Mask Up & Vax Up to Keep Covid Cases Down!

The below Spring 2022 Guidelines will help ensure the health and well-being of our entire Shippensburg community and may need to be adjusted as the COVID-19 positivity rate changes.

Students, faculty, and staff should familiarize themselves with the guidelines found on this website and monitor their email for updates.

 

Vaccine Information

Shippensburg University strongly encourages all students and employees to be fully vaccinated and, if eligible, receive the booster shot. Vaccines and boosters lower the risk of infection, protect against serious illness, lessen the probability of spreading the virus, and reduce the risk of long COVID-19 symptoms. Natural immunity from a prior COVID-19 infection is not an adequate substitute and researchers have found that the risk of reinfection with Omicron is approximately five times greater than that for other variants. [Omicron: What We Know About the Covid Variant – The New York Times (nytimes.com)]

Fully vaccinated students who show proof of vaccination are not required to test for COVID-19 if they are free of symptoms, unless identified as a close contact. Vaccination status determines your mitigation requirements if you are identified as a close contact. Vaccinated individuals may return to class reducing or eliminating quarantine when testing negative (see quarantine/isolation below).

  Vaccinations are available on campus for students, faculty, and staff.  Sign up at: ship.edu/r3.

  •  The Pfizer vaccine is available as a first shot.
  • The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are available as booster shots.

Students are encouraged to provide proof of vaccination in-person at the Etter Health Center or upload at: ship.edu/r3

Spring 2022 Guidelines

Mask Usage

Masks are required to be worn indoors by all Shippensburg University students, faculty, staff and visitors.

  • Masks must cover the wearer’s nose and mouth.
  • KN95 or KF94 masks are strongly encouraged to be worn by all.
  • 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.

The following exceptions apply:

  • When eating or drinking, if individuals comply with any other posted restrictions. 
  • When in one’s assigned residence hall room without any guests. Regardless of vaccination status, anyone who has come in close contact with an individual with COVID-19 is required to wear a mask in their residence hall room two (2) weeks after providing a negative test and completing the required quarantine (see quarantine/isolation below). 
  • When alone in a motor vehicle or utility vehicle used for university business. 
  • When operating a vehicle or equipment where the mask may create a safety hazard by obscuring vision or from entanglement. 
  • When asked to remove the face mask by a school or law enforcement official to verify identity. 
  • When a public safety worker is actively engaged in a public safety role in situations where wearing a face covering would seriously interfere with the performance of their job duties. 
  • When an accommodation is necessary as indicated by a medical or similar subject matter expert and granted by the Office of Accessibility Resources. Note: Students who cannot wear a mask or cannot safely wear a mask, should contact the Office of Accessibility Resources oar@ship.edu; 252 Mowrey Hall, or call at 717-477-4094. Faculty and staff who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask, should contact Human Resources at hr@ship.edu; Old Main 109 or call 717-477-4037.  
  • Face coverings are not required while outdoors, but face coverings are recommended when in a large group and unable to social distance. 

Quarantine / Isolation

  • Vaccinated individuals will be required to show proof of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Mitigation strategies will continue to be informed by CDC, PA Department of Health guidance, and best practices for testing, mitigation, and quarantine/isolation of individuals exposed to or diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals who have had close contact with a positive COVID-19 case may return to campus upon proof of a negative test. 
  • Unvaccinated close contacts can return after providing proof of a negative test after 5 days of quarantine. 
  • Students who are advised to quarantine or isolate due to a confirmed exposure or confirmed positive test result must follow the isolation guidelines. Students should consult with their faculty member(s) regarding the best way to stay current with assigned course work while completing any required quarantine/isolation period. 
  • Students, faculty, and staff will have restricted campus access while in quarantine or isolation.
  • Employees who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or exposure should contact their medical provider for diagnosis. Employees who are advised to quarantine or isolate should notify their supervisor and not report to the workplace. 

Testing

  • Symptomatic testing: Testing is available for all students that experience symptoms of COVID-19 at the Etter Student Health Center. To schedule an appointment, please call 717-477-1458.

  • Asymptomatic testing: Testing for asymptomatic individuals is available on a limited basis on Tuesdays and Thursday in the CUB room 105 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule today at ship.edu/r3 .

     

  • Surveillance testing: Periodic surveillance testing may occur at the beginning of the semester to determine if outbreaks might require additional restrictions on campus gatherings and activities. Ongoing surveillance testing may occur throughout the semester depending upon campus, local, and/or regional conditions.

     

  • Close Contacts: Testing is available for all students identified as a close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Vaccinated individuals may return to campus upon receipt of a negative test. Testing for Close Contacts to return to campus can be arranged with the Etter Student Health Center. To schedule an appointment, please call 717-477-1458.

     

  • Case Investigation: Individuals and groups may be subject to Case Investigation if identified as a close contact.
     

  • For more information or to schedule a test, visit ship.edu/r3 

All testing options are free to participants

Student Athletes 

  • Student-athletes will undergo testing based on PSAC guidance.
  • Team members that are testing regularly, per university policy, will be permitted to participate in team workouts without wearing a mask only if fully vaccinated.
  • Masks are required following completion of the workout while inside. Masking during competitive play will follow PSAC and NCAA guidelines. 
  • Visit shipraiders.com/covid for details.

 Vaccinations 

  • Vaccinations are available on campus for students, faculty, and staff.
  • The Pfizer vaccine is available as a first shot.
  • The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are available as booster shots.  
  • Sign up at: ship.edu/r3.

Monitoring and Reporting

Employees and students should self-report any symptoms or exposures via covid19@ship.edu or 717-477-1007. 

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 violation 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 COVID-19 Testing Dashboard

Student Activity from the Prior Week (Mon.-Sun.)

Positive Tests

In Isolation

In Quarantine

Prior Week data is updated on Mondays. Updated January 17, 2022.

Cases & Testing: Cumulative Totals Since January 1, 2022

Positive Cases

Tests Conducted

Commuter Student Positive Cases

Commuter Student Tests Conducted

Residential Student Positive Cases

Residential Student Tests Conducted

Employee Positive Cases

Employee Tests Conducted

Cumulative Totals are updated Mondays and Thursdays. Updated January 20, 2022.

  • This dashboard presents data according to the date tests are administered. Counts for most recent dates may be incomplete. Counts will be updated as results are reported.
  • Data regarding isolation and quarantine is subject to change based upon ongoing case investigations.
  • Weekly numbers during summer and winter are low due to decreased population on campus.
  • This dashboard is for informational purposes only in service to our community. It should not be considered as public health guidance. Given the complexity and evolution of the case reporting landscape, the data points and footnotes are subject to continuous review and revision, as necessary.

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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