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The Garnet Pledge for Students

In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and help protect the health and well-being of community members, the College is introducing the Garnet Pledge, which comprises a new set of expectations and safety measures for all members of our community who will be on campus. The College’s efforts will be consistent with both Pennsylvania and federal law, and align with the recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the best available guidance from the medical community. As a result, the measures and expectations detailed below may be updated at any time. All students are required to read, sign, and adhere to the Garnet Pledge. (We will have a similar pledge with language specific to College employees that faculty and staff will be required to sign.) 

Approved Residential Students

  • Students will complete all required COVID-19 training, testing, and self-monitoring required by the College prior to returning to campus. 
  • Students who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will not travel to campus and will remain isolated and quarantined until they have been cleared by medical professionals.
  • Students who have a temperature of 100.4ºF or higher, or signs of a fever (aches and chills), will not travel to campus, and will remain isolated and quarantined until they have been cleared by medical professionals.  
  • Students will comply with all travel restrictions imposed by both the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the College. 

Health and Wellness

  • Students understand that the College will conduct COVID-19 testing on all residential students and that they must consent to such testing to remain a residential student.  
  • Students will actively engage in self-monitoring health screenings, including taking their temperature daily and reporting it through the electronic student health portal (Medicat).
  • If a student exhibits symptoms of COVID-19, or has a fever of 100.4ºF or higher or signs of a fever (aches and chills), they will remain isolated/quarantined until they have been cleared by a medical professional and Student Health and Wellness staff. 
  • If a student has knowingly been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they will follow all protocols, guidelines, and instructions from College officials for isolation and/or quarantine. 
  • If a student is presumed or confirmed to have COVID-19, or has been directly exposed to someone else who is presumed or confirmed to have COVID-19, the student will inform Student Health and Wellness and provide information about their contacts with others in and/or around campus.
  • Students will actively participate in all contact-tracing protocols and procedures and understand that, in order to effectively perform contact tracing, College officials may have a legitimate need to share student information with others. The identity of individuals who test positive will remain confidential during the contact-tracing process.

Personal Prevention and Self-Care

  • Students are required to wear a face mask/covering outside on campus. Certain exceptions may be made for approved College events/activities.
  • Students are required to wear a face mask/covering inside all buildings, except inside one’s own residence hall room. This expectation includes while accessing common spaces within one’s residence hall or residential suite (e.g., lounges, common bathrooms, and laundry rooms). 
  • Students are required to engage in proper handwashing and respiratory etiquette by covering coughs and sneezes. 
  • Students are required to cooperate with directives of Student Health and Wellness staff or other College officials to self-isolate and/or quarantine. For example, students may be required to relocate to approved isolation and/or quarantine locations until cleared by Student Health and Wellness staff. 
  • Students will assist in the frequent sanitizing of high-touch surfaces and common-use areas after personal use, such as bathroom fixtures, light switches, doorknobs, kitchen appliances, and lounge areas.

Accessing or Leaving Campus

  • Approved residential students are not permitted to host or provide access to any outside guests (including family members and nonresidential students). 
  • Approved residential students will consider the risk to oneself and others prior to deciding to leave campus and will limit travel to essential errands (for food, medications, toiletries, and other essential personal items), work, or emergencies. 
  • Students understand that if they leave campus for any reason, they may be subject to a period of isolation or quarantine.  
  • OneCard access will be limited on campus to students’ own residence halls and other specific campus buildings. Students are prohibited from using their own OneCard to allow access into a campus facility for another person. 

Student Activities and Social Gatherings 

  • Alcohol is prohibited on campus during the Fall 2020 semester.
  • All group gatherings are restricted to no more than 10 participants (including one’s self) in approved physical spaces, including outdoor locations. 
  • All in-person social gatherings and activities must comply with College policies and public health directives.
  • Students will respect the physical space around others and actively work to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between oneself and any other person. 
  • Students will follow all directional signs and practice physical distancing within all buildings, classrooms, laboratories, libraries, and other College spaces. 
  • Students will practice physical distancing in all bathrooms, lounges, laundry rooms, and other common spaces within their residence hall. 
  • The Office of Student Engagement and other College offices will organize social events in compliance with College policies and public health directives and provide both synchronous and asynchronous programming. 
  • Student clubs/organizations are encouraged to convert most of their programming efforts to a virtual experience for all, providing both synchronous and asynchronous programming. 
  • All student clubs/organizations will commit to using a universal online calendaring system for scheduling and organizing events.

Sharples Dining Hall and Dining Services

  • Students must observe all physical distancing guidelines and expectations and abide by College Dining protocols in all campus dining facilities (e.g., Sharples Dining Hall, Essie Mae’s, and Kohlberg Coffee Bar). 
  • Students must procure meals during assigned times. 
  • Students must comply with all instructions from Dining Services staff. 

Matchbox and Athletics Facilities

  • Students must abide by all College protocols, guidelines, and expectations for use of athletics facilities (including but not limited to rules regarding mask wearing, physical distancing, etc.).
  • Students must comply with all instructions from athletics facilities staff. 
  • Student athletes participating in varsity and club sports must follow all College Athletics Department guidelines and protocols regarding both organized and unorganized (pickup) athletics training, practice, and conditioning. 

Students Engaging in Remote Learning

  • Nonresidential students are prohibited from physically accessing any campus facilities, services, or activities. (Please note that all remote Swarthmore resources remain available to all students.)  
  • The Office of Student Engagement and other College offices will organize both synchronous and asynchronous social events/activities.
  • Student clubs/organizations are encouraged to convert most of their programming efforts to a virtual experience for all. 

I understand and acknowledge that given the unknown nature of COVID-19, it is not possible to fully list each and every individual risk of contracting COVID-19. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 at the College may result from the actions, failures to act, or negligence of myself and others. Additionally, I understand that the College’s efforts must also be consistent with both Pennsylvania and federal law and align with the recommended guidelines from the CDC and the best available guidance from the medical community. As a result, the College’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and help keep the campus community safe — including the expectations detailed in this pledge — may be updated at any time.

I understand that to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and do my part to help keep myself and members of the campus community healthy, I must abide by the rules detailed in this pledge. I also understand that the College will not tolerate deliberate, reckless, or repeated disregard of the COVID-19 policy or the pledge, and violations of this agreement may result in removal from campus and/or disciplinary action.