Pio Plan | Fall 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | Last updated September 3, 2021

The COVID-19 Pandemic caused our Carroll community to make many changes during the 2020-21 year. We are proud of our Pioneers for persevering through unprecedented times and are excited to continue to offer a safe, healthy, and supportive learning environment for our students.

Use these links to quickly navigate to the topics addressed on this page.

Update on Mask Wearing

Starting August 10th, face coverings/masks will be required for all employees and students inside campus buildings when others are present and at outdoor events designated “Mask Required”, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings/masks are required to fit over your nose and under your chin. If an outdoor space or event is not designated "Mask Required", face coverings/masks do not need to be worn outside when physical distancing of six-feet can be maintained.

As with our previous guidelines for our campus community during the pandemic, these updated protocols are subject to change. The State of Wisconsin and Waukesha County have seen a steady increase in reported positive cases of COVID-19. If that changes, we will revisit our protocols and adjust accordingly.

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Testing Requirements

Required Campus Entry Testing 

Prior to entering campus, Carroll will require COVID-19 testing for all students living on campus or attending in-person classes. Carroll will offer free, on-campus testing for students as they enter campus.
Fully vaccinated students will not be required to test before entering campus. To notify Carroll of your vaccination and to be exempt from testing, please submit your vaccine information.

Required Weekly COVID-19 Testing: Begins September 13, 2021

Go to the Weekly Testing Information page to learn more about the testing requirement.

Carroll will require non-vaccinated students to test weekly for COVID-19 during the fall semester. Carroll will provide students with free, on-campus testing. Students who are symptomatic or who are a close contact of someone who tested positive will also have access to free COVID-19 testing in the Student Health Center. Please check your email for updates regarding regular mandatory testing throughout the fall 2021 semester. Students who are fully vaccinated will not be required to participate in mandatory testing.

Testing Exemptions

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Vaccine Information

The Health Center will be offering first or second doses of the Pfizer COVID vaccine.

Students can schedule appointments to receive the Pfizer COVID vaccine on the following dates: To schedule a COVID vaccine on campus:
  1. Go to your student patient poral: https://carrollu.medicatconnect.com/ 
  2. Choose “COVID vaccine” as the reason code
-OR-
  1. You can call 262-524-7233 to make an appointment.
COVID-19 vaccine booster doses at mass vaccination clinics will likely be offered later in the Fall semester, more information will be coming soon.

View the following websites for information about other community vaccine sites: Make sure to share your vaccine information with Carroll University after you are vaccinated!
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Academic Calendar

Carroll will provide in-person instruction to students. Fall accommodation requests for virtual learning will be considered with appropriate medical documentation and will depend upon the essential nature of the class and if the class will be taught remotely. This will be considered on a case by case basis. Students can request accommodations to complete classes virtually by emailing mbledsoe@carrollu.edu.

Listed below are the academic calendars for both our undergraduate and graduate programs.

Undergraduate Programs

View the Academic Calendar for All 2020-2021 Dates

Graduate Student Information

Graduate students must abide by all Carroll University policies and procedures.

Required Campus Entry Testing 

Prior to entering campus, Carroll will require COVID-19 testing for all students living on campus or attending in-person classes, including graduate students. Carroll will offer free, on-campus testing for students as they enter campus.
Fully vaccinated students will not be required to test before entering campus. To notify Carroll of your vaccination and to be exempt from testing, please submit your vaccine information.

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Required Regular COVID-19 Testing

Go to the Weekly Testing Information page to learn more about the testing requirement.

Carroll will require non-vaccinated graduate students to regularly test for COVID-19 during the fall semester. Carroll will provide students with free, on-campus testing. Students who are symptomatic or who are a close contact of someone who tested positive will also have access to free COVID-19 testing in the Student Health Center. Please check your email for updates regarding regular mandatory testing throughout the fall 2021 semester. Students who are fully vaccinated will not be required to participate in mandatory testing.

Graduate Student Testing Schedule

Below is a list of all graduate programs and the testing schedule each program must follow. Fully vaccinated graduate students currently do not need to test for COVID during the fall semester.

