HEALTH & SAFETY: COVID-19 & COMMUNICABLE DISEASES
Aquinas College is committed to providing our students and employees with a safe and
healthy campus where they can thrive in all of their pursuits. We remain proud of
our Saints who have demonstrated remarkable respect and care for each other’s well-being
the past few years of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The College will continue to foster this positive environment and assess its response
to COVID-19 and any communicable disease by following recommendations from medical,
public health, government and higher education experts, in particular those from the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of Michigan and the Kent County Health Department (KCHD). The following explains our current COVID-19 response and applies to students and
employees living, working and studying on campus.
STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES: STAY HOME IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OR KNOW YOU HAVE COVID
Students and employees are responsible for scheduling their own tests and the associated
costs, which are often covered by health insurance. In addition to the on-campus AQ
Health Center operated by Trinity Health, the Kent County Health Department maintains
a list of COVID-19 testing sites
. Home tests can be purchased at most pharmacies.
This section applies to students that are living, working or taking classes on campus.
Students who are away from campus should follow the guidance of their certified medical
professional, the CDC, the State of Michigan and the KCHD.
A student who tests positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms should stay home/in their
dorm room and complete the Student COVID-19 Symptom Reporting Form
found on EngageAQ or the AQ CARES app. The Office of the Dean of Students will contact
you with next steps. If you have questions or concerns, contact Alicia Lloyd, Dean
of Students, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate at their
permanent residences. Students who have a hardship and need to isolate on campus can
fill out the Isolation Room Request Form with Residence Life.
Students are responsible for communicating with their instructors and/or supervisors
about missed classes or assignments, or missed work due to isolation.
This section applies to faculty and staff of the College. Students who are working
on campus should consult the section immediately above.
An employee who tests positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms should stay home and complete
the Employee COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form
found on ACORN. Human Resources will contact you with next steps. If you have questions
or concerns, call Human Resources at 616-632-2498.
Employees are responsible for communicating with their supervisors when they are unable
CLOSE CONTACT, QUARANTINE & ISOLATION
The CDC and State of Michigan no longer recommend contact tracing or quarantine based
on “close contact” exposure. Isolation is recommended when someone tests positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms
regardless of vaccination status.
The State of Michigan website
provides clear guidance and helpful resources.
Wearing a mask is optional throughout the Aquinas College campus with three exceptions:
- An individual professor requires masks in a classroom, laboratory or other academic
space. Each faculty member has the autonomy to require masking in their instructional
environments and will communicate any decisions about mask requirements to the affected
- An individual staff member requires masks in a work space.
- An individual is instructed to wear a mask as part of the COVID-19 protocols due to
symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test.
Aquinas College does not require COVID-19 vaccinations for students or employees.
Per public health guidance, the College strongly encourages members of the campus
community to get vaccinated and boostered if they are medically able to do so. The
State of Michigan provides information on the COVID-19 Vaccine and resources to find vaccination locations.
OTHER COMMUNICABLE DISEASES
Aquinas College will continue to take proactive steps to protect our campus in the
event of a communicable disease outbreak. In such cases, it is the goal of the College
to operate effectively, ensuring that all essential services are continuously provided
and that employees and students are as safe as possible. We ask all employees and
students to cooperate in taking steps to reduce the transmission of communicable disease
on our campus. For more information, please refer to CDC resources
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