See updates on our fall 2021 plans at aquinas.edu/saintstogether.

Communication and Information

Aquinas College will share the latest information via the Saints Together website, the primary source for information, guidance and answers about the fall semester. Information about the coronavirus can be found at aquinas.edu/coronavirus, including the Aquinas College COVID-19 Dashboard.

We will provide printed and digital signage across campus to instill a culture of personal and shared responsibility for the community, educate the community about expectations, and provide reminders about the importance of remaining vigilant in our actions to protect ourselves and others.

Faculty and staff may access employee communication on Acorn.

In addition, we will communicate important information about the Saints Together plan via AQ email and the College’s social media accounts.

  • Facebook: @aquinascollegegr
  • Twitter: @AquinasCollege
  • Instagram: @aquinascollegegr
  • LinkedIn: linkedin.com/school/aquinas-college-gr
  • YouTube: AquinasCollegeGR

Questions? Send a message to saintstogether@aquinas.edu.


Community Communication


COVID-19 Update - 09/10/21

Dear Members of the Aquinas College Community,

Yesterday (Sept. 9), the White House announced a six-part plan to combat COVID-19 and the spread of the delta variant. The College is evaluating the elements of the plan and how it will affect our campus. This includes awaiting new rules from the federal Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA).

We will communicate any changes to our campus protocols as soon as possible.

Until then, please continue to be diligent and follow all campus health and safety protocols whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated, including the following:

  1. Get vaccinated.
  2. Wear a mask in indoor public spaces (and wear it properly).
  3. Self-report as soon as possible if you have symptoms, have been exposed or test positive, and do not return to campus until your directed quarantine/isolation period is over. You are required to quarantine/isolate at your permanent residence.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation as we navigate this changing public health situation.

God Bless,

Kevin G. Quinn
​President, Aquinas College


COVID-19 Update - 09/03/21

Dear Members of the Aquinas College Community,

In my letter from yesterday (Sept. 2), I provided an update about the uptick in positive cases on campus. We want to have an in-person experience and be healthy, but the aggressive delta variant is challenging that.

I am sending another message today to reinforce that you must follow all health and safety protocols whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated. We have seen about half of the positive cases on our campus among vaccinated individuals.

We can prevent the need for more stringent mitigation measures such as testing protocols, limits on student activities, pausing athletics and distance learning. The two most effective actions you can take are to get vaccinated and wear masks indoors in public spaces (see below).

Additionally, if you have symptoms, have been exposed or test positive over Labor Day weekend, please self-report (see below for links) and do not return to campus until your directed quarantine/isolation period is over. You are required to quarantine/isolate at your permanent residence.

Thank you for listening and for continuing to support the health and safety of our community with your actions.

God Bless,

Kevin G. Quinn
​President, Aquinas College

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Get vaccinated and remain vigilant

The College strongly encourages members of the campus community that are medically able to do so to get vaccinated. But getting vaccinated does not mean that you can return to “normal.” You must continue to be vigilant about masking, distancing and all of the other preventive measures that we have in place.

Vaccines are highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death and can reduce a person’s risk of contracting the virus, but vaccinated individuals can still test positive, have symptoms and spread the virus to others.

Wear your mask and wear it properly

All people are required to wear masks when in public indoor settings (including student activities, athletic activities, training, etc.), regardless of vaccination status. Exceptions are listed on the Saints Together website. Masks must completely cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of your face. Practice social distancing when possible.

Be timely about self-reporting

Stay home if you feel sick. Immediately report COVID-19 symptoms, exposure or a positive test using one of the forms below. The forms are linked below or you can find them in the AQ C.A.R.E.S. app.

The College has a process for contact tracing, quarantine and isolation to support your continued health, wellness, academic progress (for students) and performance (employees).

Students are required to isolate or quarantine at their permanent residences. Those with extenuating circumstances may fill out the Quarantine/Isolation Room Request Form to request a quarantine/isolation room on campus.


COVID-19 Update - 09/02/21

Dear Members of the Aquinas College Community,

In our continued effort to provide you with helpful information about the health and safety of our campus, I want to share an update on where we stand after our first week of classes.

