Last Updated Mar. 17, 2021
- Personal Health
- Testing, Quarantining, and Isolating: Students Return to Campus
- Testing, Quarantining, and Isolating During the Semester: Staff (including Faculty) and Students
- For Staff (including Faculty)
- General Principles for Staff with COVID-19 Symptoms or a Positive Test Result
- For Staff (including Faculty) Who Travel
- For Resident Students Who Are Exposed to COVID-19 via a Close Contact, but Are Not Symptomatic
- For Resident Students Who Are Symptomatic
- For Commuting Students (Graduate, Postbac, and Undergraduate Students Living Off--Campus but Coming to Campus) Who Are Exposed to COVID-19 but Are Not Symptomatic
- For Commuting Students (Graduate, Postbac, and Undergraduate Student Living Off-Campus in Non-College Provided Housing but Coming To Campus) Who Are Symptomatic
- Testing During the Semester for Students
- Testing During the Semester for Faculty and Staff
- Contact Tracing
- Campus Life
- Beyond the Campus
This page is a quick resource on campus health and safety for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Everyone must work together to create a culture of care for each other’s health. In the context of the COVID-19 epidemic, each of our actions impacts the well-being of others.
Bryn Mawr College’s Operations Planning Group is regularly revisiting guidance and will update this document accordingly.
It is important to restate the principles that continue to guide decision-making:
- Protect the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff
- Provide the best possible educational experience for students
- Prioritize people
- Contribute to the larger purpose of protecting public health
- Be mindful of equity and inclusion when considering options
- Consider both the short- and long-term health of the College.
Please contact Don Abramowitz, Bryn Mawr College COVID-19 Officer, at email@example.com with questions or concerns.
Health experts have offered consistent information about the effectiveness of the following group of measures that, when collectively, consistently, and diligently applied, have resulted in minimal transmissions within hospitals and colleges.
To minimize risks to our health, each of us on the Bryn Mawr College campus must maintain the following practices at all times, whether on- or off-campus:
- Perform a symptom check every day and report our compliance via a central system, staying home if symptoms are present.
- Wear a facemask at all times while on campus unless you are in your dorm room, are working privately in your office (with no visitors) or are outside in an area where you will not encounter others. Masks can either be paper surgical masks or personal masks that meet the College’s requirements: they must cover both nose and mouth. The College will provide masks for those who need them.
- Maintain physical distancing of a minimum of six feet.
- Practice frequent handwashing. All those on campus should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer at least 5-10 times per workday, particularly when entering and leaving an in-person meeting, before and after eating, and after using the restroom.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with either a tissue or elbow.
- Flu shots and vaccinations are strongly advised for all community members unless otherwise indicated by their medical care provider.
- Maintain a daily list of "close contacts": all people, whether masked or unmasked, with whom you have interacted for longer than 15 minutes (total time) at a distance of less than six feet.
- Stay at home if you have had close contact with an individual who is suspected of having COVID-19. Either contact Don Abramowitz (for faculty and staff) or the College COVID-19 Medical Consultation Line (for students) to get guidance on when to return to campus.
- Work together to create a culture of care for each other’s health via compliance with guidelines.
- The Bi-Co Mitigation Plan provides detailed information regarding considerations for limiting or reversing on-campus operations. This plan will be updated for the Spring semester.
- All faculty and staff are required to view an online tutorial on COVID-19 health.
- Staff and faculty will have access to departmental trainings.
- The Dean's Office has created educational programs for students.
- Reminder signage is placed around the campus for health tips like handwashing and symptom checking.
- Reminder signage is placed to reinforce particular policies and procedures—6-feet markers for chairs or chairs marked as off-limits, spots on the floor where people need to form lines.
- Updated Jan. 9: All students are expected to arrive during the move-in period of Feb. 6 through and including Feb. 9. Any student who is unable to arrive within this period must be in touch with their dean, to discuss whether late arrival is possible.
- Students symptom check and self-quarantine at home for the 10 days leading up to their return to campus. Self-quarantining means limiting movement beyond the home to essential tasks and limiting in-person social contact to immediate household members. Solitary outdoor activities are permitted. For essential activities beyond the home that require in-person interaction, masks must be worn and physical distance maintained.
- It is strongly recommended that students get a COVID-19 test a few days before traveling to campus. Students who receive a positive result must delay their return to campus for a minimum of 10 days from the date of the positive test and should seek medical attention if they develop symptoms.
