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 The fall semester is almost here… let’s continue to stay safe!

Please respect the masking preferences of fellow Raiders. 

page updated August 12, 2022

Shippensburg University does not require the use of face masks inside campus buildings or classrooms, with the following exceptions:

Masking remains required: 

  • When visiting the Wellness Center.
  • When visiting a COVID-19 testing center.
  • If determined by CDC Community Level.
  • As requested, when entering a faculty or staff member’s office.  Standard “Mask Required” signage is available to reinforce or designate indoor “Mask Required” spaces. Contact the COVID Office at (717) 477-1007 or covid19@ship.edu,

Update: Although no longer required, the CDC continues to recommend masking in indoor public transportation settings.

Vaccine Information

Vaccines remain the best tool to fight against illness and hospitalization associated with COVID-19. Shippensburg University strongly encourages all students and employees to get vaccinated and remain up-to-date with booster shots.  Vaccines and boosters lower the risk of infection, protect against serious illness, and lessen the probability of spreading the virus.

Vaccination status determines your mitigation requirements if you are identified as a close contact – see quarantine/isolation below.

  For information on COVID-19 vaccines and boosters in your area, please visit vaccines.gov or call 1-800-232-0233. 

If you test positive

If you test positive, regardless of vaccination status, immediately notify the COVID Office at covid19@ship.edu, or by calling 717-477-1007.  Information regarding quarantine or isolation requirements are listed below.

Masking information for members of the campus community

Individuals, including those at-risk for severe illness, may choose to continue masking based on their personal preference and comfort level. Individuals who are sick should mask and seek immediate testing. In the event the community level changes, or if there is an increase in positive cases on campus, indoor masking requirements may be reinstated.

Mask Usage

 

All individuals are asked to carry masks with them at all times when on campus.

  • People may wear a mask based on personal preference, or as informed by their personal level of risk. 
  • When needed, KN95 or KF94 masks are strongly encouraged.
  • Disposable surgical masks are available at Masking Stations throughout campus. Locations include Lehman Library, Reisner Dining Hall, the CUB information desk, Ship Rec and the COVID Office.
  • Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms and those who have received a positive test result within the last 10 days are required to wear a mask.
  • Students, faculty, and staff must adhere to masking requirements when traveling to high-risk areas outside of Cumberland County. 
  • Please refer to the COVID-19 Community Level for updated information on counties across the U.S.
  • Should we see an increase in positive cases in our area, the indoor masking requirement may be reinstated at any time with timely notification will be sent out to all members of the campus community.

Testing

Students

  • Symptomatic students can receive no-cost testing by visiting the Etter Health Center located on the ground level of Naugle Hall. To make an appointment, call (717)477-1458. Center hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 7:00pm, and Saturdays from noon – 5:00pm. (Summer hours may vary.)
  • Asymptomatic students may pick up self-test kits at the Etter Health Center self-care area (during normal business hours only) and the Shippensburg University Police Station lobby (Reed Operations Center).

Employees

  • Employees may request a self-test kit by visiting the Human Resources Office, by contacting the COVID Office at covid19@ship.edu, or by calling 717-477-1007. 

All testing options are free to participants

Monitoring, Reporting & Compliance

  • Students and Employees should self-report any symptoms or positive test results via covid19@ship.edu or 717-477-1007. 
  • All campus community members, including visitors, are responsible for following Shippensburg University’s COVID policies.

Quarantine / Isolation

 

University guidelines regarding quarantine and isolation remain in place. Students and employees who are advised to isolate, and those who determine they are a close contact, must follow all university guidelines.

Mitigation strategies will continue to be informed by the CDC and the PA Department of Health.

 

  • If you test positive for COVID-19, or have symptoms, you are required to isolate regardless of vaccination status and must adhere to the following:
    • Do not report to class or to work, and immediately notify your professor(s) or Supervisor.
    • Stay home for at least 5 days and isolate yourself from others. Day 0 is the day you tested positive, or your symptoms first appeared.
    • Students may be required to isolate on campus, housing is available on campus, needs will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
    • Employees are required to isolate off-campus.
    • Monitor your symptoms. Seek immediate medical care if you experience difficulty breathing.
    • End isolation after day 5 if your symptoms are improving and you have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication.
    • Take precautions until day 10. Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days inside buildings and when around others in public.
    • Please refer to the Quarantine and Isolation Calculator if you still have questions regarding the steps you need to take.
  • Covid Decision Tree promo graphic

    If someone you know tests positive for COVID-19, or if you determine you were a close contact of someone who tested positive, please view the COVID-19 Decision Tree [PDF] to determine your need to quarantine.

    • Students are responsible for consulting with their faculty member(s) regarding options to stay current with assigned course work while completing their required quarantine/isolation period.
    • Employees are responsible for notifying their supervisor of a positive test result, or confirmation of close contact with someone with COVID-19.
    • Depending on vaccination status, individuals may or may not need to quarantine.

Student Athletes 

  • Student-athletes must abide by all policies set forth by external colleges/universities.

Compliance

  • Shippensburg University’s masking policy is the responsibility of all campus community members, including visitors.
  • Student violations may be reported to the Office of Student Development via the Student Conduct Raider Respect Violations webpage.
  • Faculty and Staff violations may be reported to the Office of Human Resources.

Bartos Child and Family Center

  • The Bartos Child and Family Center staff and children will continue to follow guidelines of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.

Shippensburg University is deeply committed to the well-being and success of our campus family, Shippensburg community, South Central Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth. Some operational details may change based on continuing developments and revised guidelines and recommendations from the federal government, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), and Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education (State System/PASSHE).

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