Health Science Graduate Programs: Required to test weekly

All Health Science Graduate students are required to test weekly during the fall semester. Below is a list of all Health Science graduate programs:

Graduate Programs in Education: Required to test the week prior to every in-person class.
Master of Business Administration: Required to test the week prior to every in-person class.
Graduate Certification Programs in Business: Required to test the week prior to every in-person class.

All Graduate Programs in Education, M.B.A., and certificate program graduate students are required to test the week prior to every in-person class during the fall semester. Below is a list of all Graduate Programs in Education, M.B.A., and certificate graduate programs:

Testing Options

Testing Exemptions

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Health & Safety Protocols & Policies

Face Masks / Coverings

Starting August 10th, face coverings/masks will be required for all employees and students in campus buildings when others are present and at outdoor events designated “Mask Required”, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings/masks are required to fit over your nose and under your chin.
 
Face coverings/mask will not be required in the following circumstances:

  • Outside when physical distancing of six-feet can be maintained
  • While alone in an assigned office (note: does not include conference rooms, break rooms, cubicle settings or shared environments, including vehicles)
  • While alone in a vehicle, if the vehicle is not regularly shared with others
  • While eating or drinking, while following safety guidance

When in doubt, please use a face covering/mask. Employees and students are required to have a face covering/mask available at all times, even if the circumstances do not require it to be worn (e.g. when alone in an assigned office). 
 
As with our previous guidelines for our campus community during the pandemic, these updated protocols are subject to change. The State of Wisconsin and Waukesha County have seen a steady increase in reported positive cases of COVID-19. If that changes, we will revisit our protocols and adjust accordingly.

Symptom Monitoring

Students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must refrain from coming to campus until receiving a negative test at a health care facility or community testing site. 

Failure to Comply with University Policies

Failure to comply with university directives, protocols, or procedures intended to limit the spread of or exposure to viruses, illnesses and other contagions: Violating or disregarding directives, protocols, or procedures enacted by the university to protect the health and safety of the university community.

  • In the event of a positive or suspected COVID-19 diagnosis, or close contact identification, students are required to cooperate fully with the University’s notification, contact tracing, quarantine and isolation protocols.

  • Students will be required to complete regular mandatory testing as instructed by university officials.

  • Carroll University may request or require a student to leave campus housing when that resident’s continued presence in the housing community poses a health or safety risk for community members. This may be determined due to identified symptoms or exposure to an individual with confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis. Residential students are required to comply with requests from Residence Life and Housing to leave their assigned space due to COVID-19.

  • Students may not be present in any campus facility outside of quarantine or isolation while they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 (or other respiratory illnesses), such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, muscle pain or body aches, headache or chills until they have received clearance by a university official.  

  • Not all residential rooms or halls are appropriate for self-quarantine or self-isolation due to shared restrooms or inadequate facilities. Therefore, in situations where a student is required or recommended to self-quarantine or self-isolate, students may not be permitted to continue residing in their original contracted residential space and will be provided alternative housing arrangements as needed and/or available. Removal from campus housing to isolate or quarantine does not constitute a termination of a residential student’s housing contract.

Any individual who violates an order to quarantine/isolate or the terms of quarantine/isolation may be subject to disciplinary action including housing probation or termination including loss of deposit, university probation or suspension.
 

Failure to Schedule and Participate in Mandatory Testing

  • First offense: Warning and required follow up COVID-19 Test
  • Second Offense: $25 fine and required follow up COVID-19 Test
  • Third Offense: $50 fine and follow up meeting with the Office of Student Conduct, parent/guardian will be contacted, and student may be removed from Campus Housing until negative COVID-19 Test submitted
  • Fourth Offense: $100 fine and removal from in-person class until COVID-19 test is submitted 

Guest Policy

  • Contracted residents are permitted one Carroll University student-guest within residential buildings and living units.  
  • Carroll University Commuter students are permitted to be guests within residential buildings.
  • Currently, any non-Carroll Student Guests are not permitted within Residential Structures.
  • Face covering and physical distancing guidelines must be observed.
  • Guest visitation hours (8:00am-1:59am) must be observed.
  • Overnight guests (2:00am-7:59am) must be registered with The Department of Public Safety. 

Physical Distancing

  • A 3 foot distance between individuals must be observed when possible.