- Move-in for students not on campus in the fall is staggered to keep density in dormitories low as people move in. Only two people are allowed to accompany the student for move-in. Those guests who accompany the student must wear masks at all times, maintain physical distancing, and also be symptom free.
- For students who lived on campus in the fall and are returning to their room, only two guests are allowed to accompany the student to campus, but guests are not permitted to enter the dorm.
- Students will be tested on the day they arrive on campus (in most cases before they are permitted to return to their dorm). We will be using a rapid-result test, so students will be notified if they test positive almost immediately after the test. The cost of this testing will be covered by the College.
- Students will be tested again seven days after their arrival on campus using a rapid-result test.
- For the period from Feb. 6 through and including Feb. 19, all students will be in quarantine. During this initial quarantine, students will primarily stay in their rooms. They will pick up meals in the dining halls with other students on their floor. Students can also be outside if they are masked and maintain physical distance from others. Students are not permitted to gather (even in groups of two) indoors during this period. Students can schedule times for “curbside pick-up” at the campus bookstore and post office. Even if students get a negative test result, they will continue with quarantine through and including Feb. 19, even if they receive two negative tests.
- To protect the health of the community, during quarantine students are not permitted to go off-campus except as permitted in the "Spring 2021 Expectations of Bryn Mawr Students in the COVID-19 Pandemic."
- If a student gets a positive test result, they will move to the dorm designated for COVID-19-positive students for isolation (see below for additional steps).
Commuting Students (Undergraduate, Postbac*, and Graduate Students Taking Classes, Holding Teaching Assistantships, or Working in Laboratories)
- Starting no later than Feb. 9, commuting students will be asked to begin symptom checking and to self-quarantine. Self-quarantining means limiting movement beyond the home to essential tasks and limiting in-person social contact to immediate household members. Solitary outdoor activities are permitted. For essential activities beyond the home that require in-person interaction, masks must be worn and physical distance maintained. Commuting students are not permitted on campus during this quarantine period except for testing. Quarantine will continue through and including Feb. 19.
- Commuting students will be scheduled for a rapid results test on February 10, and they will be tested again seven days later on February 17 using a rapid results test.
- Students who have a positive test will be asked to isolate at home/in their off-campus residence (see below for additional steps).
*Postbac students are subject to the same requirements but their schedule will differ. See specific dates in Postbac instructions, issued separately.
- Staff members symptom-check daily and determine if they have had close contact with someone who is symptomatic or is COVID-19-positive.
- The staff member remains at home and reports the situation to the department head/supervisor and the COVID-19 Officer ASAP if any of the following occur:
- Staff member has close contact with someone who has received a positive test result for COVID-19.
- Had close contact with someone, such as a household member, who has COVID-like symptoms.
- Experiences COVID-like symptoms.
- Receives a positive result from a COVID-19 test.
- The staff member will remain at home until advised about next steps by the COVID-19 Officer.
General Principles for Staff with Close Contact with Someone with COVID-19 or COVID-19 Symptoms:
- When a close contact is later determined to be COVID-19-negative, the exposed staff member can return to campus (as long as they themselves are symptom-free).
- If the close contact is COVID-19-positive, the exposed staff member must self-quarantine for 10 days. The start and end dates will be determined in consultation with the COVID-19 Officer.
- The staff member will work from home if able and well enough to do so.
- If a staff member is unable to work from home due to the nature of the job, time away from campus will be categorized as “COVID-19 Quarantine” hours on the timesheet and will not impact sick leave totals. This will be paid at the staff member’s regular rate of pay for regularly scheduled hours, exclusive of overtime.
- When documentation of positive test results of close contacts are available, they will be requested by the COVID-19 Officer.
- If, during a quarantine due to exposure, the staff member's circumstances change, such as by becoming symptomatic or testing positive for COVID-19, they must contact their department/supervisor and COVID-19 Officer ASAP. The COVID-19 Officer will modify their quarantine/isolation based on the new information.
- Note that in addition to self-identification as a close contact, staff members may be notified by the College or a health authority that they have been identified as a close contact. In such circumstances, the same quarantine procedures apply.
- The staff member will remain home during the period of illness.
- If the illness is determined to be something other than COVID-19, the staff member may return to campus upon recovery from the illness.
