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Is Keuka College requiring face masks to be worn during the Fall 2021 semester?

The College revised its mask policies as of Nov. 4, 2021:

  • All students and employees, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks indoors.
  • Masks will not be required for students when in their own residence hall rooms or employees when in their offices alone.
  • All visitors to the College, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks indoors. 
  • Masks are not mandatory outdoors for vaccinated individuals.

Keuka College continues to monitor the community transmission statistics daily and is in constant communication with the county health department. All policies, including those surrounding mask use, are contingent on public health conditions and may be revised as necessary.

What steps has the College taken to keep students healthy on campus?
  • All Keuka College students, faculty, and staff were required to complete their series of COVID-19 vaccinations before returning to campus for the 2021-22 academic year and provide affirmation of those vaccinations to the College.
  • All students and employees, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks indoors.
  • Masks will not be required for students when in their own residence hall rooms or employees when in their offices alone.
  • All visitors to the College, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks indoors. 
  • Frequent hand-washing, and cleaning and disinfecting of living and learning spaces by students and employees continue to be encouraged.
  • The College continues to maintain intensified cleaning and disinfecting protocols campus-wide.
  • The College continues to make face masks available at the Health and Counseling Services office and provides numerous hand-sanitizing stations throughout the campus.
  • The College continues to designate space for students who must quarantine or isolate after exposure to the coronavirus. Blyley Hall will be used exclusively this semester for student housing in cases of coronavirus infection or exposure.
     
What are the guidelines for guests of students?

All visitors to the College, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks indoors.

Will there be new health requirements for students?

All Keuka College students, faculty, and staff were required to complete their series of COVID-19 vaccinations before returning to campus for the 2021-22 academic year and provide affirmation of those vaccinations to the College. In addition:

  • All students, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks indoors.
  • Masks will not be required for students when in their own residence hall rooms.
  • All visitors to the College, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks indoors. 
  • Masks are not mandatory outdoors for vaccinated students.
Will there be any changes to the Academic Calendar?

The College has established a traditional Fall schedule for the upcoming semester, which includes holidays for Labor Day (Sept. 6), Indigenous Peoples Day (Oct. 11), Veterans Day (Nov. 11), and Thanksgiving (Nov. 25-26), along with October Break (Oct. 8-12) and Thanksgiving Break (Nov. 24-28) for students. The final day of classes will be Dec. 10 and finals will be held the week of Dec. 13. Additional information can be found in the College’s 2021-22 Academic Calendar.

What other kinds of public health guidelines will be in place this fall?
  • On-campus COVID-19 testing will continue to be conducted for those individuals who are not fully vaccinated as well as anyone believing they have come in contact with an infected individual or who is displaying symptoms of the virus. Enhanced surveillance testing will also be scheduled for student-athletes.
  • All students and employees, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks indoors.
  • Masks will not be required for students when in their own residence hall rooms or employees when in their offices alone.
  • All visitors to the College, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks indoors. 
  • Masks are not mandatory outdoors for vaccinated individuals.
  • Keuka College continues to monitor the community transmission statistics daily and is in constant communication with the county health department. All policies are contingent on public health conditions and may be revised as necessary.
     
Are there any restrictions on student travel this semester?

Keuka College is currently placing no restrictions on off-campus travel. However, the College continues to request that students, faculty, and staff exercise their best judgment when interacting in public, particularly if they are visiting counties or regions with high rates of coronavirus transmission.

Could I return to the U.S. if my student visa and my passports are not expired?

Yes. According to the U.S. Department of State (DHS), students returning to the U.S. to resume their studies will not need to renew their visa, if the visa is still valid (i.e., not expired). Students will need a DSO travel signature on their I-20 prior to traveling internationally. This signature is valid for 12 months. Contact your DSO if you need an updated travel signature.

Are there any restrictions on athletics and recreational activities?

Vaccinated individuals may fully participate in recreation and athletics activities but must wear masks at all times except when in direct competition. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated must adhere to the following policies:
 
Outdoor Activities
All unvaccinated student-athletes and staff will be required to wear a mask when on the sidelines or otherwise unable to be physically distant. Masks are not required during on-field practice and game play. 
 
Indoor Activities
All unvaccinated student-athletes and staff will be required to wear a mask during all activities. This includes practices, competition, open gym, and utilization of the athletic training room, locker rooms, and travel on buses.
 
These masking guidelines cover athletics, intramural, and recreational events. 
 
In addition, all student-athletes, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, will be required to wear masks at all times when competing against teams whose colleges do not require vaccinations.
 
 

Will the College conduct surveillance testing during the Fall 2021 semester?

On-campus COVID-19 testing will continue to be conducted for those individuals who are not fully vaccinated as well as anyone believing they have come in contact with an infected individual or who is displaying symptoms of the virus. Enhanced surveillance testing will also be scheduled for student-athletes.