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Health & Safety Measures

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Carroll has 150 hand sanitizing stations across campus along with sanitary wipe stations in all classroom and resident hall buildings. Our cleaning procedures use EPA and CDC-approved protocols and supplies for COVID-19 sanitation. Additionally, facilities staff has had increased education of proper sanitation techniques and safety precautions. The university has also updated heating and ventilation systems to improve air quality.

Shuttle Service

Public Safety passengers are required to wear face-covering when using the shuttle. The shuttle will only allow for 3 students. The shuttle will be cleaned and sanitized on a daily basis. 

Dining Services

We are following all federal, state, and local guidelines and recommendations, including daily wellness checks and PPE for all associates, ongoing cleaning and sanitizing, and daily disinfecting in all areas. All food will be pre-packaged or served by associates. Seating in all dining areas will be reduced to maintain physical distancing. 

Testing Services

All non-vaccinated students will be required to test for COVID-19 weekly during the fall semester. Students with any COVID-19 symptoms will be asked by the University to get tested. When ill, students should stay home except to get medical care. Students should not go to class, work, athletics, dining facilities, or participate in any other activities if they have symptoms or have tested positive. Avoid using public transportation or ride-sharing. 

Students can call the Health Center at 262.524.7233 to make an appointment for evaluation and testing. Students may also go to their health provider or other local clinics to get tested and should report positive results as outlined below.

Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 must email covid19report@carrollu.edu to report their positive test.

Instructional Information

Instructional Delivery Methods and Accomodations

Carroll will provide in-person instruction to students. Fall accommodation requests for virtual learning will be considered with appropriate medical documentation and will depend upon the essential nature of the class and if the class will be taught remotely. This will be considered on a case by case basis. Students can request accommodations to complete classes virtually by emailing mbledsoe@carrollu.edu.

Classrooms

We are returning to typical classroom capacities using a broad array of measures to encourage safety such as masking while indoors, screening and testing, encouraging vaccines, and more.

Laptop Availability

If you need access to a laptop or additional digital resources or technology, please contact the OIT Media Center at WYC@carrollu.edu, or call 262.951.3268

Contact Tracing Process

Contact Tracing

If anyone in the Carroll community is identified as having been exposed to COVID-19 through contact tracing, they will be referred for testing by the Waukesha County Department of Public Health or their health provider.

COVID-19 Symptoms 

People with COVID-19 may have a wide range of symptoms – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Students with any of these symptoms may have COVID-19 and should be tested to prevent the spread on campus:

Isolation

Isolation is required if a student tests positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms and is awaiting test results. Students who are living in Carroll housing should plan to go home to isolate when it is safe to do so. A student can be released from isolation when criteria outlined by the CDC are met.

Quarantine

Quarantine is required if a student is a close contact of a person that has been tested positive for COVID-19. Student’s living in Carroll housing should plan to go home to quarantine when it is safe to do so. A student will be released from quarantine when the criteria outlined by the CDC and Waukesha County Public Health Department are met. The CDC and Waukesha County Public Health Department currently follow the guidelines below, which can also be found on the CDC and Waukesha County Public Health Department websites:
The CDC currently recommends a quarantine period of 14 days. However, based on local circumstances and resources, the following options to shorten quarantine are acceptable alternatives: Students who are fully vaccinated and who come into close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 are not required to quarantine, based on CDC guidelines.

Fully vaccinated close contacts are required to:
Carroll University will utilize the current CDC and Waukesha County Public Health quarantine guidelines. Students must meet all requirements set by Carroll University, including appropriate symptom monitoring and submission of proof and appropriate testing, to be cleared for a shortened quarantine period. Carroll University officials will decide, confirm, and approve all quarantine timelines of students. Failure to meet Carroll University’s requirements can result in a student not having a shortened quarantine timeline.

Quarantine and Isolation Living Arrangements

*Close Contact

An individual will be considered to have had close contact if meeting any of the following criteria:

View The Fall Planning Town Hall

President Gnadinger discussed Fall 2021 plans during the June Town Hall.
Click here to read questions and answers from the fall planning Town Hall.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are non-vaccinated students required to test before entering campus this fall semester?
Yes, please go to the following pages to learn more:
COVID testing for students living on campus: www.carrollu.edu/coronavirus/move-in-and-testing
COVID testing for commuter students: www.carrollu.edu/coronavirus/commuter-testing

How often will athletes have to get tested? Are there any other COVID related protocols with athletes?
According the NCAA, student athletes who are not vaccinated will be required to test weekly. Student athletes who are not vaccinated will be required to wear masks during practices.
 
