COVID-19: Information for the Manhattanville Community

Your safety is our first priority!

With the health and safety of our entire community in mind, students, staff and faculty are required to be vaccinated to be on campus and masks are required indoors in campus buildings. These requirements are in line with CDC guidance. 

These safety protocols allow us to gather together on campus for in-person learning, events and activities, enhancing the Valiant experience this year. 

  • Masks are required for everyone in public spaces and group settings. This includes classrooms, conference rooms, in meetings and at events, and on public transportation to and from the College.
  • Masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly, but comfortably, against the face.
    • In dining areas masks will be required, except for those seated and eating.
    • Masks will not be required in individual offices or in the residence halls.
  • College policy regarding masks or other preventative measures related to COVID-19 may change in response to directives from the state or county health departments.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, you may require masking in an office or in situations involving close contact. 
  • Community members who have been granted a vaccine exemption and are not vaccinated must mask at all times indoors. Only those who have a need to know of these exemptions will be notified by the College, to ensure compliance.

There is no college wide requirement to mask while outdoors, as being outdoors has been shown to be quite safe because of the airflow. 

As long as the weather permits, classes and other events may be held outdoors without requiring masks.

Quarantine requirements will be made on a case-by-case basis by the Westchester County Department of Health. See Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines from SHAC for helpful information.

NY HERO ACT

On May 5, 2021, the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (NY HERO Act) was signed into law in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This law mandates that all employers implement workplace safety plans that identify measures that will be taken in order to protect employees against exposure and disease during the current pandemic, as well as future airborne infectious disease outbreaks.

Governor Kathy Hochul announced on September 6 that the Commissioner of Health has designated COVID-19 an airborne infectious disease under New York State's HERO Act. Because this designation has been made, our workplace safety plan is now activated and applies to ALL Manhattanville employees (including student employees). It is important to note, however, that the College mandated preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 prior to this recent declaration. The College will continue to monitor for CDC, NYS Department of Health and other federal, state and local government entities for recommendations and/or requirements pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic and will communicate them as they are published.

Please remember the following:

  • Be aware that it is possible to have the virus and unknowingly spread it to others.
    • Whenever possible, practice social distancing
    • Exercise coughing/sneezing etiquette
    • Limit what you touch
    • Limit social behaviors such as hugging and hand shaking
    • Continue to practice good hand hygiene.
    • We are required to reinstitute the daily health screening and we will once again be using the CampusClear app to record these. Please fill out the screening via the app each day that you are working on campus. Supervisors should also confirm daily with all on-campus employees that the screening has been completed.
      • It should be completed at the beginning of your work day (before or when you arrive). 
      • You should use CampusClear to complete the screening (if you do not have the CampusClear app on your phone, please see instructions here).
  • DO NOT report to work if you are feeling ill. Notify your supervisor and HR of your absence as soon as possible.

Click Here for a link to the workplace safety plan

 

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Cleaning Protocols

Our cleaning contractor, SMG, regularly disinfects common spaces used by the general student population frequently, such as classrooms and restrooms, including doors and other commonly touched surfaces. Disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer are installed and accessible throughout the campus.

Communication on positive cases

Regarding email communication of positive cases, those who are considered contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be notified. If you do not receive an email or phone call, you are not considered by the Westchester County Department of Health to have been in contact with someone who tested positive. For the number of positive cases in the community, check the dashboard which will be updated in real time as we learn of new cases.

Fordham Forward Bullet Additional Information for Students - see the Student Health and Counseling website where you will find a Q&A on COVID-19 vaccines, our vaccine requirement and uploading proof of vaccination status.

Fordham Forward Bullet See Frequently Asked Questions on managing COVID-19 on campus for the 2021-2022 academic year. All information is subject to change. The College reserves the right to implement new guidance based on these changes, and in consultation with the Westchester County Department of Health. Email COVID-19@mville.edu with questions.

Fordham Forward Bullet COVID-19 Dashboard

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.

  1. 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, shac@mville.edu. Employees should contact Human Resources f they were on campus.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. If you are experiencing difficulty breathing call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency room.
  5. 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 contact tracing and COVID-19 disease control with our contact identifying unit and the New York State Department of Health. 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. 

  1. “Breakthrough” COVID refers to COVID infection in an individual who has been vaccinated.
  2. Breakthrough infection is not common, but it is possible.
  3. If a vaccinated student believes they might have been exposed to COVID, or if they are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 they should contact SHAC for an appointment, or obtain a test in an off-site location.
  4. If the test is positive, they should isolate themselves and contact SHAC for further instruction (914) 323-5245.

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 shac@mville.edu

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.

Please see the third quarter (Q3) report of the HEERF II institutional grants and the Q3 HEERF II student emergency grants report.