Return to Campus Information & Protocols
We can’t wait to kick off another successful academic year and welcome everyone to campus! At Iona, we live by a fundamental credo that “Gaels Take Care of Gaels.” Everyone living, learning or working on campus knows this was especially true through the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, as we embrace the “new normal,” we must remain vigilant. Many positive strides have been made in protecting against the virus, but we will not let down our guard when it comes to keeping our community healthy and safe.
Based on the reality that the pandemic continues and guided by health officials, public policies and clinical care guidelines, below are protocols that will be in place this fall. Please review them in their entirety. Also note, the College will continue to monitor campus, local and national data, guidelines and policies and will update protocols as needed.
We look forward to our first day of classes on August 31.
Please be sure to carefully review the below for a safe and successful academic year.
- Iona continues to strongly encourage that all students, faculty, staff and employees receive a COVID-19 vaccination. The body of public health information widely supports the safe and effective benefits of vaccination to protect oneself and others.
- All students who have evidence of COVID-19 vaccination must upload the documentation online via the Medicat patient portal no later than August 13, 2021.
For instructions on how to upload, please watch this video.
- All students who do not have evidence of COVID-19 vaccination, or who received their final dose after August 13, must submit a negative PCR test via the Medicat patient portal no later than August 28, 2021.
- A record of completed vaccination will exempt students from required COVID-19 surveillance testing and fees.
- A medical or religious exemption would exempt students from fees, but surveillance testing would still be mandatory. Documentation is also required by August 13.
- Employees are asked to submit a record of their completed vaccination to Human Resources to help us know vaccination coverage on campus. Directions on the process for submitting vaccination status will be shared by the HR team.
- Iona will continue to partner with local providers to assist members of the Iona community with access to no- or low-cost COVID-19 vaccination options. Find COVID-19 vaccines near you.
- Iona strongly encourages all students to be vaccinated.
Testing and Monitoring
- Proof of a negative COVID-19 test will be required for all unvaccinated students. Tests must be taken within 14 days before the start of classes or returning to campus.
- COVID-19 surveillance testing will be mandatory for all unvaccinated students throughout the semester.
- Students without documentation of COVID-19 vaccination will be assessed a fee of $500.00 per academic semester to cover the costs associated with campus testing.
- Students without completed vaccination documentation will be required to participate in surveillance testing at least every two to four weeks, or as campus conditions dictate.
- A medical or religious exemption would exempt students from fees, but surveillance testing would still be mandatory.
- Students with completed and up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination documentation will be exempt from required COVID-19 surveillance testing on campus and will not be required to pay the testing fee.
- Iona College will continue to monitor the safety of the campus and offer access to rapid COVID-19 testing on campus and PCR testing through community health partners.
- Anyone who feels sick is required to stay home and get tested if experiencing symptoms.
- Vaccinated students may get tested at no charge at the campus testing site located at the Arrigoni Center; unvaccinated students will be assessed a testing fee as per the above.
- Masks will be required in classrooms for all individuals regardless of vaccination status.
- Masks are highly recommended for all individuals in indoor communal spaces where people are gathered for extended periods and may be required at certain events.
- Unvaccinated individuals should wear masks indoors at all times.
Quarantine and Isolation
- Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 or is unvaccinated and has direct exposure to a positive COVID-19 case will be required to isolate or quarantine for 10 days.
- Current New York State guidelines are that fully vaccinated contacts do not need to quarantine as long as they are asymptomatic.
- Students are encouraged to isolate or quarantine at home if possible. Students are responsible for all expenses if they cannot isolate or quarantine at home.
- Anyone with symptoms that tests negative for COVID-19 will need to isolate until they are no longer symptomatic.
- Contact tracing will be conducted in coordination with public health officials.
- When a case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the local health department initiates contact tracing through the official public health procedures.
- In a situation where Iona becomes aware of a case, either from the COVID-19 person directly or by being informed by a health official, the College will use available information to inform students, faculty or staff who were known to have been in close contact with the COVID-19 person.
Teaching and Learning
All classes will be conducted in-person with the exception of courses already designated as Distance Learning (DL).
- Detailed information will be shared from Residential Life for those living on campus.
- Residence hall capacity will remain at no more than two people per bedroom.
- Guests and commuter students will be permitted but must check-in and register at the front desks and comply with all Residential Life and Iona College rules and regulations.
- Overnight guests are not permitted.
- Masks will be required in residence hall common spaces and upon entrance to the residence halls for all individuals regardless of vaccination status.
- Masks are highly recommended for all individuals when guests from outside of the room or suite are visiting.
For questions regarding Iona’s return to campus plans, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.