COVID-19 Campus Protocols

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Campus Protocols

Fairmont State’s highest priority is the safety and wellbeing of all students, faculty and staff. The University will continue to act out of an abundance of caution to protect our campus and surrounding communities. Additional changes to campus protocols may be announced.

The University’s COVID-19 Task Force will monitor the West Virginia DHHR County Alert System each day to determine current COVID climates in Marion County. The DHHR County Alert System color map can be accessed here. Fairmont State will operate on one of two campus scenarios that will be determined based upon current coronavirus levels in Marion County. The newly established operating procedures were developed by the COVID-19 Task Force and University Leadership to ensure the safety of our entire campus community. Please see the scenarios outlined below.



ADVANCED COVID PROTOCOLS

For Use When County Map Lists Marion County in ORANGE or RED

Campus-Wide Information:

  • Masks required by all individuals on campus, even if vaccinated, including outdoor areas and events unless otherwise exempted through the ADA process or while working in an office alone, with the door closed, or in their residence hall room with their assigned roommate.
  • In-person meetings (of less than 25) should be held remotely or through a web-based platform.
  • Events of 25 or more may be de-densified, postponed or canceled. Event organizers will be contacted only if a change in the event is required.
  • Dining will remain open with restrictions based on local health department guidelines currently in place. Restrictions will be communicated to the campus community once confirmed by the Marion County Health Department.
  • Cleaning supplies will continue to be available. Should cleaning supplies need to be replenished, please contact the Physical Plant at 304-367-4110 or facilities@fairmontstate.edu.
  • Plexiglas barriers and other COVID safety items will remain in place. Should you need additional COVID safety items, please contact Physical Plant at 304-367- 4110 or facilities@fairmontstate.edu.
  • For assistance with COVID IT-related items, please contact Tech Commons at help@fairmontstate.edu or 304-367-4131.
  • Requests for additional COVID signage should be sent to University Relations and Marketing at urm@fairmontstate.edu.

Academics:

  • All individuals are expected to wear masks indoors unless otherwise exempted through the ADA process or while working in an office alone, with the door closed, or in their residence hall room with their assigned roommate.
  • Seating charts for assigned seating and recorded attendance is required for each meeting of face-to-face, on campus classes.
  • Seating charts may be requested for contact tracing, if the need should arise the faculty member will be notified.
  • Attendance records should be maintained for each class meeting, whether or not attendance figures into course grading.
  • Classroom attendance policies apply for all forms of class content delivery.
  • Students are expected to follow the attendance policy of the course unless they have an approved exception from the COVID Liaison or an approved accommodation through the Office of Accessibility.
  • Faculty may choose to reduce classroom density up to 50% of room configuration or enrollment.
  • All classes will be delivered face-to-face, synchronously broadcast and recorded.
  • Faculty should hold office hours and advising sessions remotely and limit time on campus.
  • Cleaning supplies will continue to be available. Should cleaning need replenished, please contact the Physical Plant at 304-367-4110 or facilities@fairmontstate.edu.
  • Plexi-glass barriers and other COVID safety items will remain in place. Should you need additional COVID safety items, please contact Physical Plant at 304- 367-4110 or facilities@fairmontstate.edu.
  • For assistance with COVID IT related items, please contact Tech Commons at help@fairmontstate.edu or 304-367-4131.
  • Requests for additional COVID signage should be sent to University Relations and Marketing at urm@fairmontstate.edu.

Athletics:

Communications:

  • University COVID-19 protocol is based, in part, on the daily county map color. However, as other factors impact the level of protocol (Standard or Advanced), the current on-campus protocol will be observed until notification of a change is sent via campus communication.
  • When a change in the county map color also results in a change in the COVID-19 Campus Safety Protocol, the following will occur:
    • Text alert sent to anyone enrolled in the campus Emergency Alert System (To enroll go to my.fairmontstate.edu and click on “Emergency Notification”)
    • E-mail sent to all students and employees
    • Website banner will be updated
    • Social Media post will be made.

