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Current Health and Safety Protocols

Fall 2022 Health & Safety Protocols 

* UPDATED AUGUST 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. You are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines when you have received all doses in the primary series and all boosters recommended for you, when eligible. 

Please find instructions on our Vaccine Information page on how to schedule vaccination appointments.

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 Testing

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 self-isolate off campus or in their residence hall until they have been tested for COVID-19. 

COVID-19 testing is available for students, faculty and staff by appointment in the McWhorter clinic. Appointments for testing may be made through your Belmont Health Portal or by calling 615-460-5506. Self-tests are available for purchase at the Belmont Pharmacy. Belmont Pharmacy also has a supply of free Everlywell  PCR 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. Free antigen tests for personal use can be obtained from the federal government here.    

COVID-19 Notification Form

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. Health Services will communicate next steps.

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

 

COVID-19 Safety Policies

Belmont is committed to maintaining a safe in-person living and learning experience. With this in mind, the University is following the Center for Disease Control(CDC)’s current guidelines for isolation of positive cases.  

FOR THOSE WHO TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Every student should have a firm plan in place to isolate at home or away from campus for a minimum of five days in the event of a positive COVID-19 case. Belmont’s isolation policies include a variety of strategies including accessibility to a limited number of isolation housing options for students who require a shorter period 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 to develop a plan that works for their specific situation. 

Isolation (once a positive case has been detected) guidelines are as follows:

If you test positive for COVID-19, isolate for at least 5 days after your symptoms began, or 5 days after your positive test (if you did not have symptoms.) You are likely most infectious during these first 5 days. After completing the COVID-19 Notification Form, Health Services will notify you of the date you may end isolation.  

Isolation may end after 5 days if you had no symptoms. 

If you had symptoms, isolation may end after 5 days if: 

  • You are fever free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication)
  • Your symptoms are improving

If you still have fever or your other symptoms have not improved after 5 days, notify Health Services for further instructions on release from isolation.  

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. 

The CDC also recommends continuing to wear a mask when around others for 10 days following the onset of symptoms or when the test was conducted. To learn more about safety practices during and after isolation, visit the CDC website here

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE A CLOSE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

All Belmont community members should follow CDC’s precautions for those who are close contacts of a positive case, including: 

  • Wear a high-quality mask for 10 days following your exposure
  • Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and get tested if symtpoms develop
  • Get tested 5 days after the day of the exposure (even if you are asymptomatic) 

*If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days, check the CDC recommendations for testing here

University-Sponsored International Travel  

Belmont encourages COVID-19 vaccination prior to all international travel, but vaccination is not required.

Please be aware that some third parties—other countries/provinces/municipalities, airlines, restaurants, public venues or more—may require vaccination for entry or participation. Additionally, when traveling internationally, travelers should consider in-country regulations regarding quarantine and isolation for unvaccinated individuals who contract COVID-19. In some cases, guidelines for unvaccinated individuals may be considerable longer and more stringent than they are for those individuals who are vaccinated. 

With this in mind, Belmont recommends that community members who will be traveling internationally by vaccinated for COVID-19. 

If you are unvaccinated and choose to travel, you acknowledge these realities and risks and assume responsibility for the consequences. This could include, but is not limited to, out-of-pocket financial responsibility related to delays in ability to travel including lodging as well as hospitalization, COVID testing and more.

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.

 

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.