Student COVID-19 protocols for Spring 2022

Jan. 5, 2022

Dear Students,

We hope you had a wonderful and blessed holiday season full of rest and relaxation, and that in a few weeks you’ll be ready to begin the spring 2022 semester with enthusiasm and drive.

COVID-19 cases on campus for the fall term remained at low levels, and that can be attributed to our dedication to masking while indoors, getting vaccinated, taking part in regular surveillance testing for unvaccinated students, and students’ adherence to isolation and quarantine. We will continue this four-pronged approach with a few additional required protocols to ensure a strong start to the spring semester. 

Our spring semester will begin as scheduled on Jan. 24, but with some modified protocols, detailed below, that respond to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases seen across the country. Campus leadership will continue to monitor data about the Omicron variant; at this time, the best available evidence indicates that our existing policies will continue to serve us well in combating this variant. Our mitigation strategies will continue to be guided by local, regional and CDC public health guidelines. We also are ready to pivot at any time, with additional or reduced safety measures, should emerging data and transmission levels indicate that a change is warranted.

Please review the following information. Your commitment to our COVID-19 response is vital to our ability to continue delivering the residential, in-person learning experience we all enjoy and value. 

Entrance Testing
SNC is requiring all students – regardless of vaccination status – to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test result prior to returning to campus for the spring semester. (At this time, those who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days can upload their positive test result in place of an entry test. This is because, at this time, positive tests exempt individuals from further testing.) This part of our re-entry protocol will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus by allowing Health Services to identify students who are COVID-positive but may be asymptomatic or have mild symptoms (and therefore unaware that they are COVID-positive) before they arrive on campus.

Students should upload test results to their confidential Health Services Patient Portal (Medicat Connect) within five days prior to returning to campus.

  1. Log into the portal with your SNC username and password
  2. Click “Upload”
  3. In the dropdown menu, select one of the following:
    • COVID-19 Inconclusive/Indeterminate Test Results
    • COVID-19 Negative Test Results
    • COVID-19 Positive/Probable Test Results
  4. Click “Select File” and choose your image, PDF, etc.
  5. Click “Upload”

Any questions related to COVID-19 vaccinations, boosters or sharing your test results should be directed to Health Services at health@snc.edu or 920-403-3266. 

Surveillance Testing and Testing Fee
Students who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have not uploaded their vaccination information to Health Services will be required to participate in regular COVID-19 surveillance testing on campus. These students will have a one-time $200 COVID-19 testing fee applied to their student account to help offset the costs of COVID-19 testing, as the college is no longer receiving external financial support from the federal government for administering tests. The fee will be added to accounts on Feb. 18, 2022. If financial help is needed to cover these fees, students can apply for emergency funds. To be fully vaccinated by Feb. 18 and avoid the $200 fee, students should receive their first dose of Moderna vaccine by Jan. 7, of Pfizer vaccine by Jan. 14, or of Johnson & Johnson vaccine by Feb. 4.

Provide Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination to Health Services

  • If you received your COVID-19 vaccination outside of Wisconsin, you are required to submit your vaccination information to Health Services, if you haven’t already done so. (Records of those vaccinated in Wisconsin are automatically linked to the college’s medical records system, and Health Services maintains records of those who uploaded them for previous semesters.)

    If you are new to St. Norbert and/or have recently been vaccinated outside of Wisconsin, upload your vaccination records to the confidential Health Services Patient Portal (Medicat Connect). Students without vaccination records on file by Feb. 18, 2022, will be charged the $200 COVID-19 surveillance testing fee and will be expected to continue participating in weekly surveillance testing.
  1. Log into the portal with your SNC username and password
  2. Click “Upload”
  3. In the dropdown menu, select “COVID-19 Vaccination Card/Documentation”
  4. Select the file (such as a photograph or PDF) from your records, and click “upload”
  • Bring your vaccination card (or other proof of vaccination) with you when you arrive on campus for the spring semester. This will be the most efficient way to demonstrate vaccination status if groups other than Health Services require it.

SNC strongly encourages all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated and to receive booster shots for continued protection against COVID-19. Individuals are eligible to get their COVID vaccine booster if it has been five months from their last Pfizer dose, six months from their last Moderna dose, or two months from their Johnson & Johnson dose. 

Finally, to avoid other upper respiratory infections that can mirror COVID illness, we strongly encourage the annual influenza vaccine. It's not too late to be vaccinated against the flu. Please contact Health Services at health@snc.edu or 920-403-3266 to schedule an appointment.

For more detailed information regarding the college’s Spring 2022 protocols, including updates from Athletics as they become available, please review the St. Norbert College COVID-19 Guidelines. Please also continue monitoring your SNC email for additional updates – especially if you are a student employee, as we await more information on OSHA testing requirements.

Now, more than ever, we must remain vigilant about our health and safety. Many positive strides have been made in protecting our community against the virus, but we must not let down our guard when it comes to keeping one another healthy and safe. 

Students, thank you for all the sacrifices you continue to make in the name of the common good. I am so proud of our St. Norbert College community and your commitment to your health and the health of those around you.

Sincerely,

Joseph J. Webb, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs