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Guidelines & Policies

Guidelines & Policies

Together, we are responsible for keeping our Smith community safe and healthy. By individually following college protocols and practices to prevent the spread of coronavirus, we create a safe campus for us all.

Fall 2021 Guidelines

If you are sick or symptomatic, stay home. Visitors are asked not to come to campus if they are sick or symptomatic.

Masking

Indoors Masks are required except when alone in a bedroom (or with a roommate), in an enclosed work space or when eating.
Outdoors Although masks are not mandatory outdoors, we welcome those who would like to continue to wear them. We advise everyone to wear masks in crowded situations.

Testing

Students Students are required to be tested twice weekly in Smith’s asymptomatic testing program. Schedule a COVID-19 test.
Employees Weekly testing required for those fully vaccinated and twice weekly testing for those who have an approved exemption from vaccination. Schedule a COVID-19 test.

Positive Cases

Students Residential students who test positive will be moved temporarily to isolation housing.
Employees Employees who test positive must remain home.

Guidelines for Close Contacts of Positive Cases

Symptomatic students & employees Stay home and follow guidance of medical providers.
Asymptomatic vaccinated students & employees May continue to work, attend class, and participate in activities.
PCR test 3-5 days after exposure
Must remain masked at all times unless alone in a fully enclosed space with the door closed. No indoor dining.
Asymptomatic unvaccinated students Quarantine in isolation housing until cleared by the Schacht Center. Food will be delivered.
Asymptomatic unvaccinated employees Quarantine at home and follow healthcare provider’s guidance for return to work.

Students

Visitors in Traditional Housing No external invited guests are to be hosted in residential buildings. Requests for exceptions should be directed to residence life. Guests must follow all Smith health and safety protocols. Guests are not allowed in student dining rooms. Smith students are allowed to visit other residence halls.
Meetings, Gatherings, Student Activities and Affinity Groups Gatherings of members of the Smith community (and Five College students) are allowed. External presenters, trainers or lecturers are allowed, but must follow visitor guidelines. Gatherings that include members of the public are not allowed. Exceptions are rarely approved by CIRT. Email covid19info@smith.edu.
Travel Student personal travel restrictions have been rescinded as of September 16, 2021.
Dining Dining halls are open at 50% capacity. We encourage outdoor eating and small groups when indoors. Grab and go food is available.
Varsity Athletics Varsity competition will take place following conference and NCAA guidelines. Spectators are allowed but must maintain distancing and may not interact with the teams. Masks are required for spectators indoors and may be required at certain outdoor events. Tailgating is not allowed at this time
Club Sports Club sport competition may take place. All athletes must be masked and competitors must participate in a testing protocol on their home campus. Tailgating is not allowed at this time.
Olin Fitness Center and Athletics Facilities Open to current student OneCard holders who are in the testing program.

Faculty

Classes All Smith courses this fall will be on campus and in person, and the expectation is that scheduled class time will be devoted to in-person instruction. As has always been the case, however, faculty may, from time to time, substitute alternative activities for a limited amount of in-class seat time; some of these alternative activities might involve synchronous remote engagement.
Meetings or Gatherings Gatherings of members of the Smith community (and Five College students) are allowed. External presenters, trainers or lecturers are allowed, but must follow visitor guidelines. Gatherings that include members of the public are not allowed. Exceptions are rarely approved by CIRT. Email covid19info@smith.edu
Domestic Faculty Travel Travel for scholarly purposes is allowed. Please follow CDC guidance and use common sense regarding destinations and protocols.
International Faculty Travel In light of quickly changing pandemic circumstances, limited college-funded scholarly travel outside the U.S. will be allowed to some countries. Faculty who plan to use college funds for international travel must apply with this form.
Student Travel Associated With Faculty Research Domestic travel for research and scholarship is allowed.
Olin Fitness Center Open to OneCard holders who are in the testing program. Dependents and guests are not allowed at this time.
Collections (museum, botanic gardens) Available by appointment.
Visitors Guests are allowed in campus buildings during open hours and must follow all Smith health and safety protocols. Some guests and contractors will need to follow college vaccination guidelines.

Staff

Meetings/Gatherings Gatherings of members of the Smith community (and Five College students) are allowed. External presenters, trainers or lecturers are allowed but must follow visitor guidelines. Gatherings that include members of the public are not allowed. Exceptions are rarely approved by CIRT. Email covid19info@smith.edu
Travel Travel will be limited, and departments should make travel decisions following budget guidance that encourages lower spending for travel, catering and food. Please follow CDC guidance and use common sense regarding destinations and protocols.
Olin Fitness Center Open to current staff OneCard holders in the testing program. Dependents and guests are not allowed at this time.
Visitors Guests are allowed in campus buildings during open hours and must follow all Smith health and safety protocols. Some guests and contractors will need to follow college vaccination guidelines.
Vendors and Deliveries Deliveries and vendors are allowed in campus buildings during open hours and must follow all Smith health and safety protocols. Some guests and contractors will need to follow college vaccination guidelines.