Masks:

  • Masks required by all individuals on campus, even if vaccinated, including outdoor areas and events unless otherwise exempted through the ADA process or while working in an office alone, with the door closed, or in their residence hall room with their assigned roommate.

Quarantine:

The following options are available to individuals who are required to quarantine:

  • Option 1: Quarantine period can end after Day 14 without testing:
    • Without testing: 14-day quarantine should be observed for individuals that are close contacts with a confirmed positive or symptomatic individual. After 14 days, quarantine can end if individual is asymptomatic, or if symptoms do not develop or worsen. Individuals should engage in daily self-monitoring and contact their PCP or student health should symptoms develop or worsen
    • Option 1 maximally reduces risk of post-quarantine transmission risk and is the strategy with the greatest collective experience at present.
    • Quarantine may be extended if symptoms haven’t improved.
    • If an individual develops symptoms within the 14-day exposure period, the individual should immediately isolate and contact public health to report change in clinical status. The individual should also contact their PCP or student health, and complete the Illness and Quarantine Reporting Form.
    • Option 1 is recommended in settings where there are high-risk individuals and closed congregate settings.
  • Option 2: Quarantine period can end after Day 10 without testing and if no symptoms have been identified during daily self-monitoring:
    • Without testing: 10-day quarantine should be observed for individuals that are close contacts with a confirmed positive or symptomatic individual. After 10 days, quarantine can end if the individual is asymptomatic throughout the time period.
    • Self-monitoring and mask-wearing shall extend beyond the 10 days through day 14.
    • If an individual develops symptoms within the 14-day exposure period, the individual should immediately isolate and contact public health to report change in clinical status. The individual should also contact their PCP or student health, and complete the Illness and Quarantine Reporting Form.
  • Option 3: Quarantine period can end after Day 7 if individual tests negative (PCR or Antigen test) and if no symptoms have been identified during daily self-monitoring:
    • Self-monitoring and mask-wearing shall extend beyond the 7 days through day 14.
    • If symptoms develop within the 14-day exposure period, the individual should immediately isolate and contact public health to report a change in clinical status. The individual should also contact their PCP or student health, and complete the Illness and Quarantine Reporting Form.

Recruitment and Recruiting Events:

  • Reduction of Visitors On Campus:
    • No more than twenty-five total individuals per recruitment event or campus tour group; effort should be made to reduce instances where events or campus tour groups overlap in any particular location.
  • Procedure
    • Visits can be scheduled on-line and are available Monday through Friday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.
    • At the time of scheduling, the student shall acknowledge COVID restrictions, and agrees to abide by visitation policy and COVID protocols. Following submission of acknowledgment, student will receive a confirmation e-mail with the date, time, and tentative schedule for their visit.
    • An admissions counselor will contact the student/groups, in advance of the visit, to review the COVID protocols, and confirm their planned itinerary (tour, admissions counselor appt., faculty visit etc.).
    • Upon confirmation of visit, student will be sent a visitor parking pass mailer with their schedule and arrival instructions.
    • All campus tour participants shall park at Turley. Upon arrival, student will call the recruitment office; a staff member and tour guide will greet them outside.
    • The COVID screening questionnaire and temperature check will be obtained for each participant.
    • The tour will conclude by meeting with an admissions counselor; provided that meetings should not occur in personal offices or other similar space. Use of conference rooms or large spaces is encouraged to allow for social distancing and limit the number of people in a single office or space.
  • Restrictions
    • Visitors will only be shown the inside of the Falcon Center or other public meeting areas, academic areas/buildings and residence halls as noted below.
    • Residence hall room tours will have no more than six (6) people, and no more than 2 people will be permitted in a residence hall room at any one time.
    • Tours and visitor meetings will not include offices or other confined spaces.
    • Masks must be worn at all times

Residence Halls:

  • Masks required by all individuals on campus, even if vaccinated, including outdoor areas and events unless otherwise exempted through the ADA process, while working in an office alone, with the door closed, or in their residence hall room with their assigned roommate.
  • In-person meetings (of less than 25) may choose to reduce density up to 50% of room configuration, or hold meetings remotely or through a web-based platform.
  • Gatherings of 25 or more are prohibited.
  • Common areas (including community kitchens) should not exceed more than 50% of room configuration.
  • Dining will remain open with restrictions based on local health department guidelines currently in place. Restrictions will be communicated to the campus community once confirmed by the Marion County Health Department.
  • Visitors will only be permitted between residents who live in the same dorm. Outside visitors (whether student or community member) is prohibited.