- Staff members diagnosed with COVID-19 must isolate at home for a minimum of 10 days and, if symptomatic, until they have been fever-free for 24 hours (without fever reducers) and their other symptoms are resolved or significantly improved before returning to campus. Their return to campus date will be determined in consultation with the COVID-19 Officer.
- Staff members with unresolved or complex symptoms will be required to provide medical authorization from their health care provider before returning to campus.
- Staff members who are unable to work from home, due to the nature of their job or their symptoms, will be paid under the terms of the College Sick and Short-Term Disability policies. This will be permitted even if the staff member does not have available sick time accrued.
- Documentation of the staff member's positive COVID-19 test results will be requested by the COVID-19 Officer.
- The COVID-19 Officer is required to notify the Montgomery County Department of Health and contact tracing will be initiated by Bryn Mawr College and possibly the Montgomery County Department of Health. Bryn Mawr will contact any close contacts from Bryn Mawr's campus, and the identity of such contacts will be reported to the Montgomery County Department of Health. The Montgomery County Department of Health may also notify close contacts.
- Close contacts who are members of Bryn Mawr's community will be required to quarantine for 10 days, as described in the close contact section. The identity of the COVID-19 positive contact will not be revealed to the close contact(s).
- If testing is unavailable, we will regard symptomatic staff members as presumed positive cases and the COVID-positive isolation protocol will apply.
- College-sponsored travel is not permitted at this time.
Faculty and staff who engage in overnight travel for personal purposes out of state or internationally may not return to campus or have any in-person contact with anyone from the Bryn Mawr community for 10 days thereafter. During that time if possible and with supervisor permission, the person will work remotely. If working remotely is not feasible or permitted, the staff person must use accrued leave balances — vacation, personal, or sick — for that period of time.
- Students symptom-check daily and identify that they have had close contact with someone who is symptomatic or is COVID-19 positive. The student self-quarantines in the dorm room and reports the situation to the COVID-19 student health consultation line for instructions regarding quarantining and testing.
- If the close contact is determined to be COVID-19 negative, the exposed student can return to the community (unless they themselves are symptomatic).
- If the close contact is positive, the exposed student must self-quarantine for 10 days from the last day of close contact (where contact has been more than 15 minutes total at a distance of less than 6 feet). This means that the student quarantines either in Radnor dormitory, or another designated dorm room, except to use the bathroom and pick up food that is left at a drop point near their dorm.
- If during the quarantine the student becomes symptomatic and tests positive for COVID-19, the student should contact the student COVID-19 health consultation line ASAP and follow the steps below.
- If during the quarantine the student is asymptomatic but tests positive for COVID-19, the student can return to campus activities 10 days from the date of the positive test, assuming that they remain asymptomatic. They will likely be asked to move to isolation in Batten dormitory.
- If the student is employed on campus, the student will work remotely where possible. If remote work is not possible, the student will be paid for the scheduled hours up to 70 paid hours for the semester.
- Students symptom-check daily. If a student is symptomatic, the student stays home and reports the situation to the COVID-19 health consultation line.
- If the attending health consultation line medical personnel determine it is necessary, the student packs a bag with necessities (up to 14 days worth may be required) and moves to isolation space in Wyndham. They would take classes online only and work from their room if their health permits.
- Health and Wellness Center monitors the student’s health and provides testing if advisable.
- If a student tests negative for COVID-19 and the Health and Wellness Center advises it, the student can return to normal activity.
- If a student tests positive, the student is moved to Batten dormitory (a dormitory reserved for COVID-19-positive cases and separated quarantine space) for isolation and medical monitoring. COVID-19 positive students remain in Batten except to pick up their meals, which will be dropped off just outside the dormitory at a designated distribution site.
- If a student is COVID-19 positive, contact tracing begins by Montgomery Department of Health and the Bryn Mawr College Health and Wellness Center. Bryn Mawr’s Health and Wellness Center will notify close contacts within the Bryn Mawr community. They cannot reveal the identity of the COVID-19-positive contact.
- Close contacts (those who have been closer than 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes total) would quarantine for 10 days (see above for details).
- Students diagnosed with COVID-19 can return to the community when they have been fever-free for 24 hours (without fever reducers), their other symptoms are resolved or significantly improved, they are at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms, and are cleared by the Bryn Mawr Health and Wellness Center.
- If testing becomes unavailable, the College will use this same protocol, treating symptomatic students as positive cases and allowing them to return to campus activities when they have been fever-free for 24 hours (without fever reducers), their other symptoms are resolved or significantly improved, and they are at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms.
