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Student Vaccination Attestation Requirement

To protect the health and safety of students and other members of our campus community by preventing the transmission of COVID-19, all St. Cloud State University (SCSU) students living in university residence halls, participating in athletics, and/or participating in selected university activities must submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Students who are not vaccinated or do not wish to attest to their vaccination must undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing.

 

Update COVID-19 Guidance – SCSU Residence Halls November 2021

St. Cloud State University’s goal is to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff while our students continue to progress towards their educational goals.  Within our residential community, minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections (or any other spread of disease) at St. Cloud State University is a shared responsibility.  Every member of our community- including you- must do their part to protect the pack.

The residential strategies include:

  • Strongly encouraging residence hall students to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Contacting the SCSU Medical Clinic immediately if you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms (320-308-3191 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
  • Promptly notifying close contacts following a positive test result for COVID-19 is another important step you can take to protect our community, and is the right thing to do. We recommend the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH)  COVIDAwareMN app as a useful tool for receiving information from and providing information to close contacts.
  • Upholding university mask guidelines
  • Encouraging students to complete a daily Husky Health Check

 

Expectations of On-Campus Residents

It is necessary for residents to be mindful of their personal behaviors and acknowledge the role that they play in keeping themselves, their roommate, and others safe. This includes following campus safety guidelines to Protect the Pack. Such protections may include wearing a mask when required or if unvaccinated. As members of our residential community, students are expected to comply with Residential Life and University policies and guidelines related to public health; including but not limited to physical distancing; frequent hand-washing, self-monitoring; staying home when sick, etc.

 

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19 as a student in the Residence Halls

If you test positive for COVID-19, we strongly recommend you inform your individual close contacts that they may have been exposed and should seek testing. Please take the following steps:

  1. If you test positive for COVID-19, we strongly recommend you inform your individual close contacts that they may have been exposed and should seek testing. Click on this link for guidance on how to do so:  Please take the following steps: Review and act on  guidance about how to identify close contacts, isolation, quarantine, and additional steps to protect others
  2. During normal business hours (Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) Contact the St. Cloud State Medical Clinic at 320-308-3193..  The Medical Clinic will then contact SCSU Residential Life staff who will assist you with the isolation process based on the timeline provided by the Medical Clinic. After hours please contact the Res Life Duty phone at 320-980-6054.
  3. A representative from Residential Life will contact you to begin the process to move to isolation housing.  Students can also choose to leave the Residence Hall Community for their isolation period if they have an alternate location.
  4. Inform your course instructors that you will be unable to attend courses in person for the duration of your isolation.  If you need an absence notice on your behalf the Residential Life staff will coordinate with the office of Student Life and Development to have a notice sent.
  5. If you work on campus, reach out to your manager or supervisor to arrange for time off and request assistance with notifying those with whom you have had close contact if needed.

 

What to do if you are notified by someone that they have COVID-19 and you have been in close contact with them

If you are fully vaccinated and experiencing no COVID-like symptoms:

  1. Continue to attend classes and fully participate in all activities, including employment
  2. Get tested 3-5 days after the close contact or as soon as possible if you don’t know when you had close contact.
  3. Wear a mask indoors for 14 days following close contact or until your test result is negative

If you are fully vaccinated and have symptoms. Get tested as soon as possible. Avoid others for at least 10 days since your symptoms appeared or until you receive a negative test result.

 

If you are not fully vaccinated

  1. Get tested as soon as possible and 5-7 days after the exposure. Consider regular testing after that. Test locations in St. Cloud include:

COVID-19 testing at SCSU Medical Clinic

Students are able to get tested for COVID-19 conveniently and securely at the St. Cloud State Medical Clinic. 

To schedule a COVID test: call 320-308-3193. Our medical team will help determine the right test for you. 

 

COVID-19 testing in St. Cloud

Free saliva tests to any person who believes they need to be tested

  • Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 1710 Veterans Drive, St. Cloud
  • Schedule an appointment: Vault Health Registration Site
  • Results sent via email within 24-48 hours.

