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Faculty and staff who traditionally work on campus are expected to report to campus on Monday, January 10, as scheduled. Please contact your supervisor right away if you anticipate any issues with returning to campus beginning January 10.
Unvaccinated staff, faculty, students, and all residential students must submit a negative COVID test (PCR or Rapid Test) to the COVIDtestresults@gmercyu.edu email within 72 hours of your scheduled return to campus. An at-home test is not an acceptable form of testing. If you have any questions, please submit them to COVID19@gmercyu.edu. PLEASE NOTE THAT TEST AVAILABILITY MAY BE LIMITED, SO IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO, PLEASE SCHEDULE YOUR TESTING APPOINTMENT RIGHT AWAY. You will not be allowed on campus without submitting your negative test results.
Free COVID tests for persons that are not symptomatic are available here:
To facilitate the campus entry process, please bring a physical copy of your test results with you to campus or keep a photo of your test results on your phone at all times.
The University-sponsored testing clinic for exempted community members will resume on Wednesday, January 19, 2022.
Anyone testing positive or identified to having exposure to a COVID-positive individual should email COVID19@gmercyu.edu.
Faculty and staff should not return to campus until contacted by the University.
All students, staff and faculty members coming to campus for the first time must provide proof of vaccination or a completed vaccination exemption request form. If you have not already done so, please complete this process by January 4, 2022. Community members who do not submit this information will be restricted from campus.
Please use GMercyU's COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination Form and Request for Vaccination Exemption Form here. (You must be logged into the portal to view the form.)
If you have previously submitted an exemption and would like to change your status to vaccinated, please email COVID19@gmercyu.edu.
Based on current CDC guidance which defines “fully vaccinated” as having one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, the University is NOT requiring community members to receive a booster vaccine at this time. We STRONGLY RECOMMEND that all vaccinated community members receive a booster vaccine as soon as they are eligible. We will continue to monitor CDC, state and local guidance regarding the possibility of requiring booster vaccines.
If you have received a COVID-19 booster, please be sure to upload your proof of vaccination using this link.
Here are some additional steps we are asking all community members to take to ensure we keep our campus safe:
The indoor masking mandate remains in effect. Everyone on campus must wear a mask when indoors unless you are in your private office or residence hall room.
The University will provide free access to three-ply ASTM Level 3 masks since they have been proven to be most effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19. For the Common Good, we strongly encourage you to wear the new ASTM masks and continue to wash your hands frequently.
Can community members wear cloth masks or is everyone supposed to wear the 3-ply masks provided?
We strongly recommend that everyone wear the Level 3 masks. They will be handed out at the entry gates, and available at other key locations around campus, including the Library, Campbell Solution Center, Residence Halls and classrooms.
An N95 mask is an acceptable alternative. Anyone who would like to wear an N95 mask may bring their own.
Student, staff, and faculty do not need to complete the screening tool before coming to campus. However, they should not come to campus if they have any signs of illness.
In addition, some clinical sites require students to submit health screening forms. Students can continue to use the University’s online health screening form as needed. You can access the survey here. It is also available on the portal -- click on the button. Vendors also will need to continue to complete this online health screening form.
Social distancing is a CDC recommendation. It is not currently a university policy, but strongly encouraged.
Yes, visitors are allowed on campus. All visitors must wear level 3 masks. And any visitor to the Residence Halls must provide proof of vaccination.
The university works in conjunction with Montgomery County as well utilizes CDC guidance to determine updates to existing campus safety protocols.
We will continue to update you on our plans via the Portal and our COVID-19 pages of the website.
If the number of cases begins to spike in the area, we may need to limit campus guests to vaccinated individuals. Events on campus will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Emergency Management Team.
Any consumption of food or beverages at events must be approved by Parkhurst.
All visitors are required to wear Level 3 masks while in University Buildings. A Public Safety officer will be stationed at the entrance of the Griffin Complex during games to hand out level 3 masks and assist with mask enforcement.
Contact Public Safety at 215-641-5522 if you observe someone without a mask. There are also masks within Student Life Office in Rotelle if you wish to offer a guest a mask.
Yes. Masks will be delivered to Bensalem this week.
All community members regardless of vaccination status will be required to wear masks indoors unless they are alone in their individual offices until further notice.
Masks will not be required outdoors.
No, unless there is someone in the office with them.
All University-sponsored travel must be approved by the Deans. Faculty who are unvaccinated may not be granted permission to travel if the need to quarantine for two weeks after travel will impact their on-campus teaching responsibilities.
For all travel, faculty and Deans should follow CDC guidance for quarantine and testing.
A list of non-vaccinated faculty/staff will be sent to the Vice Presidents by the Director of Public Safety. They can distribute to the appropriate supervisors.
This will depend on the meeting type and will be confirmed by the meeting conveners prior to the meeting.
Please note that we only have two spaces on campus that are available for a hybrid meeting of both in-person and zoom. Therefore, meetings will most likely either be on-campus or Zoom, but not hybrid.
Please continue to leave your trash outside of your office at night. If you need your office cleaned, please put in a request with Plant Services.
Faculty either need to wear a face shield or a mask until the indoor mask mandate is removed for the campus.
Based on current CDC Guidelines, we will not be requiring physical distancing in classrooms.
