Allegheny College looks forward to welcoming our community back to campus for the spring 2021 semester. We are planning to fully reopen for on-campus living and learning accompanied by, and subject to, ongoing guidance from the Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Education, federal agencies, pandemic and disaster management experts, and public health, epidemiological, scientific and medical experts.
As we return to campus, the College will continue to:
- Prioritize the health and physical and emotional safety of our campus community, while also recognizing the risks associated with reopening
- Create meaningful partnerships to protect the health and safety of and ensure the resilience of our local community
- Maintain our commitment to equity and diversity and to equal access for all students to the academic, social and wellness resources available at the College
- Prioritize community engagement, transparency and open communications
- Maintain a strong community ethos.
Changes to campus facilities and our day-to-day behaviors will help to reduce the spread of disease on our campus and within the Meadville community. Our understanding of COVID-19 is evolving, and recommendations are ever changing. Our plans for keeping the campus community safe will be updated as new information becomes available.
This Page Updated: 01/25/21
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The information on this page is an at-a-glance overview of our full Plans to Reopen Allegheny College.Download Full Plan (PDF)
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Allegheny College Health Agency (ACHA)
The ACHA provides guidance to the President on testing, contact tracing and mitigation strategies for our community. Membership in the ACHA has evolved as we have moved from planning to implementation; membership will continue to be fluid as our knowledge of the virus evolves and different priorities emerge in how the campus adapts.
To create a sustainable culture of safety and health at Allegheny College in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ACHA will oversee:
1. Testing the Entire Campus Community
We will be using PCR and antigen testing in three ways throughout the semester:
as a move-in baseline
2. Mitigating Disease Transmission on Campus
Mitigation strategies will be used across campus:
reducing the amount of “shared air” between individuals and groups
reorganizing the campus environment
3. Providing Consistent and Clear Education and Communications
Our communication strategy will aim to address the concerns and needs of three specific audiences:
1. Students and parents
2. Campus employees
3. Broader community that is home to the College
4. Monitoring Allegheny’s COVID-19 Dashboard and Continuously Assessing the Indicators for Closure
Throughout the semester, ACHA will continue to monitor the health of our community, using such tools as the dashboard and the Indicators for Closure.
Guidelines for Students and Employees
All members of the Allegheny community (students, faculty, staff and administrators) are REQUIRED to comply with the policies, protocols and guidelines detailed below.
1. Daily Health Screening
- coughing or shortness of breath
- fever or chills
- new, unexplained muscle or body aches
- new loss of smell or taste
- new, unexplained tiredness or fatigue
- sore throat
In the past 24 hours have you been in direct contact with an individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19?
Have you traveled internationally or domestically to an area under stay-at-home orders in the past 14 days?
Data will be used solely for the purposes of ensuring community health. People who answer in the affirmative will be cued to discuss this with a healthcare professional (students, to the Winslow Health Center; employees, to your healthcare practitioner).
You do not need to report to your supervisor any specific health or personal information; you can simply confirm with your supervisor that you answered yes to one or more of the questions on the daily health check. Please then follow up with Jennifer Padlan, Director of Human Resources, for questions (email@example.com).
2. Physical Distancing
If workspaces cannot accommodate this spacing, then alternative solutions will be sought (e.g., alternate work days on campus, alternative work locations).
Avoid congregating in or around common areas.
No events or gatherings can have more than 50 people in outdoor spaces.
All events need to be organized in such a way that physical distancing and face covering requirements are met.
As a community, we are committed to maintaining physical distance and creating a large “public zone” on campus. As humans, we are relational beings, and we need one another now more than ever. This pandemic does not require us to cut social ties or decrease social interactions. We seek to support social interactions with each other while maintaining the physical space that is required to decrease disease spread.View Detailed Event and Gathering Guidance
3. Face Coverings
Face coverings are only effective if we all participate: “My face covering protects you; your face covering protects me.”
A student will not be allowed to participate in a class without a proper face covering.
4. Frequent Handwashing
No special soap is needed to wash away the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
5. Frequent Cleaning and Maintaining a Healthy Campus Environment
Use of shared objects in classes and labs should be limited as much as possible or cleaned between uses.
Students and instructors will be asked to wipe down tables/desks before classes with disinfectant wipes provided by the College.
6. Dining Services
Disposable/compostable food service items (e.g., utensils and dishes) should be used where possible.
All of the self-service options at Brooks will be eliminated; plated meals will be served, and buffets will be discontinued.
Both dining halls have extended their hours of operation and rearranged seating to encourage physical distancing.
8. Community-based Research, Internship, Class Project and Volunteer Experiences
Outdoor Service Saturday projects will be allowed if both the College and Crawford County show a low case positivity rate, community partners are supportive of the work, physical distancing can be maintained, and face coverings are used by Allegheny students, faculty and staff as well as community partners.
9. Visitors to Campus
Approved visitors include prospective students and their families, as well as candidates for faculty or administrative positions. Prospective students visiting campus should be accompanied by no more than two adults. Candidates interviewing for positions at the College will not be allowed to bring partners or children to the campus interview. Individuals who would normally come to campus, such as guest speakers or recruiters associated with Career Education, should be encouraged to coordinate virtual speaking and recruiting activities.
Parents/family members who come to campus to visit or pick up their students will not be allowed to enter the residence halls.
To limit potential exposure we are closing Allegheny facilities to the public.
All visitors to campus will be required to adhere to the health and safety protocols in place.