The situation with COVID continues to evolve as more people get vaccinated and/or test positive and recover, and as widely circulating variants of the virus seem generally to be more transmissible and resulting in less serious disease.
It is anticipated that this virus will continue to circulate in some form for the foreseeable future, and the CDC may recommend additional vaccination or booster shots depending on how the situation develops.
The Davidson College COVID team consults with infectious disease experts, watches state and local trends, uses CDC guidelines and considers previous campus experience at Davidson and elsewhere to make decisions about campus policy.
As in the past, all of these guidelines are subject to revision based on changes in the circumstances in our community and the state. We continue to move toward an environment similar to campus before the pandemic and appreciate your efforts and your support of our shared obligation to each other.
Fall 2022 COVID Guidelines
Masks on Campus
We’re grateful to our community for respecting one another and our differing situations. Individual faculty retain the option of requesting the use of masks in their classrooms, and we will revisit this guideline for the spring semester. Staff members may ask visitors to private offices to mask.
Departments that sponsor events open to the public, such as plays and concerts, can determine appropriate COVID protocols.
Vaccinations & Boosters
In accordance with CDC guidelines we require students to be vaccinated and boosted against COVID. These shots help minimize complications and protect those around you who can’t get the shots.
We will continue an exemption process.
To submit your vaccination information, please use the Student Health Portal and, then, click on “pending forms.”
Students who have not met the vaccination/booster requirements or requested and been granted an exemption cannot move in to a campus residence hall or attend classes at the start of the semester.
We will not offer a self-testing center at the start of the semester.
We will set up a COVID testing tent outside the Center for Student Health & Well-Being. Students with upper respiratory symptoms can make an appointment and will test in the tent before their appointment. A student who tests positive will use a room reserved for those who test positive. We will discontinue required weekly surveillance testing for unvaccinated students and employees.
We will not require a negative test at student check-in in August.
Isolation & Quarantine
Students who test positive will remain in their rooms, and the medical team will provide guidance on preventive steps to them and their roommates. Roommates with compromising health conditions who do not have access to alternative housing may be offered a temporary housing option.
We continue to follow CDC guidance, and our careful monitoring of students in isolation and quarantine last year found that none of them developed unexpected problems.