- If the student is employed on campus, the student will work remotely where possible. If remote work is not possible, the student will be paid for the scheduled hours up to 70 paid hours for the semester.
For Commuting Students (Graduate, Postbac and Undergraduate Students Living Off-Campus but Coming to Campus) Who Are Exposed to COVID-19 via a Close Contact, but Are Not Symptomatic
- Student symptom-checks daily and identifies that they have had close contact with someone who is symptomatic or is COVID-19-positive. The student self-quarantines at home and reports the situation to the COVID-19 student health consultation line and will work from home.
- If the close contact is determined to be COVID-19-negative, the student can return to campus activity (unless they themselves are symptomatic).
- If the close contact is positive, the student must self-quarantine for 10 days from the last day of close exposure (where contact has been more than 15 minutes total at a distance of less than 6 feet).
- If during the quarantine the student becomes symptomatic and tests positive for COVID-19, they should contact the student COVID-19 health consultation line and follow the steps below.
- If during the quarantine the student is asymptomatic, but tests positive for COVID-19, the student can return to campus activities 10 days from the date of the positive test, assuming that they remain asymptomatic.
- If the student is employed on campus, they will work remotely where possible. If remote work is not possible, the student will be paid for the scheduled hours up to 70 paid hours for the semester.
For Commuting Students (Graduate, Postbac, and Undergraduate Students Living Off-Campus in Non-College Provided Housing but Coming to Campus) Who Are Symptomatic
- Student symptom-checks daily. If the student is symptomatic, the student stays home and reports the situation to the COVID-19 student health consultation line and will work from home as tolerated.
- If the student’s symptoms resolve by the next day, the student can return to class and normal activities.
- If the symptoms persist, the student should contact a medical provider for advice on testing.
- If the student is diagnosed with something other than COVID-19, the student can return to campus activities when approved by a medical provider.
- If the student is COVID-19 positive they should alert the COVID-19 student health consultation line. The Montgomery County Department of Health is also notified and contact tracing begins by the Bryn Mawr College Health and Wellness Center and Montgomery County. Bryn Mawr will contact any close contacts from Bryn Mawr’s campus. The identity of the COVID-19-positive individual cannot be revealed.
- Close contacts who are members of Bryn Mawr’s community will be asked to quarantine for 10 days (see above for details).
- Students who are positive will isolate in their off-campus housing.
- Students diagnosed with COVID-19 can return to campus activities when they have been fever-free for 24 hours (without fever reducers), their other symptoms are resolved or significantly improved, and they are at least 10 days from their first symptoms. Students must have medical clearance to return to campus.
- If testing becomes scarce, the College will use this same protocol, treating symptomatic students as positive cases and allowing them to return to campus activities when they have been fever free-for 24 hours (without fever reducers), their other symptoms are resolved or significantly improved, and they are at least 10 days from their first symptoms.
- If the student is employed on campus, they will work remotely where possible. If remote work is not possible, the student will be paid for their scheduled hours up to 70 paid hours for the semester.
- We are continuing with our successful system of sequential testing. The most important step in this process is daily symptom checking and timely reporting by symptomatic individuals (who also immediately quarantine until further advised).
- With the recommendation of Health and Wellness Center staff, we will proactively test students who are symptomatic through the Health and Wellness Center.
- We will conduct surveillance testing for close contacts of students with positive cases, or others who might be at-risk of exposure. This would be an additional protective measure and would not replace quarantine of close contacts.
- As a way to monitor transmission rates on campus and to help us determine whether we need to adjust in-person operations, we will be testing a portion of the student population every week using a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test with an outside lab. Each student will be tested once every three weeks. We expect to get test results within 24 to 48 hours.
- As needed to help us monitor transmission rates, we will also conduct some additional targeted surveillance testing, using our point-of-care testing capacity.
- For tests and for testing that are recommended by Bryn Mawr’s Health and Wellness Center staff, Bryn Mawr College will cover the cost.
- Testing not recommended by the Bryn Mawr Health and Wellness Center will not be paid for or provided by the College.
- Faculty and staff will be offered two days for initial testing close to students' return to campus or in-person classes. The first opportunity (primarily for staff) will be offered on Feb. 3. The second opportunity (primarily for faculty) will be offered Feb. 24.
