August 1, 2022
Based on recent guidance from the CDC and in alignment with many other educational institutions, for Fall 2022 we will move from an active case-management approach to a personal management approach for COVID-19 cases.
What does a “personal management approach” mean?
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Academic Year 2022-2023
Given the changing circumstances of this virus, these policies, protocols and processes are subject to change. Please look for emails and check the FAQ frequently for updates.
The COVID vaccine is not required* — but is strongly recommended to help keep our community safe. Vaccination remains the most effective way to protect yourself and our community from COVID-19.
*It is important to note that some academic programs have clinical site placements and require vaccination in order to be permitted onsite for the clinical experience. The College must follow all requirements established by these clinical placement sites. Students should contact their program director if they have any questions.
The College will maintain our mask-optional policy. However:
We expect all requests for masking to be honored. Faculty and staff will make every effort to provide advanced notice of these requests. Please keep a mask with you for quick compliance if needed. A limited supply of masks will be kept in the pantry for those with limited resources.
Social distancing will not be required. Classrooms and all spaces on campus will be back to full capacity.
No. We will rely on each member of the campus community to respond appropriately to exposures and positive test results in accordance with CDC guidelines. Symptoms of COVID-19 | CDC
If you develop symptoms of COVD-19, please follow CDC guidelines: What to Do If You Are Sick | CDC
We will no longer be doing independent contact tracing. If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please follow the CDC guidelines: COVID-19 Contact Tracing | CDC
According to the CDC, a close contact exposure is when you are within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period. See: How to Determine a Close Contact for COVID-19 | CDC
If you test positive for COVID-19, you are expected to isolate and notify close contacts, using the guidance offered by the CDC. See: How to Talk to Close Contacts | CDC
See “What do I do if I have to quarantine or isolate?” for more.
The full Attendance & COVID-19 policy can be found on the Syllabus course in Canvas.
We will NO LONGER be doing independent contact tracing, unless an outbreak in a residence hall requires it.
* Students with external learning experiences should report their positive cases to their preceptor and/or their CCC field supervisor.
We are no longer administering surveillance testing.
Requirements for surveillance testing of athletes is subject to the requirements of the NCAA and/or the appropriate athletic conference. Athletes should direct questions regarding athletic COVID protocols to the Athletics Department or the athletic training staff.
No. Students* are no longer required to report their vaccination status. However, students and employees can send a picture of their vaccine card (front and back with name and dates clearly visible) to email@example.com. This information will be kept confidential and will be used to help provide the College with vaccination data for future decision making.
*Student-athletes and students enrolled in programs with clinical placements may have different requirements for vaccinations. Please check with your coach or program director.
Please follow all CDC guidelines regarding international travel: Travel | CDC
Please follow all CDC guidelines for international air travel here: Non-U.S. Citizen, Non-U.S. Immigrants: Travel to and from the United States | CDC
No, students are not required to take a COVID-19 re-entry test.
Both Canova Commons and the Falcon’s Nest will be fully operational this fall. Mobile ordering remains in place in the Falcon’s Nest and to-go containers will continue to be provided to students on the dining plan.
Yes. Clubs and organizations must use Astra to schedule meetings and events. You can contact the Office of Student Activities and Campus Recreation at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Guidance for student-athletes will be determined by the NCAA and our athletic conference. The Athletic Department will notify student-athletes of athletic policies as they become available.
If you are learning at an off-campus fieldwork site, like a school or hospital, you should follow the masking policy, isolation, and other COVID-19 policies of the site.
Like with any other absence for illness, you should communicate directly with your professors if you miss classes for reasons related to COVID-19.
If you are absent for a high-stakes event — such as a midterm or final exam; for 2 or more consecutive class meetings (or 1 class meeting for accelerated weekend classes or classes that meet once-per-week) — faculty may require you to obtain absence notification through the Dean of Students. If your professors ask for an Absence Verification, you may request one online. /p>
Yes, students will be permitted to have non-Cedar Crest visitors in the residence halls.
No, our campus is mask optional.
No. Residential students will be able to fully utilize spaces in the residence halls.
If you test positive for COVID-19 and choose to remain in your room during your isolation period, you are permitted to leave to get meals and use restroom facilities.
Dear Cedar Crest students,
I am pleased to announce that Cedar Crest is able to offer a limited number of emergency grants to help students who have experienced unexpected financial expenses due to the pandemic. If you have experienced unexpected financial challenges such as job loss, food or housing insecurity, or reduced wages, and need financial assistance for any component related to the cost of College attendance or for emergency costs, such as tuition, food, housing, healthcare, and childcare, I invite you to complete the HEERF Emergency Aid Application.
To apply for this emergency grant, you must submit an application by 4pm on Wednesday, January 11 2023.
For more information about the HEERF III emergency grants, eligibility, and the application process, please click here to see the FAQs. If you have additional questions, please let me know.
Calley Stevens Taylor, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Success and Engagement and Dean of Students
Dear Cedar Crest College Community,
Here is a short video regarding our COVID-19 protocols for the upcoming academic year:
Briefly, we will move from an active case-management approach to COVID-19 cases to a personal management approach. Simply put, we will rely on each of you to respond appropriately to exposures and positive test results in accordance with CDC guidelines. Those guidelines are attached here for your review and reference.
What does a “personal management approach” mean? It means:
We have developed a significantly revised FAQ to answer all of your questions about our COVID-19 protocols: https://www.cedarcrest.edu/covid-19.
It remains important to continue to try to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, with new variants emerging every few months. Vaccines and boosters remain our most powerful tool against serious illness and hospitalization. For that reason, I am pleased to announce the LVHN will hold a vaccine/booster clinic at Cedar Crest College on August 31, from 3-7 p.m. Pre-registration will be required.
Working together, we have been very successful in keeping our community as safe as possible through this time. I know that we will continue to keep safe and well under this new approach.
Dr. Elizabeth M. Meade
Cedar Crest College
We continue to monitor the situation through the Allentown Health Bureau, the Pennsylvania Department of State Health Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This page will be updated as necessary with new information and messages from College leadership.
Looking for old announcements, HEERF or CARES information? View our COVID-19 archive.