Student Life and Student Organizations:

  • Masks required by all individuals on campus, even if vaccinated, including outdoor areas and events unless otherwise exempted through the ADA process or while working in an office alone, with the door closed, or in their residence hall room with their assigned roommate.
  • In-person meetings (of less than 25) may choose to reduce density up to 50% of room configuration, or hold meetings remotely or through a web-based platform.
  • Gatherings of 25 or more are prohibited.
  • Events of 25 or more may be de-densified, postponed or canceled. Event organizers will be contacted only if a change in the event is required.

Testing Based on Contract Tracing:

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the Marion County Health Department have provided guidance relative to contact tracing scenarios and testing guidelines resulting from those scenarios. This includes when to mandate COVID-19 testing for classes in which students are positive or symptomatic. Fairmont State will follow the recommendations of these agencies and work within the guidelines they have provided. As of Friday, August 27, 2021, Fairmont State, in coordination with the Marion County Health Department, began required campus testing as-needed based on current guidelines.

Those individuals required to be tested will be contacted individually. If you should receive any questions regarding testing events please refer those questions to covidstudenthealth@fairmontstate.edu.

Travel:

Per directive from the Governor of the State of West Virginia, dated May 4, 2021, all non-essential, state business travel for state employees, outside the state of West Virginia including international travel, is and remains suspended.  The institution has defined “essential travel,” which is permitted if conducted per state travel guidelines, as out of state travel associated with recruitment (including athletic recruiting), athletic team travel, and grant funded travel.   At this time, international travel is considered nonessential and is suspended for all purposes.

Vaccine Information:

  • On-Campus Vaccine Clinics: The University strongly recommends all students and employees be vaccinated for COVID-19. On-campus vaccination clinics will be held weekly throughout the fall semester as vaccines are available. Information about walk-in vaccine clinics will be published in the Falcon Flyer and on the Fairmont State University website. Currently, free walk-in clinics are planned every Thursday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Student Health Services. Please direct questions regarding vaccine clinics to studenthealth@fairmontstate.edu or 304-367-4155.
  • Off-Campus Vaccine Options: You can also obtain a vaccination at off-campus locations. Vaccine availability can be found at vaccines.gov.

Visitors:

  • Campus visitors must wear a mask at all times including visitors (and participants) of the recreational areas and while visiting the Falcon Center Main Street.

STANDARD COVID PROTOCOLS

For Use When County Map Lists Marion County in GREEN, YELLOW, or GOLD

Campus-Wide Information:

  • Unvaccinated individuals are expected to wear masks indoors unless otherwise exempted through the ADA process or while working in an office alone, with the door closed, or in their residence hall room with their assigned roommate.
  • All classes held at full capacity.
  • All classes face-to-face, synchronously broadcast and recorded.
  • In person meetings, activities and events may be held under normal operations.
  • Shared spaces are open.
  • Maximum gathering numbers determined by space configuration, federal, state, and local guidelines.
  • Dining will remain open under normal operations.
  • Cleaning supplies will continue to be available. Should cleaning supplies need to be replenished, please contact the Physical Plant at 304-367-4110 or facilities@fairmontstate.edu.
  • Plexiglas barriers and other COVID safety items will remain in place. Should you need additional COVID safety items, please contact Physical Plant at 304- 367-4110 or facilities@fairmontstate.edu.
  • For assistance with COVID IT related items, please contact Tech Commons at help@fairmontstate.edu or 304-367-4131.
  • Requests for additional COVID signage should be sent to University Relations and Marketing at urm@fairmontstate.edu.

