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COVID-19 Information

The health and well-being of our entire community is paramount in Seton Hall University's planning and actions. As conditions related to the pandemic change and as more valuable resources such as vaccines and medications become widely available, our response to the pandemic has also continued to evolve. The following information represents current conditions. 

We know that more changes may come, so we continue to monitor public and University health statistics, along with government guidance. Any significant change in University health and safety protocols or resources will be clearly communicated.

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact the HICT here.


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Masking

University Health and Safety Measures

  • Anyone wishing to wear a mask is welcome to do so.
  • Faculty may require masks be worn in their classes, clinicals, and labs, and students must comply.
  • University community members are welcome to request others to wear a mask when meeting. We ask everyone to be considerate of such requests.
  • KN95 and surgical masks are available at various locations across all three campuses.
  • Building signage notes "Masking Welcome."
  • Everyone should always carry a mask with them for those situations where one is desired or needed.
  • IHS campus guidelines may differ slightly.

Vaccinations and Boosters

The University's vaccine requirement remains in place for the 2022-2023 academic year. All students, faculty, staff, and administrators must receive their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine unless they have a religious or medical exemption. We encourage you to stay up to date (boosted) with your COVID vaccinations.


Testing for Students

COVID-19 rapid Antigen and molecular testing are available for students at Health Services on the South Orange campus and are administered according to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") and NJ State Department of Health at no cost. However, molecular testing is sent to an outside lab for processing. The lab fee is billed to the student’s health insurance, with uncovered expenses billed directly to the student by the lab. Health Services hours are posted on the website.

Testing Positive and Next Steps

Being Identified as a Close Contact and Next Steps


Contact Tracing

Consistent with what has become widespread practice in most communities and many campuses, Seton Hall has transitioned to a self-disclosure method for purposes of contact tracing. This means that anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 is responsible for notifying those individuals identified as Close Contacts, as defined by the CDC.


Additional Tips for Staying Healthy and Safe

  • Vaccination and being boosted help to avoid serious illness, but do not prevent transmission.
  • Masking may be helpful if you are attending crowded events during times of high transmission. A well fitted and high-grade mask (N95 or KN95) is best.
  • Avoid high risk (immunocompromised) individuals if you have any symptoms
  • Transmission can be minimized by:
    • Testing if you have any symptoms.
    • Testing prior to events that involve close contact with others masked or unmasked.Testing prior to leaving or returning to campus for an extended period of time, such as holidays.
    • Testing 5 days following high risk activities that involve close contact with a lot of people.
    • Test immediately if you develop symptoms, even mild symptoms.
    • Testing is widely available. Please don’t wait to test if you have symptoms.

Testing Positive – Next Steps for Students

All undergraduate students who test positive for COVID-19 MUST notify Health Services by immediately calling 973-761-9175 within 24 hours of testing positive and provide evidence of the positive test result.

Health Services will notify the Dean of Students' Office who will send absence notification to the student's professors. No absence notification will be sent without Health Services' verification.

Law Students are governed by the Law School's attendance policy.

Graduate students should consult with their professor or program director/chair.

  1. Health Services will inform the undergraduate student of their isolation period/dates. Isolation, regardless of vaccination status, is for five full days, starting with the day after symptoms begin or positive test result. 
     
  2. You are responsible to identify and notify your Close Contacts.

    Who is a Close Contact?
    Anyone with whom you were in close contact (talking with, eating with), within 6 feet or less for a cumulative period of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period within the past 2 days – with or without a mask. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/determine-close-contacts.html

    Who is Not a Close Contact?
    Anyone you were sitting next to in class, but not interacting with UNLESS you were sneezing/coughing. 

    After you have identified your Close Contacts, you must contact them and inform them that you have tested positive for COVID-19 and have identified them as a Close Contact of yours. Provide them with this link (or refer them to the University website) for what they need to know about their next steps.
     
  3. Monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms daily. If your symptoms worsen, contact Health Services or your health care provider immediately.
     
  4. If you have been fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication and symptoms are improving, you may leave isolation on the sixth day. You must wear a well-fitting mask (N95 or KN95) for an additional five (5) days when around others. If you continue to have symptoms after five (5) days, follow the directions of Health Services or your health care provider.

