Note: This is previously published content that has subsequently been incorporated throughout the main frequently asked question page and throughout this web section where applicable. Some content on this page may be outdated.
Held with students on Sept. 2.
- Student Services
- Dorm Rules
- Faculty and Staff
- Monitoring Safety Behaviors
- Symptom Checking
- Co-curricular Activities and Student Work
- Mental Health
- Mitigation Plan
Can students get food delivery during Level 2?
Yes! Walking to the street (in a mask) to pick up a food delivery is fine. The dining halls and Wyndham also provide take-out meals.
Where can students go to study in Level 2?
Students can study in
- their rooms
- dorm common areas
- common areas like Park Science Atrium and the Campus Center
How can students access printing services in Level 2?
Canaday and Carpenter will be open for a limited set of services during Level 2, including printing. The Libraries’ daily library hours are posted on the LITS home page, and anyone in the BMC community can use swipe card access during open hours to come in to print via the public multi-function printers.
The phones don’t seem to be working in some offices. Can this be fixed?
Yes! We are aware that some office phones are not being picked up regularly, and we’re working to ensure that all phones are answered promptly.
What is the College’s testing strategy and how often are students being tested?
The College will continue to update our plan in consideration of new testing developments and medical guidance. See the web section on testing strategy for current details.
Why were students tested so soon after arrival on campus?
Mass screening upon arrival was recommended by infectious disease experts with whom we consulted.
What is the testing plan for off-campus students?
See the Health and Safety Guide for details.
How do students receive their test results?
Results are available via the LabCorp app, which can be downloaded on Google Play and Apple App Store. If you have any difficulties with it, contact Beth Kotarski. Any student who has a positive test result will be contacted by the Health Center for follow-up care and contact tracing.
Will the College provide flu shots?
Yes! The College will cover the cost. The flu shots will be available on campus in the next few weeks.
Will the College community be required to get a COVID-19 vaccine when available?
The College’s leadership will consult with infectious disease experts and follow medically and scientifically sound guidance.
Should masks be worn in shared or common areas of the residence halls?
Yes, they should be worn in all common spaces including the bathrooms (unless you are brushing your teeth, washing your face or showering) and in the hallways, etc. Mask wearing protects other students as well as staff who must work in the building.
Who is a guest in a residence hall and when are guests allowed?
A guest is anyone who does not live in the residence hall but is enrolled to attend classes in-person at Bryn Mawr or Haverford. Guests are allowed when the College is operating in Level 1. Guests are not permitted in Level 2 or Level 3.
Are staff and faculty being tested?
On a monthly basis, the College will be testing staff and faculty who are regularly on campus. This testing is voluntary.
What protections are in place for staff who have contact with students?
The College has shifted operations so that staff can maintain physical distancing while working. You can read more about practices for Dining workers, for example, in the Dining web page on COVID response.
Are staff being offered hazard pay?
Because the College has shifted operations to ensure low-risk working conditions for staff members, the College is no longer offering hazard pay. The best way to protect the health of all staff is for every member of the community to follow our health behavior guidelines.
What supports, like sick time, are in place for staff and faculty?
Faculty and staff are able to use unlimited sick time for COVID-19 illness or any symptoms that suggest possible COVID infection and may also use quarantine time if they have been exposed to someone who is suspected to be COVID-positive. No faculty or staff member will lose pay for following our guidelines for staying home when they are sick or potentially exposed to COVID.
What are protocols with the Blue Bus and at what levels does it run?
The Blue Bus will run in Level 1. Typically the Blue Bus will run in Level 2 only to transport students who have a class on the other campus. Buses will carry fewer passengers, spaced appropriately, and will be cleaned after each use.
How will Bryn Mawr’s mitigation plan affect students who take classes at Haverford?
In Level 1 and Level 2, Bryn Mawr students will be able to attend their classes at Haverford, with the caveat that in Level 2 more classes may be temporarily remote.
How is the College enforcing masking and social distancing rules?
The College has multiple monitoring systems in place, including staff monitoring and reminding, weekly surveys, reporting forms, and more. If you see anyone who is not following the rules, be kind and remind them to help them adjust to expectations.
How does the reporting process work? Can students report non-compliance of faculty and staff? What happens if students are misidentified?
Reports — which can be about anyone’s non-compliance — are sent to Dean Walters and members of the Operations Team. We will verify reports wherever possible and will follow up appropriately based on the information that we learn.
