All Centenary community members and guests must adhere to all of the following personal safety guidelines while on campus. Additional guidelines are published in the Student Handbook. Students are required to read and abide by all of these guidelines.

Campus COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

Masks: Required Use on Campus

Masks will be required in classrooms (including outdoor classrooms). Exceptions to this policy will be approved through the Provost’s Office. Faculty who wish to request an exemption related to pedagogical methods or vaccination rate should email provost@centenary.edu. KN95 masks or the equivalent are encouraged as they provide greater protection against the spread of the Omicron variant. Exceptions:

  • Wearing a mask is not required if you are alone or in a personal space (example: your office, your car, your residence room alone or with your roommate).
  • Wearing a mask is not required when eating or drinking in a space where eating and drinking is permitted and only for the duration necessary to consume the food and/or beverage.
  • Athletic teams engaged in coach-supervised practices and competitions in enclosed, non-public spaces are not required to wear masks (examples: masks are not required in the pool or on the basketball court; masks are required in all public workout areas in the Fitness Center)

Masks are required in all outdoor classrooms.

Acceptable Masks include disposable or cloth masks made of multiple layers of tightly woven fabric that fits snugly around the face, covers the nose, mouth, and chin and secures with ear loops or ties behind the head. KN95 masks are reccommended. The following face coverings are not acceptable: bandanas, neck gaiters, and masks with a valve or vent.

See Centenary Mask Protocol for more information.

Vaccination Requirements

All campus visitors must be vaccinated or recently recovered from COVID-19 (within 90 days of their first positive COVID test) to enter indoor campus spaces without prior approval.

Prospective students visiting Centenary should contact the Admission Office for information on requirements related to campus tours, classroom visits, and overnight stays. See centenary.edu/visit.

*The campus host or area supervisor will be responsible for verifying vaccination/recovery status and ensuring that visitors adhere to the campus personal safety guidelines, especially campus masking policies.

Please see COVID-19 Vaccination for more information.

Required COVID-19 Testing

All students are required to complete a COVID-19 test either prior to or upon return to campus.

  • Students who submit a negative test that was administered within 72 hours prior to return will receive a wristband and may attend in-person class, practice, meetings and activities, and dine in at the cafeteria.
  • Students who do not test prior to return will be required to participate in a full shelter in place until they receive and/or submit a negative test. Students who are in full shelter in place may not attend in-person class, practice, meetings or activities, and must take meals to go from the cafeteria. Centenary will offer on-campus testing for students. A link for test registration will be emailed to students.

All non-vaccinated employees (and contract employees) are required to complete a COVID-19 test each week. Employees are to use the following link to upload their weekly Covid test results. Test results are to be reported no later than Thursday of each week before the close of Business. On Friday before 12 PM, Supervisors or Hiring Officials will be informed if any employee/contractor is not in compliance with validation.

Weekly Covid Test Result – reporting link

  • You are responsible for reporting your test results each week; failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.
  • If your test is positive you are responsible to:
    • Alert your immediate supervisor/manager and Human Resources to allow us time to gather the necessary information to begin contact tracing
    • Review and follow the Covid Safety Guidelines section titled “If You Have Close Contact with Covid 19 or were Exposed”

      Anyone reporting a positive test result may be eligible for a 90-day testing exemption.

As of May 9, 2022 required weekly testing for unvaccinated faculty, students and staff will end. Unvaccinated individuals remain at higher risk for severe illness related to COVID and should consider getting vaccinated to protect themselves and others at risk for severe illness.

The health and safety of our faculty, students and staff remains our top priority. We continue to encourage everyone to maintain healthy habits that stop the spread of any virus including handwashing, covering your cough or sneeze, not touching your face, and, most importantly, staying home when you are sick, even if you are fully vaccinated. 

We will continue to provide updates as needed as changes in operations may occur. Thank you for your understanding as we navigate a very dynamic situation. Stay safe.

Please see COVID-19 Testing for more information.

If You Test Positive for COVID-19

Protocol for Students:

  1. Isolate
  2. Email covid@centenary.edu for instructions. You will be required to isolate, test, and monitor symptoms.

Protocol for faculty and staff:

If You Are Symptomatic AND Test Positive: (everyone, regardless of vaccination status):

  1. Notify your manager and HR at hr@centenary.edu
  2. As soon as possible, identify to the contact tracer and/or HR anyone with whom you came in close contact while contagious (24-48 hours before positive test or when symptoms began)
  3. Isolate (stay home) until:
    • At least 5 days have passed since your symptoms first started and
    • You are fever free for 24-hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and
    • You have a negative antigen test collected on day 5 from onset of symptoms and
    • Your symptoms are improving

NOTE: during times when COVID surge is high and testing facilities are stressed, this test is recommended but not required

