FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are students required to be vaccinated?
Yes, all students are required to present proof of vaccination by November 15, 2021, unless granted an exemption.
The only exception to this requirement are graduate students who are enrolled in a fully online program and who will not be on campus at any point during their program.
Are faculty and staff required to be vaccinated?
Yes, all faculty and staff are also required to present proof of vaccination by November 15, 2021, unless granted an exemption.
Why did the COVID-19 Task Force make this decision?
The highly transmissible Delta variant is causing a spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Cuyahoga County. Young and otherwise healthy individuals are increasingly contracting this highly contagious strain of the virus, and unvaccinated individuals are at a much higher risk of being hospitalized from the virus. In addition, because of more extensive quarantine requirements for unvaccinated individuals per guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), vaccinations reduce the need for additional quarantine and contact tracing for exposed students, faculty and staff, and enable the JCU campus community to continue without unnecessary disruption.
There is still much that we do not know about the COVID-19 virus, like how new variants will affect those who have already recovered from the virus. We do know that the safe and effective vaccines are our best tool for keeping our entire campus community as safe and healthy as possible.
What vaccinations are acceptable to meet the vaccination requirement?
Official documentation (i.e., the vaccination card you received from the provider who administered your vaccine) that shows an FDA- or WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccine, including vaccines approved under Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA or WHO. Proof of vaccination can also be obtained from your state immunization registry or the provider that administered the vaccine.
Can I request an exemption?
Students, faculty, and staff may request an exemption, and all requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Vaccine exemption request forms must be submitted by Thursday, October 14, 2021. Individuals who request an exemption will be informed in writing of the status of their request by Thursday, October 28, 2021. There are two types of exemptions: medical and non-medical. The non-medical exemption includes requests for exemptions based on religious, moral, or ethical beliefs or special personal circumstances. Please note that medical exemption requests require a form to be completed by a medical provider.
Individuals who are granted an exemption will be required to participate in weekly surveillance testing and continued masking requirements even if the University’s current indoor mask requirement is removed.
What if I choose not to be vaccinated and do not request an exemption?
If an individual is not vaccinated by the November 15 deadline, the individual - at a minimum - may be subject to:
- Weekly surveillance testing, to begin Spring semester and paid for by the unvaccinated individual.
- Continued masking requirements even if the University’s current indoor mask requirement is removed.
- More extensive quarantine and isolation requirements consistent with public health guidance (see Isolation and Quarantine below).
* Consequences for individuals who are not in compliance will be determined prior to the start of Spring 2022.
The University and the COVID-19 Task Force will evaluate compliance with this vaccination requirement in light of public health and safety concerns and circumstances. The University and the COVID-19 Task Force reserve the right to alter these requirements and implement additional requirements.
How do I submit proof of my vaccination status?
Students: Once fully vaccinated, there are three options for students to share their vaccination card. Note: students who have already reported their vaccination status to the Student Health and Wellness Center do not need to resubmit their proof of vaccination.
- Send a photo or digital copy of their proof of vaccination to the Student Health and Wellness Center via firstname.lastname@example.org or bring their card to the Student Health and Wellness Center (located in the lower level of Murphy Hall) where a staff member will make a copy.
- Bring their card to the Student Health and Wellness Center where a staff member will make a copy.
- Upload a digital copy through the student medical health portal https://jcu.medicatconnect.com and email the Health Center to let the staff know that the card was uploaded.
Faculty and Staff: Faculty and staff who have not done so already should report their vaccination status to the Department of Human Resources using the COVID-19 Vaccination Attestation. Employees may provide either a copy of the vaccination card or sign an attestation as to their receipt of the vaccination.
COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing
Will John Carroll continue to do testing and contact tracing?
Yes. John Carroll is implementing a COVID-19 testing program during the Fall 2021 semester to supplement the University’s COVID-19 Student Response Policy and Procedures. Unvaccinated residential students and student athletes will be involved in surveillance testing throughout the semester. Additionally, the Student Health and Wellness Center will provide testing to any students regardless of vaccination status if they develop symptoms of COVID-19.
Trained staff will continue contact tracing to manage COVID-19 cases and tracking within our community.
Will John Carroll continue its mask requirement throughout the semester or academic year?
The COVID-19 Task Force continues to monitor the number of cases in Cuyahoga County and follow guidance from the CDC and other public health officials. At this time, the CDC recommends that vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals wear a mask in indoor public spaces in areas of substantial or high transmission. This currently includes Cuyahoga County. Therefore, the University will continue to require the wearing of masks while inside any University building until the campus community is notified otherwise.
Where/when do I have to wear a mask?
