face covering and must wear one when outside of their bedroom; if there is a person in the student’s bedroom who does not live in the student’s house/apartment, both parties must wear a mask or face covering and practice social distancing.

Residents of a house/apartment do not need to wear a face covering in their own house/apartment if they are solely accompanied by those they live with or if they are alone.

What kind of mask/face covering will I need?

Masks/face coverings (e.g., disposable masks or cloth face coverings) must cover the nose and mouth; individuals are not required to wear a surgical grade or N95 mask, but may choose to in accordance with their medical needs. Students must bring their own masks/face coverings from home. The covering can be homemade or purchased. It is recommended that students utilize comfortable, durable face masks/coverings that can be washed and reused.