Campus Plans for Fall 2021

Last updated - Date: 6/10/21 - Time: 9:25 PM

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Dear Neumann Community,

We have all been through a difficult and challenging experience during the past 15 months. Fortunately, here in our region and across the country we are poised to return to some semblance of pre-pandemic life very soon. There is an eagerness among our students, faculty, and staff to reestablish our vibrant campus life with in-person classes and activities this fall.

Our priority continues to be the health and safety of our campus community, and to ensure that everyone on our campus remains healthy, we must do our part. Our Catholic Mission in the Franciscan Tradition asks us to respond with compassion and to embrace that deep sense of reverence and care for each person. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) has found that the three COVID-19 vaccines authorized and recommended in the United States are highly effective at preventing individuals from contracting COVID-19 and may also prevent virus transmission to others. As such, Neumann University will require all students who will be on campus (including residents and commuters) to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to coming to campus in the fall. The vaccine will also be required of all faculty and employees. Exceptions to this policy will be permitted only as explained below and in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Students will be required to submit a photo of their COVID-19 vaccination card or other evidence of vaccination and complete Neumann’s Proof of Vaccination Form by August 1, 2021. Faculty and staff will be required to complete an Employee Vaccination Form. Students, faculty, and staff who believe they cannot get a COVID-19 vaccine for medical reasons, religious beliefs, or on the basis of a strong moral or ethical conviction similar to a religious belief, must complete a Vaccination Exemption Form by August 1, 2021 (students and staff) or August 23 (faculty). Please look for additional information in the coming days with details on submitting proof of vaccination and links to the form.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and commitment to our RISES values. Our respect for one another will keep the Neumann community as safe as possible and allow us to return to a more normal fall semester. Please continue to check the COVID-19 website for updates to our plans for the fall. Neumann will continue to follow the guidance and recommendations of both state and federal agencies.

I look forward to seeing each of you in the fall and wish you a healthy, happy summer.

Dr. Chris Domes
President

Frequently Asked Questions

More FAQs will be added during the summer. Please visit this page regularly to learn new information.

Our priority continues to be the health and safety of our students. Medical science has demonstrated that the vaccine is a safe and effective way to prevent the potential spread of this virus.

Requiring the vaccine is consistent with the best available information from the Centers for Disease Control and local and state health officials. It also is consistent with our RISES values and university mission, which calls us to use knowledge in the service of others.

Yes, faculty and staff are required to get a COVID-19 vaccination and will receive a link to an Employee Vaccination Form soon.

Students will be required to submit a photo of their COVID-19 vaccination card or other evidence of vaccination and complete Neumann’s Proof of Vaccination Form by August 1, 2021. Students who believe they cannot get the COVID-19 vaccine for medical reasons, religious beliefs, or on the basis of a strong moral or ethical conviction similar to a religious belief, must complete a Vaccination Exemption Form by this same date. Information on how to submit these items will be shared at a later date.

Yes. All students who take courses on campus will be required to submit a photo of their COVID-19 vaccination card or other evidence of vaccination and complete Neumann’s Proof of Vaccination Form by August 1, 2021.

Students and employees can request an exemption only for medical reasons, religious beliefs, or on the basis of a strong moral or ethical conviction similar to a religious belief, by completing a Vaccination Exemption Form by August 1, 2021. Faculty can request an exemption only for medical reasons, religious beliefs, or on the basis of a strong moral or ethical conviction similar to a religious belief, by completing a Vaccination Exemption Form by August 23, 2021.

Off-campus sites for clinicals, internships, student teaching, and other field experiences will likely require proof of vaccination. Students who are not vaccinated may not be able to complete these degree program requirements, thus delaying their time to graduation.

Yes, the CDC has indicated that contracting COVID-19 may provide immunity for a period of time, but vaccination provides the best protection against the spread of the virus. If you contract the virus over the summer, prior to receiving the vaccine, please consult with your doctor on the appropriate timing for vaccination and complete a Vaccination Exemption Form by August 1, 2021.

If you qualify for a vaccination exemption, you will be able to attend classes in person, but you may have to adhere to certain guidelines, such as wearing a mask, maintaining social distance, and taking an occasional COVID test. You will also be able to take courses that are offered online. Students whose degree programs allow them to take all courses online do not need to show proof of vaccination unless they intend to be on campus for other reasons, such as extracurriculars.

There will be courses that have to be taken in-person based upon both accreditation requirements as well as the determination of the faculty. Some examples of these might be a laboratory class where hands-on instruction is required or a student teaching/clinical situation where a student has to be physically at a specific location.

Vaccinations are now widely available. Please be sure to check your County’s Public Health website for details on where you can make an appointment. Local pharmacies and grocery stores have also been offering vaccine appointments.

We strongly recommend that you schedule your appointment in June or July, so you can be fully vaccinated (some vaccines require two doses) no later than August 1, 2021.

We will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation carefully. Conditions with the virus may change quickly, and it is possible that we will adjust our campus safety protocols based on new information. For now, however, we believe that the safest course of action, based on the scientific information available, is to require vaccinations.

Up-to-date information is available on the CDC website.


SPRING 2021 CAMPUS PLAN  *These guidelines will remain in effect through the summer of 2021.