- After this initial screening, all faculty and staff who are regularly coming to campus will be offered testing once per month. Details of these testing dates will be provided.
- For faculty and staff who have more frequent contact with students or with each other, we are strongly encouraging bi-weekly testing. Details of these testing dates will be provided.
Montgomery County Department of Health requires a mechanism to track and trace potential contacts of COVID-19 positive persons in the College community.
For students, all contact tracing is done by the Medical Services Team, who received training and certification through the Johns Hopkins contact tracing program. If the medical staff receives a positive result on a test done on a student, that student is notified and isolated. That student also will be asked to give a list of close contacts (for COVID-19, a close contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes total starting from two days before illness onset or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to positive specimen collection).
For staff, all contact tracing is done by either Don Abramowitz or Kari Fazio, both also certified through Johns Hopkins. The employee will be asked to give a list of close Bryn Mawr College contacts using the definition above. The contact tracer will notify any Bryn Mawr College close contacts so that they may begin their quarantine. Montgomery County may separately contact close contacts.
The Department of Health requires that close contacts be notified within 24 hours of the medical staff receiving the laboratory report of a COVID-positive result. Students and staff can expect to be notified if they are a close contact of someone who is a known positive. The name and identifying information of a COVID-positive person will not be shared. A close contact of a known positive will need to quarantine for 10 days from the point of last exposure to the person who is ill. If the close contact becomes ill, they should report symptoms to the COVID consultation line for advice (for students) or their medial professional (for staff).
- All classroom activities and laboratories will be located in spaces with good mechanical air exchange and filtration. A list of reservable spaces and their occupancy limits are now available online and in the room reservation system, EMS. Outdoor classroom spaces are also available for reservation later in the spring.
- Classroom occupancy will maintain a minimum of 6 feet between people.
- Masks will be required in all classes and laboratories.
- If faculty and students abide by the safety behaviors in classrooms and laboratories, classroom participants will not be defined as close contacts of each other and will not require quarantining because they are considered at low risk for transmission.
- Wherever possible, students should not share equipment. If separate equipment is not possible, it should be cleaned between uses. If sanitation is not possible, students and faculty must wash their hands thoroughly after each use to avoid surface transmission.
- The College will provide wipes for cleaning surfaces by occupants before and after each class.
- Later in the spring semester when it is safe to do so, the College will provide a few tents and more outside furniture for outdoor classrooms and small meeting spaces. The tent spaces must be reserved.
- Students will not be permitted to do Praxis work onsite at a placement. All Praxis placements will be remote or occur on the Bryn Mawr or Haverford campus.
- GSSWSR will follow state and professional association guidelines for fieldwork.
- Faculty are strongly encouraged to conduct office hours remotely. Necessary in-office meetings should only take place in offices where mechanical ventilation is present and a minimum of 6 feet of separation between people can be maintained. Outside meetings are strongly encouraged. In-person meetings should be by appointment to avoid crowding in the halls.
- Student visitors will not be permitted in classrooms. Faculty guests will be limited to only those who are deemed essential — meaning that the instruction could not take place virtually. All guests will follow safety behaviors.
- There will be no student in-person shopping for classes.
To lower risk of transmission in all workspaces, the College will:
- Use ventilation, lower density via shifts and remote work, and relocate staff as indicated. Every department and every building has a plan for workspaces, including for accommodating student workers.
- De-densify the number of staff on campus by allowing for some remote work.
- Appoint a COVID-19 safety liaison for each building to monitor practices and help identify concerns. In most cases this will be the building advocate.
- Design traffic flow for high intensity activities like book rush and post office.
- Provide cleaning materials so that employees can regularly clean their work stations and high-touch surfaces.
- Increase cleaning of high-touch surfaces in common areas to at least two times per day.
- Require employees who carpool or who take public transportation to wear a face mask traveling to and from work.
- Students will each have their own room (where they can close the door to have a private space) for studying and sleeping.
- To protect staff who work in the building and residents of other halls who may be visiting, students will wear masks when walking around, when in common areas, and in the bathrooms unless showering, washing their face, or brushing their teeth.
- Students are allowed to have one guest in their dorm at a time, provided they are accompanied by a dorm resident, wear a mask when traversing all common spaces and remain in the resident’s room. Guests are limited to students in the Bi-Co community who are enrolled for in-person instruction. Masks are strongly recommended when a guest is present in a dorm room. Given the small sizes of dorm rooms, dorm guests will likely be considered close contacts should a student test positive. A positive test would require the guest or the host to also quarantine for 10 days.
