How will move-in occur for the spring semester?
To help promote social distancing and safe practices, Move-in Day will be staggered across several days and times. Students will have a limited amount of time to move-in to their residence hall and will be limited to the number of non-student individuals (2) assisting them. Residential Life will communicate directly with students to schedule this process.
In addition, during Move-In, elevator capacity will be limited to 2 persons at a time. Students will be encouraged to limit the number of large items they bring from home. And, students will be required to supply their own face coverings. Sanitizing wipes will be provided for move-in equipment.
If I am living on campus, do I have to be tested for COVID-19 before I move into my residence hall room?
Yes. Students choosing to live on campus for the Spring term will be required to test for COVID-19 prior to moving into their residential assignment. The College has partnered with Wellspan Health to administer a rapid antigen test to all members of the campus community. These tests are a nasopharyngeal swab, approved by the federal government as an acceptable detector of the coronavirus. Upon testing, students will wait for results, typically available in about 10 minutes. Students must report to Lenfest Commons Lobby during their move-in time slot. They will then be tested by Wellspan staff in the Wilson Wellspan Convenient Care Clinic (located on the first floor of Lenfest Commons, down the hallway behind the Security Desk).
The rapid antigen test is administered at no cost to the student. No test results from other vendors will be accepted.
Can residential students have guests in their rooms?
Residential students are only permitted to have other residential students as guests unless pre-approved by the Director of Residence Life or the Dean of Students.
Residential students can host no more than two other students in their residence hall room and cannot exceed more than that number of students assigned to that space plus 2 (i.e. If 3 students are assigned to South 22, the maximum occupancy is 5.) Students must always comply with all mask and social distance requirements AND be residential students at Wilson College.
On-campus Quarantine and Isolation
What happens if a student has a positive COVID-19 test?
If through the course of the College’s on-campus testing process, a student has a positive test result:
If the student is a residential student, the student will be given the option of returning home to quarantine for the required 10 days or of quarantining on campus or quarantining on campus. If the student chooses to quarantine on campus, Residential Life will coordinate moving the student to a quarantine space as well as all details and logistics, including meal service.
Commuter students will be asked to quarantine at home.
A total of 52 residential spaces has been allocated for those students who test positive and need to quarantine on campus. These spaces are located on the 3rd floor of Rosenkrans Hall, 3rd floor of Disert Hall, and 2nd floor of Davison Hall.
What happens if my roommate is positive?
If a student has potentially been exposed to someone who is positive with COVID-19, that individual will be relocated temporarily to isolation spaces on campus. Residential Life will coordinate this process.
A total of 15 isolation spaces have been reserved for students that may have been exposed to a positive case. Each of these spaces has a private bath and meals will be delivered directly to that students’ room during their isolation period. These students will be given the rapid antigen test and once displaying a negative result can return to their original room assignment.
Individuals experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 should not enter any portion of campus, including campus buildings. They should seek consultation from a healthcare provider as soon as possible. Employees (faculty and staff) as well as students are expected to notify Dave Topper, the campus Pandemic Safety Officer, of their symptoms and/or potential exposure to COVID-19. David Topper will notify the appropriate member of the Pandemic Safety Team to begin containment, mitigation and contact tracing protocols. All notifications are to be relayed through firstname.lastname@example.org or the LiveSafe mobile app.
If an employee (faculty or staff) fails to report a COVID-19 related illness or fails to follow the health and safety protocols outlined in this plan, such action could be considered a serious violation of Wilson College safety rules and result in disciplinary or other corrective action.
If a student fails to report a COVID-19 related illness or fails to follow the health and safety protocols outlined in this plan, such action could be considered a serious violation of the Honor Principle and result in a hearing before the Honor Council.
Why is the College conducting COVID-19 testing on campus?
Wilson College believes on-campus testing for COVID-19 is a large part of an overall, successful monitoring plan to quell the spread of the virus.
What kind of test is the College using?
In an effort to find a testing vendor and administration partner, the College evaluated 14 test vendors. Types of tests reviewed included the Nasal PCR, Saliva PCR, Rapid Antigen, and Rapid Antibody. After investigations were complete, the College decided to select the Concentric test by Ginko. This is a rapid antigen test, producing results within 10 to 15 minutes.
The rapid antigen test requires a physician’s order and must be administered by a medical provider. Because Wilson College already has a relationship with Wellspan Health, a local healthcare provider system in the region, the College approached Wellspan for assistance with its COVID response. Wellspan agreed and is supplying the necessary clinicians to schedule and administer tests on campus. Students, faculty and staff can obtain a test at the Wellspan Convenient Care clinic, located just off of the Lenfest Commons lobby.
Are all faculty, staff, and students required to participate in testing?
All students, faculty, and staff who expect to be on campus during the spring semester are required to participate in the testing protocol unless there is an underlying medical issue preventing an individual from doing so.
Entry Testing: Residential students are tested prior to picking up their residence hall keys.
Baseline Testing: All employees, except for employees working 100% remotely for the entire Spring 2021 semester, are tested.
Follow-up Testing: Four days after entry testing for residential students and baseline testing for employees.
Surveillance Testing: A random sample of 10% of employees, residential students, and commuter students, biweekly during the Spring 2021 semester beginning February 8, 2021 and continuing through the end of the semester.
This protocol may be modified based on recommendations from the CDC, PA Department of Health, the college medical director or other governmental agencies.
What do I do if I do not wish to participate in the testing protocol?
Again, all students, faculty, and staff who expect to be on campus during the spring semester are required to participate in the testing protocol.
Students should contact their advisor and/or the Registrar to see if modifications to their class schedule can be made to accommodate all virtual classes.
Faculty should contact the Dean of Faculty to discuss virtual teaching options.
Staff should contact David Topper, the director of human resources, to discuss remote work options.