COVID-19 Campus Health and Safety

Dominican remains committed to providing the highest-quality education to our students and maintaining learning environments that are safe, supportive, and equitable. Based on the shifting conditions in our county and our state, we will continue to update our plans and policies.

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Dominican offers in-person instruction with some added flexibility for upper-division and graduate courses to be offered using a hybrid format or online.

Our plans for the 2022-2023 academic year have been designed using public health protocols and best practices. We will continue to leverage our small size to make decisions based on research, advice, and regulatory protocols from state and county health officials.

We have infused flexibility and creativity into all plans in order to follow public health guidelines while providing all students with a high-quality education, a structured network of personal and professional support, and opportunities to interact with each other and our community.

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Additional Information

The health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors on campus has been integrated into all of our interactions and protocols. We will continue to work closely with Marin Health and Human Services and the Student Health Center to ensure that our planned operations are congruent with their guidance and suggested best practices, as follows:

  • Masking continues to be an important strategy in blocking the spread of COVID-19. With the high rate in Marin, we will continue requiring masks indoors in the classroom, and in any indoor public spaces. Masks are optional in office spaces where the vaccination status of others is known, and your colleagues are comfortable with others being unmasked.

    We highly recommend that you upgrade to a KN-95 or N-95 mask. Although a limited supply will be available at the Student Health Center for those who have forgotten to bring their mask to campus, all individuals (faculty, staff or student) are expected to provide their own masks.
  • The University has appointed a COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team and Lead who will manage our ongoing response and ensure alignment with evolving health protocols. The Lead can be reached via email at penguinprepared@dominican.edu.

Vaccinations: Students

Dominican University of California has adopted the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American College Health Association (ACHA) that all students enrolling in in-person classes provide:

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination, including booster; or a request for an exemption based on medical or religious grounds. Please note these requests will be reviewed and might not be approved. 
    • If you have already submitted your vaccination + booster information, you need do nothing additional.
    • If you have not received the first booster, please seek that shot immediately, and submit that information here. Shots are widely available from healthcare providers and pharmacies. You can find vaccines in Marin here.
    • If you submitted an exemption request last year that was accepted, that exemption will continue for this year. New exemption requests must be submitted here.
    • New students must submit vaccination status by August 19.

Students who do not comply with this policy may be prohibited from the following: 

  • Attending classes;
  • Participating in extracurricular events, such as athletics; and/or
  • Participating in Dominican-related domestic or international programs or other Dominican-sponsored off-campus events.

Vaccinations: Faculty and Staff

All faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with an initial series, plus a booster.

  • Faculty and staff may request a medical or religious exemption; if that exemption is approved, please know that there will be restrictions, for your and others' safety.
  • If you have already submitted your vaccination + booster information, you need do nothing additional.
  • If you have not received the first booster, please seek that shot immediately, and submit that information here. Shots are widely available from healthcare providers and pharmacies. You can find vaccines in Marin here.
  • If you submitted an exemption request last year that was accepted, that exemption will continue for this year. New exemption requests must be submitted here.
  • New faculty and staff must submit vaccination status by August 19.

Resources

CDC When You Have Been Fully Vaccinated

Testing will be focused on symptomatic individuals. Rapid antigen tests are available from covidtests.gov, your personal health insurance carrier, the Student Health Center, RAs in the dorms, and through penguinprepared@dominican.edu

We will continue to urge ANYONE who has symptoms (and if you need a reminder of those, find it here) to stay home and not come to campus; use a home rapid antigen test and if the results are positive, report it here.

If you have a positive test result, you must isolate for at least 5 days (information here) and test negative with a rapid antigen test to return to campus before 10 days.

The definition of “close contact” includes shared indoor airspace (e.g., home, clinic waiting room, airplane etc.), for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period with a covid-positive person during their infectious period. 

The definition of “infectious period” 

  • For symptomatic infectious persons: The infectious period is 2 days before the infected person had any symptoms through Day 10 after symptoms first appeared (or through Day 5 if testing negative on Day 5 or later), and 24 hours have passed with no fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and symptoms have improved, OR
  • For asymptomatic infectious persons: The infectious period is 2 days before the positive specimen collection date through Day 10 after positive specimen collection date (or through Day 5 if testing negative on Day 5 or later) after specimen collection date for their first positive COVID-19 test. 

Public health provides specific guidance for what individuals experiencing close contact should do.
 

If you test positive for COVID-19, you must isolate for a minimum of 5 days and test negative with a rapid antigen test before returning to campus (if returning before 10 days). Detailed isolation guidance from public health is here. During this isolation period, you should NOT leave your isolation space and should minimize contact with any other person. 

Academic Support

Please email your instructors to let them know that you are working with the University and following the University’s isolation/quarantine guidance, and that you are not allowed to attend any in-person classes or activities (ex: meetings, sports, labs, or clinicals/field-placements). You may copy penguinprepared@dominican.edu on the email you send them so that they know your request is verified.

  • Dear Instructor,

    I am letting you know that I am currently following the University’s COVID isolation protocol as instructed by the University’s COVID response team (copied). At this point, I will need to remain isolated until at least DATE. This could be extended up to 5 more days based on continuation of symptoms or lack of a negative COVID test. 
     
    During my quarantine/isolation I am not able to attend any in-person classes, sport, activities, or clinicals/fieldwork placements, but I can participate in any virtual classes - if there is an option to do so.

    Please let me know what arrangements or accommodations can be made while I am quarantined. I look forward to speaking with you soon.

    Thank you

IMPORTANT: if you test negative and are cleared to stop quarantine, be sure to notify your instructors before you return to class so as to avoid any misunderstandings or concerns. 

Resident Students: Housing and Dining

This section applies ONLY to those resident students living in Edgehill Village, Fanjeaux, or Pennafort. 

  • If you are NOT a resident student (you live off-campus) you are NOT eligible for meal delivery.
  • If you ARE a resident student, but plan to isolate off-campus, please do not sign-up for meal delivery.

The isolation/quarantine protocol means that you may not leave your on-campus room during the designated period.  We will make arrangements to have your food prepared at Caleruega and delivered to your room each day. 

Please complete the Isolation/Quarantine Student Meal Delivery Request Form as soon as possible so that we can make arrangements to prepare/deliver your meals each day. Please note the following on the form:

  • Your name
  • Be sure you give us the correct building/room info
  • Provide a cell phone in case we need to contact you
  • Indicate meal choice (anything - vegetarian - vegan)
  • Tell us of any food allergies/restrictions

Your meals will be pre-packaged and will include lunch, dinner, and breakfast for the following morning. You will need to keep some food in a refrigerator, and may need to microwave some meals. If you do not have a refrigerator or microwave, please let us know immediately. Meals will be delivered daily each day around 11:30am (prior to lunch) by a staff member; they will drop packages outside your door, then knock and wait to be sure that you pick up the food (we cannot leave it outside for an extended period of time).

We will also arrange to have mail picked up and delivered to your room.

When you complete your isolation period, notify housing@dominican.edu and they will discontinue meal delivery.

Positive COVID tests must be reported here. For students who test positive and attended class in the 48 hours prior to their positive result, instructors will be notified, and asked to share that information with that class. Only positive test results should be reported. 

May I ask my students if they are vaccinated?

No. You cannot ask students to reveal personal medical information. The University is requiring all students to be vaccinated. Students must submit their vaccination records, or formally request a medical or religious exemption from vaccination.

May students ask other students if they are vaccinated?

We discourage this practice, though we understand that this may happen.

Does everyone need to wear a mask in the classroom?

Yes. All faculty, staff, and students need to wear masks indoors. The CDC does not recommend using face shields or goggles as a substitute for masks. See our COVID-19 Event Guidance for events sponsored by off-campus groups. 

Do we need to physically distance ourselves in the classroom?

No. Recent evidence indicates that in-person instruction can occur safely without minimum physical distancing requirements when other mitigation strategies (e.g., masking) are fully implemented. 

Are outdoor classrooms available? 

Yes, and they may be reserved through our usual reservation system.

For more information

CDC Guidelines for Institutions of Higher Education

Marin County FAQs for School and Education

All campus spaces have been returned to their pre-pandemic capacity.

  • Custodial teams will clean common spaces daily and frequently touched surfaces based on CDC guidelines.
  • Ventilation systems have been assessed and are in compliance with current state guidelines, which includes updating HVAC filters and adding air filtration equipment to smaller spaces without windows. Additionally, when and wherever possible, windows and doors will be left open to reduce handling and increase air flow.
     

University housing (on-campus and townhomes) will operate at normal capacity for the 2022/2023 academic year.

  • Pennafort Hall will continue to house all new first-year students; all rooms are designated for triple-occupancy.
  • Fanjeaux Hall will house a mix of new and continuing students; rooms are mostly double occupancy.
  • Edgehill Village will house continuing students with some new students; all suites are 2 double rooms (4 students) per unit.
  • The Dominican Townhomes (off campus) will house continuing students; 2 double rooms and 1 single room per unit (5 students total).

Be advised: There are a limited number of single rooms available in on-campus housing (townhomes excluded), and these are reserved for students with an approved accommodation documented with the Office of Accessibility and Disability Services.

Campus will follow protocols developed with the County health inspector.

  • Caleruega dining hall will be fully operational and ready to serve the campus community at the start of the semester. Epicurean Group (EG) will continue to follow the most updated CDC and Marin County Environmental Health guidelines for food preparation and service. 

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