- Only Bi-Co students (enrolled in-person) are permitted in the dorms, as residents or as an accompanied guest. More broadly, visitors are not permitted on the campus, unless the visit is deemed essential. Family members who must make an essential visit are not permitted in the dorms. Arrangements should be made either to meet outside or in a reservable space. Essential visitors must abide by all campus safety practices.
- The College has modified “room draw” to allow students to room on the same hallway with their close friends and thus create family groups or pods of frequent contacts.
- Students will be expected to limit off-campus engagement and to those essential functions such as health care, obtaining essential items or education-critical experiences (required field work). As is the case for all community members, we expect that students will abide by all safety practices such as masking and physical distancing.
- The College has determined a schedule for more frequent shared bathroom cleanings and other common areas.
- Due to concerns about additional vectors of transmission to campus, off-campus work is not permitted. Any student who thinks it is essential that they work off-campus, should contact Cheryl Horsey, Chief Enrollment Officer, who will provide support to the student in exploring options for on-campus work or other financial support.
- In addition to the services offered by Counseling Services, as of September, the Health and Wellness Center’s Counseling Services has additional mental health support for students via Mourneau Shepell, which has a global reach of more than 160 countries. This will enable Bryn Mawr students from all over the world to access counseling support 24 hours per day, seven days per week, via chat, video, and telephone in 150 foreign languages, including American Sign Language. Through this service, students also have access to apps that support overall wellness, including a fitness app.
- We will start the semester with no indoor, in-person dining. We will re-assess the possibility of indoor dining as the semester progresses.
- Later in the spring, we will add outdoor dining spaces with a tent near New Dorm Dining Hall. The Wyndham patio will also be available for outdoor dining.
- We will continue our practice of a traveling food cart at lunch. Details will be posted on the Dining Services website.
- For at least the first several weeks of the semester, we strongly discourage faculty, students, and staff from eating indoors with others. Given the level of contagion of the disease, gathering socially without masks is a high-risk situation for transmission. We do support gathering socially and recommend eating separately from those occasions so that all social gathering can occur with masks.
- The Centennial Conference has canceled the winter intercollegiate athletics season. Athletics staff are designing ways that teams can practice and train while still abiding by our safety practices, including masking. No decision has yet been made for spring sports.
- The Athletics and Physical Education Department has developed creative, alternative options for fitness and physical education. At least for the first several weeks of the semester, the indoor Fitness Center will not be open. If conditions permit us to open later in the semester, we will begin by opening for students only.
- The pool will be open for members of the swim team at designated times. Only four swimmers will be permitted in the pool and pool area at a time (spaced every other lane) and masks must be worn until entering the water.
- At present, according to Level 1 protocols and mitigation requirements all events are limited to 15 people. These numbers may change based on the College’s community health assessment, Federal, state, or public health guidance. Sign-in will be required at all in-person events to aid in contact tracing if needed. Gatherings of more than 15 attendees may be permitted if they are formally authorized and supervised by the College.
- Attendance at indoor events may not exceed the occupancy of the space as determined by Facilities. No food or drink may be served.
- Campus in-person events are open to members of the Bi-Co community. No in-person events are open to the general public.
- Faculty and staff may review and reserve indoor and outdoor spaces for in-person events through the Office of Conferences and Events. A list and photos of spaces with current capacity and room configurations can be found on the office’s website. Attendance may not exceed the safe occupancy level that has been determined by the Facilities Office. As in the past, reservation requests can be made through EMS.
- Students who wish to host an event must fill out a request form and submit it to Mary Beth Horvath, Director of Student Activities, for review. Reserving space for approved student events will then follow the same procedures as faculty and staff events.
- Student organizations should also visit the Student Activities website to review student-specific event guidelines.
- If you wish your virtual events to appear on the College’s event calendar, please use EMS to schedule them. This will also help you to avoid scheduling your virtual event at a time when many other virtual and in-person events are occurring.
- Dorm lounges and common rooms are reserved for residents; student club and organization in-person meetings are not permitted in dorm spaces. All students must follow the posted occupancy for all dorm common spaces. Common spaces can be used by a few students at a time for study, conversation, etc. as occupancy levels will be low. Other indoor and outdoor spaces on campus can be reserved for dorm events, and there is new furniture in many outdoor spaces; virtual events and meetings are also an option.
