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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 continuing the Garnet Pledge, which comprises a set of expectations and safety measures for all members of our community for the spring 2021 semester. 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 and while they reside on campus during the semester. 
  • Students who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 [a temperature of 100.4ºF or higher, or signs of a fever (aches and chills)] will not travel to campus until they have been cleared by medical professionals and in adherence with CDC guidelines.
  • Should a student experience any symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival to campus, they  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

  • Faculty, staff, and students who will come onto campus during the spring 2021 semester are strongly encouraged to have received the flu vaccine for the 2020-21 flu season, unless there is a valid religious or medical exception. If you have a question about this request, please contact Student 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 completing the Symptoms Tracker form located in their electronic student health portal (Medicat).

  • If a student exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 [a temperature 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. This can be done by phone or by completing the Symptoms Tracker form on the student health portal.

  • If a student has knowingly been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, the student must inform Student Health and Wellness and must follow all protocols, guidelines, and instructions from College officials for isolation and/or quarantine. This can be done by phone or by completing the Symptoms Tracker form on the student health portal.

  • 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 on and/or around campus.

  • Students must 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.

  • Students are not permitted to leave their room while in isolation, quarantine, and/or interim housing, without specific permission from the Dean’s Office and/or Student Health and Wellness, nor are they permitted to have any guests, even just to drop off items.

  • If a student has been vaccinated against COVID-19, all of the mitigation measures described in the Pledge must still be adhered to. 

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, when alone. This expectation includes while accessing common spaces within one’s residence hall or residential suite [e.g., lounges, common bathrooms, kitchens (except when actively eating), PPR Apartment living rooms, 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). 

  • Nonresidential students, including those living in close proximity to the College, are restricted from accessing campus. 

  • 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). 

  • Residential students understand that if they leave campus for any reason, they may be subject to a period of isolation/quarantine, or may lose their privilege to remain a residential student, if the travel was deemed nonessential or in violation of the Garnet Pledge.  

  • If students have medical appointments (including visits to urgent care) and/or nonmedical personal emergencies that require them to leave campus, they must fill out the Emergency Travel Request form prior to returning to campus, when possible.

  • Any student who leaves campus overnight must notify the College through the Emergency Travel Request form, with the understanding that they will likely be required to engage in a period of 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 

  • During the spring 2021 semester, all Alcohol Registered Events (AREs) are prohibited.

  • In the interest of the health and safety of the greater Swarthmore community, students age 21 and older are restricted to a maximum of 72 ounces of beer or 750 milliliters of wine in their personal possession. 

  • Liquor or distilled spirits, in any form, are prohibited during the spring 2021 semester.

  • Alcohol is prohibited in all residential common spaces (i.e., lounges, kitchens, hallways, etc.). 

  • The consumption of alcohol is limited to a student’s individual residence hall room and must comply with all aspects of the Student Code of Conduct and the Garnet Pledge (including mask-wearing when not actively consuming a beverage and physical distancing of a minimum of 6 feet). 

  • Students are permitted to host one (1) residential student within their assigned residence hall room. 

  • All group gatherings are restricted to no more than 10 participants (including one’s self) in approved physical spaces, including outdoor locations. 

  • Gatherings in PPR Apartments’ common suite spaces cannot exceed twice the current assigned residents of the suite or no more than 10 individuals (including the residents of the apartment) and must comply with all aspects of the Student Code of Conduct and the Garnet Pledge (including mask-wearing and physical distancing of a minimum of 6 feet). 

    • Only residents of each PPR Apartment are permitted to possess or consume alcohol within their own common suite space, when no guests are present. 

  • All in-person social gatherings and activities must comply with College policies and public health directives. (All student in-person gatherings are restricted until Feb. 19, and all academic gatherings may not begin until Feb. 21.)

  • Students are permitted to host one (1) residential student guest in their assigned residence hall lounge and must comply with all aspects of the Student Code of Conduct and the Garnet Pledge (including not exceeding the posted occupancy, mask-wearing, and physical distancing of a minimum of 6 feet). 

  • 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 (e.g., the common living room within PPR Apartments). 

  • 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 protocols in all campus dining facilities (e.g., Sharples Dining Hall, Essie Mae’s, and Kohlberg Coffee Bar). 

  • Students in dining spaces must wear a mask at all times, except when actively consuming their meal. 

  • 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/all campus facilities, services, or activities. (Please note that all remote Swarthmore resources remain available to all students.)  

  • Nonresidential students who host events with approved residential students may be subject to College disciplinary action.

  • 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.