Please read the information in this message closely.

Seeing our students and employees on campus, in the classrooms, and in our community-at-large is invigorating and is a vivid reminder of the value of our College mission. We want to continue to provide unique learning experiences for our students in as safe an environment as possible, so today I am asking for your help.

As a community, we must remain vigilant in order to limit the spread of COVID-19 on campus. We are committed to protecting our AQ community, and we are prepared to implement additional mitigation measures as needed.

Nationally, statewide and in Kent County, the spread of the delta variant continues to push case counts upward. At the same time, we have seen a concerning increase in positive cases on our campus.

As reported in the COVID-19 Dashboard, over the past three days (Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at 3:20 p.m.) we received notification that 17 students tested positive for COVID-19, and we have had to place additional students in quarantine.

Among these cases, there is indication of both household spread and community spread.

That is why it is extremely important for all people -- vaccinated and unvaccinated -- to continue to follow all of our health and safety protocols, especially those listed below.

We are still in a rapidly changing environment, and we are adapting as quickly and smoothly as possible. We also know that this time of year can be stressful, so please check in on your fellow Saints, take stock of how you are feeling and reach out to our spiritual, health and mental wellbeing resources if you need support.

Thank you for being a part of this community of caring.

God Bless,

Kevin G. Quinn
​President, Aquinas College

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Labor Day Travel

Yesterday (Sept. 1), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that unvaccinated people should avoid travel during the Labor Day holiday. CDC also recommended that gatherings take place outdoors and that all people should wear masks in public indoor settings.

Students and Employees Must Self-Report

We are only able to act on information that we receive, and the self-reporting forms are our most efficient tool.

First, students and employees are required to stay home if feeling sick. Second, you are required to report COVID-19 symptoms, exposure or a positive test using one of the forms below.

The College has a process for contact tracing, quarantine and isolation to support your continued health, wellness, academic progress (for students) and performance (employees).

Masks

We have observed that people are not wearing masks properly indoors. As a reminder, all people are required to wear masks when in public indoor settings (including student activities, athletic activities, training, etc.), regardless of vaccination status. Exceptions are listed on the Saints Together website.

Masks must completely cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of your face.

Vaccines

CDC says that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at helping protect against severe disease and death from COVID-19.

At this time, the College will not require the COVID-19 vaccine for students or employees; however, per public health guidance, the College strongly encourages members of the campus community that are medically able to do so to get vaccinated.

Information and Resources


Student COVID-19 Update - 08/19/21

Dear Aquinas College Students,

We are less than a week away from the first day of classes, and we can’t wait to share all the excitement of this academic year with you.

In support of the health and safety of our campus and in line with public health orders, we wanted to provide an update on student quarantine/isolation procedures.

We ask that you continue to practice healthy behaviors that will help keep you and the rest of our community safe: wash your hands often, practice good hygiene, keep an eye on your daily health and stay home if you feel ill. Remember, masks are required on campus in public indoor settings (including student activities, athletic activities, training, etc.), regardless of vaccination status. We will keep you updated as this public health situation changes.

Let’s have a great year.

Go Saints!
Nick Davidson
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Athletics

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Vaccination Information
Vaccines are still our best defense against COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine is not required; however, per public health guidance, the College strongly encourages members of the campus community that are medically able to do so to get vaccinated.

During move-in and orientation, students may voluntarily show documentation of being fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization (for international students) to designated employees. We advise students who choose to do this to bring their documentation with them.

Students who choose to show documentation of being fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine if they do not have symptoms and have had close contact to a person who tests positive.

If You Feel Sick (symptomatic)
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and wear a mask around others, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Fill out the Student COVID-19 Symptom Reporting Form and a campus staff member will contact you to begin contact tracing and to provide next steps.
  • Contact your instructors regarding missed classes and assignments.
  • Call the AQ Health Center at (616) 632-2969 or contact your medical provider.

