COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols

COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols


The University’s Emergency Response Team developed the following protocols that comply with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and local and state health officials. All students, faculty, staff, administrators, campus visitors, vendors, and volunteers are required to follow these protocols to protect our campuses. Thank you for your compliance!

Masking Policy

Beginning Saturday, March 19, GMercyU will be mask-optional. This decision was made given our very high vaccination rate, low on-campus infection rate, declining infection rates in the region, and updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Montgomery County Office of Public Health.

Please continue to carry a mask with you at all times and wear it when requested to do so, out of respect for your fellow Griffins who may be at higher risk and may choose to continue to wear a mask or ask that others do so in their classrooms or offices.

Vaccination Policy

Non-resident guests entering the Residence Halls are still required to provide proof of vaccination.

After March 18, we will no longer require unvaccinated community members to provide weekly proof of a negative test.

Reporting COVID-19 Exposure

If you have any signs of illness, including symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19, flu, etc., please do not come to campus or attend in-person classes. Students should alert the Health and Wellness Center at healthandwellnessctr@gmercyu.edu. If you are a residential student, please remain in your residence hall room, and notify the Health and Wellness Center so we can make sure you have access to meals and healthcare, as needed. You may email healthandwellnessctr@gmercyu.edu. Faculty and staff experiencing symptoms must contact covid19@gmercyu.edu.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If a community member tests positive and provides the names of persons who were close contacts, those persons will be notified and asked to monitor for symptoms/quarantine based upon their vaccination status. 

Entering and Exiting Campus

Access to campus for Sumneytown Pike and Evans Road returned to two-way traffic in January 2022. All campus visitors must enter through the Sumneytown Pike entrance and stop at the Public Safety booth. Visitors do not have to show proof of vaccination status, but are asked to carry a mask with them at all times and wear it when requested to do so.  

Officers are stationed at the passenger side of vehicles to scan ID cards. If you do not have a GMercyU ID card, please contact campbellsolutioncenter@gmercyu.edu.

Find a campus map here.

Handwashing

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 

If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Hand sanitizer will also be provided throughout campus. See more details on hand washing.

Cleaning on Campus

Everyone is encouraged to use cleaning supplies that will be supplied throughout campus to maintain a safety and healthy environment throughout campus.