December 17, 2021

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

We are writing to provide important information about the plans for the beginning of J-term 2022. 

In light of ongoing concerns about the high transmissibility and presence of the delta and omicron variants of COVID-19 and our interest in keeping our community as healthy and safe as possible, we will implement the following protocols:

Students

  • All students approved to return to campus during J-term, regardless of whether or not they’ve registered for a course, must receive two negative PCR tests before they can participate in any in-person activities, including attending classes. 

    • For students returning to campus for in-person J-term classes, this means they must have a negative result from a PCR test taken on Sunday, January 2, and Tuesday, January 4, before they can attend class in-person or participate in any other in-person activities; meals will be grab-and-go until two negative test results are received (and, overall, until Wednesday, January 5, for everyone).

    • The athletic department has established a daily antigen testing protocol for student-athletes who will be returning to campus when the Testing Center is closed. They will resume regular PCR testing as soon as the Testing Center re-opens. Students will get more detailed information from their coaches.

    • Any student who arrives on campus after Sunday, January 2, for any reason will need to follow a similar protocol: refrain from in-person activities and take meals grab-and-go until they have received negative test results from two on-campus PCR tests.

  • All students are urged to receive a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departing for campus and to refrain from traveling to campus if they have any known COVID-19 exposure (even with a negative test result).  

Faculty and Staff

  • Faculty teaching in-person J-term classes will need to make appropriate adjustments to their classes on January 3 and 4 (and potentially January 5, depending on how quickly test results are available).

  • Faculty and staff working with students in other capacities will also need to plan accordingly to ensure that appropriate adjustments are made to accommodate the testing schedule.

  • As of now, staff should plan on resuming the work mode they utilized during fall semester on January 3. Any change to this plan will be communicated the week of December 27. 

  • As a reminder, employees working on campus the weeks of December 19 and/or 26 are only required to get one COVID-19 test during each of those weeks (the Testing Center will only be open Mondays through Wednesdays both of those weeks). Twice-a-week testing will resume in January

  • Faculty and staff who miss a calendar week of testing will need to receive an antigen and PCR test upon their return to work on campus, before they can return to their office space.

  • As such, rapid antigen testing will be available during regular testing hours; no special appointment is needed. Simply reserve testing slots per the usual routine, and the Testing Center will provide you with a rapid antigen test.

  • We encourage all faculty and staff who are able to do so to test the week of December 27 in order to minimize the demand on the Testing Center and reduce the need for antigen testing.

We understand that this change may require some last-minute adjustments to your plans. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we continue to respond appropriately to the pandemic.

Best,
Liz Agosto
Dean of Students and Interim Chief Student Affairs Officer

Catherine Epstein
Provost and Dean of the Faculty