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Spring 2022 COVID Protocols

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The University is planning a return to on-ground classes on February 2, 2022.  Faculty have the option of using a “rotating student” hybrid modality for the first two weeks of class from January 19-Febuary 1, 2022.

General COVID-19 FAQs

    • Temperature over 100.4° F
    • Unexplained cough/difficulty breathing
    • Unexplained fatigue
    • Body aches and/or headaches
    • Loss of smell/taste
    • Sore throat
    • Diarrhea
    • Vomiting
    • Congestion and runny nose
    • Regularly screen your own health for COVID-19 symptoms
    • If you exhibit symptoms consult your physician (employees) or Student Health Services (students)
    • Avoid people who are sick, crowded places and close contact with other people
    • Self-quarantine if you know you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
    • Maintain social distancing of at least three feet whenever possible
    • Wear a mask indoors, and outdoors if you cannot maintain three feet of social distancing
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for a minimum of 30 seconds
    • Use hand sanitizer (70%+ alcohol) if you cannot wash your hands
    • Avoid touching your face
    • When coughing or sneezing, cover your nose and mouth using the bend of your elbow and not your hands
  • Contact Cindy Davis, Contract Tracer at for further guidance.

  • Contact Sandi Rose-Zak, COVID Care Coordinator at for further guidance.  Upload a copy of the positive test result to Cindy Davis at

    A contract tracer will be in touch with you with further instructions.

Vaccination FAQs

  • Eastern is requiring that all students are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in the spring 2022 semester (per CSCU Board of Regents policy).

  • Students who have been vaccinated or boosted since the end of the fall semester should send their vaccination card to

  • No.  Students seeking exemptions must reapply by January 17 using the following:

    Medical exemption form

    The medical exemption form and supporting medical documents should be faxed to (860) 465-4560.

    Non-medical exemption form 

  • You are considered vaccinated if you are two weeks past the second dose of Pfizer and Moderna or two weeks past the single dose of Johnson & Johnson.

    The University encourages students to get their booster shot as soon as they are eligible. Send vaccination records to

Campus Protocols FAQs

  • Faculty have the option of teaching courses using the hybrid “rotating student” modality for the first two weeks of class (January 19-February 1). On-ground classes will resume on February 2.

  • No. Students are encouraged but not required to take a PCR test within 72 hours of arriving on campus. If such a test is positive, the student should stay home, and send a photo of the test results and date taken to

  • All resident students will be given rapid antigen tests upon arrival. Anyone who tests positive will be sent home to isolate.

    Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 since October 20, 2021 and have had their record of such updated with the University, will not be required to report to a move-in day testing location. These students will be on a list with their residence hall staff so that they may report directly to their residence hall.

  • All resident and commuter students, regardless of vaccination status, will be tested (PCR) for the first two weeks of the semester. Additional testing for unvaccinated and/or exempt students will continue as in the fall 2021 semester. These testing protocols are subject to change.

  • Everyone on campus — students, faculty, and staff — should wear a facemask at all times on campus except while eating or drinking. Members of the campus community are encouraged to purchase N95 or KN95 masks for optimal protection.

  • The University encourages students to get their booster shot as soon as they are eligible. Send vaccination card to

  • Hurley Hall and the Food Court in the Student Center are open. The Library Café is not currently open. Signage has been installed to indicate designated eating areas in other buildings.

  • Yes, please contact the sponsoring department for further guidance.

  • Yes. In the first two weeks of the semester, resident students may only have other Eastern students from their residence hall as guests. This policy will be reviewed as the semester progresses.


  • For people who are unvaccinated or are more than five months out from their second vaccination dose (Pfizer or Moderna) or more than 2 months for the J&J vaccine, and not yet boosted, the CDC recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days.  If a 5-day quarantine is not feasible, an exposed person must wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure.  Individuals who have received their booster do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure.  It is suggested that individuals who are exposed have a COVID test at day 5 after exposure.   

  • Please monitor for symptoms; should you become symptomatic, you must remain out of work and get tested. You must also email Human Resources at and/or to report that you are symptomatic and are remaining out of work until test results are received.

  • If you test positive you must stay out of work, and email the Office of Human Resources at and/or for additional information about quarantine periods and returning to campus.

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Details on Spring Semester

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Student dates of arrival

January 17-18, 2022

Mandatory Vaccinations

Learn More

Vaccine Exemption Forms

Medical Exemption

Non-Medical Exemption

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