Health & Wellness Policies and Procedures

This page was last updated on September 3, 2021

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COVID-19 Testing

In order to ensure that we have a full understanding of our community’s health at the start of the fall semester, the College strongly recommends that all students, both residential and commuter, be tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of their first day on campus.

In addition to this recommendation, the College will conduct rapid COVID-19 tests for all residential students at check-in on their move-in day.

Students who have not been vaccinated (due to a religious or medical exemption) will be required to participate in weekly COVID-19 rapid testing on campus throughout the semester.  Students will be scheduled for a regular weekly testing time.

Students who present with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, regardless of their vaccination status, will be tested for COVID-19. Students will be placed in isolation on campus until the COVID-19 PCR test results return. Students who test positive in a rapid COVID-19 test or a COVID-19 PCR test will also be placed in isolation on campus.

What is Sarah Lawrence's vaccination policy?

The College's vaccination policy is as follows:

  • All residential and commuter students—both undergraduate and graduate—are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, barring an approved medical or religious exemption
  • All employees of the College must provide documentation of full vaccination by October 15, barring an approved medical or religious exemption
  • All visitors to campus over age 12, including family members, guest speakers, and vendors, must be fully vaccinated
    • Individiuals under age 12 must provide proof of a negative COVID test taken 72 hours before their visit to campus

Are masks required on campus?

Yes. All faculty, staff, students, and campus visitors must wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. The exception to this policy will be for individuals dining indoors, students in their own residence rooms/apartments, and faculty or staff in a private office. A private office is defined as a designated space, occupied by one person with a closed door; it does not include open, shared spaces that are accessible to others (such as cubes, an office with a shared photocopier/printer that others will be routinely accessing, etc.) Anyone working in such a space is required to wear a mask at all times due to the likelihood of foot-traffic around their work space. In addition, masks must be worn in hallways, elevators, and shared bathrooms.

Unvaccinated individuals are also required to wear masks outside when gathering with others.

What kind of mask/face covering is acceptable?

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.

For more on types of face masks and coverings, and how to ensure a proper fit, visit the CDC's guidance page.

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

Residential students who test positive for COVID-19, or who are tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting a PCR result, will be relocated to a room on campus that has been identified for isolation. Unvaccinated 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?

  • 10 days from last exposure AND
  • No symptoms developed during the 10 day period

If symptoms developed during the 10 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.