COVID-19 Information

HEALTHY AT THOMAS MORE
-The Spring 2022 PLAN-

January 9, 2022: update to follow CDC recommendations on up to date vaccinations
February 1, 2022: update to isolation time for positive individuals in accordance with CDC recommendations
February 21, 2022: Update to facial coverings policy
February 22, 2022: Remove limitation on gatherings based on Kenton County no longer classified as a “red” zone

The academic calendar for 2021-2022 depicts a normal schedule with a fall mid-term break, Thanksgiving holiday, spring break, and Easter recess. All residence and dining halls, athletic facilities, areas of worship, and on-campus student services and resources are fully re-opened.

All resident students must provide a negative test result or proof of vaccination prior to returning to housing. All resident students must provide a negative test result or proof of vaccination prior to returning to housing. The test result or vaccination record must be submitted by Friday, January 7 by noon. The test result must be from a test taken on or after January 5. Additional information will be sent from the dean of student diversity, engagement, and success.

Vaccination

CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccination and booster doses at regular time points to protect ourselves and our community. 

Click here for more information on vaccines as well as where vaccines are available locally.

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated the primary series has been completed:

  • A 2-dose series of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or
  • A single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine)

Individuals are considered up to date on covid vaccination if:

  • the primary series of Pfizer was completed less than five months ago or after a booster
  • the primary series of Moderna was completed less than six months ago or after a booster
  • the primary series of J&J was completed less than two months ago or after a booster

Students participating in clinical, student teaching, or other experiential learning sites may be required to document vaccination to continue in those experiences. Failure to do so may delay degree progress. Documented vaccination will only be required according to the published guidelines of those third parties and communicated to students by their departmental advisors. Verification of vaccination will be provided to the supervising faculty member through the covid response team.

Once vaccinated, Thomas More University faculty, staff, and students should have their vaccination record on file through MyTMU. This information will be used to track the vaccination rate of our community, when needed to identify individuals who may need to be tested or quarantined during screening or contact tracing, and when complying with third party requirements for participation in onsite experiential learning. Except in the cases above, no employee or student may be asked about their vaccination status, and only members of the COVID response team are permitted to collect and share this information.

Fully vaccinated individuals can:

  • Refrain from testing and quarantine before and after travel
  • Refrain from any screening testing

Fully vaccinated individuals who are up to date on vaccination can refrain from quarantine following a known exposure to COVID-19 if asymptomatic.

Preventative Measures

WEAR FACIAL COVERINGS WHEN AROUND OTHERS

Facial coverings are required for all individuals in classrooms during instructional activity and in healthcare settings, including campus health center, counseling, and the athletic training room. Facial coverings must cover the mouth, nose, and chin.

MONITOR YOUR HEALTH DAILY

Everyone is required to self-monitor for symptoms daily before arriving on campus. Anyone with symptoms should contact Campus Safety at 859.341.4867 and not come to campus.  If symptoms appear while on campus, contact Campus Safety immediately at 859.341.4867.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing/shortness of breath
  • New onset of loss of taste or smell
  • Fever of 100.4 or greater
  • Any two of the following:
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea (3 or more, looser than normal, stools in 24 hours)

SANITATION AND CAMPUS CLEANING

All individuals on campus have a responsibility to wash their hands and clean up their spaces. Classrooms and high-touch areas will be equipped with wipes that should be used before leaving. Additional hand-sanitizing stations will be placed around campus. In addition, Thomas More has enhanced cleaning protocols across campus in accordance with the standards established by National Resource Management for their campus clients.

Quarantine and Isolation

Symptom monitoring, quarantine, and isolation are used to keep individuals who are sick or might be sick away from others. If you experience COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been in close contact within 48 hours with an individual who has tested positive, call Campus Safety at 859.341.4867.

Any absences related to quarantine and isolation will continue to be considered excused absences. Each faculty member will determine the appropriate method to provide reasonable and equitable means to make up missed work. The quarantine academic support team will continue to support all students who must be placed in quarantine.

 CLOSE CONTACT

Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

SYMPTOM MONITORING

Individuals who have been have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 AND:

  • have been boosted OR 
  • completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months OR 
  • completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months
  • must be tested 5 days after exposure, symptom monitor for 10 days, and wear a mask at all times or socially distance when mask wearing is not possible for 10 days. 

While being monitored for symptoms:

  • Track all close contacts.
  • The Campus Health Center will provide specific instructions to submit daily check-in of symptoms.
  • Resident students may remain on campus and must complete daily wellness checks.
  • Athletes must follow athletic protocols.
  • If you develop symptoms, you will immediately begin isolation and must provide your close contacts. See procedures under isolation.

QUARANTINE

Individuals in quarantine are to monitor their symptoms and stay away from others. Individuals are required to self-quarantine under the following conditions:

  • have traveled internationally, unless fully vaccinated and asymptomatic 
  • have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, unless you have tested positive within the last 90 days or are up to date on vaccinations: the primary series of Pfizer was completed less than five months ago, the primary series of Moderna was completed less than six months ago, the primary series of J&J was completed less than two months ago, or you have received a booster.

All student information will be sent to the Campus Health Center, assistant dean of students, and Athletic Department to plan for housing and course needs, provide student support, and begin contact tracing. All employee information will be sent to the director of human resources for employee support and contact tracing.

If a student does not have a medical provider, they will be referred to a health care provider and local testing site. The student will need to have an insurance card and ID with them.