Currently, masks are required in all indoor public spaces on campus including classrooms, labs, the Lombardo Student Center, Schott Dining Hall, and recreation facilities. Masks do not need to be worn while seated and actively eating/drinking or when alone in an office.
Masks are strongly encouraged for all residential students regardless of vaccination status in the common areas of the residence halls. Non-residential student guests in the residence halls are required to wear a mask inside the residence halls. Residential students are required to follow the University’s mask mandate when inside all other buildings on John Carroll’s campus.
Isolation and Quarantine
What are John Carroll’s current quarantine and isolation requirements?
If a residential student, regardless of vaccination status, tests positive for COVID-19 at any time during the Fall semester and they live within 250 miles of campus, they will be required to isolate at their permanent residence off-campus for 10 days.
If an unvaccinated residential student has been exposed to COVID-19 and is required to quarantine and they live within 250 miles of campus, they will be required to quarantine at home.
If a vaccinated student is exposed to COVID-19, they will not be required to quarantine per current CDC guidance. They will be instructed by the Student Health and Wellness Center staff and/or one of our contact tracers to wear a mask when around other people and to monitor their symptoms for 10-14 days, and/or to be tested 3-5 days following exposure and continue to wear a mask when around others until receipt of a negative COVID test.
The University has limited quarantine and isolation space reserved on campus to support those students who must quarantine or isolate and whose home is more than 250 miles from campus.
John Carroll will resume primarily in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 academic year. For the start of the semester and while the surge in infections due to the COVID variants persists, masks will be required in all classroom settings, for the mutual protection of all.
Per CDC guidance:
- Vaccinated students who are exposed to the virus do not need to quarantine, but should wear a mask.
- Vaccinated students who are infected should wear a mask and isolate until symptoms abate.
- Unvaccinated students should who are exposed to the virus and/or are infected must quarantine/isolate for a minimum of 10 days (or until symptoms abate) and be tested before returning.
- Extended absences from class will be handled as we have before the pandemic: Report health concerns to the Health Center and the Academic Success Center will follow up with the student’s instructors to inform them of absences due to health-related concerns. The student must follow up with their instructors to determine the best path forward.
Students with conditions, as defined by the CDC, who have a high risk for severe illness as a result of COVID-19 may apply for a modification of instruction as per the COVID-19 Class Attendance Modification Policy Questions regarding this policy can be directed to Dr. James Krukones in the Office of the Provost at email@example.com.
In an effort to protect the community, John Carroll is implementing a COVID-19 testing program during the fall semester to supplement the University’s COVID-19 Student Response Policy and Procedures.
Unvaccinated residential students and student athletes will be involved in surveillance testing.
Trained staff will continue contact tracing to manage COVID-19 cases and tracking within our community.
All unvaccinated residential students will be required to participate in ongoing surveillance testing throughout the semester. Information about this process will be shared with affected students after the move-in process is completed.
All students, faculty, and staff should get fully vaccinated and report their vaccination status to the Student Health and Wellness Center or Human Resources. Learn more about COVID-19 Vaccine Myths.
The University has prepared limited quarantine and isolation space. If an unvaccinated residential student is required to quarantine because of exposure to or testing positive for COVID-19 and that student lives within 250 miles of campus, they will be required to quarantine at home. However, if a student lives more than 250 miles from campus, they will be able to isolate/quarantine on campus.
Students currently living in the residence halls are receiving direct email communication from the Office of Residence Life.
The Facilities Department has implemented numerous precautions around campus to address COVID-19 health and safety issues. These precautions have been implemented so that campus buildings are prepared and maintained. We will continue to follow these protocols until state or local health agencies relax restrictions. Cleaning staff will conduct daily cleaning and disinfecting in classrooms and common spaces. Additionally, sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer will be available throughout campus.
Last year, Facilities Department staff completed various modifications to HVAC systems around campus. They will continue to maintain these upgraded systems to ensure increased air exchange rates and maximized building make-up air. HVAC systems will purge air before daily start times, and Facilities staff will change air filters frequently. Where possible, the maximum minimum-efficiency reporting value (MERV) 15 air filters will be used.These filters are considered “hospital grade”.
John Carroll’s food service provider, Parkhurst, will continue to operate within current state and local guidance for dining facilities. Their plans include enhanced sanitation, mobile ordering, and reductions in self-service options.
The COVID-19 Task Force provides timely updates regarding positive cases and vaccination rates on campus. All data are provisional and subject to change.
View the COVID-19 testing and vaccination data here.
Although the Student Health and Wellness Center does not offer the COVID-19 vaccine, they can help students facilitate registration and transportation to receive the vaccine near campus. Anyone can schedule a vaccination appointment at vaccines.gov. Students should contact the Health Center with questions or to arrange transportation.