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Fall 2021 COVID-19 Guidance

We are excited to return to in-person classes and activities this fall. As we continue to monitor COVID-19 vaccination progress, locally and across the nation, we have updated our campus plans for the fall term. Please note that our policy continues to be based on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and can change based on new information at any time.

Vaccine Policy

Now that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has received full FDA approval, Bellarmine University requires all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated. This requirement applies to all undergraduates and graduates, both full- and part-time students. Some Health Profession Programs/Majors that include clinical experiences with healthcare providers already required the COVID-19 vaccine. Students, faculty and staff may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons. Being vaccinated helps protect you, your family and your community.

All students, faculty and staff are required to provide their vaccination status. Learn more about submitting your vaccination status, testing protocols and the required vaccination timeline below in the 'Vaccine Information' section.

Masks and Distancing

All vaccinated students, faculty, staff and visitors will be required to wear face coverings while indoors in places where physical distancing is not feasible, such as classrooms, hallways during class transitions, meeting rooms, and the dining hall (when not eating or drinking). If you are not fully vaccinated, you must continue to wear a face covering indoors, unless you are eating, and outdoors if you cannot be physically distanced from others.

Quarantine Protocol

Our quarantine protocol has been updated. Please see the 'contact tracing and case management' section below for more info.

  • Vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine if they have been exposed, but they will be required to wear a face covering and get tested 3-5 days following exposure. If vaccinated individuals have symptoms, quarantine and contact the Office of Health Services.  
  • Unvaccinated students experiencing symptoms or who are exposed to someone who is symptomatic or positive for COVID-19 will need to quarantine for a minimum of 7 days. Individuals who contract COVID-19 will isolate for 14 days. Space on campus for isolation and quarantine is very limited. Residential students will be encouraged to isolate or quarantine off campus.   
  • If an individual is feeling symptomatic or has been exposed to an individual with COVID-19, they should contact the Office of Health Services immediately. Staff members in the Office of Health Services can also discuss these protocols and consult with community members about their risk of contracting COVID-19. 

Vaccine Information

It is proven that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and they are widely available in our area. Fully vaccinated people experience a high degree of protection from the virus, and there is evidence that they are much less likely to transmit the virus to others. Our ability to maintain a near-normal fall semester is based on most members of our community being vaccinated. We will continually monitor the latest guidance and will communicate with the campus community whenever our own policies are updated. If you have any questions, please email healthservices@bellarmine.edu

Now that Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine has received full FDA approval, Bellarmine University requires all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated.

Vaccinations on Campus: We will be offering vaccines this Monday, September 27 from 8 a.m. to noon in Frazier Hall. If you are not vaccinated, you can register for an appointment with our partner Wild Health below.


Vaccinations off Campus: A comprehensive list of vaccination sites can be found on the Kentucky Regional Vaccination Locations page, the Indiana.gov site and at Vaccines.gov.

COVID-19 Vaccination Timeline

  • Pfizer or Moderna vaccine recipients must receive their first dose by September 7, 2021 and their second dose by October 8, 2021.
  • Johnson & Johnson recipients must receive their single dose by October 8, 2021.

Immunization Policy

The university updated its immunization policy here.

  • If you are a student, please upload your immunization record here.  
  • If you are a faculty or staff member, please visit One.Bellarmine to upload your vaccination record.
  • Until you are fully vaccinated, unvaccinated faculty, staff and students are subject to routine mandatory COVID-19 testing.
  • Some Health Profession Programs/Majors that include clinical experiences with healthcare providers already required the COVID-19 vaccine.

Exemption Policy

  • Students should visit our Immunization Records page to submit their Exemption Request Form.
  • Faculty and staff members should contact their HR business partner to start the exemption process.

Testing

WildHealth testing clinics will take place on Mondays (excepting university holidays) from 8 am - Noon in Frazier Hall. Testing is free and you do not need to register or set an appointment time in advance. You will need to provide your Bellarmine email address to receive your results.

In an effort keep our campus community safe, all unvaccinated or partially-vaccinated students and employees are required to participate in weekly testing. Testing is open to the campus community. If you are unable to participate in on-campus testing, you can submit a negative test result from within 3 days of your mandatory testing date. You can register for a test or uploading a copy of your off campus test results below.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home and contact your primary care physician. If you are symptomatic and would like to be tested for COVID-19, please contact healthservices@bellarmine.edu or visit https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-covid-testing to find a testing location convenient to you.  

