Pio Plan | Spring 2022

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | Last updated March 3rd, 2022

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 in 2021-2022.

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Mask Wearing Update

Effective March 12, 2022, masks will be optional for all students, employees, and community members on our campus, regardless of vaccination status.  This applies to all settings on campus, indoors or outdoors, with the exception of the university’s healthcare settings and large, university sponsored events which are designated as “mask required.” In the future should our COVID case counts rise, we will revisit this policy.

Students, faculty and staff who are directly exposed to COVID will be required to wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of their last close contact with a positive COVID-19 case. Additionally, students and employees who have tested positive will be required to wear a well-fitting mask around others for days 6-10 of their isolation period if they have returned after day 5.

To ensure the safety of our community partners, masks will continue to be required during CCE off-campus immersions until further notice. 

With specific respect to classroom and office settings, all faculty and staff reserve the right to require masks during their classes and/or in meetings with students or other employees. Students in clinical experiences, practicums, internships, or student teaching settings must continue to follow the protocols of their respective sites. Therefore, it is required that all members of the Carroll community ensure that they have a mask in their possession at all times.

 All unvaccinated students are still required to test weekly for COVID-19. 

This decision is based on the following factors: 

Students, faculty, and staff may continue to wear a mask if they feel more comfortable doing so. 

Many members of our campus community will continue to wear face coverings/masks and the university supports their choice to do so. We trust that the Carroll community will honor the Ethos by respecting those who choose to wear face coverings/masks.

As with our previous guidelines for our campus community during the pandemic, these updated protocols are subject to change. Signs on the entrances of campus buildings will be removed to reflect this change beginning March 14, 2022.

Testing Requirements

Required Weekly COVID-19 Testing: Ends April 29, 2022

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 spring 2022 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, second, and booster doses of the Pfizer COVID vaccine.

On most Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2pm-4:30pm in the Student Health Center (not on the following dates: Tuesday January 18, Thursday February 17, Tuesday March 15, or Thursday March 17).

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.

There will be a Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on Friday, January 21, from 11:00 am-4:00 pm in the Stackner Ballroom. You can receive your first, second, or booster dose of Pfizer vaccine on this day if you are eligible.

Pfizer Vaccine Clinic Sign Up

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. Spring 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 our undergraduate programs.

Undergraduate Programs

View the Academic Calendar for All 2021-2022 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 spring 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 spring 2022 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 spring semester.

Health Science Graduate Programs: Required to test weekly

All Health Science Graduate students are required to test weekly during the spring 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. 

Testing Options

Testing Exemptions

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Health & Safety Protocols & Policies

Face Masks / Coverings

Effective March 12, 2022, masks will be optional for all students, employees, and community members on our campus, regardless of vaccination status.  This applies to all settings on campus, indoors or outdoors, with the exception of the university’s healthcare settings and large, university sponsored events which are designated as “mask required.” In the future should our COVID case counts rise, we will revisit this policy.

Students, faculty and staff who are directly exposed to COVID will be required to wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of their last close contact with a positive COVID-19 case. Additionally, students and employees who have tested positive will be required to wear a well-fitting mask around others for days 6-10 of their isolation period if they have returned after day 5. See below for spaces where masks must be worn during these circumstances. 

Face coverings/mask will be required in these spaces when students, faculty, or staff have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been a close contact of someone who has tested positive:

  • Indoor areas including classrooms, offices, and shared campus spaces. 
  • Outside even when physical distancing of six-feet can be maintained. 
  • While in conference rooms, break rooms, cubicle settings or shared environments, including vehicles. 
  • In Residence Hall shared bedrooms or living areas in suite-style residence halls. In addition to traditional Residence Hall shared restrooms and bathrooms.  

With specific respect to classroom and office settings, all faculty and staff reserve the right to require masks during their classes and/or in meetings with students or other employees. Students in clinical experiences, practicums, internships, or student teaching settings must continue to follow the protocols of their respective sites. Therefore, it is required that all members of the Carroll community ensure that they have a mask in their possession at all times.

This decision is based on the following factors: 

  • Carroll is following the most recent CDC guidance https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/community-levels.html.  According to the CDC, “the guidance looks at the combination of three metrics — new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population in the past 7 days, the percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past 7 days — to determine the COVID-19 community level.” Currently, Waukesha County is in the medium community level.
  • Carroll’s 7-day average positivity rate is at 1.17%
  • Waukesha County’s 7-day average positivity rate is at 6.41%
  • Carroll’s vaccination rate for all students is 88%.
  • Waukesha County vaccination rate is at 69.3%
  • Waukesha County hospitals no longer have emergency protocols in place, and they are below key COVID capacity thresholds.

Students, faculty,  and staff may continue to wear a mask if they feel more comfortable doing so. Many members of our campus community will continue to wear face coverings/masks and the university supports their choice to do so. We trust that the Carroll community will honor the Ethos by respecting those who choose to wear face coverings/masks.

As with our previous guidelines for our campus community during the pandemic, these updated protocols are subject to change. Signs on the entrances of campus buildings will be removed to reflect this change beginning March 14, 2022.

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 overnight Carroll University student-guest within residential buildings and living units.  
  • Carroll University Commuter students are permitted to be guests within residential buildings.
  • Non-Carroll Student Guests are permitted within Residential Structures within the following guidelines:
    • 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
  • Face covering and physical distancing guidelines must be observed.

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 residential 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.


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. 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 spring 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 submit their results to COVID-19 Reporting Form to report their positive test.

Instructional Information

Instructional Delivery Methods and Accomodations

Carroll will provide in-person instruction to students. Spring 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 by calling 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. 

All students will receive a 10 day isolation end date when contacted by Carroll University Contact Tracers. If students would like to be released from isolation early, they must meet the following requirements:  
  1. Have NO symptoms or improved symptoms 
  2. Have NO fever for 24 hours- must be fever-free without taking fever reducing medications  
  3. If a Residential Student would like to return to their campus living space on day 6 of their isolation period, they MUST meet the additional requirements:  
    1. Test negative for COVID 5 days (or later) after symptoms started OR positive test result if student had no symptoms. (Students cannot test before day 5) 
    2. Students will be responsible for scheduling their own COVID test 
    3. Students can test in the Student Health Center on day 6 or later- they must call 262-524-7233 to schedule an appointment. 
    4. At-home tests will not be accepted – students must get tested at an official lab-certified testing site. 
Students must wait for an official approval email from the Contact Tracing Team before returning to campus.  
 

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 Division of Public Health websites.

The CDC currently recommends a quarantine period of 10 days. However, based on local circumstances and resources, the following options to shorten quarantine are acceptable alternatives: Students who are up-to-date on their vaccination (received booster dose) and who come into close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 are not required to quarantine, based on CDC guidelines.

Up-to-date 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:

Frequently Asked Questions

Are non-vaccinated students required to test before entering campus this spring semester?
Yes, please go to the following pages to learn more:
COVID-19 Testing Requirements: https://www.carrollu.edu/coronavirus/spring-weekly-testing-information

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 3 times weekly during their season. 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 January 21, 2022. 
 
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?
All students are required to isolate away from campus for 10 days, unless they have met the requirements to return early. 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 test on a weekly basis, but is not required to wear a mask unless in a classroom or office space where masks are being required by instructors or campus staff. 
 
Are you going to impose penalties for students who do not wear masks and are not vaccinated?
No, students will not impose penalties for those not wearing masks as the campus moves to "mask optional" on March 12th, 2022. 
 
Will Walter Young Center counseling be in person?
Yes, counseling sessions at the Walter Young Center will be in person.
 
 
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