Yes, if you are physically distanced from the students in your class, you can wear just a face shield. Although face shields may feel more comfortable when teaching, faculty can choose to wear a mask, a shield, or both if they prefer.
Face shields have large gaps below and alongside the face, where your respiratory droplets may escape and reach others around you and will not protect you from respiratory droplets from them. A properly fitted face mask covers your nose and mouth and will better protect you and others from respiratory droplets.
No. Students who are not vaccinated will have an approved exemption and should not be treated differently.
If students disclose that they have an exemption, please do not ask for any details regarding the exemption.
Yes. Students who are required to have a vaccine to participate in clinicals will need to upload their vaccine information to the compliance site as well as to GMercyU.
Since students will be back on campus, we expect faculty teaching on campus to have office hours on campus. Faculty may also choose to have some office hours via Zoom if that is preferred by the students in the class.
Faculty and students are required to wear masks if they are meeting in any office on campus. Faculty must post their office hours on their office door, syllabus, and submit them to their School Administrative Assistant.
Based on the faculty handbook section on Academic Responsibilities, faculty teaching on-campus in-term programs are required to be on campus three days per week.
Faculty teaching in online programs must consult with their Dean for an approved telework policy regarding on campus presence.
No. A change in modality from on-campus to hybrid or remote could impact a student’s financial aid eligibility. Students may also not feel empowered to object if the majority wants to change
Treat any COVID-related absence the same as you would an excused medical absence. Students will need to contact their faculty to make up work if they need to miss class or clinicals. In order to be in compliance with HIPAA protection, students should submit documentation directly to the Health and Wellness Center.
Faculty are welcome to inquire of the Health Center staff if the student’s documentation has been received and is valid.
Our top priority continues to be the health and safety of our campus community. We believe requiring the vaccine is the best way to mitigate the potential spread of this virus.
Requiring the vaccine is not only consistent with the best available information from the Centers for Disease Control and local and state health officials, but it also is consistent with our Mercy values, which call on us to make decisions that consider the Common Good and respect all human life. COVID-19 has proven to be a highly contagious and often deadly virus, and we want to be sure we’re doing everything we can as a community to end this pandemic.
As an institution of higher education, we also are committed to making evidence-based decisions. The science around the COVID-19 vaccine indicates that it is a safe and effective way to help prevent the spread of the virus.
Yes. All employees who plan to be on campus will be required to show proof of vaccination prior to coming to any campus in the fall.
All GMercyU employees who will be on a GMercyU campus will be required to show proof of vaccination prior to coming to campus in the fall. You can request an exemption for religious or medical reasons only. The exemption form will be available in the coming weeks.
It is also important to remember that faculty who need to go to clinical, student teaching, or other field experience sites will very likely be required to show proof of vaccination in order to report to those site locations in the fall. Most area hospitals, for example, have already announced vaccination requirements.
Anyone who does not provide proof of the vaccination or complete the exemption process will not be able to come to campus.
If you are granted an exemption, you will be able to come to campus as long you follow all other safety protocols.
The CDC has indicated that contracting COVID-19 may provide immunity for a period of time, but vaccination provides the best protection against the spread of the virus. Our top priority continues to be the health and safety of our campus community, and we believe requiring the vaccine for the fall is the best way to mitigate the potential spread of this virus. If you contract the virus over the summer, prior to receiving the vaccine, it is recommended that you consult with your doctor on the appropriate timing for vaccination.
Unless you are already teaching in a fully online program, it is very unlikely that you would be able to teach all of your courses in a virtual format this fall. The majority of campus undergraduate and graduate courses are already scheduled to be offered on campus in the fall.
Appointments are much more widely available now than they were even a few weeks ago. Please be sure to check your County’s Office of Public Health website for details on where you can make an appointment. Local pharmacies and grocery stores also have been offering vaccine appointments. Gwynedd Mercy University also plans to offer at least one more vaccine clinic over the summer. Be sure to continue to check your GMercyU email and the portal for potential dates and times.
We strongly recommend that you schedule your appointment in June or early July, so you can be fully vaccinated no later than two weeks prior to your scheduled return to campus in August. Remember, you need both doses of a two-dose vaccine regimen or one dose of a one-dose regimen in order to be fully vaccinated.
The start of the fall semester is still several months away and we know things may continue to change. Similar to the way we have handled decisions over the past year, we will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation carefully. It is possible that we will make adjustments to our campus safety protocols based on new information. But, for now, we believe this is the safest course of action based on the scientific information available to us today.
Faculty and staff do not need to show proof of vaccination until August so you have a little time to schedule your appointments. However, you will need to have been fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to your return to campus in August.
People who were vaccinated outside the United States with an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine and have received all the recommended doses do not need any additional doses. People who received the first dose of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine that requires two doses do not need to restart the vaccine series in the United States but should receive the second dose as close to the recommended time as possible.
Some people may have received a COVID-19 vaccine that is not currently authorized in the United States. No data is available on the safety or efficacy of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized in the United States after receipt of a non-FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. However, in some circumstances, people who received a COVID-19 vaccine not currently authorized in the United States may be offered revaccination with an FDA-authorized vaccine:
The minimum interval between the last dose of a non-FDA authorized vaccine or a WHO-listed vaccine and an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine is 28 days. Only people who have received all recommended doses of an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed COVID-19 vaccine are considered fully vaccinated for the purpose of public health guidance.