Wearing a mask, social distancing (6 foot minimum) and good hand hygiene significantly mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, in the interest of community health, compliance with CSB/SJU COVID-19 guidelines and the Personal Responsibility Statement – Commitment to Community is critical if we are to succeed in keeping our community safe and on campus for an in-person experience. All students, regardless of COVID status or vaccination status are expected to uphold the Commitment to Community.
Our ability to manage and mitigate the virus on our campuses is largely dependent on each of our individual choices. Every member of our community must take personal responsibility to keep themselves safe, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to help hold each other accountable. All community members are encouraged to support others in complying with our standards and expectations on and off campus.
Saint Ben’s and Saint John’s have set these standards and expectations for the health of our community to limit the presence and spread of COVID-19 on our campuses. These strategies, like us humans, are imperfect. Our ability to compel and impose is far less than ideal, and our continued best efforts will not meet expectations of all sides. We will actively promote adherence to the standards and make reasonable efforts to monitor and appropriately address individuals and groups for failing to uphold the Commitment to Community. Responses to situations will vary based on circumstances, and when appropriate, a referral will be made to the student conduct process.
Off Campus Behavior
The Commitment to Community includes a specific statement that students will “avoid activities that put myself or others at greater risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19.” We know (based on CSB/SJU data) that bars and house parties were the cause of clusters of positive cases throughout the fall semester for both on campus and off campus students. Department of Health data also confirms that bars and social gatherings at private residences are locations where the virus is easily spread, especially when masking and social distancing are not being practiced and the number of people present is not being managed. We ask that all students be aware of the environments you choose to be in and to avoid social settings that are not safe. CSB and SJU received understandable criticism from the St. Joseph community because some students were engaging in behavior that violated both the Commitment to Community and the standards established by the Governor’s executive orders regarding masking, social distancing and numbers of people at indoor and outdoor social gatherings. All students are expected to make decisions about their behavior off campus that reflect their commitment to the health and safety of the CSB/SJU community as well as the community of St. Joseph.
At this time, indoor social gatherings are limited to 10 or fewer people and with people from no more than two households. Outdoor social gatherings are limited to 15 or fewer people from no more than three households.
If the student is not masked after being asked to do so:
- Classroom (Authority = faculty): the student is required return to his/her residence. They can continue to engage with the learning experience virtually. An individual not wearing a mask creates risks for all others in the room.
- Bus (Authority = driver and/or bus security): the student is not permitted on the bus and will need to make other arrangements to get home. The bus ride is a high-density environment and an individual without a mask is putting others at risk.
- Dining (Authority = on site manager): the student will remain outside the dining area and have someone bring food to them in a take-out container so they can go back to their residence. A person not wearing a mask creates risks for all others in the dining area.
- Residential Areas (Authority = res life staff including RAs/CAs): the student will return to their room to get a mask. If the student does not want to put on a mask, they must stay in their room/apartment.
- Other public spaces (library, study areas, HCC, etc.): the student will be asked to leave and access that resource virtually. If not possible to access virtually, they will forgo that service/opportunity.
Students who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons are required to work with the Student COVID-19 Coordinator, [email protected], for reasonable accommodation. Students citing medical reasons should be immediately referred and should not participate in face-to-face campus life interactions until such accommodations have been affirmed by the Student COVID-19 Coordinator.