Guide to the Fall 2021 Semester

Kutztown University will return to a primarily face-to-face environment for the 2021 fall semester. While some health and wellness protocols may remain in place, KU's course offerings and residential experience will more-closely reflect its traditional on-campus environment.

CAMPUS ENVIRONMENT MODIFICATIONS

KU will continue to provide existing health and wellness strategies across campus in 2021-22. Plexiglass dividers will remain in place and hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be present in classrooms and available for department use. All students and employees are strongly encouraged to clean shared desk areas/work stations upon entering classrooms. COVID-19 testing will be available for any student who has COVID-like symptoms.

Travel Restrictions

State System restrictions regarding business-related travel remain in effect until further notice.

VACCINE INFORMATION

Kutztown University strongly encourages members of its campus community to get vaccinated in the months ahead, prior to the fall semester. While the university does not currently have the legal authority to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine of its students and employees, the COVID-19 vaccine is an important tool to help us end the pandemic and return to a primarily face-to-face environment for the fall semester.

In addition, Kutztown University will host on-campus vaccine clinics this summer and fall (details below). Learn more.

CLINICAL SERVICES

Clinical Services will operate on an appointment-only basis in the 2021 fall semester. Students should make an appointment by calling 610-683-4082. Well and sick exam rooms have been established to minimize exposure. Clinical Services has the means for diagnostic testing of students who are symptomatic for COVID-19. Any student who is tested or who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 will be advised to quarantine until test results are available.

Students experiencing COVID-like symptoms should contact Clinical Services, Beck Hall, for examination and testing at 610-683-4082. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. All students need to call for an appointment. There are no walk-in appointments. When Clinical Services is closed, please contact Public Safety and Police Services at 610-683-4001 for immediate assistance. If you have an emergency off campus, call 911. If a student is advised by an outside healthcare provider to quarantine or isolate due to possible COVID-19 exposure, tests positive for COVID-19, or believes they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they should contact Clinical Services by phone (610-683-4082) or email (health@kutztown.edu).

If a student is believed to have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, Clinical Services will coordinate with Housing and Residence Life staff to notify the student. Unvaccinated close contacts will be asked to quarantine for up to 14 days. Clinical Services will follow the isolation policy developed in collaboration with Housing and Residence Life.

Contact tracing guidelines will be followed based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

Excuse notes will not be given on a routine basis. Students and professors will need to work out a plan for absenteeism.

QUARANTINE/ISOLATION

Students advised to quarantine or isolate must return home and follow the isolation guidelines of the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Clinical Services, along with Housing and Residence Life, have identified limited facilities for resident students that cannot isolate or quarantine off-campus; approval of these accommodations will be on a case-by-case basis.

EMPLOYEES

Employees experiencing COVID-like symptoms should contact their healthcare provider for diagnosis, testing and/or treatment. If an employee is advised to quarantine or isolate due to possible COVID-19 exposure, tests positive for COVID-19, or believes they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they should contact Human Resources by phone (610-683-1353) or email (humanresources@kutztown.edu).

MASKS

Kutztown University revised its mask protocols June 1 to reflect CDC guidance, based on recommendations from Pennsylvania's departments of Health and Education.

Masks are no longer required for any individual on KU's campus. Individuals should follow CDC guidance for when to wear a mask, which can be read here. Clinical Services will continue to require masks within the Health Center, per guidance for healthcare facilities.

Individuals who are fully vaccinated (two weeks after their final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine) can resume activities on campus without wearing a mask or physical distancing. In addition, those who are fully vaccinated do not have to quarantine if they have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.

Individuals who have not yet been vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a mask when unable to social distance.

QUESTIONS

Questions can be directed to KU's Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.