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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Hope College is committed to a mitigation strategy to reduce the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. The health and wellness of Hope’s campus community is a top priority.

Below are policies and procedures in place for summer 2021. Details regarding the fall 2021 semester will be posted as they become available.

If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19 at Hope College, please email campushealth@hope.edu.

Face Masks, Physical Distancing and Other Policies

Face Masks

A Hope College student, employee, contractor, visitor or guest is required to wear a face mask at all times when they are inside any building or vehicle being used for Hope College activities except when:

  • They are fully vaccinated[*]; or
  • They can consistently maintain 6 feet of separation from all other individuals; or
  • Are inside their private residence or assigned temporary housing; or
  • Eating or drinking; or
  • Giving a speech for broadcast or to an audience, provided that the audience is at least 12 feet away from the speaker.

EXCEPTION: Camps/programs involving participants under 18 may, at the discretion of the individual camp/program director, require fully vaccinated* individuals to wear a mask while in the presence of participants.

Physical Distancing

Except for those that are fully vaccinated[*], all Hope College employees (including student employees) and contractors will remain at least 6 feet from all other persons to the maximum extent feasible while on worksite premises.

* “Fully vaccinated” means at least two weeks has passed after receiving the final dose of an FDA-approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine.

Gathering Sizes & Other Policies

Hope College will abide by all requirements issued by state and federal agencies, including but not limited to:

Self-Screening

All employees entering the workplace, including student employees, must successfully submit this form on the days you report to work. You will not be able to complete the form unless each and every question is answered.

All visitors, contractors and volunteers working on campus must submit this form daily. Submit a scanned copy or picture of the form to Hope College at campushealth@hope.edu.

Procedures Specific to Students (Including Student Employees)

Unless you are living and/or working on-campus this summer, you do not need to report symptoms, exposure or an outside positive test result.

If you are living and/or working on campus this summer, please see the instructions below on reporting your symptoms, reporting exposure and reporting an outside positive test result.

Symptoms

Every student living and/or working on campus this summer must report when they have symptoms of COVID-19. Please stay home and go to Hope’s online patient portal to report your symptoms (you will find the symptom form under the FORMS tab). A nurse will call you during regular weekday office hours to discuss your symptoms and arrange your testing appointment. You may call the Health Center at 616.395.7585 if you have general testing questions.

Exposure

If you are living and/or working on campus this summer and you think if you have been exposed to COVID-19, please complete our Notification of Exposure to COVID-19 form. You will be contacted during regular weekday office hours to discuss next steps.

Positive Test Outside Hope

If you are living and/or working on campus this summer and you have tested positive for COVID-19 at a testing provider that is not Hope College, please complete our Notification of Positive Test Result form. You will be contacted during regular weekday office hours to discuss next steps.

Procedures Specific to Staff & Faculty

Staff and faculty must report any COVID exposure or positive test result to Human Resources by emailing hr@hope.edu regardless of whether the employee has been working on campus or the exposure occurred on campus. A representative will then contact you with more information.

Employees with COVID symptoms must avoid being on campus. Email Human Resources (hr@hope.edu) for further instrucion.