 

  1. You will need to quarantine for 14 days.  If you have a roommate, you will need to move to quarantine housing location or quarantine at an alternate location off-campus.
  2. Stay away from others regardless of symptoms. Avoid others for up to 14 days. If you feel like you need advice on the length of time to quarantine, call the St. Cloud State medical Clinic Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 320-308-3193.
  3. Protect others in your hall by wearing a mask, staying away from others, and taking other prevention steps.

 

What to do if you are sick

Please refer to SCSU Medical Clinic Guidance on what to do if you are sick.  DO NOT go directly to a medical facility without calling. 

 

Students can contact:

  • St. Cloud State Medical Clinic
    • Call with your COVID-19/Coronavirus health questions. Our medical team will answer your call Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Phone: 320-308-3193
  • Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Hotline
    • Phone: 651-297-1304 (Open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Toll free: 800-657-3504

 

Guests in Residence Halls

While residential students can have guests in our halls, the following expectations apply:

  • Guests must follow University masking guidelines.  When the University requires masks, all guests must wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
  • When masks are not required, guests who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a mask indoors. 
  • Guests who are sick or exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms should not enter the residence halls or come to campus.
  • Guests in the residence hall are expected to follow all University COVID-19 policies and recommendations. 

Guests who do not follow University Covid-19 policies and recommendations will be asked to leave the residence halls. 

Student Information

Plans are underway to safely deliver a Full Husky Experience for new and returning students who reside on campus. Our Residential Life team is pleased to offer a combination of double and single-occupancy room options, giving students a choice of having a roommate(s) this academic year. Community Advisors are a vital part of our tight-knit residential community who will facilitate in-person engagement opportunities for students to help create peer and campus connections that are vital for their success as a college student.

 

Key Essentials for Settling In: Drop & Go and Moving In

This August, Residential Life will continue to offer a "drop and go" option to ease the move-in process.  For those who do not participate in Drop & Go, we will hold a carefully organized move-in process offered prior to the start of the semester. To learn more about Drop & Go and Move-In options and how to sign-up: Fall Housing Preparations | St. Cloud State University (stcloudstate.edu)

 

Move-in and Testing Requirements   

Students who are fully vaccinated are  not required to take any additional steps for move-in.    

Students who are not fully vaccinated and/or vaccination status is unknown are required to test for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to accessing St. Cloud State residential halls or apartments on campus.   

Vaccinated Residential Students: 
Students can voluntarily show proof of vaccination status in advance of their arrival on campus via   MoveItSecurely  to upload and send a Covid-19 vaccine record to  medicalclinic@stcloudstate.edu .    MoveItSecurely transfers non-public/restricted data via a secure server.  Proof of vaccination can also be shared with SCSU Medical Clinic (see below for dates/details).   

Unvaccinated Residential Students:
 
 
Students who are not vaccinated or choose not to provide proof of vaccination are required to receive a molecular COVID-19 test (antigen tests are not accepted) within 72 hours of arriving on campus and demonstrate proof of a negative test result. For information on testing access and locations, visit the  CDC website .    

SCSU Medical Clinic Staff will be available to collect proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test at the following locations and times: 

Thursday, August 19: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Husky Den in Garvey Commons  
Friday, August 20 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Husky Den in Garvey Commons  
Monday –Friday, August 23-27, Eastman Hall, Medical Clinic (2 nd  floor) 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  

For those who are unable to get tested prior to arrival on campus, SCSU Medical Clinic Staff will be offering COVID-19 tests free of charge at the following locations and times:  

Thursday, August 19: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Husky Den in Garvey Commons  
Friday, August 20 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.    Husky Den in Garvey Commons  

All vaccination status information and test results will be treated as confidential, protected medical data, and will only be shared with SCSU Medical Clinic and MDH staff.   

 

Dining Services
Chartwells will be open for the full dining experience, with dining strategies that include greater distancing between tables and high-level hygiene protocols for employees. At times, the dining experience will be modified to meet campus safety protocols.

 

Dining when masks are required:
When the University requires masks, Chartwells will serve meals using the following guidelines:

  • Students/customers should wear masks at all times in residential dining areas until seated at their table for dining.
  • Signage will be posted encouraging physical distance while dining.
  • Students are encouraged to sit only with those they live with (roommates or other floor community members).
  • Seating will be adjusted to full capacity.
  • Chartwells employees will complete a COVID-19 Self-assessment prior to reporting in for shifts.
  • Self-service will resume in Garvey commons
  • Utensils and other high touch areas will be cleaned and sanitized every 15 minutes. 