- Whether in a dormitory or not, in-person resident gatherings and Dorm Leadership Team (DLT) events must adhere to the following guidelines:
- Attendance may not exceed the occupancy of the space as determined by Facilities. This limit reflects the requirements for fresh-air exchange and physical distancing.
- Physical distancing and masks are required.
- No food or drink may be served.
- Sign-in will be required at all DLT-sponsored events to aid in contact tracing if needed.
- Visiting speakers have always been important to the academic and community life of the College. Many departments and programs are planning to bring visitors to campus virtually this year, using tools like Zoom (e.g. Summer Science Research Fest, the Creative Writing Program’s Writers Series). Please be sure to add virtual events that you are hosting to the College calendar via EMS. Information about captioning for virtual events can be found here.
- The College will permit visitors in cases where their in-person engagement is essential to the success or impact of an academic or community program. Those wishing to host an in-person event must submit a request to the Office of Conferences and Events for review. Visitors must adhere to the guidelines that have been created to protect the health of both visitors and members of the community: symptom-checking, mandatory mask-wearing, physical distancing, and handwashing/use of hand sanitizer. Visitors must travel to campus by their own vehicle or by a professional car service with clear health and safety guidelines for drivers and cleaning procedures for vehicles. Host departments or groups are responsible for ensuring that guests understand and abide by guidelines.
- The College will not offer rental of College spaces to outside groups until public health conditions change.
We want to encourage students, faculty, and staff to be able to informally get together in small groups for social or academic connection. This will be challenging while the weather is cold. There are a number of spaces on campus (for example, the Campus Center, Great Hall, and Park Atrium) that lend themselves to these kinds of interactions because of their good ventilation and large volume. We encourage the campus to use these spaces to gather informally in small groups, while continuing to abide by the posted occupancy limits and the restrictions on the placement of furniture to reinforce appropriate distancing.
To ensure safety in all campus facilities, the College has:
- Changed all air filters and installed MERV 13 filters or equivalent wherever possible.
- Increased air flow exchange rates in buildings, bringing fresh air into the building to the highest extent possible.
- In spaces without fresh air exchange, maximized ability to open windows. Located single-person activities or furniture storage in these spaces.
- Located classrooms and other activities that require in-person interaction in spaces with higher levels of fresh-air ventilation.
- Where indicated at points of service or high interaction, provided plexi-glass protection.
- Where advantageous/feasible, moved to hands-free operations.
- Provided Housekeeping with training on proper cleaning techniques. The College is following the CDC guidelines as well as guidance from medical professionals and professional organizations on proper techniques and cleaning products.
- Cleaning is focused on high-touch surfaces in shared spaces. These will be cleaned at least two times per day in addition to early in the morning.
- Provided the community with supplies and instruction to help with cleaning. Spray bottles and paper towels have been distributed to all departments and employees are encouraged to wipe down their high touch surfaces in the middle and at the end of the day, or when others have been in the space.
- Provided appropriate intense cleaning for impacted areas when the campus has a positive COVID-19 case.
- Bryn Mawr College will treat Haverford as an extension of Bryn Mawr’s campus. Exchange between the campuses may be more limited due to safety considerations for the Blue Bus.
- The College will not permit outside visitors to campus from the general public to buildings, campus activities, and outside campus spaces.
- All admissions tours and information sessions will be suspended until conditions materially change.
- For Spring 2021, students will not be able to take in-person classes at Penn or at Swarthmore and vice versa. Course registrations (in-person or remote) from non-Tri-Co students will not be permitted.
- Essential outside visitors (e.g., auditors, outside deliveries, contractors working on Facilities projects) will be allowed to come to campus. All visitors will be required to follow campus safety protocols.
- All College-sponsored travel is canceled,
- In-person study abroad has been canceled for the Spring semester.
- Students will not travel back and forth from home unless they are commuting students.
- Students must get permission from the Dean's Office for any travel beyond the Bryn Mawr area. When approved, such travel will include two precautions:
Students must contact the Health Center prior to traveling to discuss any pre- or post-travel COVID testing they will require, depending on the particulars of the trip.
Students traveling as above will be required to self-quarantine in their rooms for 10 days after travel. This quarantine duration will not be reduced by a negative COVID test result.
- Blue Buses will be limited to a smaller ridership to maintain safety.