CBU’s Return to Campus Plan
CBU COVID HEALTH CHECK
All visitors to campus are required to complete a daily CBU COVID HEALTH CHECK before being allowed on campus. You will receive immediate results via email or to display on your phone. If you are unable to complete the online assessment, paper forms will be available at the Central Ave. gate.CBU COVID CHECK
Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
Together and by association, while looking out and caring for each other, our CBU community worked hard to make this past academic year a success, despite the considerable challenges and many hardships presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As we prepare for the 2021-22 academic year, it is now time for us to once again work together so that we can assure a return to a safe, vibrant, and engaged on-campus learning, working, and living experience this fall.
This will be possible due to safe and effective vaccines, which have been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and proven to significantly reduce COVID-19 transmission and the risk of serious illness when the disease is contracted.
To that end, COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for all persons who live, learn, and work on the Christian Brothers University campus beginning this fall. This requirement applies to all of the following, unless an exemption or reasonable accommodation is approved:
- Students living on campus
- Students attending classes on campus
- Student athletes
- Faculty teaching classes on campus
- Staff working on campus
Documentation must be provided by August 2, 2021. The deadline for exemption requests has passed.
New students who were not enrolled by the exemption deadline of July 12, 2021 may request an extension of the exemption deadline by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Employees who joined CBU after July 12, 2021 may request an extension of the exemption deadline by emailing email@example.com.
Summer Adjustments to COVID Protocols
In accordance with recent updates to CDC guidelines and the low density of persons on campus this summer, Christian Brothers University is making some adjustments to our COVID-19 protocols for the summer months. These policies will be put into practice immediately and will remain until further notice.
CBU does not require individuals to wear face masks while outdoors on campus at this time. CDC guidance recommends that people who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a mask outdoors when social distancing of six feet cannot be maintained.
Masks are still required in all indoor locations unless you are in a private office or residence hall room. CBU community members who work outside and interact with people in a relatively close proximity, such as Campus Safety officers who staff campus entrances and Admissions Counselors who facilitate tours, should consult with their supervisors regarding expectations for mask usage.
The University expects that many members of our campus community will continue to wear face masks/coverings, and the University supports their choice to do so. People who choose to wear masks should not be questioned about them, nor should they be discouraged or prohibited from wearing them.
Also due to low density on campus, CBU is likewise suspending the entrance/exit rules for buildings on campus and the posted directional guidelines for internal foot traffic flow. The signage will be updated soon, but you may safely disregard them in the meantime.
Social distancing should still be observed, following the six-foot guidelines still recommended by the CDC. Exceptions have been made in certain circumstances; for example, students in the Physician Assistant Studies program have all been vaccinated and are allowed to observe more lenient three-foot distancing guidelines.
Plans for Fall 2021 Semester
The preliminary plans for the fall semester at Christian Brothers University are to offer our students a full complement of on-campus courses beginning in August. Class size limitations will be restored to actual room capacities or traditional instructional limits. The expectation is that these courses will be taught in person and in compliance with whatever social distancing, masking, and other public health requirements may be in place throughout the semester and academic year.
The plan anticipates that all current hybrid courses will be converted back to a traditional face-to-face format. At the same time, we also will continue to encourage the development and offering of our online course offerings, building upon the growth, momentum, and excellence we have achieved in this area this past year. Faculty who anticipate requiring an online-only accommodation for the fall should contact Human Resources with a request, as existing accommodations will not automatically roll over to the new academic year.
Christian Brothers University is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for all our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members during the COVID-19 public health crisis. If you have any questions that are not answered here, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.