Student Protocol for COVID-19

All students are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated for COVID-19. There are 3 safe and effective vaccines available. Vaccines are easily accessible. Please go to the health center web site at www.southeastern.edu/health for campus and community availability of COVID-19 vaccine.

All students should self-monitor daily for COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. Students who develop any of these symptoms should stay away from campus and follow the self reporting protocol below. Students who live on campus and develop any of these symptoms should also contact University Housing and follow the guidance provided.

If any of the following apply to you, follow the Two-Step self-reporting process.

  • You are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
  • You have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and are NOT fully vaccinated
  • You are fully vaccinated, have been exposed to someone that has tested positive for COVID-19 AND you are experiencing symptoms
  • You have tested positive for COVID-19

 

Two-Step self-reporting protocol for students: 

  1. Visit southeastern.edu/link
  2. Select "COVID-19 Disclosure Form" (Written in Blue)
  3. Complete Step 1 in its entirety 
  4. Submit and proceed to Step 2 (Step 2 is a google form that allows us to receive additional information)

 

Students should work directly with faculty to make up classwork missed due to COVID-19 related issues.

Protocol Detail:

  1. Students who upon arrival to campus or class appear to have COVID-19 symptoms (described above) or who become sick during the day with COVID-19 symptoms, should immediately separate from others, return home if possible and seek medical attention. Students should also fill out the Two-Step self-reporting process. Students who live on campus should also contact University Housing and follow the guidance provided.

  2. Use of the term “exposure” herein refers to close contact with someone who has COVID-19 where “close contact” is defined as being within approximately 6 feet of the person for 15 or more minutes.

    1. Fully vaccinated students do not have to quarantine after exposure unless symptoms develop.
    2. Unvaccinated students who live off campus and have had exposure to someone with COVID-19 should stay away from campus, self-isolate, fill out the Two-Step self-reporting forms and follow the guidance provided. Other University officials with a legitimate need to know will be informed. Medical information will be kept confidential.

    3. Unvaccinated students who live on campus and have had exposure to someone with COVID-19 should  fill out the Two-Step self-reporting forms and University Housing and follow the guidance provided. Other University officials with a legitimate need to know will be informed. Medical information will be kept confidential.

  3. Students who are exposed or potentially exposed and are immunocompromised or live with someone who is immunocompromised, should immediately notify a Health Care Provider.

  4. Second order contacts are not considered exposure. In other words, a student that has contact with a person that has had contact with a person with COVID-19 may continue to attend classes and participate in campus activities, but should continue to social distance, wear a mask if they are not fully vaccinated and monitor for symptoms.

Unvaccinated students exposed to COVID-19 may return to class/campus if these criteria are met" At least 10 days have passed since symptom onset OR AFTER 7 days have passed, and the student has a negative test result on day 5, 6, or 7. They should continue to monitor for symptoms for 14 days. 

Any unvaccinated student is expected to get a COVID test on day 5 or 6 after exposure to limit the number of days absent from classes. Free rapid COVID tests are available at the University Health Center. 

Students diagnosed with COVID-19 should follow the orders of the University Health Center or their Personal Health Care Provider, including release to return to class/campus.

 

Further Information

CDC: FAQ about COVID Vaccine

LDH: COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

COVID Vaccine Testing and Approval

CDC: Myths and Facts About COVID-19 Vaccines

CDC: Short Video on Vaccine Safety and Development

CDC: Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines