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Current Health and Safety Protocols

For our COVID-19 Campus plan to be effective, we ask that everyone be familiar with and embrace our campus safety protocols. Please keep in mind that these policies are subject to change based on changing conditions and/or public health recommendations, and there may be exceptions to some policies at events with heavy crowd density or involving high risk activities.

For further questions on COVID-19, please visit our Belmont Health Services page.

Vaccination

Vaccination is strongly recommended for anyone wishing to be a part of the Belmont community for the Fall 2021 term, but is not required. Students, faculty and staff who have been vaccinated are asked to upload their vaccination record in the health services portal. Please find instructions on our Vaccine Information page on how to upload proof of vaccination.

Masks

Effective August 10, all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks when indoors, except when in a personal residential or work space, alone in a personal vehicle or while actively eating or drinking.

Masks are not required outdoors, although everyone is encouraged to use good judgment about masking when in densely populated outdoor situations. Masks may also be required at certain outdoor events/activities that involve large crowds or are deemed high risk. Requirements for such instances will be communicated in advance as much as possible.

Health Monitoring and Daily Symptom Tracker

All active members of the campus community are asked to closely monitor for COVID-19 symptoms throughout the semester. Anyone experiencing symptoms, regardless of vaccination status should remain off campus or in their residence hall until they have been evaluated or otherwise advised by a Health Services professional. (If you are sick, stay home!)

  • Vaccinated persons will not be required to fill out the Symptom Tracker on a daily basis (and will not receive daily reminders), but should us the Symptom Tracker to report symptoms, if present, to Health Services.
  • Unvaccinated persons will be required to fill out the Symptom Tracker on a daily basis before reporting to work or class.

Antibody tests do not qualify as an exemption at this time. Based on CDC guidelines, a positive antibody test could result from an infection with a different virus from the same family of viruses. In addition, there is no clear understanding on the robustness or durability of immunity following natural infection.

In order to support the ability of faculty and/or staff to manage the living and learning campus environment in a manner that promotes the educational mission of the university and preserves to the maximum extent possible the in-person attendance and participation of students in their educational experiences, Belmont Faculty or Staff may require students or other individuals to show Symptom Tracker status prior to entering a classroom, laboratory or other indoor space, and are empowered to uphold University policies accordingly.

Reporting of symptoms via the Symptom Tracker will alert Belmont’s Health Services team to potential cases of COVID-19 and will help us manage the spread of COVID on campus. 

Testing and Contact Tracing

Belmont will continue on-site testing of symptomatic individuals in the Gabhart clinic (NOT the McWhorter clinic), and contact tracing will take place when positive cases are detected. Assessments, testing and treatments will take place in the Gabhart Clinic by appointment only. Call 615.460-5865 for more information on appointments. 

Positive cases and close contacts will be advised to quarantine or isolate according to CDC guidance. For any student who tests positive, Belmont’s contact tracing team will conduct regular check-ins to ensure the student is doing well, does not need to seek additional medical attention and is compliant with isolation. Health Services will be available for telehealth visits as needed. Belmont contact tracers will also identify close contacts within the Belmont community for prompt notification and appropriate cleaning/disinfecting measures. 

Health Services also has a supply of free Everlywell COVID-19 test home collection kits for student and employee use. Learn how to get a free Everlywell COVID-19 test home collection kit here.

Quarantine and Isolation Practices

Belmont will no longer provide isolation/quarantine housing. Because all indoor spaces, including Residence Halls, will be restored to 100% capacity, no on-campus rooms will be available for students who need to quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19 exposure or infection.

If you contract COVID-19, or are unvaccinated and have an exposure/close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more to individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19), you will need to find alternative housing arrangements until your isolation/quarantine period is complete:

  • If you are NOT vaccinated OR have not uploaded your vaccination record to Health Services and experience a close contact/exposure, you will need to have a plan for an off-campus quarantine space for a minimum of 10 days.
  • If you are NOT vaccinated and test positive for COVID-19, you will need to have a plan for an off-campus isolation space for a minimum of 10 days.
  • If you are vaccinated and experience a breakthrough infection, you will need to have a plan for an off-campus isolation space for a minimum of 10 days.
  • If you are vaccinated and experience a close contact, as long as you have uploaded proof of your vaccination to Belmont’s Health Services portal, you should get tested 3-5 days after the date of your exposure, and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until a negative test result.
To use Tennessee Department of Health’s Quarantine Date Calculator, click here.
  • Plan Ahead: Preparing Options for a Fall 2021 Quarantine/Isolation Space

University-Sponsored Travel 

Domestic Travel. Domestic travel that is University sponsored and discretionary in nature is limited only to vaccinated individuals, unless an official exception is applied for and granted. If granted, domestic travel by an unvaccinated individual will require a pre- and post-travel COVID-19 test and negative result.

Operational units that require domestic travel for employees in order to fulfill job responsibilities will be asked to implement adjustments to operating procedures so that unvaccinated individuals will not need to travel.

International Travel. International travel that is University sponsored and discretionary in nature is limited only to vaccinated individuals; no exceptions will be granted.

Off Campus Learning Experiences

Individuals involved in off-campus learning experiences (such as clinicals, internships, student teaching assignments, performances, etc.) that are required as part of a Belmont education are subject to the requirements and protocols of those off-campus partners or venues. As such, it is possible that unvaccinated individuals may not participate in such events and a suitable replacement to gain similar experience or course credits may not be available.

Exceptions for High-Risk Activities

Official University activities and experiences determined to produce higher-risk conditions for the transmission of COVID-19 – such as musical and other performances, athletic competitions, and group fitness classes – may require additional protocols be implemented for the safety of both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons. These exceptions will be communicated directly to the individuals involved in such activities.

Adherence to Protocols

Refusal to comply with Belmont’s health and safety protocols will be considered a conduct issue and handled accordingly by Student Life or Human Resources.

Protocol Changes

Belmont will continue to monitor and report cases of COVID-19 among students, faculty and staff as a means to assess the overall condition of our campus community, as well as case counts in the Nashville/Davidson County area. Belmont will also continue to monitor changes in guidance from local, state and federal public health agencies. 

In the event that the threat to our campus increases or public health guidance or mandates dictate, Belmont’s health and safety protocols may change at any time. In such a case, all members of the campus community will be expected to adhere to new or modified guidelines.