Return to Campus Information & Protocols
Gaels Take Care of Gaels
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 are currently in place. 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.
Spring 2022 COVID-19 Protocols
Please be sure to carefully review the below.
COVID-19 testing at Arrigoni Center during final exam week (May 9-13) will be available from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The last day of testing at Arrigoni will be on Friday, May 13. Enjoy your summer and stay safe!
Student Vaccination, Testing & Fees
- Iona strongly encourages all students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated. Iona also strongly recommends that anyone who is eligible to receive the booster get it for continued protection against COVID-19.
- The deadline for students to submit new vaccination records via the Medicat Patient Portal is Monday, January 24, 2022. (If you previously submitted vaccination documentation, then you do not need to do so again unless you are adding a booster record or a recent positive test result.)
- For instructions on how to upload records, please watch this video. Note that proof must include a photo of your completed vaccine card, or a screenshot of your Excelsior pass, and you must enter the dates you received your vaccine.
- A record of completed vaccination will exempt students from required COVID-19 surveillance testing and fees.
- Students without documentation of COVID-19 vaccination will be assessed a fee of $500.00 on or around January 28 to cover the costs associated with campus testing for the spring semester. A medical or religious exemption would exempt students from fees, but surveillance testing would still be mandatory.
- Students are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving either one dose of Johnson & Johnson, or two doses of Pfizer or Moderna. There is no requirement at this time for a booster, although it is highly encouraged.
- Bi-weekly surveillance testing will continue to be mandatory for all unvaccinated students.
- All unvaccinated students will have to test at the Arrigoni Center. Tests conducted elsewhere are not accepted in lieu of on-campus surveillance testing. Surveillance testing begins on January 31.
- Anyone who feels sick is required to stay home and get tested if experiencing symptoms.
- Vaccinated students experiencing symptoms and/or with potential contact may get tested at no charge at the campus testing site located at the Arrigoni Center; the cost of tests for unvaccinated students will be included in the testing fee referenced above.
- Find COVID-19 vaccines near you or for assistance, please contact the Office of Health Services at email@example.com or (914) 633-2548.
Return to Campus Testing
- All resident students, regardless of vaccination status, are required to take a COVID-19 test at the Arrigoni Center prior to moving into the residence halls.
- The Office of Residential Life has sent residents more specific information about the spring semester move-in and testing process.
- Resident students who choose to move in after move-in weekend or the start of classes must do so during open hours at Arrigoni in order to be tested.
- See Arrigoni testing hours below.
- Commuter students are strongly encouraged to get tested prior to returning to campus regardless of vaccination status.
- Unvaccinated commuter students will be required to undergo regular surveillance testing beginning Monday, January 31.
Arrigoni Center Testing Hours
Returning Resident Student Testing Only:
- Saturday, 1/15 (early arrivals only): 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
- Sunday, 1/16: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Monday, 1/17: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
General Campus Entry Testing:
- Tuesday, 1/18 to Friday, 1/28: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (No weekend testing)
Regular Spring 2022 Testing Hours:
- Monday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
- Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- Regular surveillance testing program begins Monday, 1/31.
- Masks are highly recommended but optional in most indoor spaces, including classrooms.
- Masks are required at Health Services, the Arrigoni Center and on the Gael Express Shuttle.
Student Quarantine and Isolation Policy
Please note that 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.
- A student infected with COVID-19 must isolate for five days, where day zero is the day of symptom onset, or if asymptomatic, the day of collection of a positive test result.
- Students who test positive should inform their instructors, contact Health Services and upload their test result to Medicat.
- Students may return to class after completing five days of isolation, returning to class on the sixth day if asymptomatic. Students should not return if they are exhibiting fevers, runny noise (rhinitis) or cough. Students should not take fever reducing medications to reduce fevers. If other symptoms are resolving, students may return to class.
- If an infected student is asymptomatic after five days, or if symptoms are resolving, they can end isolation but must wear a well-fitting face mask around others for an additional five days. Individuals who cannot wear a well-fitting mask around others should continue to follow the standard isolation guidance of 10 days.
- Students who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should continue to follow the standard isolation guidance of 10 days.
- For students who are fully vaccinated and boosted (with the booster RECEIVED THE MINIMUM OF 14 DAYS PRIOR TO EXPOSURE), no quarantine is required. Students are required to wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days after the last date of exposure. A COVID-19 test is required to be completed on Day 5. Results must be uploaded to Medicat.
- Students who are not fully vaccinated, or are fully vaccinated but did not receive a booster dose greater than 14 days from last exposure, must quarantine for five days and wear a well-fitting mask while around others for an additional five days. A COVID-19 test is required to be completed on Day 5 and results must be uploaded into Medicat.
- If symptoms appear for either set of individuals, the individual should immediately quarantine and seek testing. In this scenario, quarantine ends upon a negative test, or upon following the guidance described in the “Infected” section above.
Residence Hall Policies
The same policies and procedures will remain in place for the spring semester as were established during the fall semester.
- 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.
Teaching and Learning
All classes will be conducted in person with the exception of courses already designated as Distance Learning (DL).
Information for Employees
Please visit the COVID-19 Information for Employees page for detailed faculty instructions and more.
See the Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Policy here.
Thank you for your continued adherence to Iona’s COVID-19 policies and procedures. Please visit our Return to Campus Information & Protocols page for all the latest, including answers to your FAQs. Our dashboard provides regularly updated information regarding testing and monitoring details. For any additional questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.