The University of La Verne plans to return to face-to-face and on-campus operations, with a focus on prioritizing the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff, as approved by state and county public health agencies. The La Verne Safe Return plan honors the university’s historical commitment to a student-centered and personalized education.
Below are guiding principles for faculty and colleges to follow. Faculty are encouraged to consult with their deans to address programmatic and college-specific responses to these questions.
- Question Is the university requiring vaccinations for students and employees?
The university requires that all employees and students be vaccinated prior to the fall 2021 term with one of the major vaccines in use in the United States (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson) or other vaccines recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Employees are urged to consult with their primary health care provider and review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for vaccine information and the California Department of Public Health website for vaccine accessibility information. Individuals may request an exemption for medical, religious, ADA, or personal reasons.
Individuals granted an accommodation or exemption may be subject to regular COVID-19 testing, daily symptom checks, quarantines, and additional COVID-19 training, or other preventative measures necessary to protect the health and well-being of the community.
- Question Can faculty require students to wear masks for the duration of the semester even if the county does not have a mask mandate in place?
Presently, Los Angeles County has a mask mandate order in effect. All indoor classes are required to adhere to this mandate per university policy. The university mandate may extend beyond that of the county. Faculty can require masks to be worn during in-person instruction should the university lift the mandate and should note that expectation in their syllabus.
- Question Do I have to wear a mask while teaching?
Face covering is required while teaching. Masks are the preferred face covering, however a face shield with a drape (example) is acceptable while lecturing/facilitating at the front of the classroom. Face shield will be made available to faculty wanting to utilize them at the college deans’ offices and the Provost’s Office.
- Question Can I require students to disclose vaccination status?
No, as a faculty member you should not inquire or require students to disclose their vaccination status.
- Question What do I do if a student in my class indicates they are not feeling well?
Any student who begins feeling sick while at school should be encouraged to go home immediately. Those that report being sick prior to coming to campus should be encouraged to remain off-campus for the duration of their illness. If the student cannot immediately go home they should report to the Student Health Center and the university will provide space for short-term isolation. Faculty are encouraged to show empathy and employ flexibility in their attendance policy to encourage these behaviors.
- Question What do I do if a student in my class informs me that they have tested positive for COVID-19?
Faculty should encourage the student to submit any required Coronavirus Report through the university’s coronavirus webpage. If a student is unable to submit a Coronavirus Report online, the student must contact the COVID-19 compliance officer by phone at 909-448-4012 or email at email@example.com . Reports should be filled out completely and provide as much relevant information as possible. Students who are unsure if their interaction with a person constitutes an exposure or are otherwise unsure about whether they are required to submit a report should submit a report or contact the COVID-19 compliance officer. Students are encouraged, but not required, to report a positive test, symptoms, or exposure if they have not been or are not planning to be on any university campus.
Positive Test: Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 must engage in self-isolation and may not come to campus or, if a resident, must isolate in a designated isolation room. Students may not return to campus or leave the isolation room unless at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first started, they have had no fever or respiratory symptoms for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, and have received written clearance to discontinue isolation from the COVID-19 compliance officer.
- Question How does a positive test in my course impact student learning?
Students who are unvaccinated and have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, or likely had COVID-19 during their infectious period, are required to self-quarantine and may not return to campus or their normal dorm room until cleared to do so by the university’s COVID-19 compliance officer.
Vaccinated students who have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, or likely had COVID-19 during their infectious period, are required to enter a modified self-quarantine protocol. If symptomatic, they must begin self-isolation and submit a Coronavirus Report.
Modified Self-Quarantine: (applies to vaccinated individuals with verified exposure to a positive case)
Asymptomatic students who are fully vaccinated AND who were in close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case will enter a modified 3- to 5-day quarantine as outlined below:
- They will be encouraged to test 3- to 5-days following the date of exposure. While waiting for a negative test result students:
- May continue to attend on-campus classes and academic activities if they are consistently and correctly masked and remain asymptomatic
- Are not permitted to participate on- or off-campus social activities until they receive a negative test.
- If the student declines to test, they must follow the modified quarantine for 10-days.
- A negative test releases the student from modified quarantine.
- They will be encouraged to test 3- to 5-days following the date of exposure. While waiting for a negative test result students:
- Question What accommodations do I need to make for students that are placed in self-quarantine?
Faculty will need to be prepared for delivering or accommodating remote teaching/learning should public health guidelines require increased remote operations. Specifically, each course’s Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) should have a syllabus along with activities, assignments, and assessments that are asynchronous (i.e., pre- recorded tasks that students complete on their own). The syllabus should also clearly state the schedule of lectures, discussions, or other modules that are synchronous (i.e., happen in real time, be it in-person or live via WebEx/Zoom). In addition, all classes will need to be prepared for a paperless environment.
We ask that faculty make reasonable accommodations and work with impacted students to support continued progress toward course completion. Where supported, providing telepresence or remote access to live lectures is encouraged. Alternatively, recording lectures (if possible) and posting any additional resources in the LMS represents reasonable accommodations.
