Updates from Aquinas College about COVID-19 are at aquinas.edu/coronavirus.  Updates on our academic plans are at aquinas.edu/saintstogether.

Personal Safety and Health

The following protocols are in line with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Michigan Occupational Health and Safety Administration and Kent County Health Department. As of June 22, 2021, MDHHS has rescinded its epidemic orders and MIOSHA has rescinded its emergency rules for non-health care employers. The College will maintain close collaboration with KCHD and will support local and state guidance to reduce community spread of COVID-19.

 


Stay home when sick

Faculty, staff, students and guests must stay home if ill and self-isolate if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Symptoms of COVID-19

CDC has identified three major symptoms of COVID-19, which may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • A fever (100.4 degrees or higher) or chills
  • An atypical cough
  • An atypical shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

See CDC's full list of symptoms.

What to do if you are sick

If you believe you may have COVID-19, are exhibiting symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, follow campus and CDC guidelines for what to do if you are sick:

  • Contact the AQ Health Center or your healthcare provider by phone or, if necessary, get emergency medical care immediately.
  • Stay home except to get medical care.
  • Separate yourself from other people.
  • Monitor your symptoms.
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
  • Wear a cloth face covering.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items.
  • Clean all high-touch surfaces every day.

Social distancing

Social distancing is optional (no longer required) indoors or outdoors regardless of vaccination status.


Cloth face coverings

At this time, masks are not required by the state health department or on campus. Please be aware that due to the Delta variant, CDC has updated its guidance for fully vaccinated people and also recommends that unvaccinated people continue wearing masks.

Information about masks

CDC provides guidance to help improve how your mask protects you, a guide to masks, and considerations for wearing masks.

Please contact Accessibility Services for (students) or Human Resources (for employees) if you have a specific health-related concern about wearing a cloth face covering.


Good personal hygiene

Wash hands frequently

  • CDC recommends washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

Cleaning and disinfecting

  • Housekeeping staff follows cleaning and disinfecting protocols in campus spaces, including classrooms and bathrooms, based on CDC guidelines.
  • We appreciate the cooperation of all members of the campus community to keep spaces clean.

Screening, testing, contact tracing and notification

Counseling, Health and Wellness Services; the Health Center; Athletic Training; and Human Resources will oversee our comprehensive and integrated plan for monitoring the health and safety of employees and students in collaboration with the Kent County Health Department.

The College will follow specific internal protocols and health department protocols to provide guidance and support to faculty, staff or students who may experience symptoms of COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19.

Daily COVID-19 Symptom Self-Screen (Healthy Roster)

As of June 21, 2021, COVID-19 symptom self-screens are no longer required.

Testing, contact tracing and notification

If an individual tests positive for COVID-19 or reports exposure to someone who tested for COVID-19 Counseling, Health and Wellness will communicate with the student or Human Resources will communicate with the employee and they will report to the Kent County Health Department. Further guidance will be provided to the individual for next steps.

The College wil provide information related to our campus on the Aquinas College COVID-19 Dashboard. The College will issue an emergency notification to the campus community when in accordance with guidelines from the Kent County Health Department and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Crime Statistics Act for immediate threat to the health and safety of the campus community.

Isolation and Quarantine

All faculty, staff, students and guests who have symptoms of COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate or quarantine either at their permanent address or move to a provided isolation/quarantine space on campus in accordance with guidance from CDC and the Kent County Health Department, except for health department guidance on quarantine for vaccinated persons.

For residential students who are required to isolate or quarantine, Residence Life will follow specific protocols to limit other students’ exposure in on-campus housing as well as provide support for students who are required to isolate/quarantine.


COVID-19 Vaccines

At this time, Aquinas 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. Getting vaccinated prevents severe illness, hospitalizations and death. Per CDC guidance, unvaccinated people should get vaccinated as soon as possible and continue masking until they are fully vaccinated. With the Delta variant, this is more urgent than ever.

As the College has done throughout the pandemic, we will continue to monitor the situation and evaluate our COVID-19 protocols in close partnership with the local health department and our health care partners as well as continue to carefully consider guidance from medical, public health, government and higher education experts.

Please visit the following resources for information about the COVID-19 for all indivduals 12 years and older. Vaccine appointments are easier to schedule than ever, and some locations allow walk-in clinics.

You may also contact your local health department or your health care provider if you have questions.


Gatherings on Campus

As of June 22, 2021, campus activities may return to full capacity.


Travel

When deciding to travel for personal reasons, we strongly encourage consultation of CDC’s Considerations for Travelers information. In addition, we strongly encourage consultation of guidance from the U.S. State Department, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Kent County Health Department, and guidance from your home country, state and county.

All employee travel for College business may resume and must follow travel guidelines from CDC, the U.S. State Department, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the Kent County Health Department.