Important updates about:
Rider University students, faculty and staff received training to identify COVID-19 symptoms, report positive tests and/or exposure and expected personal hygiene behaviors while on campus. This training included the following:
- Reporting any exposure to COVID-19 positive individuals
- Reporting any COVID-19 positive test results
- Daily monitoring for the following symptoms:
- Dry cough
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
Healthy hygiene behaviors:
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Keep a supply of hand sanitizer, if possible
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow
- Regularly clean all high touch areas in your direct workspace
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Maintain 6 feet of social distancing whenever possible
It is strongly recommended by the CDC that individuals get their annual flu shot when it becomes available in the fall.
Social distancing and use of facial coverings
Seating in classrooms has been altered to allow greater distance between the instructor and the students in the class. While in a classroom setting, faculty are not required to wear a face covering (such as a cloth face mask or face shield) when plexiglass shields are present on classroom podiums for faculty use, or if faculty choose to use a face shield to allow for a broader range of movement in the front of the class. Students are required to wear their face covering and faculty are empowered to enforce this requirement as they would any classroom rule that they might establish.
According to OSHE guidelines, use of facial coverings is strongly encouraged outside of the classroom and should be worn when in close contact with others. Face coverings must be worn in dining areas (except when eating).
Availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies
The University has stocked face masks, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes and made these widely available to all members of the campus community. Certain areas on campus have been outfitted with plexiglass shields to maintain safe barriers between staff and student transactions. Specialized PPE requirements for the staff of the Student Health Center, Athletic Training, and Public Safety have been provided.
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Faculty, staff and students are required to monitor daily symptoms, including temperature taking, prior to coming to campus on any day, and indicate the results of their daily monitoring via CampusClear, a free mobile application available for iPhone and Android devices and the web.
Symptomatic employees and students will not be cleared via Campus Clear to come to campus for any reason.
- Students who are ill must remain off campus or in their residence hall room, not attend class and contact the Student Health Center as soon as possible for further instructions.
- Employees who are ill must stay home, contact their primary health care provider when appropriate, and not return to campus until their symptoms have cleared and/or they are fever-free for 24 hours. It is also recommended that you contact your supervisor accordingly.
Supervisors are authorized and encouraged to check that their employees have completed their CampusClear requirements and are cleared to come to work that day. Faculty are authorized to check that students have completed their CampusClear requirements and are cleared to come to campus that day, and that they are wearing face masks or coverings, before allowing them to attend in-person classes. Students who do not cooperate with these requirements will not be allowed to attend their in-person classes and run the risk of violating the Student Code of Social Conduct.
Dining Services, the Student Recreation Center Fitness Center and the University Bookstore will also check that you have completed Campus Clear and are cleared to be on campus via the app before they will allow anyone to utilize the Fitness Center, enter the Bookstore, dine-in or pick up food in Daly Dining Hall or Cranberry’s.
COVID-19 Testing and Reporting
The Student Health Center will provide COVID-19 testing for symptomatic residential students where appropriate. Commuting students and employees are responsible for securing their own COVID-19 tests as needed via their primary health care provider, testing site or other testing provider. The Student Health Center and Human Resources have a list of available testing sites.
Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 or are identified by a contact tracer as a close contact of someone who is COVID-19 positive will be either isolated or quarantined on campus as appropriate. The Student Health Center and student case managers will provide assistance in that regard. Students may not attend class in person while quarantining or isolating.
Commuting students who test positive for COVID-19 or are identified by a contact tracer as a close contact of someone who is COVID-19 positive must take responsibility for quarantining or isolating as appropriate as per instructions from the Student Health Center. They may not attend in-person classes or come to campus for any reason while quarantining or isolating. They will be cleared for return by the Student Health Center.
Employees should refer to the Workplace section of the Resolved and Ready website for more detailed information of what to do and not to do regarding symptom tracking and reporting, Campus Clear, whether to come to campus or not, etc.
Rider is working closely with the Lawrence Township Health Department to provide contact tracing for faculty, staff and students who test positive for COVID-19 and/or who come in close contact, as defined by the CDC, with someone who tests positive or is symptomatic. Rider’s team of contact tracers work closely with the Student Health Center and Human Resources. This is a requirement of all higher education institutions in the State.
Contact tracers are trained as per the Johns Hopkins contact tracing course. They conduct their work with confidentiality and sensitivity. Students and employees who receive a call from one of Rider’s contact tracers are expected to cooperate with them as part of the student responsibility pledge and their obligation as a member of the Rider University community.
Guidelines for reporting COVID-19 positive cases for:
- Faculty or Staff: If the employee indicates any of these COVID-19 symptoms and/or exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual, the supervisor must require that the employee stay home, and the employee should seek guidance from their healthcare provider. The employee must follow the established guidelines for remaining off campus, and consult with a physician before returning. Sick employees, regardless of the nature of their illness (e.g., non-COVID-19), must stay home.
- Students: Students must report their COVID-19 symptoms and/or exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual to Rider’s Student Health Center. A detailed protocol for reporting is currently being prepared that will include what students are expected to do, which may include getting tested and quarantining or isolating at home, when possible, or on campus. Sick students, regardless of the nature of their illness, must stay home.
Promoting the overall health and well-being of students will remain a priority. Per American College Health Association (ACHA) guidelines, direct services for physical and mental health will remain primarily as virtual telehealth via Zoom. When appropriate to meet the clinical needs of students, in-person appointments will be available. The regularly offered education outreach on well-being will be extended in the fall to include specific emotional issues related to the pandemic and their educational situation.
We will continue to support students in need as they navigate difficult personal and home situations. Supports will include review of student cases by our student welfare committee, promoting student access to technology required for hybrid or remote learning, access to books, and availability of emergency funding. In anticipation of a possible increased number of students with food insecurities, we will plan to expand the resources available in the Rider Resource Pantry. These will continue to be available pre-bagged and available for pick-up by appointment.
As has been the practice during remote learning late spring and summer, all campus offices will be accessible remotely via email, phone and Zoom interfaces.