What happens when campus members are not complying?
Students will be reminded, warned, and — if they continue not to comply — their behavior will be addressed by the COVID Health and Safety Hearing Board
Supervisors will follow up with employees who are not complying. Employees who do not adjust their behavior will have consequences, up to and including dismissal from the College.
Will a student be penalized academically if they cannot complete work due to illness?
Faculty will offer as much flexibility as possible during this — and every — semester.
How should a student handle completing coursework for an in-person class at Haverford if they cannot attend in person?
Contact your Haverford faculty member; all Haverford courses, whether hybrid or virtual, are available remotely .
Will in-person classes be recorded for those who are unable to attend?
There are options for recording different elements of a course, as well as significant considerations about both access and privacy. Decisions to record a course should be worked out with individual faculty members.
Will the College consider making all courses pass/fail?
Courses will be graded as usual this semester, though faculty will be accommodating of absences due to illness.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Information can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Why does the College collect symptom checks in the way that it does?
The symptom check is a reminder and an assurance of compliance, not a medical test. The College is not tracking people’s symptoms but rather their adherence to the preventive practice of symptom checking.
Why does the College believe it can operate at this time?
We did a careful analysis of the aspects of the College that would allow us to open. We evaluated our facilities; we considered our small size; we evaluated the ability of our community to adhere to safety precautions; and we analyzed our ability to implement mitigation strategies in the event of positive cases. We decided that we had the right combinations of factors to open in this model.
At what mitigation levels can students exercise outside without a mask?
Students can exercise on campus outdoors, alone, without a mask at all levels. However, students should always carry a mask in case they are unexpectedly unable to socially distance from another person. Students should not exercise off-campus (e.g. running, biking) unless we are at Level 1.
How do the mitigation levels impact student employment?
In Level 1 and Level 2 students can work in person; however, in-person work opportunities will be reduced in Level 2 (with more remote work where possible) to allow for more physical distancing in the workplace. Check with your supervisor for specific guidance. No in-person work for students is allowed in Level 3.
If students are ill, are they compensated for their expected on-campus work hours?
Yes! Up to 70 hours.
Will mental health services be available for graduate students?
All currently enrolled Bryn Mawr College undergraduate, graduate, and postbac students can meet with a counselor for a 30-minute brief assessment. During this meeting, the student and counselor will discuss the student's needs and identify a range of options best suited to meet the stated needs. In addition, My Student Support Program (MySSP) is available for all enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. MySSP provides all students with immediate, 24-hour support at no cost to the student, regardless of health insurance provider. Students can call or text with a licensed counselor directly from their cell phone from any location.
What is the College doing to address mental health issues due to social isolation?
The Counseling Center is providing tele-counseling for all undergraduates, ranging from crisis responses, assessment, ongoing appointments, and referrals. The Health and Wellness Center is offering drop-in groups by Zoom every Thursday, and in a few weeks there will be a healthy relationship series that will focus on cultivating relationships in isolation, knowing that we are not able to be together in the way we've been able to be together in the past. They are finalizing plans to provide counseling services for students who are remote. The Health and Wellness Center may offer webinars to talk about the interconnections of mental health, eating, sleeping, and relationships as well as reflecting on how you're navigating the pandemic, your studies, and being a student in this context. You can find updated information for programs at https://www.brynmawr.edu/healthcenter/groups-and-workshops. If you have ideas for programs please email Reggie Jones, email@example.com.
What is this plan and what do the levels mean?
The plan details how Bryn Mawr will modulate its operations to meet changes in our public health environment – both on Bryn Mawr’s campus and in the surrounding community. Details about each level can be found here: https://www.brynmawr.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-dashboard/bi-co-mitigation-plan
The College can move to “stricter” levels based on data about community members’ adherence to safety expectations, transmission rates in the local area, and other factors. The College can also move back to more relaxed levels as adherence rates increase or other factors shift.
How has the College prepared its spaces for work and study this fall?
The College created an Operations Planning Group that did a rigorous space assessment that included an air exchange evaluation and a plan for de-densifying more populated areas and other alterations to enhance physical distancing. More information can be found here: https://www.brynmawr.edu/coronavirus/health-and-safety#campus-life
Questions developed with Bryn Mawr College's Self-Government Association. Posted on Aug. 27.
What is the College’s testing strategy?
