Health and Safety
Fall 2020–Spring 2021 Archive
With safety as our foundational priority, it is expected that these protective measures will be practiced by everyone to help safeguard our community.
- Wearing masks or face coverings
- Physical distancing in all spaces
- Limiting gatherings of any size
- Daily symptom monitoring
- Enhanced cleaning protocols
- Getting seasonal flu shots
- Paying attention to personal hygiene, such as frequent hand washing and staying home if you don’t feel well
Masks and Face Coverings
Davidson College has adopted new public health standards, many of which reference masks or face-coverings. Some employee tasks require specific personal protection equipment (PPE), and supervisors will provide the necessary training and equipment for those individuals. All other students, faculty, and staff are required to use appropriate face-coverings, which can include either commercially produced or homemade cloth face-coverings, provided it fully covers the nose and the mouth, fits snugly against the sides of the face so there are no gaps, can be secured to prevent slipping, and does not have a valve or vent that releases exhaled air.
Students must wear face coverings in all indoor spaces except a) when they are alone in an enclosed room where they do not expect to be disturbed, or b) in a private living space, or c) while eating in dining facilities. Students and scholar-athletes are not required to wear masks while exercising, due to college safety protocols and the testing regimen students are required to follow.
When instructing in person, from the front of the room, and 6 feet or more away from students, faculty have the option of wearing a clear face shield instead of a mask.
The college will provide two, washable cloth masks to each student, and two masks to each faculty and staff member. Additional masks are available for purchase in the Davidson College Store. The college will provide one clear face shield to each faculty member.
Accommodations for Masks and Face Coverings
Students with disabilities who would like to request accommodations should contact Beth Bleil, Director of Academic Access and Disability Resources, at email@example.com or 704-894-2129. Employees with disabilities who would like to request accommodations should contact Kim Ball, Director of Human Resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-894-2213.
Daily Symptom Tracking
A Symptom Tracker has been developed for daily use by all students and on-campus college personnel to monitor the health of the community. The tracker complies with health information privacy laws. Information entered into the tracker will be viewed by a health care professional who works for the college. All personally identifiable information gathered by the tracker will be deleted and discarded at the end of the semester.
Each student who comes onto campus is required to fill out the Symptom Tracker daily. Each employee who comes onto campus is required fill out the Symptom Tracker on the days they are coming to campus. Use is required for both of these groups until further notice.
Rules for Visitors
- Students are allowed to have one guest per room. This means that regardless of if a room is a single, double, suite, or apartment, there can be no more than one guest at a time for the entire space. We strongly encourage wearing masks when a guest is in the room.
Regular Student COVID-19 Testing
Robust, regular testing is critical to maintaining the health and safety of the Davidson community. A testing strategy has been implemented that tests frequently and detects relatively small viral loads. This strategy allows Davidson to identify cases of COVID-19 on campus prior to reaching peak infectiousness period (i.e., period of communicability).
All students studying on campus will be required to participate in the testing protocol. This requirement includes students living in off-campus housing.
Students who refuse to participate in the testing program will not be allowed on campus or to use any on-campus services. These students must study remotely and take all courses virtually.
Symptoms of COVID-19
- Muscle aches
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
What to Do If You Are Sick
Any student who feels ill and thinks they might have COVID-19 should remain in their room and contact the Center for Student Health and Well-Being immediately. Faculty and staff should contact their healthcare provider. Symptomatic individuals will receive further instructions and care from medical staff.
Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. In general, you should:
- Get lots of rest
- Stay hydrated
- Take over the counter medications such as acetaminophen to reduce fever
- Stay away from others and use a separate bathroom
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Avoid sharing personal items
- Monitor your symptoms and seek emergency medical care immediately if you have:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent chest pain or pressure
- New confusion
- Bluish lips or face
- Inability to wake or stay awake
Steps to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
- Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm’s length) away from other people
- Cover your cough with a tissue and then throw it in the trash and wash your hands
- Wear a mask or face covering over your mouth and nose
- Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Protecting Yourself Against COVID-19
In order to ensure that everyone is consistently educated on COVID-19, we ask that students, faculty and staff please view this short informational video (Davidson log in required). Watch the Video
Student Health and Well-Being Services
As Davidson College resumes while under the continuing health concerns of COVID-19, the Center for Student Health and Well-Being is operating using a hybrid service model (i.e., teleservices and in-person response) for the spring 2021 semester. Please visit the Counseling & Health Services Related to COVID-19 site for current services and updates.
Until further notice, the Health Center will be seeing students by appointment only. Students will be triaged and be directed to be seen at either the health center or through a telehealth visit from the new Health Annex located in the Sparrows Nest. If COVID testing is indicated, the student will be directed to an off campus site for testing.
Campus Cleaning Standards
Cleaning staff will clean common spaces multiple times throughout the day. For classrooms and many other common spaces, disinfecting wipes will be provided for occupants to additionally self-clean between corporate cleanings.
Cleaning supplies in common spaces will be provided for students to additionally self-clean the common element between corporate cleanings. Cleaning supplies will not be provided for individual student rooms. It is recommended that students obtain their own materials for cleaning individual rooms.
Our Shared Responsibility
Everyone has to help. The college can’t police every facemask or six-foot gap. We have to commit to our shared obligation and help each other remember and look out for each other. We have to build within our community the obligation to follow these guidelines. But let’s be clear: those who refuse will not be permitted to stay.