- Question What if I test positive or have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19?
All employees, including full-time, part-time faculty (vaccinated or unvaccinated) must report the following:
- If the employee tested positive for COVID-19 and was on any university campus 14 days before or at any time after testing positive or experiencing symptoms;
- If the employee experienced symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and was on any university campus 14 days before or at any time after experiencing symptoms;
- If the employee tested positive for COVID-19 or experienced symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and is planning or expected to report to campus in the next 14 days;
- If the employee is unvaccinated and was exposed to a person that was actually or likely positive for COVID-19 during the person’s infectious period and the employee was on campus after the exposure or is planning or expected to report to campus in the next 14 days.
If it is possible to do so, employees must submit any required Coronavirus Report through the university’s coronavirus webpage. If an employee is unable to submit a Coronavirus Report online, the employee must contact the COVID-19 compliance officer by phone at 909-448-4012 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reports should be filled out completely and provide as much relevant information as possible. Employees who are unsure if their interaction with a person constitutes an exposure or are otherwise unsure about whether they are required to submit a report should submit a report or contact the COVID-19 compliance officer.
Any employee who tests positive for COVID-19 (both vaccinated and unvaccinated) must engage in self-isolation and may not come to campus. Employees may not return to campus unless at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first started, they have had no fever or respiratory symptoms for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, and have received written clearance to discontinue isolation from the COVID-19 compliance officer.
Faculty who are unvaccinated and have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, or a person who likely had COVID-19 during their infectious period, are required to self-quarantine and may not return to campus until cleared to do so by the university’s COVID-19 compliance officer.
Vaccinated faculty who have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, or a person who likely had COVID-19 during their infectious period, are not required to self-quarantine or engage in diagnostic testing unless they begin experiencing any symptoms consistent with COVID-19. If symptomatic, they must begin self-isolation and submit a Coronavirus Report. Per Cal/OSHA (FAQ #10) A fully vaccinated exposed employee does not need to be excluded from the workplace unless they develop symptoms, in which case the exclusion requirements are the same as for unvaccinated employees.
- Question How does my positive test or close contact exposure impact course delivery during self-quarantining?
If you are self-quarantining due to exposure and asymptomatic you may transition to remote delivery of your course(s) during the duration of your quarantine. You are strongly encouraged to provide synchronous opportunities to your students during this time. Communication with your students is critical during this transition. Faculty should notify their program/department chair and dean when quarantining.
If symptomatic or unable to delivery remotely, please contact HR and notify your program/department and dean to seek accommodations.
- Question How should I approach face covering enforcement?
Treat face covering enforcement as you would any other expectation for classroom behavior. Some best practices include:
- Include statement regarding face covering requirement in syllabus and review it on the first day.
- If the student does not have a face covering, remind students that face coverings are required in the classroom and if they forgot theirs (or is broken) they can go to student center, campus safety, library, etc. to get a temporary one.
- If the student does not put one on, the redirect the student to policy and inform student that not wearing one goes against classroom expectations and is considered disruptive classroom behavior.
- If the student still does not put one on, the ask the student to leave the classroom for engaging in disruptive classroom behavior and to set up a follow up meeting after class.
- If the student still does not put on a mask or refuses to leave the classroom, then please contact campus safety.
Students who engage in disruptive classroom that requires “strong” enforcement may be referred to Student Conduct and may be administratively withdrawn from classroom. Administrative withdraw should be considered if a student engages in similar behavior on two occasions or the when the first occasion is significantly disruptive
- Question Should I work with students differently as we return to the classroom after being remote for so long?
COVID-19 has been tough on all individuals, including students, and has had an impact on student’s mental health. It will be important to work with students on the transition back to being on campus. Encourage students to access support services including CAPS and Lewis Center. A good approach is during first initial classes to engage in activities that:
- (Re)-Connect students with you, with each other and in person learning
- Be mindful of students COVID-19 safety and wellbeing by reviewing safety guidelines and policy, as well as reminding them of resources
- Pause when appropriate to allow students (and yourself) to gather themselves, especially given all that’s happened
- Acknowledge, when appropriate, that there’s been losses (i.e. loss of life, experiences, etc.)
Faculty are encouraged to participate in “Culture of Training” Opportunities through Student Outreach and Support: Addressing Students’ Needs in the New Year – University of La Verne (campuslabs.com) where these topics are discussed more at depth.
- Question Can you define the terms "self-isolation," "self-quarantine," and "close contact"?
- Self-Isolation — Action for those who test positive, requiring isolation from campus and other individuals. At least 10-days from the onset of symptoms. Requires clearance from compliance officer before returning to campus.
- Self-Quarantine — Action for those exposed, but not exhibiting signs/symptoms and who have not tested positive, to stay away from campus and monitor symptoms. Duration is typically 10-days. Quarantine vs. Isolation | CDC.
- Close Contact — An individual has had a close contact if they were within six feet of a COVID-19 case for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or greater in any 24-hour period within or overlapping with the “high risk exposure period.”