Guide to the Spring 2022 Semester

    KU will conduct the 2022 spring semester similar to the model that was in place for the 2021 fall semester. While some health and wellness protocols remain in place, KU's course offerings and residential experience more-closely reflect its traditional on-campus environment.

    Classes begin Monday, Jan. 24, with course offerings primarily in-person. As in the fall, the university will offer additional online courses --- an overall increase from what was offered prior to the pandemic.

    CLINICAL SERVICES

    Students should make an appointment with Clinical Services, located at Beck Hall, by calling 610-683-4082. Well and sick exam rooms have been established to minimize exposure.

    Students experiencing COVID-like symptoms should contact Clinical Services, Beck Hall, for examination and testing at 610-683-4082. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. When Clinical Services is closed, students who live on campus should contact their community assistant; students who live off campus should contact their health care provider. If you have an emergency, call 911.

    Students who are sick should stay home and not attend class until they are no longer experiencing symptoms. Students should contact their professor(s) to work out a plan for absenteeism.

    If a student is advised by an outside healthcare provider to quarantine or isolate due to possible COVID-19 exposure, tests positive for COVID-19, or believes they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, they should call Clinical Services at 610-683-4082.

    KU Health Center staff notify the Pennsylvania Department of Health of positive cases on campus and assist with contact tracing. KU conducts contact tracing for KU students and employees, for their exposure to other KU students and employees (PA DOH conducts contact tracing for all non-KU-affiliated contacts). Once the KU Health Center and/or Human Resources speak with the positive individual, the contact tracing process begins. If a student is deemed to be a close contact of any KU student or employee who has tested positive, the student will be notified by the KU Health Center. If an employee is deemed to be a close contact of any KU student or employee who has tested positive, the employee will be notified by Human Resources.

    KU also offers voluntary asymptomatic COVID-19 testing on a weekly basis for all KU students and employees (details). Students or employees seeking additional asymptomatic testing have options in Kutztown, including Rite Aid (23 North Elm St.) and CVS Pharmacy (45 Constitution Blvd.).

    QUARANTINE/ISOLATION

    Kutztown University utilizes guidance for congregate settings for its current quarantine and isolation protocols, which differ from those for the general population. For congregate settings, CDC currently recommends a 10-day quarantine (if exposed) and isolation (if infected) period. Students and employees advised to quarantine or isolate must return home and follow appropriate university protocols.

    SYMPTOMS
    All persons who experience symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and tested for SARS-CoV-2. Students experiencing COVID-like symptoms should contact Clinical Services, Beck Hall, within 24 hours of symptom onset for evaluation and testing at 610-683-4082. People with symptoms should isolate for 10 days if they test positive, from the date of symptom onset.

    NO SYMPTOMS
    Fully vaccinated people who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested 5-7 days following the date of their exposure, and wear a mask indoors in public for 10 days or until they receive a negative test result. They should isolate for 10 days if they test positive, from the date of their positive test. Kutztown University offers voluntary COVID-19 testing on a weekly basis for asymptomatic KU students and employees. Testing occurs every Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning Jan. 26, at the East Gym of the Student Recreation Center. Registration is required. Learn more.

    Fully vaccinated people should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days following an exposure.

    If you come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 and you are in one of the following groups, you do not need to quarantine.

    • You are ages 18 or older and are fully vaccinated.
    • You had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days.

    Unvaccinated persons who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 must quarantine at home for 10 days. Students should contact Clinical Services, Beck Hall, within 24 hours of notification for evaluation and testing at 610-683-4082. Employees should contact their healthcare provider for diagnosis, testing and/or treatment, followed by Human Resources by phone (610-683-1353) or email (humanresources@kutztown.edu).

    TEST POSITIVE
    Students and employees who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for 10 days, per CDC guidance for congregate settings (1/7/22). Within 24 hours of testing positive, students should contact Clinical Services by phone at 610-683-4082; employees should contact Human Resources by phone (610-683-1353) or email (humanresources@kutztown.edu).

    Students who live on campus must return home to isolate if they test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status. Clinical Services, along with Housing and Residence Life, have identified limited facilities for resident students that cannot isolate or quarantine off-campus; approval of these accommodations will be on a case-by-case basis.

    EMPLOYEES

    Employees experiencing COVID-like symptoms should contact their healthcare provider for diagnosis, testing and/or treatment. If an employee is advised to quarantine or isolate due to possible COVID-19 exposure, tests positive for COVID-19, or believes they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they should contact Human Resources by phone (610-683-1353) or email (humanresources@kutztown.edu).

    Resources for teaching faculty can be found here.

    Remote Work for Employees who Test Positive for COVID-19
    Employees who test positive for COVID-19 may choose, if able, to work remotely for the length of their isolation – up to 10 days.

    Staff employees must first inform Human Resources within 24 hours of testing positive for COVID-19 by phone (610-683-1353) or email (humanresources@kutztown.edu). Staff should then notify their supervisor of their absence, along with their request to work remotely during their isolation. Requests will be granted by the supervisor, based on operational need and capability of employee to perform duties from home.

    Faculty who choose to teach remotely while in isolation must teach their classes synchronously, through Zoom, at the originally scheduled class time. Office hours should continue to be held at the originally scheduled times. Faculty must inform Human Resources within 24 hours of testing positive for COVID-19 by phone (610-683-1353) or email (humanresources@kutztown.edu), as well as their department chair and dean.

    This only applies to employees who test positive for COVID-19. Remote work is not approved for those on quarantine (close contacts), for child/family care, or for non-COVID-related sick leave. Employees in these circumstances, or employees who test positive but choose not to work remotely, or are unable to work remotely, will be expected to use appropriate leave time.

    These protocols apply to the 2022 spring semester.

    MASKS

    Masks are required inside all university buildings for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, based on Berks County's current COVID-19 transmission rate and the guidance of health officials, including the CDC.

    • Individuals are required to wear masks indoors, including in all classrooms, meeting rooms, common areas in residence halls and indoor events.
    • Masks are not required outdoors. CDC recommends that people who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings. The university supports all members of the campus community who choose to wear a mask outdoors.
    • Individuals may remove their mask when in a private space, but masks must be worn when other individuals enter the space. This includes employee offices and secluded student study areas.
    • Resident students may remove their mask when in their room with their roommate. Visitors are permitted, but masks must be worn when individuals are not in their room.

    Face shields are acceptable alternatives to masks under special circumstances. Requests to wear a face shield, instead of a mask, should be directed to Human Resources at humanresources@kutztown.edu.

    Masks will remain required while health officials advise that they be worn in our area. Should the situation improve, the university will adjust its protocols.

    Students with a disability who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask, because of a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, should contact KU’s Office of Disability Services at dso@kutztown.edu.

    VACCINE INFORMATION

    Kutztown University strongly encourages members of its campus community to get vaccinated. While the university does not currently have the legal authority to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine of its students and employees, the COVID-19 vaccine is an important tool to help us end the pandemic.

    In addition, Kutztown University will host monthly on-campus vaccine clinics through February 2022 (details below). Learn more.

    Student Vaccination Card Submission
    Health and Wellness Services asks all students to provide an update of their COVID-19 vaccination status by completing a short questionnaire and submitting a copy of their vaccination record, if applicable. Students can complete the questionnaire at https://covid-questionnaire.kutztown.edu. Please note, you will need to login with your KU username and password.

    CAMPUS ENVIRONMENT MODIFICATIONS

    KU will continue to provide existing health and wellness strategies across campus in 2021-22. Plexiglass dividers will remain in place and hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be present in classrooms and available for department use. All students and employees are strongly encouraged to clean shared desk areas/work stations upon entering classrooms.

    COVID Related HVAC Operations Plan
    There are many types of HVAC systems located on the Kutztown University campus. While these systems are numerous and varied, they were professionally designed to the standards in place at the time. Because of the variance in the systems and their modes of operation, the adjustments that can be made to the systems in response to COVID-19 will vary as well. The COVID Related HVAC Operations Plan for 2021-2022, first implemented in July 2020 in response to COVID-19, was developed based upon CDC guidance and recommendations. Read the operations plan here.

    Personal Protective Equipment
    Kutztown University has personal protective equipment (PPE) available for students and employees. Students and employees can pick up a mask or face shield at the KU Card Office, 107 Academic Forum. Employees can also request PPE in advance through their department office. Departments and offices can request PPE by emailing ppesupplies@kutztown.edu.

    Available supplies for employee requests include black cloth masks, disposable masks, KN95 masks, 16 oz. hand sanitizers with pumps, 90- or 100-count wipes and face shields. Supplies ordered in advance will be delivered by the mailroom/storeroom directly to your department. KU's Emergency Management Team recommends all departments and offices to have a supply of disposable masks and hand sanitizer pumps.

    Classroom PPE will continue to be replenished by the Facilities custodial staff.

    Travel Restrictions

    Students and employees can resume university-related domestic travel. At this time, university-related international travel is not encouraged. Employees pursuing international travel should contact their supervisor for approval.

    QUESTIONS

    Questions can be directed to KU's Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.