Healthy at Transy Guidelines for 2021-22

Healthy at Transy

(Updated April 1, 2022)

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our Healthy at Transy protocols have reflected federal, state and public health guidelines with emphasis on the current impact within our local and campus communities. Doing so has allowed us to create a safe campus experience for our students, employees and visitors. We intend to continue using public health guidance to evaluate our on-campus mitigation measures while prioritizing individual empowerment and community responsibility among our students, faculty and staff. 

The CDC recently announced changes to its guidelines, shifting from looking only at COVID incidence rates to a more holistic view of risk within a community. The guidance takes into account incidence rate, hospitalizations and hospital capacity. Our Healthy at Transy plan will mirror the updated local, state and CDC guidance for Fayette County’s community COVID level.

With regard to mask requirements on campus, any student or employee may choose to wear a mask anywhere on campus at any time for any reason and are encouraged to do so if they have a cold, other symptoms or a recent exposure to someone with COVID. We ask that our community be kind and mindful of those who choose to wear a mask, those who choose to not wear a mask, as well as respect the wishes of those who require others to use a mask in their offices, classrooms and residence hall rooms. 

When community levels change, a campus message will be sent with updated information and a timeline for implementation. 

Current COVID-19 Community Level for Fayette County: Low

(As of April 1, 2022)

Community Level COVID — Healthy at Transy Guidelines

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Vaccination

Transylvania requires all students and employees to be fully vaccinated. Exemptions for all individual requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Stay up to date with vaccinations.

Transylvania requires all students and employees to be fully vaccinated. Exemptions for all individual requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Stay up to date with vaccinations.

Transylvania requires all students and employees to be fully vaccinated. Exemptions for all individual requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Stay up to date with vaccinations.

Mask use

Mask based on individual preference, informed by individual risk.

Targeted mask use in indoor settings following exposures

Mask use is encouraged, but optional in common spaces on campus.

Faculty, staff and students have the right to require others to continue mask use in their personal spaces, including classrooms, offices and residence hall rooms.

Targeted mask use in  indoor settings following exposures

Wear well-fitting masks in all indoor public settings, including common spaces, classrooms and offices. 
Isolation & quarantineStay home when sick.
Follow isolation and quarantine guidance, including getting tested if you are exposed or have symptoms of COVID.
Stay home when sick.
Follow isolation and quarantine guidance, including getting tested if you are exposed or have symptoms of COVID.
Stay home when sick.
Follow isolation and quarantine guidance, including getting tested if you are exposed or have symptoms of COVID.
Physical distancing  Limit indoor in-person gatherings and reduce size of gatherings. Encourage physical distancing.
High-risk peopleTalk to healthcare provider about preventative treatments.

Consider wearing well-fitted mask in all indoor public settings.

Talk to healthcare provider about preventative treatments.

Consider avoiding non-essential indoor public activities.

Talk to healthcare provider about preventative treatments.

Reporting requirements

Under Healthy at Transy, the university requires isolation for any employee or student who tests positive for COVID per public health guidelines. 

  • If a student tests positive for coronavirus, they are asked to immediately notify the Campus Health Clinic. Roommates and housemates of those who live in multiple occupancy residences will also be asked to mask, test and possibly quarantine until cleared by campus health officials. 
  • If an employee tests positive for COVID, they will be asked to self-isolate and are required to notify human resources within 12 hours of receiving the test result. 

Supervisors notified of an employee’s absence for a positive COVID test should also report that information to HR. 

Quarantine and Isolation 

Transylvania will continue its practice of requiring isolation for any employee or student who tests positive for COVID-19 per public health guidelines. 

Following a known exposure to COVID-19, all individuals are asked to follow the current CDC guidance on testing, quarantine and isolation. Students may be required to isolate or quarantine off campus (at their own expense), as on-campus housing will be limited. Employees may use sick or vacation leave to cover any time away from work or may make alternate arrangements with their supervisor as appropriate. 

Kentucky public health quarantine guidance.

Testing

Students and employees who are not currently fully vaccinated are required to complete ongoing testing every two weeks. Noncompliance or refusal to follow university health and safety protocols may result in removal from residence halls or the loss of privileges, including attending in-person events and class sessions (which may not be available remotely). 

Employees who are not currently vaccinated must be tested biweekly in the Campus Clinic beginning in August as a requirement of employment. The university will cover the cost of employee testing.  Employees who fail to test will be subject to corrective action up to and including termination. 

Employees and students who exhibit COVID symptoms can request to be tested at the Campus Clinic at no charge.

Vaccine booster shots

Public health officials recommend a booster dose of the COVID vaccine for people who are fully vaccinated and whose immune response may have weakened over time. Individuals who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine are recommended to schedule a booster shot at least six months after completing the primary COVID vaccination series. Those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine may get a booster at least two months after receiving the vaccination.

Transylvania strongly encourages all students and employees who are fully vaccinated to get a booster as soon as they are eligible. To schedule an appointment for a vaccine or booster shot, visit vaccines.gov to find a location near you.

To upload a completed COVID-19 card with a booster, go to my.transy.edu and log in to Colleague Self-Service. Employees should select the Employment icon in the left toolbar, and students should select the Academics icon. All uploads are secure, and an individual’s health information will remain accessible only by those authorized to view it. 

Physical Distancing and Campus Events

Transylvania has returned to a full schedule of activities and events, including athletics, speakers, performing arts and student life programs. Student organizations are required to track attendance at in-person gatherings for contact tracing purposes. 

Specific policies regarding visitors, group size limits, mask usage and other protocols will be determined closer to the start of each event. Guest artists, athletic organizations (NCAA, HCAC or affiliated conferences) or others presenting events may implement specific protocols beyond the university guidelines. All decisions will be based on community COVID-19 level and vaccination rates on campus at the time of the event. 

Academic Policy

The university will no longer provide COVID-specific remote learning as a full-term option. 

Faculty will be notified of students who are in quarantine or isolation so they can work with the students, in a manner appropriate to the course, to keep up or make up work. Should the number of students in quarantine or isolation make it necessary at any point during the term, faculty will be empowered to offer classes virtually for a period of time to accommodate the current situation.

Visitors

All visitors to Transylvania’s campus are required to follow the same guidelines as students and employees for mask usage on campus. We strongly encourage all campus visitors ages 12 and older to be fully vaccinated or have received a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to arriving on campus. View the full visitor policy here.