The College’s Operations Planning Group has developed a testing strategy that is backed by guidance from public health and infectious disease experts. Our strategy is to test all students upon arrival to identify asymptomatic cases and to assess the percent of positive cases within the community; students will remain quarantined upon arrival on campus until the first day of classes, to limit spread from any asymptomatic cases. We will also test all students several times during the semester. As directed by health experts, we are emphasizing the critical importance of safety measures such as masking and physical distancing to limit transmission of any virus.
Testing will begin broadly, with asymptomatic students. Testing will progress through the semester to focus aggressively on symptomatic students and their close contacts. Finally, testing will continue to include monthly asymptomatic testing for all students as well as targeted testing of identified asymptomatic groups.
The College’s Medical Team will be closely monitoring the campus and the testing landscape, and we will adapt our approach to testing as needed. We have developed relationships with outside vendors and are developing our own testing capabilities.
The Operations Planning Group is using this approach because testing is not a prevention strategy, nor is it the best hope for safe operation. Testing currently misses up to 20% of all cases. That is why it is so important to focus our efforts on prevention. Prevention strategies include wearing masks, limiting time in close contact with people, keeping six feet apart, being mindful of what we touch, and not touching our nose, mouth, or eyes. Washing our hands frequently is another powerful prevention strategy.
How will safety behaviors be monitored and how will non-adherence be remedied?
The College will be monitoring both symptom tracking surveys and safety adherence across all environments. Those community members who do not adhere to safety practices will be reminded of those practices and then, if they cannot or do not adhere, they will be removed from the campus community. For faculty and students, this may mean teaching or learning remotely; for staff, this may mean losing employment. Dean Walters is forming a Health Hearing Board which will review reports of serious infractions of community health and safety. This board will have the authority to remove students from campus.
Students can support efforts to ensure that all safety practices are followed and that community members are able to stay on campus by reminding others and working with the DLT to ensure that all campus environments are safe. The College will also publish a reporting form that directs complaints or concerns to the Operations Planning Group.
What happens if students have symptoms or believe they may be sick?
Students who have symptoms will be tested and will isolate, with a private bathroom, while awaiting results. Students who are identified via contact tracing will also be tested, but they will be able to isolate in their own dorm rooms.
Students who test positive will further isolate in a dorm identified for this purpose. Health and Wellness Center medical and nursing staff will monitor these students every day by phone; students will also be able to talk with a nurse at any time of the day or night if they have concerns. They will receive additional medical treatment as needed. Meals/essentials will be provided by Bryn Mawr Dining Services via contactless delivery. These quarantine dorms will be cleaned by specially trained outside workers. Students who are in quarantine may continue to study or work remotely, as tolerated. Students will also have available “sick days” to use for their on-campus jobs and will be paid for up to 70 hours of “sick time.”
Faculty are aware that students may need to protect the community’s health and will not penalize students for quarantining if there is any possibility that they are sick.
Read more in the Community Health and Safety Guide.
Will College health supports be available for students who are not on the College health insurance?
Yes! There will be a case manager from the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research to help students manage their prescriptions/insurance. This will cover testing and flu shots. Learn more by visiting the Health and Wellness Center insurance information page.
Can students engage in remote work-study jobs if they are studying remotely?
What should students do if they feel financially pressured to find off-campus work?
Students receiving need-based financial aid were awarded additional grant funds this year. In addition the incremental grant added to financial aid packages, the College will work with individual students who face financial pressures of this kind to find on-campus work options. Contact Chief Enrollment Officer Cheryl Horsey with questions.
Why isn’t every course offered remotely?
At this time, less than 30% of classes are in-person only — and faculty continue to add remote learning options. If you are having difficulty completing requirements remotely, contact your dean.
How many people can be in a dorm room?
Only two people at a time can be in any dorm room, due to the size of dorm rooms. The College will monitor adherence, but we also ask all community members to remind each other of the importance of following safety practices. Learn more about dorm life in 2020 by visiting the Residential Life frequently asked questions page.
Can all students continue to access mental health supports?
The Health and Wellness Center will continue to provide brief assessments, short-term counseling, psycho-educational groups and workshops, crisis intervention, case management, mediation, outreach, advocacy, psychiatric medication evaluation and management, and referral services for Bryn Mawr College students whether they are on campus or studying remotely. Our counselors will meet with undergraduate, graduate and postbac students remotely through a secure online telehealth portal. The College has also added resources in this area. Learn more from Counseling Services.