Academics:

  • Unvaccinated individuals are expected to wear masks indoors unless otherwise exempted through the ADA process or while working in an office alone, with the door closed, or in their residence hall room with their assigned roommate.
  • All classes held at full capacity.
  • All classes will be delivered face-toface, synchronously broadcast and recorded.
  • Seating charts for assigned seating and recorded attendance is required for each meeting of face-to-face, on campus classes.
  • Seating charts may be requested for contact tracing, if the need should arise the faculty member will be notified.
  • Attendance records should be maintained for each class meeting, whether or not attendance figures into course grading.
  • Classroom attendance policies apply for all forms of class content delivery.
  • Students are expected to follow the attendance policy of the course unless they have an approved exception from the COVID Liaison or an approved accommodation through the Office of Accessibility.
  • Cleaning supplies will continue to be available. Should cleaning need replenished, please contact the Physical Plant at 304-367-4110 or facilities@fairmontstate.edu.
  • Plexi-glass barriers and other COVID safety items will remain in place. Should you need additional COVID safety items, please contact Physical Plant at 304- 367-4110 or facilities@fairmontstate.edu.
  • For assistance with COVID IT related items, please contact Tech Commons at help@fairmontstate.edu or 304-367-4131.
  • Requests for additional COVID signage should be sent to University Relations and Marketing at urm@fairmontstate.edu.

Athletics:

Communications:

  • University COVID-19 protocol is based, in part, on the daily county map color. However, as other factors impact the level of protocol (Standard or Advanced), the current on-campus protocol will be observed until notification of a change is sent via campus communication.
  • When a change in the county map color also results in a change in the COVID-19 Campus Safety Protocol, the following will occur:
    • Text alert sent to anyone enrolled in the campus Emergency Alert System (To enroll go to my.fairmontstate.edu and click on “Emergency Notification”)
    • E-mail sent to all students and employees
    • Website banner will be updated
    • Social Media post will be made.

Masks:

  • Unvaccinated individuals are expected to wear masks indoors unless otherwise exempted through the ADA process or while working in an office alone, with the door closed, or in their residence hall room with their assigned roommate.

Quarantine:

The following options are available to individuals who are required to quarantine:

  • Option 1: Quarantine period can end after Day 14 without testing:
    • Without testing: 14-day quarantine should be observed for individuals that are close contacts with a confirmed positive or symptomatic individual. After 14 days, quarantine can end if individual is asymptomatic, or if symptoms do not develop or worsen. Individuals should engage in daily self-monitoring and contact their PCP or student health should symptoms develop or worsen
    • Option 1 maximally reduces risk of post-quarantine transmission risk and is the strategy with the greatest collective experience at present.
    • Quarantine may be extended if symptoms haven’t improved.
    • If an individual develops symptoms within the 14-day exposure period, the individual should immediately isolate and contact public health to report change in clinical status. The individual should also contact their PCP or student health, and complete the Illness and Quarantine Reporting Form.
    • Option 1 is recommended in settings where there are high-risk individuals and closed congregate settings.
  • Option 2: Quarantine period can end after Day 10 without testing and if no symptoms have been identified during daily self-monitoring:
    • Without testing: 10-day quarantine should be observed for individuals that are close contacts with a confirmed positive or symptomatic individual. After 10 days, quarantine can end if the individual is asymptomatic throughout the time period.
    • Self-monitoring and mask-wearing shall extend beyond the 10 days through day 14.
    • If an individual develops symptoms within the 14-day exposure period, the individual should immediately isolate and contact public health to report change in clinical status. The individual should also contact their PCP or student health, and complete the Illness and Quarantine Reporting Form.
  • Option 3: Quarantine period can end after Day 7 if individual tests negative (PCR or Antigen test) and if no symptoms have been identified during daily self-monitoring:
    • Self-monitoring and mask-wearing shall extend beyond the 7 days through day 14.
    • If symptoms develop within the 14-day exposure period, the individual should immediately isolate and contact public health to report a change in clinical status. The individual should also contact their PCP or student health, and complete the Illness and Quarantine Reporting Form.

