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Staying Scots Strong:
COVID-19 Information and Resources

Safety Guidelines for Academic Year 2022-23

As COVID-19 becomes more endemic in the months ahead, Gordon College will maintain the simplified institutional protocols that were introduced at the start of this summer. Asymptomatic surveillance testing is no longer required or provided by the College. However, students, faculty, staff and campus visitors are expected to follow guidelines set by the Massachusetts Department of Health if they are symptomatic or if they test positive for or are a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 (see below for more details). As you follow the recommendations, we do ask that you continue to be mindful of and sensitive to others on our campus. And as a reminder, Gordon has not required but does strongly recommend members of the campus community stay up to date on the appropriate COVID-19 vaccinations.

As we move into this fall semester, we will maintain normal operations regarding residence life, classroom study and extracurricular activities. This is in line with many fall protocols at other universities, as easy access to vaccinations and low hospitalization rates among college-aged adults, even during the last surge in BA.5 subvariant cases, has fostered an endemic view of this particular health risk. Gordon College will still continue to monitor the public health environment and work as needed with town and state officials should circumstances change or personal management of COVID-19 requires a different approach. If there are any changes to Gordon’s existing guidelines, the College will update this webpage as well as notify you directly. 

If You Need Medical Care or Advice

The Health Center is open by appointment only Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Students can request an appointment by emailing . In some cases telehealth appointments are available. If you need more immediate care, please visit the list of local referrals and resources

If You Need to Get Tested

Asymptomatic testing is no longer required by or provided by the College, and the Gordon Testing Center is closed. Asymptomatic students may schedule an appointment with the Health Center to be seen and tested. Otherwise, students, faculty and staff who would like a COVID-19 test can:

  • Obtain their free rapid antigen tests at COVIDtests.gov.
  • Purchase test kits at the Gordon Bookstore (limited supply).
  • Purchase test kits at a local pharmacy or online and apply for potential reimbursement through their insurance provider.
  • Find local PCR testing locations at www.mass.gov/info-details/find-a-covid-19-test.

If You Are Symptomatic

Following the guidelines set by the Massachusetts Department of Health, seek a COVID-19 test following the instructions under “How to Get Tested” above. Please consider masking and/or refraining from in-person activities until your symptoms resolve

If You Test Positive

  1. If you are an employee, notify your supervisor. If you are a student living on campus, notify your RD. If you are a guest or visitor, please defer your trip.
  2. Following the guidelines set by the Massachusetts Department of Health, isolate for a minimum of five full days (more if symptoms continue) after your first positive test, regardless of vaccination status. Continue wearing a mask for five additional days after your isolation period. Testing is not required to be released from isolation.

Student living on campus should isolate in place. Lewis and Drew are no longer being used as isolation and quarantine spaces. 

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