If your antigen re-test is positive you should continue to isolate until Day 10 of when symptoms began

  • You may return to campus on Day 6 after the onset of symptoms if the above have been met.
  • Follow the current campus masking protocol

 

If You Are Asymptomatic AND Test Positive:

  1. Notify your manager and HR at hr@centenary.edu
  2. As soon as possible, identify to the contact tracer and/or HR anyone with whom you came in close contact while contagious (24-48 hours before positive test or when symptoms began)
  3. Isolate for 5 days from the date of your positive test
  4. Have a negative antigen test collected on day 5

NOTE: during times when COVID surge is high and testing facilities are stressed, this test is recommended but not required

If your antigen test is positive you should continue to isolate until Day 10 of test date

  • You may return to campus on the 6th day after test date
  • Follow the current campus masking protocol
  • Monitor for symptoms for full 10 days from positive test results
  • If you develop symptoms after testing positive, your 5-day isolation period should start over

 

 

If You Have Close Contact with COVID-19 or were exposed

If you come in close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual, please take the following steps. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). 

Protocol for students:

  1. Email covid@centenary.edu for instructions. You may be required to quarantine, test, and monitor symptoms.

 

Employees who were exposed to someone with COVID-19:

IF exposed and FULLY Vaccinated and Up-to-Date (received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible)

  1. No quarantine unless you develop symptoms. If symptoms develop, stay home, inform your supervisor, and do not come to campus. If you experience COVID-19 symptoms at work, inform your supervisor and leave campus. Get tested as soon as possible. If the test is positive for Covid, follow the guidelines in the section titled “If You Test Positive for Covid-19.”
     
  2. Avoid being around people who are at high risk for severe illness.
  3. Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days following exposure.
  4. Test at least 5 days following exposure, if possible.


IF exposed and Unvaccinated or Fully Vaccinated but NOT Up-to-Date:

  1. Email hr@centenry.edu to notify the Contact Tracing Team.
  2. Stay home and quarantine for 5 days following exposure.
  3. Notify your supervisor that you will be absent.
  4. Test at least 5 days following exposure. If symptoms develop, test immediately.
  5. Until Day 10 following exposure, take the following precautions:
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others.
  • Avoid being around people who are at high risk for severe illness.
  • Monitor your health closely, and if you develop symptoms, stay at home, inform your supervisor, and do not come to campus. If you experience COVID-19 symptoms at work, inform your supervisor and leave campus. Get tested as soon as possible. If the test is positive for Covid, follow the guidelines in the section titled “If You Test Positive for Covid-19.”

    *Calculating Quarantine – The date of exposure is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after exposure. Protocols are based upon the most recent public health guidance available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Guidance is regularly monitored for changes that may result in updates to these protocols

 

IF you were exposed and have had a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 90 days:

  1. No quarantine unless you develop symptoms. If symptoms develop, stay home, inform your supervisor, and do not come to campus. If you experience COVID-19 symptoms at work, inform your supervisor and leave campus. Get tested as soon as possible. If the test is positive for Covid, follow the guidelines in the section titled “If You Test Positive for Covid-19.”
  2. Avoid being around people who are at high risk for severe illness.
  3. Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days following exposure.

    *Calculating Quarantine – The date of exposure is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after exposure. Protocols are based upon the most recent public health guidance available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Guidance is regularly monitored for changes that may result in updates to these protocols

Return to Class or Work

You may return to campus on Day 6 after the onset of symptoms if the following criteria have been met:

  • Isolated/quarantined for 5 days from onset of symptoms or first positive test date, and
  • fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication,
  • and symptoms are improved

You are required to wear a tight-fitting mask for additional 5 days upon return to work, then follow college mask and social distance protocols.

Physical Distancing

Physical distancing of a minimum of six feet should be maintained in all at all times and in all spaces on campus.

Hand Washing and Sanitizing

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after touching door handles, light switches, stair railings, office equipment, and any other high-traffic surfaces. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, or mask with unwashed hands. Keep hand sanitizer available for times when hand washing is not available or practical.

Quick Reference Contact
 
Students may direct COVID-related reports and questions to the Health Information Office and other key college officials by emailing covid@centenary.edu. You may also call Ashley Dehart, Coordinator of Student Support, directly at 318.869.5671. 
 
Faculty and staff should direct COVID-related reports and questions to hr@centenary.edu
 
For all Academic Questions, please contact the Provost’s Office at 318.869.5104 or provost@centenary.edu. Both Lauron Callaway, Administrative Assistant to the Provost, and Provost Karen Soul will respond to inquiries.
 
For Residence Life questions, please contact Katherine Shamburger at keshamburger@centenary.edu or 318.869.5280.
 
For general Student Development questions, please contact Dean of Students Mark Miller at mmiller@centenary.edu or 318.869.5023.
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