COVID-19 Summer Policies

May 27, 2022

Dear all,

I am writing with updates regarding COVID-19 policies for the summer. Thank you for helping the campus community continue to be a safe and healthy learning environment.

  •  Dashboard: This will be updated weekly as it was last summer.
  • COVID-19 testing for students: Self-administered, rapid tests will be available for students through the College Center vending machine and at the ROC. When returning to campus and picking up keys, students must attest that they have had a negative COVID-19 test within the 24 hours before getting to campus.
  • Urgent student health needs: Please call the CRC (845-437-5221) who can access the on-call nurse (during regular business hours) or the EMT in the evenings, who can help provide COVID-19 testing and address other urgent health needs.
  • Masking: We will have voluntary masking on campus; however, faculty may require masking in classes or laboratories. Everyone is welcome to mask whenever preferred, and let us continue to support those who choose to wear masks as our campus policies evolve.
  • Events: Events are permitted. Hosts of events, including those with guests not from the Vassar community, may require masking and/or testing prior to the event. If anyone has questions about a specific event, please be in touch with the Dean of Faculty office (for faculty-led events) or Campus Activities (for other events).
  • Isolation: Students and employees, including faculty, who test positive for COVID-19 should contact Health Services immediately. Beginning, Monday, May 30th, students who test positive will isolate in a single bedroom in a designated wing of Main House. Spaces designated for use only by students with COVID-19 will have appropriate signage. Students with COVID-19 will continue to order food through Grub Hub. Employees should inform their supervisor that they are unable to report to work until cleared by Health Services.
  • Clearing isolation: Health Services will clear students and employees using a symptom-based approach; a negative test is not required to be cleared as people may test positive after they are no longer infectious. Please follow the clinical guidance of Health Services.

Thank you!

Elizabeth H. Bradley, President
Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604