Why are you doing more testing this next school year than you did last year?
The safety and wellbeing of our Carroll community is our top priority. Weekly testing of non-vaccinated students is one factor that will help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Carroll is following guidance from the recent NIH study that estimates that 96% of infections could be prevented on campuses with routine testing – https://www2.ed.gov/documents/coronavirus/reopening-3.pdf.
 
If you were vaccinated at Carroll University, do you still need to show proof or do you already know?
If you received the COVID-19 vaccine at Carroll University, we have your records. You do not need to send in your vaccination information.
 
Will you share the percentage of students vaccinated similar to the dashboard that was used for COVID cases?  
Carroll University will share the percentage of students who have been vaccinated on our website: carrollu.edu/coronavirus. The percentage vaccinated will be updated every week starting September 10.
 
Do students need to pay for their on campus COVID test?
No, Carroll University is not charging students for the weekly asymptomatic testing. Students who are symptomatic may also test at the Student Health Center and they will not be charged a testing fee.
 
If a student tests positive, are they still required to isolate?
Students who test positive will need to isolate for 10 days. Students must leave campus for their isolation period. Carroll will assist students who need to stay in a hotel by helping the student secure a hotel room, but students will be responsible for paying all  hotel costs and fees if they choose to isolate at a hotel. Public Safety can transport the student to the hotel if transportation is needed. Carroll University’s Dining Services will coordinate meals for students who are in the hotel during their isolation.
 
If a student has an autoimmune condition that prevents them from being vaccinated, are they required to wear a mask and test weekly?
If a student has a preexisting medical condition, the student should contact Student Accessibility Services with that information. The student with the preexisting medical conditions will still need to mask and test on a weekly basis.
 
Are you going to impose penalties for students who do not wear masks and are not vaccinated?
Students who are not vaccinated and not wearing a mask will need to meet with Carroll University’s Director of Conduct. If the student continues to not mask, sanctions will be placed on the student that may include financial sanctions.
 
Will Walter Young Center counseling be in person?
Yes, counseling sessions at the Walter Young Center will be in person.

Rec Sports

Do I have to wear a mask in the RecSports Fitness Center and Pioneer Fitness Center?
Yes, face coverings/masks are required to fit over your nose and under your chin.
 
Do I have to wear a mask while working out?
Yes, masks should remain on and adequately cover.
 
What if I am doing strenuous activity?

Please modify your workout accordingly. Masks are required at all times.
 
What about distancing?
The equipment in the RecSports facilities is spaced to allow for distancing and the equipment is rotated on a weekly basis.
 
If I am vaccinated do I have to wear a mask?
Yes, all users of the facility are expected to follow the university masking guidelines regardless of vaccination status.
 
What about outside?
For the most part, the outdoors are open! While spacing should be considered, masks are not required outdoors at this time unless specifically designated as “Mask Required”.
 
Can I use a spotter when lifting?
Yes- please stay safe when lifting or use the safety bars and straps in the facilities so as to not over-extend your abilities.
 
What cleaning is happening and what am I supposed to do for cleaning?
In addition to regular custodial cleaning, the RecSports staff regularly cleans while working throughout the facility. We ask users to clean equipment after use and also recommend all patrons take additional precautions such as hand washing, sanitizing, and cleaning surfaces before use. Gym wipes and spray bottles are available in the facilities for your use.
 
What if I feel light-headed or over-trained my abilities?
We understand you work hard! If you feel dizzy, slow down, stop your workout, and step away from others. Take your mask off to drink some water and catch your breath. Make sure you are ready and fully replace your mask before you continue.
 
Are the water fountains/bubblers on?
While they may appear off, the bottle-filling stations are working. Please bring your own water bottle to minimize contact. Make it re-usable while you’re at it!
 
Do I need to wear a mask for intramural sports or for my group fitness class?
Due to the contact associated in certain sports in intramurals, masks are most likely required. If six-feet of spacing can be maintained and group fitness moves from Ganfield to outside, following the class registration and any gathering, then masks can come off outside, but should remain on your person.
 
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