 

Dining when masks are not required:
When masking is not required on campus, those who are unvaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear masks when in public areas such as residential dining areas. Chartwells dining will serve meals using the following guidelines:  

  • Unvaccinated students/customers are strongly encouraged to wear masks at all times in residential dining areas until seated for dining.
  • Seating will be adjusted to full capacity.   
  • Customer facing dining staff will continue to wear masks. 
  • Chartwells employees will complete a Covid Self-assessment prior to reporting in for shifts.
  • Self-service will continue in Garvey commons.
  • Utensils and other high touch points will be cleaned and sanitized every 15 minutes.

 

 

Medical Clinic

The Medical Clinic, located in Eastman Hall, provides general medical services related to COVID-19. 

COVID-19 related services:

  • Vaccinations
  • Testing
  • Pre-Travel Consults
  • Exposure/Educational Consults

Scheduling an Appointment

 

 

Health and Safety Measures

St. Cloud State University holds the health, safety and welfare of our campus community as paramount. Residential Life is working closely with the St. Cloud State University Medical Clinic and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to implement strategies to reduce transmission opportunities, the potential for outbreaks, and protect vulnerable populations.

These residential strategies include:

  • Strongly encouraging residence hall students to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The higher the number of students who are vaccinated the lower the risk of Covid-19 transmissions in our residence hall communities. As we mitigate risk, students will be able to participate in community-building activities that create new friendships and lasting memories.
  • Upholding University mask guidelines and guiding students as they may be required to wear masks in all indoor public and common areas and within the residence halls regardless of vaccination status.
  • Encouraging students to complete a daily Husky Health Check.  This is a self-evaluation for students to assess their overall health and determine next steps if they are experiencing any new or worsening symptoms that might be COVID-19.
  • Connecting students who are not feeling well to the SCSU Medical Clinic for guidance on managing symptoms, on getting tested, and possible isolation. Students should: 320-308-3191
  • Encouraging frequent and effective hand-washing while providing a clean environment with sanitizing and disinfecting procedures as recommended by the CDC and MDH. This includes community bathroom cleaning and sanitization each morning and afternoon. Hand sanitizer stations will be located within each residence community.

 

Isolation and Quarantining
While we have a strong prevention plan in place, we understand that students will occasionally let their guard down or may unknowingly become exposed to or infected with COVID-19 when playing it safe. Some essential information when this may occur is listed below:

  • Residence hall students who report that they have tested positive for COVID-19 have the option to isolate in designated campus housing or they may choose to isolate at their permanent address. Meals for students in isolation housing will be delivered.
  • Fully vaccinated students who are exposed to Covid-19 will not need to quarantine, but if they develop symptoms they should get tested, stay home and away from others. If a vaccinated student tests positive, they may choose to isolate in designated housing or their permanent address.
  • Students who are not vaccinated and who are exposed to Covid-19 will need to quarantine for 14 days. If the student has a roommate, those who were exposed will need to move to the quarantine housing location.  Meals for students who reside in quarantine housing will be delivered.

 

Expectations of On-Campus Residents

It is necessary for residents to be mindful of their personal behaviors and acknowledge the role that they play in keeping themselves, their roommate, and others safe. This includes following campus safety guidelines to Protect the Pack. Such protections may include wearing a mask when required or if unvaccinated. As members of our residential community, students are expected to comply with Residential Life and University policies and guidelines related to public health; including but not limited to physical distancing; frequent hand-washing, self-monitoring; staying home when sick, etc.

 

Guests in Residence Halls

While residential students can have guests in our halls, the following expectations apply:

  • Guests must follow University masking guidelines.  When the University requires masks, all guests must wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
  • When masks are not required, guests who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a mask indoors. 
  • Guests who are sick or exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms should not enter the residence halls or come to campus.
  • Guests in the residence hall are expected to follow all University COVID-19 policies and recommendations. 

Guests who do not follow University Covid-19 policies and recommendations will be asked to leave the residence halls. 

 

 

 

 

This information is subject to change in response to the evolving conditions of COVID-19.
Revised:
11/15/2021

 

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