COVID-19 Plan and Information

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COVID Update

Please review the College's COVID Plan below to ensure that everyone feels safe while on campus. More information will be added as decisions are made throughout the year, so please check this page often for updates.

COVID Information

Sussex strongly encourages everyone to get vaccinated.

Sussex does not require students, faculty, staff, or visitors to wear a mask on campus.

Masks will still be provided for those individuals who would like to wear one on campus.

Facilities at the College will continue to routinely clean and disinfect areas of the campus to keep the campus safe.

  • Offices and classrooms will be sanitized with UV lighting and air filtration units.
    • Classroom configurations have been adjusted depending on the building, UV lighting, and air filtration units in these classrooms. Students who do not comply will be asked to leave.
    • UVC lighting and air filtration units are installed in each classroom.
    • Professors can deploy the UV lights after 45-60 minutes of instruction if they choose or wait until the end of class. The UVC lighting will take approximately 15 minutes to complete the cleaning cycle for each space.
    • Each Student Services Office will ensure that students remain safe. After a number of students visit, we will clear the office and turn on the UVC lighting for the recommended time to sanitize the space.
  • Hand sanitizers are available throughout campus. Disposable wipes will be available in offices, classrooms, and other shared facilities for use in wiping down surfaces.
  • Good hand hygiene (frequent hand washing with soap/water or alcohol-based sanitizer) is strongly encouraged after the use of shared equipment and common areas.
  • In places such as the Library and open computer labs, where surfaces including computers and printers are handled by multiple users, it is strongly encouraged of each user to clean keyboards, mice, work surfaces, and any other equipment (printers, copiers) before and after each use. Disinfectant wipes will be available to wipe down shared surfaces.
  • Equipment has been cleaned and serviced including replacement of the air filters campus-wide.
  • Proper ventilation rates, termed in cubic feet per minute (CFMs) were verified.
  • The air handling equipment was upgraded with ultraviolet (UV) lighting which sanitizes bacteria and viruses.

The health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty are important.

While in the Library, please adhere to the following guidelines:

• Please practice social distancing
• Masks as not required on campus
• Please limit 1 person per table, unless a “residential group”

The Library will be open after normal business hours for students' use. Please note the Library is monitored by security cameras for your safety and security.

The Library occupancy is limited to 30 people.

The library will close for sanitation/cleaning as needed, based on occupancy and duration.

If a student lets their faculty member know they have tested positive, the faculty member must immediately report this to their Dean.

If you test positive for COVID:

  • If an individual tests positive, they should isolate for 5 days from their positive test date (with the date they tested as Day 0). Any individual who tests positive should report this finding to the Registrar's Office, registrar@sussex.edu.

    They should then retest on Day 5. If they continue to test positive, they should remain at home until Day 7 and may then return to campus on Day 8.

    As an example: if someone tests positive on May 1st, they should isolate through May 6th. They may retest on May 6th or anytime after. If that test is negative, they may return to campus as early as that day. If they test positive, they should continue to isolate themselves at home through May 8th. They may then return to campus on May 9th. 

  • If an individual is found to be positive for the virus, the College is confident the classroom environment is safe, with UVC lighting, wearing masks, and breaks. The individual who tests positive, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, will isolate away from the College for 5 days.

COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild to severe. Individuals with these symptoms may have COVID-19 and should stay home.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

For a complete list, please visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

Image of several spaces on campus that students can use for their remote classes.Students who have both on campus and remote classes in the same day can use these areas to take their Remote Class. We will be updating the spaces as the semester gets underway.

 

 

A graphic campus map with WiFi areas indicated.

 

The College has installed access points throughout the campus so students can roam freely without experiencing network interruptions. As an individual moves freely throughout campus there is a seamless shift from one access point to the next.

COVID Cases Reported to the College

Chart with COVID Cases at Sussex

The cases reported on campus do not suggest that students or staff members contracted the virus from campus.

Positive COVID Cases in Sussex County