Hiram College

COVID Updates

Plans for Spring 2022 Semester (Updated 1.3.22)

Spring Classes

Spring 12-week classes will begin as scheduled on Monday, Jan. 10. The first two weeks of classes will be held remotely, and in-person classes will begin on Monday, Jan. 24. By starting the semester with remote classes, we hope to prevent any spread of COVID-19 that may occur following in-person holiday gatherings.

Students will be able to move into the residence halls and Townhouses starting on Saturday, Jan. 22. Only students who have already been approved by the Office of Residential Education will be permitted to return to campus before Jan. 22.

You can find the spring 2022 academic calendar here.

Arriving on Campus

In order for students to return to campus for classes or to live in the residence halls and Townhouses in spring 2022, they must submit the results of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, which is the most reliable test to identify individuals who have been infected with COVID-19. Faculty and staff must also submit a negative PCR test result in order to return to campus. The results of a rapid or at-home test will not be accepted.

Instructions for obtaining this test and submitting the results are as follows:

  • When to get tested. Individuals must be tested 3-5 days prior to their arrival on campus. It is strongly recommended that you schedule your PCR test in advance with your testing location as walk-in testing is limited in most areas. Students planning to move into the residence halls or Townhouses on Jan. 22 must be tested by Wednesday, Jan. 19 to allow enough time to receive the results of your test before arriving on campus.
  • Where to get tested. Individuals are able to visit any COVID-19 PCR testing location they choose. Most pharmacies and health centers offer PCR testing at this time. You can find testing sites that offer low- or no-cost PCR tests by using this online tool from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. In addition, Project Baseline by verily provides free PCR testing in select states, including Ohio. 
  • Where to submit your result. Once an individual has received their test result, they will need to submit the result using an online form.
  • If you have previously tested positive. If anyone has tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days prior to their arrival in January, then they do not need to take a PCR test. Instead, you will need to provide your positive test results to the College if your test was completed off campus. If you tested positive on-campus during this period, the Health Center will be in contact with you.

Students, faculty and stuff will not be able to return to campus until they submit a negative PCR test result. Students who attend in-person classes, return to campus housing or visit any campus facility without providing a negative test result will face disciplinary action.

Spring athletes may have an adjusted arrival schedule and test-by date. Please see further communication from the Athletics Department.

Spring 2022 Health Protocol

The current indoor mask mandate will remain in place for the spring semester. Everyone on campus must wear a mask while inside a public area, regardless of vaccination status. When you return to campus, please continue to follow this mandate, as well as frequent handwashing and distancing in public areas.

On-campus isolation spaces for students who test positive for COVID-19 will be very limited throughout the spring semester. Students are strongly advised to plan ahead to identify where they could isolate off campus if they would need to.

If you test positive for COVID-19 or come into contact with someone who has COVID-19, be sure to follow the College’s guidelines in regards to quarantine time, testing and other precautions. You can find those guidelines here.

Vaccinations and Boosters

As booster shots have been shown to keep individuals and communities safer against COVID-19, the College will amend the COVID-19 vaccination policy. Effective Feb. 4, 2022, all students, faculty and staff must receive the booster vaccination (once they are eligible) in addition to the primary COVID-19 vaccinations. You are eligible for the booster vaccine five months after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna primary vaccine and two months after a Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine. If you become eligible for the booster vaccine after February 4, you will have two weeks once you are eligible to receive your booster before you will be out of compliance with the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

Students can submit their vaccination information using this link.

Faculty and staff can submit their vaccination information using this link.

All unvaccinated students, faculty and staff on campus will be tested regularly at the Health Center throughout the semester. The College defines “unvaccinated” as anyone who has not received any COVID-19 vaccinations; anyone who has not received all doses of a primary vaccine series; and anyone who has been eligible for the booster vaccine more than two weeks and has not yet received it. Individuals who have recently completed their primary vaccine series and are not yet eligible for the booster vaccine will not need to participate in regular testing.

Due to a recent change in Ohio Department of Health funding, the College will no longer be able to provide free COVID-19 testing at the Health Center. Unvaccinated individuals who must adhere to regular testing will be charged $160 for testing in the spring semester.

Hiram College strongly recommends that you receive a booster vaccine as soon as you are able to increase resistance to COVID-19. The Health Center will have doses of the primary vaccine and booster shots available in the spring semester.

For more information on Hiram’s testing and confirmed cases, click here to view the COVID-19 Dashboard.

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