Recruitment and Recruiting Events:

  • Recruitment and Recruiting Events will operate under normal conditions.
  • Unvaccinated individuals are expected to wear masks indoors unless otherwise exempted through the ADA process or while working in an office alone, with the door closed, or in their residence hall room with their assigned roommate.

Residence Halls:

  • Residence Halls will operate under normal conditions.
  • Unvaccinated individuals are expected to wear masks indoors unless otherwise exempted through the ADA process or while working in an office alone, with the door closed, or in their residence hall room with their assigned roommate.

Student Life and Student Organizations:

  • Student Events will operate under normal conditions.
  • Unvaccinated individuals are expected to wear masks indoors unless otherwise exempted through the ADA process or while working in an office alone, with the door closed, or in their residence hall room with their assigned roommate.

Testing Based on Contract Tracing:

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the Marion County Health Department have provided guidance relative to contact tracing scenarios and testing guidelines resulting from those scenarios. This includes when to mandate COVID-19 testing for classes in which students are positive or symptomatic. Fairmont State will follow the recommendations of these agencies and work within the guidelines they have provided. As of Friday, August 27, 2021, Fairmont State, in coordination with the Marion County Health Department, began required campus testing as-needed based on current guidelines.

Those individuals required to be tested will be contacted individually. If you should receive any questions regarding testing events please refer those questions to covidstudenthealth@fairmontstate.edu.

Travel:

Per directive from the Governor of the State of West Virginia, dated May 4, 2021, all non-essential, state business travel for state employees, outside the state of West Virginia including international travel, is and remains suspended.  The institution has defined “essential travel,” which is permitted if conducted per state travel guidelines, as out of state travel associated with recruitment (including athletic recruiting), athletic team travel, and grant funded travel.   At this time, international travel is considered nonessential and is suspended for all purposes.

Vaccine Information:

  • On-Campus Vaccine Clinics: The University strongly recommends all students and employees be vaccinated for COVID-19. On-campus vaccination clinics will be held weekly throughout the fall semester as vaccines are available. Information about walk-in vaccine clinics will be published in the Falcon Flyer and on the Fairmont State University website. Currently, free walk-in clinics are planned every Thursday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Student Health Services. Please direct questions regarding vaccine clinics to studenthealth@fairmontstate.edu or 304-367-4155.
  • Off-Campus Vaccine Options: You can also obtain a vaccination at off-campus locations. Vaccine availability can be found at vaccines.gov.

Visitors:

  • Campus will be open to visitors under normal operations.
  • Unvaccinated campus visitors must wear a mask at all times including visitors (and participants) of the recreational areas and while visiting the Falcon Center Main Street.

What to Do If You Are Sick - Illness Reporting Form

***Please note, regardless of your vaccination status, you must complete the Illness Reporting Form if any of the following applies to you:

  • You are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19
  • You are unvaccinated and have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual
  • You test positive for COVID-19

Once you have completed this form, the COVID-19 Liaison, or another representative from Student Health, or Residence Life, will contact you with further direction. DO NOT RETURN TO CAMPUS UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN CLEARED by Student Health (for students) or the Campus COVID Liaison (for employees).

Who to Contact:

  • If you are experiencing Mild Symptoms associated with COVID:
    • Students: Call Fairmont State Student Health at 304-367-4155.
    • Employees: Contact your physician.
  • If you are experiencing Severe Symptoms:
    • Anyone experiencing severe symptoms, such as breathing problems, extremely high body temperature or other acute symptoms, should call 911.
  • To notify Fairmont State that you are symptomatic, quarantining or that you have tested positive for COVID-19:

Fairmont State University Athletics’ Advanced COVID Protocols

Based on the NCAA and MEC “broad guidance” released for Resocialization of Collegiate Sport: Fall 2021 Training and Competition. The following advanced COVID protocols are implemented in coordination with state and local guidelines. Recommendations regarding COVID protocols including, but not limited to the frequency of testing and methods may change as public health conditions change.