Isolation and Quarantine for Resident Students 

  • Resident students who test positive for COVID-19 or who are identified as a Close Contact will isolate or quarantine in their residence hall room for the prescribed isolation/quarantine period. There is no separate isolation housing on campus. Students must contact the Dean of Students Office (deanofstudents@shu.edu) to make arrangements for ordering and picking up their meals in the dining hall while in isolation/quarantine.

Testing Positive – Next Steps for Faculty, Staff and Administrators

  1. Follow the directions of your health care provider or use the COVID-19 calculator to determine the dates of your isolation period.
     
  2. Inform your supervisor of your absence as you would for any other illness and follow the University's sick leave policy.
     
  3. You are responsible to identify and notify your Close Contacts.

    Who is a Close Contact?
    Anyone with whom you were in close contact (talking with, eating with), within 6 feet or less for a cumulative period of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period within the past 2 days – with or without a mask.

    After you have identified your Close Contacts, you must contact them and inform them that you have tested positive for COVID-19 and have identified them as a Close Contact of yours. Provide them with this link (or refer them to the University website) for what they need to know about their next steps.
     
  4. Monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms daily. If your symptoms worsen, contact your health care provider immediately.
     
  5. If you have been fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication and symptoms are improving, you may leave isolation on the sixth day. You must wear a well-fitting mask (N95 or KN95) for an additional five (5) days when around others. If you continue to have symptoms after five (5) days, follow the directions of your health care provider.

Being Identified as a Close Contact – Next Steps

If you are notified by someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 that they have identified you as a Close Contact, follow these next steps.

If You Have COVID-19 Symptoms:

  • Test immediately.
  • Isolate until test results are received.

If  You Are Asymptomatic, Answer This Question to Determine Which of the Following Paths You Must Follow:

Are You Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccine (including Booster) OR Have you Tested Positive for COVID-19 in the Last 90 days (use the COVID-19-calculator for 90-day calculation)?

If Yes:

  • Quarantine is not required.
  • You must wear a well-fitted mask (N95 or KN95) around others for ten (10) days after exposure.
  • Practice good hygiene, frequent hand washing.
  • If you remain asymptomatic, test for COVID-19 five (5) to seven (7) days after your exposure. Test sooner if symptoms develop.

If No: 

  • Quarantine for five (5) full days after exposure is required.
  • While in quarantine, you must:
    • Wear a well-fitted mask (N95 or KN95) around others.
    • Practice good hygiene, frequent hand washing.
    • Test five (5) to seven (7) days after your exposure. Test sooner if symptoms develop.
  •  If you remain asymptomatic, you may leave quarantine on the sixth day, after five full (5) days in quarantine. You must continue to wear a well-fitting mask (N95 or KN95) around others for an additional five (5) days.

Quarantine Protocol for Employees

If you are required to quarantine due to being identified as a Close Contact (see above for definition of Close Contact and requirements for Quarantine), please do the following:

  • Notify your supervisor immediately. 
  • If approved by your supervisor, arrange to work from home for the duration of your quarantine period.
  • If your work responsibilities do not permit you to work from home, contact Human Resources (hrgeneral@shu.edu) for further guidance.
  • Use the COVID-19 calculator to determine when you may return to work if needed. Remember that when you do return to work you will need to wear a well-fitted mask (N95 or KN95) for five (5) days after your quarantine period.

Quarantine Protocol for Students

If you are required to quarantine due to being identified as a Close Contact (see above for definition of Close Contact and requirements for Quarantine), please do the following:

  • Notify your professors directly and follow your professors' attendance policies regarding class absences.
    NOTE: The Dean of Students Office will NOT send an absence notice for any student who does not have documentation from a medical provider to support the reason for the absence.
  • Use the COVID-19 calculator to determine when you may return to campus if needed. Remember that when you do return to campus you will need to wear a well-fitted mask (N95 or KN95) for five (5) days after your quarantine period.
  • Resident students will quarantine in their room and must contact the Dean of Students Office (deanofstudents@shu.edu)  to make arrangements for ordering and picking up their meals in the dining hall while in quarantine.
     

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact the HICT here.