COVID-19: Information for the Manhattanville Community
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
If the person who tested positive was a student, SHAC should be notified; if the person who tested positive was an employee, Human Resources should be contacted. Please do not notify colleagues or other students. If students or employees need to do anything as a result, they will be notified once we’ve run the situation by the health department.
- If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please do not attend classes, participate in activities, or report for work. Students should call or email SHAC to schedule an appointment at (914) 323-5245, email@example.com. Employees should contact Human Resources f they were on campus.
- If you are a commuter student, we recommend that you to go to your nearest urgent care or to your primary care physician. You can also schedule an appointment at SHAC if needed.
- If you are an employee, graduate student or a part-time student, please go to your nearest urgent care or to your primary care physician.
- If you are experiencing difficulty breathing call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency room.
- If you are a resident and experiencing difficulty breathing, contact Campus Safety at 914-323-7233.
Health Services will not share students’ vaccination status, except for situations permitted under FERPA when certain staff have a need to know (i.e. Athletics, residential life, supervisors of student workers). Students may choose whether to disclose this information to their peers, faculty, staff and coaches.
Quarantine requirements will be made on a case-by-case basis by the Westchester County Department of Health.
- If you test positive for COVID--19, vaccinated or not, you must isolate for 10 days.
- Students should contact SHAC and they will guide them through the process.
- If you are a residential student and were informed that you need to isolate, depending on availability, you will be asked if you’d like to isolate on or off campus.
- You will be asked to participate in contact tracing.
- Any Manhattanville students/employees identified as having been a contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 will be notified.
- Any contacts who are vaccinated and not experiencing any symptoms will not have to quarantine. However, they will need to be tested 3-5 days after last contact, and will have to mask until they obtain their test result.
- Any contacts who are vaccinated but experiencing symptoms must quarantine until they receive a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test. Additional testing may be warranted/required.
- Any contacts who were not fully vaccinated at the time of the contact will need to quarantine for 10 days and obtain testing 5-7 days after exposure.
Students who are informed that they must quarantine or isolate must follow the guidance of SHAC/their healthcare provider. SHAC will inform a student’s professors that the student must isolate/quarantine. When a student is mandated to quarantine/isolate, they cannot be penalized for missing class. However, the student is responsible for working with their professors to make up any missed coursework/assignments.
Students who are not fully vaccinated are required to participate in weekly diagnostic testing. All student-athletes are also subject to regular testing based on NCAA guidelines pertaining to athletic competition.
“Breakthrough” COVID refers to COVID infection in an individual who has been vaccinated.
Breakthrough COVID is fairly common with the Omicron variant. It is important that even vaccinated individuals monitor themselves for symptoms and contact SHAC or their healthcare provider if they develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Practice health and safety precautions: wear a well-fitted mask (surgical masks, KN95 masks, and KF94 masks offer better protection than cloth masks, per CDC), wash your hands often, and stay home when you don’t feel well. The College has a supply of surgical and KN95 masks available at the Campus Safety window in Spellman Hall for those who need them.
Contact SHAC with the student information immediately. The College’s response will depend on the circumstances and the advice of the Westchester County Health Department. If the Health Department determines that there were no close contacts – including faculty and students who were in a room with the person who tested positive – based on distance and masking, they don’t recommend any mitigation or notification. Generally, according to the health department, if the person who is exposed to someone who tests positive is vaccinated, the exposed person wouldn’t be required to quarantine. If you are notified that someone with whom you have had CLOSE contact (15 minutes or more of being closer than six feet, with masking taken into account) has tested positive, you will likely need to mask for several days and get tested 3-5 days after contact.
Our classroom capacity is consistent with CDC and NYS guidelines.
Yes, our vaccination rates among faculty and staff is 99+% vaccinated; less than 1% have exemptions. This includes all faculty, all staff and all adjuncts. We have mandated that our contract service providers – SSC, SMG, Chartwells, Ellucian – staff us with vaccinated employees. The vaccination rate for students is about 97%. All students with exemptions are being tested weekly and must mask. We are not doing random testing of non-symptomatic people.
The College had MERV-13 air filters installed in the HVAC systems where students engage in strenuous activity – Kennedy gym and the fitness center in Berman. These filters were required by the Westchester Department of Health to reopen those spaces earlier this year. The filters in Brownson Hall are regularly checked and changed. We have received some inquiries about HEPA filters, but HEPA filters reduce the amount of air flow and place significant strain on the building’s HVAC system. We must balance the system’s ability to trap particulates with the need to maintain adequate air flow and ensure circulation. Reduced air flow can also hinder the operation of the air conditioning units.
This pandemic has caused significant disruption and subsequent emotional distress is common. SHAC has licensed mental health providers who are able to provide you with emotional support should you need it. If you are unsure, and you’d like to talk to someone more about our counseling services, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment.
Students can schedule an appointment with counseling by calling 914-323-5155 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Employees can connect with a counselor at the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – please call 1-800-252-4555.
Cigna: For those who participate in medical benefits through the College, our medical insurance provider, Cigna, has also set up a helpline for those dealing with stress, loss or another COVID-19 issue. If you need to reach their hotline – please call 1-866-912-1687. In addition, they have set up a dedicated website with resources.
For information on the initial CARES Act funding distribution to students, click here. To view the 45 day report on the CARES Act funds distribution, click here. The information for the quarter ending September 30, 2020 can be found in the quarterly report here and for the fourth quarter of 2020 here. Information for the first quarter of 2021 can be found here and the revised report for Q1 2021 here. View the report for the second quarter of 2021 here. View the Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting for HEERF dated January 10, 2022 here and the Report for American Rescue Plan Emergency Grants to Students October 1 – December 31, 2021 here.