  1. COVID Testing:
    • Fully Vaccinated and Recently Infected Individuals: Individuals who are registered with the University as vaccinated (or who are within 90 days from identification as a confirmed/documented COVID-19 case) will be exempt from athletics COVID testing and exempt from quarantine unless the individual exhibits COVID symptoms.
    • Unvaccinated Individuals (Not In Competition Season): Individuals who are not registered with the University as vaccinated are required to get a COVID-19 test every week while they are not in competition season. Documentation of a negative, COVID-19 test performed and signed by a licensed health care professional must be provided to the Athletic Training Office by no later than noon on Monday of each week and must be no older than 72 hours. This documentation will allow you to participate in athletic activities for the coming week.

      In the event of a positive test or for individuals that are symptomatic, the individual will be required to isolate (currently 10 days per NCAA,CDC and local guidance), and quarantine (see item below) as a result of contact tracing.
    • Unvaccinated Individuals (Competition Season): Unvaccinated Individuals during competition are required to get a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of each competition or within 24 hours prior to travel for a contest. Documentation of a negative, COVID-19 test performed and signed by a licensed health care professional must be provided to the Athletic Training Office by no later than 24 hours before each contest or within 24 hours prior to travel for a contest.
    • MEC Championships: All non-vaccinated individuals shall complete testing prior to the MEC Championships as follows: a. If utilizing the PCR/NAAT test:
      1. Each unvaccinated individual shall provide a negative test within 72 hours of arrival for any MEC Championship event.
      2. If antigen testing is utilized, each unvaccinated individual shall provide a negative test no less than 24 hours prior to travel to any MEC Championship event or prior to competition for a hosted event.
  2. COVID Quarantine/Isolation Options:
    • Option 1: Quarantine period can end after Day 14 without testing:
      • Without testing: 14-day quarantine should be observed for individuals that are close contacts with a confirmed positive or symptomatic individual. After 14 days, quarantine can end if individual is asymptomatic, or if symptoms do not develop or worsen. Individuals should engage in daily self-monitoring, and contact their PCP or student health should symptoms develop or worsen.
      • Option 1 maximally reduces risk of post-quarantine transmission risk and is the strategy with the greatest collective experience at present.
      • Quarantine may be extended if symptoms haven’t improved.
      • If an individual develops symptoms within the 14-day exposure period, the individual should immediately isolate and contact public health to report change in clinical status. The individual should also contact their PCP or student health, and complete the Illness and Quarantine Reporting Form.
      • Option 1 is recommended in settings where there are high-risk individuals and closed congregate settings.
    • Option 2: Quarantine period can end after Day 10 without testing and if no symptoms have been identified during daily self-monitoring:
      • Without testing: 10-day quarantine should be observed for individuals that are close contacts with a confirmed positive or symptomatic individual. After 10 days quarantine can end if individual is asymptomatic throughout the time period.
      • Self-monitoring and mask wearing shall extend beyond the 10 days through day 14.
      • If an individual develops symptoms within the 14-day exposure period, the individual should immediately isolate and contact public health to report change in clinical status. The individual should also contact their PCP or student health, and complete the Illness and Quarantine Reporting Form.
    • Option 3: Quarantine period can end after Day 7 if individual tests negative (PCR or Antigen test) and if no symptoms have been identified during daily self-monitoring:
      • Self-monitoring and mask wearing shall extend beyond the 7 days through day 14.
      • If symptoms develop within the 14-day exposure period, individual should immediately isolate and contact public health to report change in clinical status. The individual should also contact their PCP or student health, and complete the Illness and Quarantine Reporting Form.
  3. Positive Test/Quarantine Reporting:
    • The institution shall report all positive test results and associated isolation and quarantine plans to the MEC Commissioner. Following consultation with MEC medical advisors, the MEC will coordinate appropriate communications with upcoming and past opponents as determined to be appropriate.
    • Following a positive test result, Fairmont State will work with guidance from local health authorities to trace the infected individual's contacts (starting two days prior to the onset of symptoms or the COVID test) and notify the conference office of contact tracing results. The MEC will coordinate appropriate communications with future and past opponents working in consultation with its medical advisors.
    • If a MEC institution is unable to compete due to COVID-19 because of positive case(s) and/or contact tracing of the individual(s) associated with a program, a “no contest” (no win or loss for either institution) will be declared unless otherwise advised by the MEC Commissioner.
  4. Athletic/Team Activities:
    • ​​Athletics shall follow Fairmont State mask protocols for all participants and spectators unless otherwise directed; Provided that masking will not be required during practices, athletic activities and MEC competitions for those individuals who are directly engaged in athletic activity (defined as practices, warm-ups or actively participating in a contest).
  5. MEC Spectator Policies:
    • Spectators shall comply with Fairmont State University protocols including masking.
    • Fairmont State University reserves the right to reduce the number of spectators, restrict seating options, and reduce other amenities (including concessions) during any athletic event.
    • Fairmont State shall prominently display announcements to inform spectators that they are assuming the inherent risks associated with attending an athletic event during a pandemic, including possible exposure to COVID-19.
  6. Non-Athletic Activities:
    • When not engaged in athletic activities, all individuals shall adhere to all Fairmont State institutional COVID protocols.
  7. MEC Officiating Protocols:
    • Until further notice, MEC Officials are required to adhere to the following policies to be eligible to work MEC events.
    • MEC Officials that are vaccinated will not be required to be tested prior to contests. Vaccinated officials will be required to wear masks except when actively officiating in contests.
    • MEC Officials who are not vaccinated will be required to have proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of competition and must wear masks except when actively officiating in contests. Fairmont State will accept proof of a negative test for unvaccinated individuals within 72 hours of the contest or an official can arrange in advance for an antigen test to be performed by Fairmont State prior to a contest.
    • Any individual who elects not to provide vaccination status to their Supervisor of Officials will be treated as an unvaccinated individual.
    • MEC Officials, operating as independent contractors, will review and acknowledge the following three (3) conditions to work MEC competitions this fall.
      • All MEC officials will agree that they are responsible for their own health, and that they will perform daily health screenings, temperature checks, and monitor for COVID related symptoms.
      • MEC officials will agree that if they are feeling ill, showing COVID symptoms or running a high fever (per CDC guidance) they will not drive to campus and they will not work scheduled MEC contests. At the point that they identify symptoms or test positive for the virus, they will notify their Supervisor of Officials immediately to allow contests to be reassigned.
      • MEC officials will agree that if they are showing COVID symptoms or running a high fever (per CDC guidance) they will get a COVID test and will notify the MEC Supervisor of Officials of the test result.
  8. What to Do If You Are Sick - Illness Reporting Form:

