Updated COVID 19 Policies
Caldwell University COVID-19 Requirement
In response to the global pandemic and in an effort to maintain a safe and robust campus, along with other mitigating efforts, Caldwell University instituted a mandatory COVID vaccination policy and recommendation for a booster for all students, faculty, and staff.
Your vaccination records must include a copy of your government-issued COVID vaccine card showing proof of a completed COVID series and must be uploaded to the Health Services portal. Students living in campus housing must have completed the COVID vaccine series prior to their move-in date.
The University will consider exemptions limited to medical issues as outlined by the CDC or religious beliefs that prohibit vaccination against COVID-19. If you would like to submit an application for an exemption, please send, an email to Student Health Services at SHS@Caldwell.edu and an application will be sent to your Caldwell email address.
Religious exemptions must include a completed application and a supporting letter signed by the student explaining how the COVID 19 vaccine is against their religious beliefs.
Medical exemption applications must be completed, signed, and stamped by their physician.
All exemption applications must be uploaded to the Health Services portal for consideration.
Spring 2022 Masking Policy
To the Caldwell University Community,
With the improvement of public health metrics in the nation, state, county, and on the Caldwell University campus, along with the recently updated guidance from the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Caldwell University will lift its indoor mask mandate effective Saturday, March 12th, 2022. Mask wearing will be optional except as noted below. Those who wish to continue to wear a mask for their own health and protection or for the health and protection of others should do so, and we expect the entire campus to uphold our core values of Respect, Integrity, Community and Excellence by being respectful of their preference to wear a mask.
Caldwell’s quarantine and isolation policy has also been updated to mirror the recommendations from the CDC.
Masks may still be required in the following situations:
- Inside the Wellness Center if exhibiting respiratory symptoms or if instructed otherwise by a healthcare professional
- In classrooms where a faculty member may require masking through the end of the Spring 2022 semester
- Days 6-10 following quarantine or isolation
- Days 1-10 regardless of vaccination status if you have been identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive when around others
- As required at external sites including clinical and internship locations
- As required by the NCAA for Student-Athletes and Athletic staff members
Please note that University community members are welcome to request others to wear a mask when meeting. We ask everyone to be considerate of such requests whenever possible. Everyone should continue to carry a mask.
All Students, faculty and staff must continue to report when they have been identified as a close contact of a positive case of COVID-19 or have tested positive for COVID-19. We also expect compliance with the process of contact tracing as needed.
These announcements do not mean the COVID-19 pandemic is over. We know that while these policy changes may be cause for celebration for many in our community, they may actually increase anxiety for others. Please respect the various circumstances and comfort levels of others as we navigate the next stage of this journey, and continue to prioritize your health and that of those around you. Our commitment to our core values have gotten us to this point and will continue to act as beacons to guide us forward. We will continue to monitor and adjust policy based on public health metrics including case counts, agency guidance, and what unfolds among our population.
As we move forward, we appreciate your continued compliance and personal responsibility to ensure Caldwell University continues to be a safe place for education, community, and growth.
Wishing you the best for the rest of this semester!
The Return to Campus (RTC) Taskforce
Winter 2022 Campus COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
January 6, 2022
To Caldwell University Students,
Due to the increased transmission of COVID-19 in the region, the continued spread of the Delta and Omicron variants across the globe, and the CDC having approved COVID-19 booster shots for everyone ages 16 and older, Caldwell University has decided to require all members of the campus community to receive a COVID-19 booster if eligible no later than January 31, 2022. According to our records, this deadline is six months from when most students were fully vaccinated, making most individuals eligible for their boosters within this window. The University will work directly with those who are not yet eligible for their booster by January 31.
Booster shots will be made available on campus in January. Additional information will follow.
The decision to require booster shots was made based on a review of recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as state and local health officials. The University reserves the right to update or amend this policy as needed in the interest of health and safety for our campus community, to respond to recommendations by the CDC as appropriate, and to comply with federal, state, and local health regulations.
If you are currently eligible for your booster or have already received your booster, please upload your card into Medicat.
To upload your card to the secure Medicat database, please follow these instructions:
In Cougar Apps, choose the Health Services Portal
- Enter your Caldwell University user ID and password
- Click on the upload tab at the top of the page
- Choose “Booster COVID Student” from the dropdown box
- Select file and upload a picture of the front of your vaccine card
Another way to access the Health Services Portal is: https://caldwell.medicatconnect.com
If you received approval for an exemption from the COVID vaccine requirement, the exemption will remain in place for the spring ’22 semester. You must continue to follow the testing protocol outlined in a separate email.
You did a great job in the fall! Let’s come together and live our core values of Respect, Integrity, Community, and Excellence. We’ll get through this challenge smartly, safely, and by working together to keep each other safe!
Thank you for your continued commitment to keeping our campus healthy, safe, and vibrant.
The Return to Campus Task Force
Caldwell University’s plan for the fall semester is to welcome everyone back for on-campus instruction, full capacity in our residence halls, on-campus student activities, and full athletic schedules.
In order to minimize the transmission of COVID-19 and outbreaks among the campus community and to promote the public health of the campus consistent with recently released guidance from the CDC for institutions of higher education, we are announcing that all students planning to attend Caldwell University for the Fall semester must receive COVID-19 immunization.
Students who still have not uploaded a vaccine record showing at least their first shot or received an approved exemption by the end of the add/drop period on September 8th, will be dropped from their Fall 2021 classes. Exemptions will be allowed only for religious or medical reasons, or for students enrolled in fully online programs.
Students must upload documentation of their completed FDA or WHO approved COVID-19 vaccination series to the Health Services Portal as soon as possible. FAQs are available online. Questions about the policy or your personal vaccine schedule can be sent to Student Health Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All individuals age 12 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Many locations are now offering walk-in vaccinations without appointments. To locate a vaccine facility near you, you may use either the New Jersey Vaccination Finder or the National Vaccination Finder.
Caldwell University has also implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all employees.
We strongly urge each of you to get vaccinated as soon as possible, as it will protect you, your loved ones, and our campus community. It will allow us to have the rich, engaging, on-campus learning experience that defines Caldwell University.
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