Public Functions

Admissions Campus tours and activities are available. Please see the Admission website for more information.
Campus School The Campus School is operating per state guidance. Please see the Smith College Campus School website for details.
Center for Early Childhood Education The Center for Early Childhood Education is operating per state guidance. Please see the CECE website for details.
Libraries College libraries are open to OneCard holders in the testing program. Please see the libraries website for details.
Museum of Art The SCMA will reopen to the public on August 27, 2021. Please see the Smith College Museum of Art for more information.
Botanic Garden/Lyman Conservatory The Lyman Conservatory is open to Smith OneCard holders in the testing program and Five College students. It will reopen to the public on September 7, 2021. Please see the botanic garden website for information
Campus Center Open Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and by OneCard access until 11 p.m.
External Events Smith College is not accepting reservations for external events scheduled in 2021.
Performing Arts Events Events are closed to the general public. In person audiences are limited to Smith OneCard holders in the testing program and Five College students.

Policies

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

August 16, 2021

Smith College requires all students to be fully vaccinated by the date they arrive on campus, including Five College students and high school students who take courses on Smith’s campus, and dependents and partners of students who live on campus.

Smith College requires all employees to be fully vaccinated, including off campus investment office employees, casual employees, and Five College faculty and staff who teach or work on Smith’s campus. The college requires some third-party visitors and vendors (contractors) to be vaccinated, depending on the nature of their work on campus. Guidelines for demonstration of vaccination status are below. Ultimate determinations will be made by the cabinet member with oversight of the student, vendor, volunteer, project or employee. For those working abroad, staff should consult with their supervisors and faculty should consult with the provost to clarify any additional requirements and alternative arrangements that might apply.

“Fully vaccinated” means two weeks have passed since your final dose of a U.S. Federal Drug Administration or World Health Organization listed COVID-19 vaccine.


Vaccination Guidance for Campus Community Members, Visitors, Contractors and College Affiliates

Introduction

This guidance explains how the Smith College vaccination mandate applies to all members of the community as well as third-party visitors to campus, including:

  • Members of the public
  • Volunteers
  • Vendors
  • Consultants
  • Contractors
  • Emeriti/ae faculty
  • Temporary employees hired through agencies
  • Community course auditors from the local community and alumnae
  • High school students taking courses
  • Dependents of students who live on campus

This guidance will remain in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic and until altered or rescinded.

General Guidance

Outdoor campus spaces are open to the public. All visitors to campus must follow Smith College’s COVID-related health and safety policies. Visitors are asked not to come to campus if they are sick or show symptoms.

Vaccination

The college’s vaccination policy applies to many of the third-party visitors to campus. Below, these are broken down by type. Note that pursuant to the public accommodations law, the college is required to accommodate legally recognized exemptions to a vaccine requirement (e.g. religious or medical) for third parties availing themselves of our services, such as high school students and auditors attending courses. By contrast, we are not required to accommodate exemptions for vendors and volunteers.

No vaccination required: Short-term, low-frequency, or low-contact visitors and vendors. All must follow campus COVID-19 health and safety requirements.

This category includes:

  • Deliveries
  • Casual visitors to campus, museum or botanic garden or visitors who stay for less than one day
  • Contractors and vendors who stay for less than one day
  • Contractors who work in a discrete and separate site, e.g., fenced construction site
  • Admission visitors / athletic recruits

Vaccination required, by attestation: Contractors, consultants, high-school students enrolled in Smith courses, eligible dependents and partners of students who live on campus, and volunteers that are on campus for long periods (more than one day) or with higher contact, e.g. providing services in a crowded space or large event.

People in this category must be fully vaccinated and complete the attestation before they can come to campus. It is not necessary for a Smith representative to review their vaccination card.

This category includes:

  • Volunteers including members of the board of trustees and other external advisory groups
  • Contractors who work for long duration on campus in an office or other un-separated work setting (not including temp agency workers)
  • Contractors of short duration who work in close proximity to members of the college community, e.g. musical accompanists, bus drivers etc.
  • Community course auditors
  • Staff/faculty spouses and dependents w/ OneCards
  • Emeriti/ae faculty and staff
  • Five College faculty who teach at Smith
  • Visiting scholars or researchers
  • Northampton High School students enrolled in Smith courses
  • Eligible dependents and partners of students who live on campus

Attestation of COVID-19 Vaccination Status Form

 

Vaccination required by provision of vaccination card, or exemption granted for medical and religious reasons: Employees, students, agency temporary workers.

People in this category must be fully vaccinated and upload proof of vaccination (or exemption) before they can come to campus.

This category includes:

  • Students
  • Staff and faculty
  • Agency temporary and other long-term contractors who work amid Smith College employees
  • Casual employees