If You Have Close Contact with a Person Who Tests Positive
If you are vaccinated with no symptoms and have had close contact with a person who tests positive, you do not have to quarantine.

  • Monitor your health.
  • If you develop symptoms, follow these steps:
    • Stay home.
    • CDC recommends getting tested 3-5 days after your exposure even if you don’t have symptoms. Students are responsible for scheduling testing and any associated costs.
    • Fill out the Student COVID-19 Symptom Reporting Form and a campus staff member will contact you to begin contact tracing and to provide next steps.
    • Contact your instructors regarding missed classes and assignments.
    • Call the AQ Health Center at (616) 632-2969 or contact your medical provider.

If you are vaccinated with symptoms/unvaccinated and have had close contact with a person who tests positive, you are required to quarantine for 10 days at your permanent residence.

  • Stay home.
  • CDC recommends getting tested 3-5 days after your exposure even if you don’t have symptoms.
  • Students are responsible for scheduling testing and any associated costs.
  • Fill out the Student COVID-19 Symptom Reporting Form and a campus staff member will contact you to begin contact tracing and to provide next steps.
  • Fill out the Quarantine/Isolation Room Request Form if you need to request a quarantine/isolation room on campus due to extenuating circumstances.
  • Contact your instructors regarding missed classes and assignments.
  • Call the AQ Health Center at (616) 632-2969 or contact your medical provider.

If You Test Positive
If you test positive, regardless of vaccination status or symptoms, you are required to isolate for 10 days at your permanent residence. You cannot test out of isolation.

  • Fill out the Student COVID-19 Symptom Reporting Form and a campus staff member will contact you to begin contact tracing and to provide next steps.
  • Fill out the Quarantine/Isolation Room Request Form if you need to request a quarantine/isolation room on campus due to extenuating circumstances.
  • Contact your instructors regarding missed classes and assignments.
  • Call the AQ Health Center at (616) 632-2969 or contact your medical provider.

Quarantine/Isolation on Campus
Students are required to quarantine/isolate at their permanent residence. If you have extenuating circumstances, you may fill out the Quarantine/Isolation Room Request Form to request a quarantine/isolation room on campus. Any student quarantining/isolating on campus for extenuating circumstances that requests meals will use meal swipes, will be charged $4.75/meal or can determine their own alternative plan for meals.

Questions?
Visit https://www.aquinas.edu/saintstogether or email saintstogether@aquinas.edu.


COVID-19 Update - 08/09/21

Dear Members of the Aquinas College Community,

Today we have additional updates about our fall plans based on the Aug. 6 Kent County Health Department public health order and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s determination that Kent County is now in the “substantial” level of community transmission category.

The pandemic is not over, but our mission hasn’t changed: to provide a valuable and transformative on-campus experience for our students in our Catholic and Dominican tradition. In order to do so, we are working hard to provide layered strategies that protect the health and safety of our campus community.

We will continue to monitor and assess the situation and will adjust our campus plans in consideration of changes to public health requirements and guidance. Please keep tuning in to our communication channels for updates and alerts.

Some of our students have already arrived, and I can feel their enthusiasm energize our beautiful campus. Stay healthy and safe. Go Saints!

God Bless,

Kevin G. Quinn
​President, Aquinas College

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The following protocols are effective beginning Tuesday, August 10, 2021, and are in place until further notice.

Updated Mask Protocols Indoors

Aquinas College will require all people to wear masks when in public indoor settings (including student activities, athletic activities, training, etc.), regardless of vaccination status.

This change is based on CDC’s recommendation for areas of “substantial” or “high” levels of community transition.

Masks are not required in the following indoor settings on campus:

  • Inside your own residential room, suite, apartment or house when alone or with members of your household
  • In private offices when alone
  • In dining spaces when eating and drinking

Students with a medical-related concern about masks should contact Accessibility Services. Employees with a medical-related concern should contact Lynda Group, director of human resources.

COVID-19 Vaccine

At this time, the College is not requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for students or employees; however, per public health guidance, the College strongly encourages members of the campus community that are medically able to do so to get vaccinated.

