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Facial Coverings Required in all Open and Public Spaces on Campus.

A number of health and safety measures have been implemented in preparation of our limited reopening of campus, including cleaning protocols and physical changes to campus spaces.

Students returning to campus will be required to complete an online training module prior to returning. The training link will be sent out prior to the start of the semester and will cover both basic information regarding the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, as well as best practices for the Regis community in compliance with new guidelines.

Regis Pride Pledge

We are all responsible for the continued health of our Regis community. All community members will complete the Pride Pledge and Community Expectations. The pledge commits the members of the community to following guidelines and expectations for behaviors that promote health and safety, especially in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is vital for our community that we hold ourselves, and each other, to task for safe behavior in symptom checking, social distancing, the wearing of protective facial coverings, and testing.

  • Entering/Exiting Buildings

    • Entry to buildings will be regulated and monitored.
    • Your Regis College ID card/badge is required for entry to all buildings,
    • You may not hold, or prop open, exterior doors for any other person. Departments should identify usable building access points and coordinate arrival and departure times of employees to reduce congestion during typical “rush hours” of the business day.
    • Staff arrival and departures should be scheduled in 30-minute increments to reduce personal interactions at building access points, hallways, stairs/elevators, etc.
    • Visitors, trainees, guests, and pets, (with the exception of the pets of Residential Life Staff), are not allowed on campus during this time
  • Protective Personal Equipment (PPE)/Facial Coverings

    All individuals on campus will be required to wear protective facial coverings when in classes and in all open and public settings on campus.

    In order to ensure the proper fit and usage of protective facial masks and coverings, all students, faculty and staff will be responsible for the provision of their own facial coverings or masks.

    All students, staff and faculty are required to wear facial coverings that cover their mouth and nose at all times when indoors and within six feet of someone outdoors.

    Facial coverings will always be required with certain exceptions, including eating, when a person is alone, or if approved for a medical exemption by OSAS or Human Resources.

    Regis will have a supply of facial coverings in case of emergency located at the Regis College Police Department and Health Services. Masks should be made of cloth or be of the three-ply disposable nature.

  • Campus extra mask supply

    Single use, disposable face masks will be available at the following campus locations in the event a student or employee forgets, loses, or otherwise does not have a mask while on campus. These masks are not part of a regular distribution system or for individuals to get a new mask every day.

    • Regis College Police Department
    • Health Services
    • Center for Student Services
    • Library
    • Undergraduate Student Affairs office
    • Academic Affairs office (College Hall 315)
    • Center for Student Engagement
    • ITS help desk
    • Center for Inclusive Excellence
  • Plexiglass Barriers

    Plexiglass barriers have been installed in many common areas of the campus, increasing the physical barrier between staff and students. This will be seen in the library, athletic center, Center for Student Services, Dining Hall, Post Office and other spaces on campus where it is possible to do so.

    This barrier decreases the risk of virus transmission and is safer for all in the campus community.

  • Building Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols

    Campus buildings were thoroughly cleaned while the campus has been closed.

    Ongoing cleaning and disinfecting protocols have been enhanced, with an increase in the availability of disinfecting sprays and disposable towels, as well as sanitizing stations in campus buildings. Physical Plant staff has been responsive to the increased need for disinfecting and sanitizing the community on an ongoing basis.

    The number of sanitizer stations have increased outside of restroom facilities.

  • Travel guidance

    Overview

    Regis College strongly discourages all non-essential out-of-state travel for students, faculty, and staff. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that “travel can increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.” In addition, the state of Massachusetts instituted a travel order effective August 1, 2020 to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This order remains in effect.

    Voluntary Travel

    Please keep in mind everything we are doing to “Protect the Pride.” It is for the safety and health of our community that we discourage faculty, staff, and student non-exempt personal travel to high-risk areas as determined by the governor’s travel order. This includes weekend travel and travel during scheduled holidays and days off.

    We understand that some travel during the pandemic may be unavoidable (e.g., family emergency). If you must travel to a high-risk state or outside of the United States, you will need to comply with the Massachusetts Travel Order, the Regis Travel Guidance, and understand the COVID-19 travel guidelines of your destination. You must follow the quarantine and testing guidelines and complete the required Massachusetts Travel Form.

    Note: Student travel that results in absence from classes and/or clinical must be coordinated with your school and faculty to ensure that you aware of and adhering to the program’s absence policy.

    COVID-19 Testing

    Per guidance from the Department of Public Health, travelers in the Regis Testing Protocol must provide a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to arrival in Massachusetts and submitted into CoVerified or sent to health.services@regiscollege.edu If not obtained before entry to Massachusetts, a test may be obtained at the Regis College Testing Center, by appointment only. However, all such arriving travelers must immediately begin a 10-day quarantine until a negative test result has been received. Residential students who travel out of state may obtain their travel test on campus, but must make arrangements to quarantine off-campus until they receive a negative test result.

