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Staying Healthy Together Pledge

In July 2020, all returning students were required to read and acknowledge the “Staying Healthy, Together Commitment” pledge before making their return to campus. The updated commitment below was again required for students to sign before returning this spring. This policy notes that due to the unpredictable nature of COVID-19, Belmont’s health and safety protocols may be updated and signees are committed to adapting their behavior to any such changes.

I AM COMMITTED TO STAYING HEALTHY, TOGETHER

I understand that in returning to Belmont amidst the COVID-19 pandemic I am not just responsible for my personal health, but for the health of those around me.

I may come in regular contact with members of our campus community who are more susceptible to serious illness (including both those with known and unknown susceptibility) or are vulnerable in other ways to COVID-19 exposure, including:

  • Those who are over the age of 65
  • Those who are immunocompromised
  • Those who have underlying health conditions
  • Those who live with or are primary caretakers for anyone in the above categories

I understand that the entire campus community must adhere to health and safety protocols to keep me, my fellow students, my instructors, staff members, and other community members safe. 

By coming to Belmont’s campus for the spring 2021 term, I affirm my commitment to follow these health and safety protocols:

  1. Before returning, everyone participating in on-campus activities should undergo a 14-day period of limiting exposure to the virus by strictly following universal protocols of mask wearing, social distance and hand hygiene, and avoiding unnecessary social interactions and group gatherings. 
  2. Masks are required to be properly worn (covering nose, mouth and chin) by all people, at all times while on campus, indoors and outdoors. The only exceptions to this requirement: individuals alone in a private or enclosed space, in their personal on-campus residence, in their personal vehicle, or while actively eating.
  3. Social distance should be maintained at all times. Avoid meeting, walking or otherwise gathering in large groups of people.
  4. The COVID-19 Symptom Tracker is to be completed on a daily basis. This action is critical to Belmont’s ability to identify potential cases and take appropriate steps to provide care and mitigate spread.
  5. Students, faculty and staff may not organize, host, promote or attend large on or off campus gatherings, parties, concerts or other events that are contrary to Belmont’s safety guidelines and Metro Public Health Orders where mask wearing and social distancing cannot be properly observed.
  6. All members of the campus community are required to follow COVID screening, illness-reporting, COVID-testing and isolation/quarantine protocols and instructions as set forth by Health Services and as advised by local health officials. Details of these protocols can be reviewed here.

Additionally, I will make every effort to get tested for COVID-19 prior to returning to campus. If I receive a positive COVID-test prior to returning, I will contact Health Services immediately and I accept that my return to campus may be delayed.

Failure to consistently abide by Belmont’s health and safety protocols increases the danger to both myself and those around me. If I breach these protocols, I understand that I may be either temporarily suspended, have my access to campus restricted, or be required to complete the term remotely.

I understand that due to the unpredictable nature of COVID-19, Belmont’s health and safety protocols may change; I am committed to adapting my own behavior according to any such changes and adhering to any new requirements.