COVID-19

COVID-19 HEALTH & SAFETY
Aquinas College is committed to providing our students with a safe and healthy campus where they can thrive in all of their pursuits. We remain proud of our Saints who demonstrated remarkable respect and care for each other’s well-being during the past few years. The College will continue to foster this positive environment and assess its COVID-19 response in light of recommendations from medical, public health, government and higher education experts. The following explains our current COVID-19 response and applies to students and employees living, working and studying on campus.

TESTING
Students and employees are responsible for scheduling their own tests and the associated costs, which are often covered by health insurance. In addition to the on-campus AQ Health Center operated by Trinity Health, the Kent County Health Department maintains a list of COVID-19 testing sites. Home tests can be purchased at most pharmacies.

STUDENTS: STAY HOME IF YOU KNOW OR THINK YOU HAVE COVID
This section applies to students that are living, working or taking classes on campus. Students who are away from campus should follow the guidance of their certified medical professional and the CDC.

A student who tests positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms should stay home/in their dorm room and complete the Student COVID-19 Symptom Reporting Form found on EngageAQ or the AQ CARES app. The Office of the Dean of Students will contact you with next steps. If you have questions or concerns, contact Alicia Lloyd, Dean of Students, at aal006@aquinas.edu.
  
Students are responsible for communicating with their instructors and/or supervisors about missed classes or assignments, or work.

EMPLOYEES: STAY HOME IF YOU KNOW OR THINK YOU HAVE COVID
This section applies to faculty and staff of the College. Students who are working on campus should consult the section immediately above.

An employee who tests positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms should stay home and complete the Employee COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form found on ACORN. Human Resources will contact you with next steps. If you have questions or concerns, call Human Resources at 616-632-2498.

Employees are responsible for communicating with their supervisors when they are unable to work

CLOSE CONTACT, QUARANTINE & ISOLATION
Aquinas College follows CDC guidance for determining “close contact” and quarantine and isolation requirements for students and employees. We have tried to provide the most concise resources below to explain CDC guidance but we know these still can be a little confusing. If you have questions after reading the following, please contact Alicia Lloyd, Dean of Students, at aal006@aquinas.edu if you are a student, or Human Resources at 616-632-2498 if you are an employee.

Residential students are required to quarantine/isolate at their permanent residences. Students who have a hardship and need to quarantine/isolate on campus can fill out the Quarantine/Isolation Room Request Form with Residence Life.

Students are responsible for communicating with their instructors and/or supervisors about missed classes or assignments, or missed work due to quarantine/isolation. 

MASKING
Wearing a mask is optional throughout the Aquinas College campus with two exceptions:

  1. When an individual instructor requires masks in a classroom, laboratory or other academic space. Each faculty member has the autonomy to require masking in their instructional environments and will communicate any decisions about mask requirements to the affected students.
  2. When an individual is instructed to wear a mask as part of the COVID-19 protocols due to close contact or a positive COVID-19 test, in which case they must also wear masks on campus according to CDC guidelines. 

COVID-19 VACCINATIONS
Aquinas College does not require COVID-19 vaccinations for students or employees. Per public health guidance, the College strongly encourages members of the campus community to get vaccinated and boostered if they are medically able to do so. Please note, the CDC quarantine/isolation guidelines that the College follows are less restrictive for those who have been fully vaccinated. The State of Michigan provides information on the COVID-19 Vaccine and resources to find vaccination locations.