Fall 2021–Spring 2022
Davidson College is a residential learning community that embraces our shared obligation to each other.
99 percent of students are fully vaccinated.
Beginning Jan. 31, faculty are committed to holding all spring classes in person. Although, adjustments may be made in response to the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Below are the precautions and guidelines we are following to limit the spread of the virus. We ask for your understanding and patience, because as circumstances shift, so will our response to them.
Students Returning for the Spring Semester
Arrival Dates and Start of Semester
Students Arrive to Campus Jan. 28-30
Additional information about arrival and housing will come from the Residence Life Office (RLO).
Semester Begins Jan. 24 Asynchronously; First Day of In-person Instruction Jan. 31
Classes will be held asynchronously for the first week of the semester because our students, many of whom are in different time zones, have been clear that a class through their computer screen was isolating and fell short of the Davidson experience. Faculty are developing work for that week that will be engaging and use different connectivity.
Although Omicron symptoms are milder than previous strains, we want to avoid our community getting sick. Getting COVID is still a bad thing, even if the risk of hospitalization may be lower. We also run the risk of overwhelming our isolation and quarantine capacity, which could affect our ability to operate.
Students are required to get a COVID booster shot if eligible by Jan. 20 to return to campus. If not eligible for a booster by Jan. 20, you must be boosted no later than two weeks from the date you are eligible. You are eligible for a booster if it has been more than six months since your second Pfizer or Moderna shot or more than two months since the J&J shot. If you received a Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine, the CDC recommends that you get one of the mRNA boosters—Moderna or Pfizer. If you had a recent COVID infection, you can get your booster 14 days after your symptoms started or you had a positive test. Please upload your booster shot information through the student health portal. If you previously received an exemption, you will be contacted.
Here are options that we hope will make it easier to provide a negative test result from within 48 hours prior to arrival:
- PCR Test – You may submit a negative PCR test instead of an antigen test. Our caution here is that PCR tests are more sensitive and may read as positive if you had a COVID infection as long as 90 days ago.
- Past infection – Another alternative is a combination of 1.) proof of a booster shot combined with 2.) proof of an infection after December 1 but NOT within the 10 days preceding arrival.
- At-home test – A negative at-home test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival, and this obviously follows the Honor Code. Please be attentive in administering the test, as our hesitation over using at-home tests is driven by a high rate of user error at the self-testing site this past semester.
Use the following link to update your COVID19 test results: https://go.davidson.edu/pre-arrival-test.
If you still have a question about a test, please call Student Health and Well-Being at 704-894-2300 during business hours.
Snap a Photo/Carry Vaccine Card or Carry CatCard
Proof of vaccination will be required to attend some on-campus events (including women’s and men’s basketball games and music events). Current Davidson students may show their CatCard as proof of vaccination.
Our mask protocols will remain in place in the spring semester and may be more stringent in the first weeks.
- Everyone should wear masks indoors.
- We ask that you stay in the Davidson area and wear masks when carpooling with other students or while in public indoor spaces, such as stores.
- Only Davidson College community members may be guests in residence halls.
- If you are sick, please contact Student Health & Well Being and please put on your mask. Please do not go to class, your professor will understand.
- Employees should be masked indoors unless they are in their private offices.
- Employees who are sick should contact their health care provider. Please do not come to work.
- Please use the symptom tracker (Davidson login required) on all days where you are working from campus.
- Please snap a photo/carry your vaccine card or carry your CatCard for entrance to some on-campus events (including women’s and men’s basketball games and music events). Current employees may show their CatCard as proof of vaccination.
- Visitors should wear masks indoors.
- Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people should wear masks everywhere.
- Proof of vaccination will be required for attendance to women’s and men’s basketball games (all fans ages 5 and up) and music events, so please bring your vaccine card or a photo of it for entrance.
COVID-19 Vaccination Policies
The FDA has fully approved the Pfizer vaccine, therefore Davidson College is requiring all faculty, staff and students to submit proof of full vaccination. We will make exceptions for those with approved medical or religious exemptions. The exemption forms for students are available online for download and completion. Completed forms should be submitted via the student health portal.
Students – Submit Proof of Initial Vaccination and Booster
All vaccinated students should submit proof of initial vaccination and booster dose to the Center for Student Health and Well-Being via the student health portal (Davidson login required). Vaccinated students should upload a photo of their COVID-19 vaccination card via the portal.
Students without a medical or religious exemption must provide proof of full vaccination (having received their original doses plus a booster) in order to move into their room or get CatCard access.
Employees – Submit Proof of Vaccination
If you are a Davidson employee and are vaccinated and have not let Human Resources know, please submit your vaccination card (Davidson login required).
Masks on Campus
You should be masked indoors unless you’re in your residence hall room or private office. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people should wear masks everywhere.