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Current Health and Safety Protocols

Summer 2022 Health & Safety Protocols 

* UPDATED MAY 16, 2022

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. 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

Belmont has adopted a Masks Optional Policy. All members of the Belmont community who wish to continue to wear masks are welcome to do so. 

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!) 

All members of the Belmont community are required to report positive COVID-19 test results to the University through the COVID-19 Notification Form, which is available under the Health and Wellness section of MyBelmont. 

Additionally, any member of the Belmont community who lives with or has had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 AND is not up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations is required to report their status to the University through the COVID-19 Notification Form, which is available under the Health and Wellness section of MyBelmont.

Daily Symptom tracker completion is not required for any member of the Belmont community, regardless of vaccination status. 

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.

Testing and Contact Tracing

Belmont will continue on-site testing of symptomatic individuals in the McWhorter clinic, and contact tracing will take place when positive cases are detected. Appointments can be scheduled via your Belmont Health Portal of by calling 615-460-5506. 

Contact tracing communications may be in the form of phone calls or secure messaging through your Belmont Health Portal. 

Health Services Pharmacy 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 is committed to maintaining a safe in-person living and learning experience. With this in mind, the University is following both the Center for Disease Control and the State of Tennessee Department of Health’s current guidelines for quarantine and isolation. 

Every student should have a firm plan in place to isolate or quarantine at home or away from campus for a minimum of five days in the event of a qualifying exposure or a positive COVID-19 case. Belmont’s isolation and quarantine policies include a variety of strategies including accessibility to a limited number of quarantine and isolation housing options for students who require a shorter period of quarantine or isolation and/or whose permanent homes are further away from campus. 

The university’s COVID-19 Team will work with each student who needs to isolate or quarantine to develop a plan that works for their specific situation.  

Per the Tennessee Department of Health, isolation (once a positive case has been detected) guidelines are as follows: 

  • An individual must isolate for a minimum of 5 days after onset of symptoms and may be released after they are fever-free for 24 hours and show improvement in symptoms.
  • If you test positive but remain symptom-free, you should isolate for five days after the test is conducted. 
  • Regardless of symptoms, you should continue to wear a mask when around others for 10 days following the onset of symptoms or when the test was conducted.

Per the Tennessee Department of Health, quarantine (once an individual has had a close contact** with someone who is positive for COVID-19) guidance for individuals who have been vaccinated with all recommended vaccine doses are as follows: 

  • If you have experienced a close contact, you do not have to quarantine if you have remained asymptomatic since the exposure and:
    • Have been boosted (1), completed the first series of the Pfizer / Moderna vaccines within the last 5 months (2) OR received the J&J vaccine series within the last 2 months (3)
  • You should get tested 5 days after the date of the exposure (even if you are asymptomatic), and wear a mask when around others for 10 days after exposure. If you test positive, you must isolate (see above section). 

Per the Tennessee Department of Health, quarantine (once an individual has had close contact** to when someone who is positive for COVID-19) guidelines for unvaccinated individuals or those who have NOT been vaccinated with all recommended vaccine doses when eligible are as follows: 

  • If you have experienced a close contact (regardless of whether the case was symptomatic), you must quarantine for five days. 
  • You should be tested on day 5 of quarantine. After that test, you can leave quarantine but should continue to self-monitor for symptoms and continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days. 
  • If symptoms develop over the course of these 10 days, you must isolate and be tested for COVID-19. 

**Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Any student who is isolating or quarantining due to COVID-19 should contact and work with each of their faculty members to develop plans for any time they may be away from class.

University-Sponsored International Travel 

International travel that is University sponsored and discretionary in nature is limited only to vaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated persons who have a documented disability for which exception to Belmont’s vaccine requirement is a reasonable accommodation will be allowed to travel. All vaccine exceptions are subject to the entry/exit laws of the host country. Students who wish to request a disability accommodation should contact the Office of Accessibility Services to begin that process.  

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.