    ***Please note, regardless of your vaccination status, you must complete the Illness Reporting Form if any of the following applies to you:​
    Once you have completed this form, the COVID-19 Liaison, or another representative from Student Health, or Residence Life, will contact you with further direction. DO NOT RETURN TO CAMPUS UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN CLEARED by Student Health (for students) or the Campus COVID Liaison (for employees).
    • ​​- You are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19
    • You are unvaccinated and have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual
    • You test positive for COVID-19
  9. Who to Contact:
    • If you are experiencing Mild Symptoms associated with COVID:
      • Students: Call Fairmont State Student Health at 304-367-4155.
      • Employees: Contact your physician.
    • If you are experiencing Severe Symptoms:
      • Anyone experiencing severe symptoms, such as breathing problems, extremely high body temperature or other acute symptoms, should call 911.
    • To notify Fairmont State that you are symptomatic, quarantining or that you have tested positive for COVID-19:

As with prior Fairmont State publications, these materials are meant to be consistent with guidance published by the federal, state, and local governments and the associated health agencies. This document is reflective of the relevant scientific and medical information available at the time of publication. These materials are not and should not be used as a substitute for medical or legal advice. Rather, they are intended as a resource for use in coordination with applicable government and related institutional policies and guidelines, and they remain subject to further revision as available data and information in this space continue to emerge and evolve.

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