While in quarantine:

  • The Campus Health Center will provide specific instructions for quarantine. Students will not attend on- campus courses or participate in campus activities.
  • Monitor your health – watch for fever and other symptoms of COVID-19 and notify your medical provider.
  • Stay home and stay away from others.
  • Resident students who maintain quarantine on campus will follow specific procedures provided. This will include delivered meals, daily wellness checks, assigned restrooms, no visitors, and other measures to ensure health and prevent spread.
  • If you develop symptoms, you must immediately begin isolation. See procedures below.

Individuals may be released from quarantine by the Campus Health Center. The following principles will be followed with modifications if needed for specific cases:

  • If quarantine was initiated due to being a close contact of an individual who tested positive and you do NOT develop symptoms while in quarantine:
    • 10 days after your last contact with that person OR
    • 6 days after your last contact with that person and a negative test taken on or after 5 days after your last contact. After release and for 10 days after exposure, individuals must continue to symptom monitor and wear a mask at all times or socially distance when mask wearing is not possible.
    • In addition to the above criteria, while students may return to campus activities, resident students must have a negative test result to return to housing. Athletes must follow athletic protocols to return to participation.
    • NOTE: For household members, it is important to separate people with COVID-19 from others in the household. If separation is not possible, you will have ongoing exposure until they are no longer able to spread the virus to others. In this case, you must continue to quarantine after the end of isolation for the person with COVID-19 for: o 6 days after their 5 day isolation ends with a negative test taken on or after 5 days after their isolation ends, OR o 10 days after their 5 day isolation ends without a test.
  • If quarantine was initiated due to international travel and you do NOT develop symptoms while in quarantine:
    • 10 days after arrival OR
    • 7 days after arrival with a negative test result from a test taken 3 days after arrival

ISOLATION

Individuals will isolate if they experience COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. People in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. If you have COVID-19 symptoms or receive a positive test result for COVID-19, call Campus Safety immediately.

All individuals will immediately begin isolation.

  • A resident student who has tested positive for COVID-19 symptoms will be required to go home.
  • Residents with symptoms who have not tested positive may be permitted to isolate on campus depending on space availability and the severity of symptoms. Resident students who maintain isolation on campus must be tested immediately and will follow specific procedures. Any violation of isolation guidelines on campus will result in the student being removed from campus.

If a student does not have a medical provider, they will be referred to a health care provider and local testing site.

The individual will be asked to provide a list of close contacts from the last 48 hours.

All student information will be sent to the Campus Health Center, dean of students, and Athletic Department to plan for course needs, provide student support, and begin contact tracing. The Campus Health Center will provide specific instructions for isolation. Students will not attend on-campus courses or participate in campus activities. Students who isolate on campus will be provided with a care package and required to follow specific procedures including delivered meals, daily wellness checks, no visitors, and other measures to ensure health and prevent spread. All employee information will be sent to the director of human resources for employee support and contact tracing.

Isolation may end when released by the Campus Health Center based on CDC guidelines. The following principles will be followed with modifications if needed for specific cases:

If isolation was initiated due to symptoms:

  • Symptoms have improved and fever free for 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medication AND
    • Regardless of vaccination status, and without a test result, at least 10 days have passed since initial onset of symptoms or a doctor’s note that indicates an illness or condition that is not related to COVID-19. Those who were also close contacts of positive individuals may not use a doctor’s note to be released early.
    • Vaccinated individuals may be released with a negative test from a test taken 3 days after onset of symptoms.
    • Unvaccinated individuals may be released after 7 days with a negative test from a test taken 5 days after onset of symptoms.
  • In addition to the above criteria, while students may return to campus activities, resident students must have a negative test result to return to housing. Athletes must follow athletic protocols to return to participation.

If isolation was initiated due to a positive COVID-19 test:

  • NOTE: Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected. 
  • If you do not have symptoms and are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication), you may end isolation after five full days. You must continue to wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others. When eating and drinking, maintain six feet of distance from others. You may not participate in University travel for 10 full days. 
  • If symptoms are improving and you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication), you may end isolation after 10 full days. 
  • In addition, athletes must follow athletic protocols to return to participation.

Travel

Any student or employee traveling out of the country must report this travel to the assistant dean of students (students) or Human Resources (employees).  Individuals are required to quarantine for 10 days after arrival or 7 days after arrival with a negative test result from a test taken 3 days after arrival.

Vaccinated individuals will not be required to quarantine following travel if both of the following criteria are met.

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • Have remained asymptomatic since traveling

All students and employees should follow state and local travel restrictions.  For travel guidance and for the latest information on high-risk locations within the US, check the state or local health department where you are, along your route, and at your planned destination.

Contact Information and Resources

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, tested positive for COVID-19, or have interacted within 48 hours with an individual who has tested positive or experienced symptoms, contact Campus Safety at 859.341.4867.

Disposable masks are available at Campus Safety. Cloth masks are available for sale in the More Store.

The COVID Response Team is chaired by Kelly French, Vice President and Chief of Staff.

Members include:

  • Annabelle Bautista, Dean of Student Diversity, Engagement, and Success
  • Theresa Behan, MS, ATC, Head Athletic Trainer
  • James Camp, Professor
  • Terry Connor, Athletics Director
  • Laura Custer, Director of Human Resources
  • Joey Etheridge, Director of Facilities
  • Jeff Hetzer, Associate Athletic Director
  • Lyna Kelley, Communications and Public Relations Manager
  • Jay Langguth, Associate Provost and Professor
  • Dennis Lehmkuhl, Director of Campus Safety
  • Tori Myles, Assistant Dean of Students
  • Tammy Schatzman, RN, Director of the Campus Health Center
  • Anthony Schumacher, Assistant Professor
  • Lisa Spangler, Professor
  • Noah Welte, Assistant Vice President for University Operations