Gordon has implemented a higher level of cleaning intended to kill 99.9 percent of germs. “Force of Nature” (a multi-purpose, 100 percent eco-friendly, cleaner, deodorizer and disinfectant) will be distributed to all departments, and faculty/staff are expected to keep their personal spaces clean. Physical Plant will continue to clean all common areas and bathrooms, including in residence halls, daily using bleach, micro-ban and BruTab. In apartments and suite style rooms, students are responsible for maintaining good cleaning practices. Students may be asked to assist in sanitizing common areas—such as the faucet in the restroom, exercise equipment in the Bennett Center, computer in the computer lab, place at the table in Lane, or desk in a classroom.
Meal plan options will remain the same, but the service and set up will change to reduce risk, including:
Student will be asked to sign a COVID-19 community covenant wherein they commit to following the plans and protocols for their own safety and for the safety of others on campus.
Students will complete a COVID-19 screening each morning (available through the Gordon College app or online). Screening results will route to medical professionals in the Health Center. Students who report symptoms will be asked not to proceed with their normal routine until they speak with a staff member in the Health Center. The Health Center will reach out to students who report symptoms, but students are also free to reach out to the Health Center directly if they prefer. A staff member from the Health Center will call the individual, evaluate their status and recommend an appropriate course of action, if one is deemed necessary. If quarantine (for a student showing possible symptoms) or self-isolation (for a student who is confirmed to be positive for COVID-19) is necessary, meals will be delivered, and the student’s health will be carefully monitored. If a student is confirmed to be positive, we will ask them to return home if practically and safely possible. If this is not possible, we do have the ability to isolate a limited number of students on campus while they recover.
All students will be required to take a COVID-19 diagnostic test—and show a negative result—prior to their return to campus and to participate in campuswide testing after classes begin. See “COVID-19 Testing Protocols” for up-to-date information in light of Governor Baker’s new travel order issued on July 24. Every student will be tested again, on campus, during the first week of classes. Throughout the semester, the College will carry out weekly surveillance testing of the Gordon on-campus community. In addition, the College will have testing available for symptomatic individuals that the Health Center determines should be tested. When appropriate, the Health Center may also ask non-symptomatic individuals to be tested if they are believed to have come into close contact with an individual who is symptomatic or who tests positive. Students must complete daily symptom reporting, as faculty, staff and visitors have been doing (and will continue doing) each day they are on campus.
Gordon has always been a place that practices hospitality, but we realize the pandemic is requiring us to rethink our existing protocols. Before interacting with the campus community, visitors will be asked to complete an online health screening and self-certify their compliance with state, federal and local guidance around travel. We will welcome visitors across campus but are asking them not to enter residence halls, classrooms or the library. While on campus, we ask that visitors maintain social distancing and wear a mask while indoors and while outdoors when social distancing is not possible.
The Bennett Center will be open limited hours beginning July 13 until the start of the fall semester (Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.). We anticipate returning to more normal hours once the semester begins. Usage will be by reservation-only to control volume. Masks will be required at all times, including during workouts. All exercise equipment will be regularly cleaned by staff and users. The pool will be open limited hours, with one person per lane at any time. The track will remain closed until the start of the fall semester.
Guidelines around office hours and meetings will be determined and communicated by individual faculty members based on their comfort level and health profile.
As the College seeks to minimize the spread of COVID-19, we are asking all community members to do their part in helping stem the tide of the pandemic. Residential students are allowed to leave campus, but we ask that they exercise prudence and caution at all times. We also ask students to do what they can to minimize the need to leave campus (for example, have groceries delivered or seek on-campus employment before exploring off-campus options). We discourage students from traveling beyond the immediate area. Depending on prevailing guidance at the time, students may be asked to self-certify their compliance with state, federal, and local guidance around travel if they leave the state. Commuters and students living off campus are welcome on campus but must follow the same testing protocols as residential students and practice the same mask wearing, social distancing and hygiene habits as on-campus students.