    Note: Any individual in the Regis Testing Protocol who engages in travel outside of Massachusetts that results in their absence from the weekly Testing Protocol will be responsible for the costs associated with securing an off-site approved COVID-19 return test. Individuals must provide a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test result from no more than 72-hours prior to arrival on campus. This test result should be provided to Health Services at health.services@regiscollege.edu or submitted into CoVerified.

    In certain circumstances, Regis may implement consequences for community members who fail to comply with this Travel Guidance.

  • Group Size Restrictions

    All Regis students living on the residential campus, as well as all Regis community members, are strongly discouraged from attending gatherings with more than 10 people (indoor) and 25 people (outdoor) on or off campus during the spring semester.

    • Maintain a minimum of six (6) feet of social distance from others.
    • Wear a face mask or covering when present in community spaces. Face masks or coverings are required in addition to social distancing requirements.
    • Frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content if unable to wash hands.
    • Comply with limitations on group gatherings.
  • Use of Shared Spaces

    All residential lounge spaces and spaces throughout campus academic, athletic and administration buildings will have renewed occupancy limits, clearly posted, varying dependent upon the size of the space. It will be common practice to limit the number of individuals in a group to 10, however that may increase given the size of the space.

    The practice of wearing protective face coverings will be the norm in any shared space.

  • Campus Closure Plan

    If community spread of COVID-19 occurs in the Regis College community, the Health Services team will receive guidance and direction from the Weston Board of Health and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on the rapid closure of the campus.

    • Students living within a three-hour radius must vacate the campus that day.
    • Students living over a three-hour radius, but within driving distance are expected to vacate the campus within one day (24 hours).
    • Students who live outside of those parameters will enter a quarantine phase and remain in this mode until they can vacate the campus.
    • All classes will be put on hold for a specified number of days to ensure students can return to their homes of origin safely.
    • Nonessential staff and faculty will be asked to vacate the campus and work remotely.
  • Visiting Regis College Health Services

    Upon completion and approval of Department of Public Health required attestation, the Regis College Health Services (RCHS) will return to regular hours and regular staff with flexibility to decrease or increase as needed.

    • There will be no walk-in appointments available. Students/patients will be seen by appointment only. All patients will be triaged over the phone prior to entering Health Services. RCHS will collaborate with local urgent care facilities and Newton Wellesley Hospital for after-hours/weekend care.
    • All Health Services staff will be screened for COVID-19 and have their temperature taken prior to entering Health Services and this information will be recorded in a log by a trained staff member.
    • Two days prior to a patient’s appointment, they will be called and screened for signs/symptoms of COVID-19. This will be repeated two days after their appointment. Patients with scheduled appointments will be screened for COVID-19 and have their temperature taken prior to entering Health Services. This information will be recorded in the patient’s chart.
    • There will be no aerosol-producing procedures performed (nebulizer treatments, peak flow measures, etc.).
    • Social distancing of 6 feet will be enforced, except during patient treatment, all Health Services staff will be in appropriate PPE based on job function.
    • All potentially shared contact surfaces will be disinfected at regular intervals including, but not limited to exam rooms, phlebotomy area, office spaces, all door handles, light switches, etc. All magazines and pamphlets will be removed.
    • Any instructional materials will be contained within a sheath that can be disinfected.
  • Police and Campus Safety

    Physical alterations will be made to the Campus Safety vehicles, offices, and dispatch areas.

    Physical barriers will be placed in each police cruiser to separate the front from the rear seats in order to provide safe escorts/transportation. A physical barrier in the form of a plexiglass shield has been installed at the dispatch desk to provide separation between the dispatcher and a front desk officer. A physical barrier will be placed on the table in the Interview Room to provide separation between a person being interviewed and officer. Social distancing spaces will be marked on the floor in the hallway leading to the police station. Only one person will be allowed in the lobby at a time. All extra seating capacity has been removed, allowing for no seating in that area. All residence hall security desks will have physical barriers/sanitizers to allow for distancing and sanitized workspaces.

    All police cruisers will be sanitized following each escort/transport. All escorts/transports in police vehicles will be required to ride in the rear seat of the cruiser. No passengers will be allowed in the front seat. Officers will not enter occupied rooms or offices unless necessary.

    Parking passes will be accessed through an online application process. There will be no in-person applications for parking passes. Residential students will be issued their passes upon residence hall check-in. An equally safe procedure will be developed for commuter students, faculty, and staff upon their return to campus.