Please note that the current KCHD public health orders for isolation, quarantine and contact tracing do not apply to people who have been fully vaccinated and are without symptoms or to people who were a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case in the past 90 days and have recovered.

The COVID-19 vaccines approved by the FDA for emergency use in the U.S. and the vaccines approved by WHO for emergency use outside the U.S. are safe and the most effective way to protect our community from severe illness, hospitalizations and death. All Michigan residents age 12 and up are now eligible for the vaccine and getting one is easier than ever.

If you are hesitant or have questions about the vaccine, please visit the Saints Together website for more information from trusted scientific, medical and Catholic resources.

Symptom Reporting

In continued support of the health and safety of our campus, we require that you stay home if you are sick. Additionally, all students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to report COVID-19 symptoms, exposure or a positive test.

Before Aug. 21, students who are currently reporting to campus (i.e., Bridge Community students, Resident Assistants and student-athletes) are required to self-report by calling the Campus Safety Office at (616) 632-2462. For students who will be reporting to campus on or after Aug. 21, more information will be provided soon.

Employees are required to report symptoms, exposure or a positive test through the Employee COVID-19 Symptom Reporting Form on Acorn. Please note that this is different from the daily symptom self-screen that was administered through Healthy Roster last year.

Quarantine and Isolation

Per KCHD’s public health order, if you are fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms or were a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case in the past 90 days and have recovered, you are not required to isolate or quarantine.

Additionally, unvaccinated people who are confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases are required to isolate for at least 10 days. This includes household close contacts, who are required to quarantine for at least 10 days, and close contacts, who are required to quarantine for at least 10 days.

Students who have to isolate or quarantine are encouraged to do so at their permanent residence. Students who cannot go home must request to isolate or quarantine on campus through the Res Life office. When meal plans begin, any student isolating or quarantining on campus that requests meals will use meal swipes, will be charged $4.75/meal or can determine their own alternative plan for meals.

Additional details about isolation and quarantine will be provided soon.

Social Distancing

Seats in classrooms will be placed 3 feet apart when possible. Also, disinfecting and cleaning supplies will be available in classrooms and other spaces on campus. The College has installed air purification systems in various campus buildings to reduce bacteria and airborne particles for a healthier indoor environment. Additionally, the frequency of natural ventilation in all buildings continues to be at increased levels.

Campus Communication

We are continuing to update the Saints Together website at https://www.aquinas.edu/saintstogether. Please check back often for the latest information about our campus plans. We will also provide public notice related to cases on the COVID-19 Dashboard.

We will continue to post helpful information to EngageAQ (students), Acorn (faculty/staff) and our social media channels.

Campus COVID-19 signage is being updated and installed across campus. It will feature a QR Code and URL for the Saints Together website.

Questions? Email saintstogether@aquinas.edu.


COVID-19 Update - 08/06/21

Dear Members of the Aquinas College Community,

This afternoon, the Kent County Health Department issued a public health order for the prevention of COVID-19 in educational settings. As a result, the College is working through details of how this will affect our efforts to keep our campus as safe as possible. We will communicate our full plan soon, but we wanted to share some information with you now since our students, faculty and staff begin arriving on campus this weekend.

Until we finalize our plans, we are requiring the use of masks indoors on campus for all people unless you are vaccinated.

For move-in and other indoor activities happening this week, we advise students and employees to bring their vaccination card or plan to wear a mask indoors. Until further notice, only staff officially designated by the College will request vaccination information.

Additionally, we continue to strongly encourage anyone who is medically able to do so to get vaccinated. It can prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death, and it is the most effective way to protect our community.

We know you have questions. We appreciate your patience as we process the new order and finalize our fall plans. Full campus guidance will be provided soon via email and on our COVID-19 response website at https://www.aquinas.edu/saintstogether, so please check back often. You may also contact saintstogether@aquinas.edu.

We are excited to see our wonderful community back on campus. Thank you for continuing to do your part as we work together to provide as full and meaningful experience as possible.

God Bless,

Kevin G. Quinn
​President, Aquinas College