Contact Tracing and Case Management

Students who report symptoms or exposure should contact the Office of Health Services immediately. Employees who report symptoms should contact their HR Business Partner and supervisor. Students and employees should stay at home or in their residence hall room and seek guidance from the Office of Health Services. 

Any student or employee who receives positive diagnosis should report it to the Office of Health Services. This will be identified as a “case” (a person who has or is presumed by a provider to have COVID-19). Individuals with a case will be instructed to isolate to prevent transmission of the virus. Employees should also notify their Human Resources Business Partner and supervisor. 

Any student or employee who has potentially been exposed should report it to the Office of Health Services. This will be identified as a “contact” (a well person who has been exposed to a case or a case’s environment such that they had an opportunity acquire the infection--less than 6 feet for 15 minutes or more). Contacts will be instructed to quarantine by separating themselves from others to prevent transmission and restrict activities outside of their home. 

  • Students who are in healthcare clinical settings, caring for COVID-19 patients, have different guidelines defining an exposure. Please reference the CDC guidelines for the complete definition. 
  • Employees should also notify their supervisor.

Information

Face Covering FAQs

Based on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, all students, faculty, staff and visitors will be required to wear face coverings while indoors in places where physical distancing is not feasible, such as classrooms, hallways during class transitions, meeting rooms, and the dining hall (when not eating or drinking).

What if I have a health concern about wearing a face covering?

Where do I not have to wear a face covering on campus?

  • Inside your residence hall room if you are a residential student
  • Outdoors is physically distanced at least six feet from others

How to properly wear a face covering:

Putting on a face covering
Wash hands for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer before applying face covering. Touch the face covering as little as possible to avoid cross-contamination. Once it’s in place, do your best not to touch the outside of the covering or touch your face. Wash hands or use hand sanitizer after inadvertently touching your face covering. We recommend not placing it around your neck or up on your forehead.

How to properly wear a face covering
Your face covering should always cover both your nose and mouth.

Removing a face covering
To safely remove your face covering, first wash your hands for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer. Avoid touching either the outside or the inside of the covering a much as possible. Remove by the ties or area that has not been near your mouth or nose. Do not shake the covering once you have taken it off.

Care, storage and laundering of a face covering
Keep face coverings in a paper bag or a sealable plastic bag. Replace your face coverings if they become soiled, damaged or visibly contaminated. It is recommended not to use a cloth face covering more than once a day without washing it. Wash your face covering in the sink or the washing machine with hot water and detergent. Make sure you wash your hands before touching your freshly laundered face covering.

Read more about face coverings by visiting the CDC website.

Classroom Instruction

Undergraduate

  • The overwhelming majority of undergraduate courses will be delivered in-person.
  • Exceptions include courses designed to serve our new degree completion program, our new software and data engineering program, our distance MLS degree program, and undergraduate courses that were delivered online prior to the COVID pandemic.

Graduate

  • Graduate programs that were in-person before the pandemic will resume in-person instruction.
  • Classes that were online before the pandemic will continue online.
  • Several graduate programs have used the online instructional experience to consider or implement all online programs. Please consult your program coordinator or department chair for more information on the delivery method for your graduate courses.
COVID-19 Information & Health Tips

For the latest on COVID-19, visit these websites:

What health precautions can I take?

  • We continue to encourage members of the university community to take precautions and exercise good health practices.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Do not attend class or work.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • World Health Organization: When and how to wear a mask

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. The university is engaging in enhanced cleaning of common areas.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

What if I feel sick?

If you feel sick, stay home and seek healthcare services as needed. Take care of yourself and stay home until at least 24 hours after any fever ends.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. If you are experiencing these symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider and Student Health Services. Do not visit your provider until you have first contacted them, as they may need to make special arrangements for your visit. Bellarmine students can also take advantage of Norton eCare Visits over the Internet.

If you have questions about the virus, please contact Student Health Services by email or at 502.272.8313. 

Students who are experiencing anxiety about COVID-19 can contact the Counseling Center. Faculty or staff can engage the university’s employee assistance program; details are available on One Bellarmine.

Key campus contact information