Frequently asked Questions about the Fall 2021 Plan

Fall 2021 Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are masks required on campus?

    Masks are required inside all university buildings for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.

    • Individuals are required to wear masks indoors, including in all classrooms, meeting rooms, common areas in residence halls and indoor events.
    • Masks are not required outdoors. CDC recommends that people who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings. The university supports all members of the campus community who choose to wear a mask outdoors.
    • Masks must cover the nose and mouth.
    • Individuals may remove their mask when in a private space, but masks must be worn when other individuals enter the space. This includes employee offices and secluded student study areas.
    • Resident students may remove their mask when in their room with their roommate. Visitors are permitted, but masks must be worn when individuals are not in their room.

    Masks will remain required while the CDC advises that they be worn in our area. Should the situation improve, the university will adjust its protocols to align with current CDC guidance.

  • Are students and employees required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

    Kutztown University strongly encourages members of its campus community to get vaccinated before the fall semester. State System universities, including Kutztown University, do not currently have the legal authority to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine of its students and employees.

  • Can students and employees request PPE from the university?

    Kutztown University has personal protective equipment (PPE) available for students and employees. Students can pick-up a mask or face shield at the KU Card Office, 107 Academic Forum.

    Available supplies for employee requests include black cloth masks, disposable masks, 16 oz. hand sanitizers with pumps, 90- or 100-count wipes and face shields. Employees, departments and offices can request PPE by emailing ppesupplies@kutztown.edu. Supplies will be delivered by the mailroom/storeroom directly to your department. KU's Emergency Management Team recommends all departments and offices to have a supply of disposable masks and hand sanitizer pumps.

    Classroom PPE will continue to be replenished by the Facilities custodial staff.

  • Can a professor hold office hours online via Zoom?

    In the interest of serving student needs for support and connection, while creating opportunities for faculty to engage with students in a manner that is pedagogically sound, the following principles and practices - with regard to location and modality - will be observed as the deans approve office hours submissions:

    • In-person office hours provide students and colleagues with an opportunity to interact with faculty in a way that enlivens the campus community.
    • As in the past, all faculty will be expected to hold five hours of office hours per week (prorated by percentage of full-time instructional status).
    • Faculty who are teaching courses intended primarily for face-to-face undergraduate populations are expected to hold office hours from their assigned offices or other spaces on campus. Should a faculty member elect to use an on-campus space other than their office, that should be clearly communicated to students.
    • Students and faculty are expected to observe in-place campus policies on masks during in-person office hour meetings.
    • While face-to-face meetings should be made available to students during office hours held in the office, faculty may offer multiple modalities of interaction (phone, Zoom, email, etc.) to suit the needs of the student and situation.
    • Faculty who are teaching online, evening or extended courses intended primarily for working adults or students not typically taking face-to-face courses, or field experience courses that require students to be at placement sites full-time during the standard work day, can offer up to two hours of office hours via Zoom from off-campus locations.
    • Should a faculty member have other courses for which the majority of students are unable to meet with faculty during the standard work day due to characteristics of the course or program (that are not mentioned in the categories above), they may discuss their specific situation with their dean, who will make a decision based on student need.

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  • Are there social distancing protocols on campus? Can an employee apply social distancing protocols to in-person meetings?

    There are currently no social distancing protocols on campus, per state guidelines. If an employee wishes to apply social distancing for in-person meetings, they may do so within their office or another location on campus, which allows for social distancing.

  • If an employee's child is in quarantine/isolation, will the employee be expected to use appropriate leave time, or can the employee request to work remotely during their child's quarantine/isolation?

    Employees will be expected to use appropriate leave time. Professors should utilize pre-pandemic protocols to ensure class coverage. Faculty with unvaccinated children may wish to proactively consider instructional coverage plans in consultation with their chairperson.

  • If an employee is in quarantine/isolation due to exposure to, or testing positive for COVID-19, will the employee be expected to use appropriate leave time, or can the employee request to work remotely?

    Employees will be expected to use appropriate leave time. Professors should utilize pre-pandemic protocols to ensure class coverage. Unvaccinated faculty may wish to proactively consider instructional coverage plans in consultation with their chairperson.

  • Can committees continue to meet on Zoom or are they required to return to in-person meetings?

    While in-person meetings and traditional meeting arrangements are highly encouraged, committees can utilize Zoom when best appropriate.

  • As a faculty advisor, are there any restrictions or limitations on student clubs that I need to be aware of?

    Masks are required to be worn when indoors. Vaccines are recommended, but not required. Students and employees should wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after they have been in a public place, or after blowing their nose, coughing or sneezing. Employees and students should stay home if they are sick.

  • What should students do if they are experiencing COVID-like symptoms?

    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. When Clinical Services is closed, students who live on campus should contact their community assistant; students who live off campus should contact their health care provider. If you have an emergency, call 911.

    Students who are sick should stay home and not attend class until they are no longer experiencing symptoms. Students should contact their professor(s) to work out a plan for absenteeism.

  • What should employees do if they are experiencing COVID-like symptoms?

    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).

    Employees who are sick should stay home until they are no longer experiencing symptoms.

  • What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

    Students should first contact Clinical Services by phone at 610-683-4082 (when closed, email health@kutztown.edu). Employees should first contact Human Resources by phone (610-683-1353) or email (humanresources@kutztown.edu).

    Students who live on campus must return home to isolate if they test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status. 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.

    KU Health Center staff notify the Pennsylvania Department of Health of positive cases on campus and assist with contact tracing.

  • What happens if I was a close contact with someone who has COVID-19?

    Students should first contact Clinical Services by phone at 610-683-4082 (when closed, email health@kutztown.edu). Employees should first contact Human Resources by phone (610-683-1353) or email (humanresources@kutztown.edu).

    People who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine after close contact with someone who had COVID-19, unless they have symptoms. However, fully-vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don't have symptoms, and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure, or until their test result is negative. People who are not fully vaccinated should quarantine for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.

    For example, if a fully-vaccinated student is in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and the student is not experiencing symptoms, per CDC protocols, the student does not need to quarantine and should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure (they should wear a mask during this period). If the student is not fully-vaccinated, the student must quarantine for 14 days, regardless of test result.

  • Can students have visitors in their residence hall?

    Yes, students are permitted to have visitors in their residence hall, per the visitation policy.

  • Is quarantine/isolation an approved absence for students? How will classwork be made up?

    Kutztown University has policies and protocols in place to accommodate students who need to miss class for legitimate reason (KU Policy ACA-016). These legitimate reasons/approved absences include documented illness, which includes the need to quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19.

    If a student needs to quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19, in addition to contacting the KU Health Center (610-683-4082), the student assumes the responsibility for notifying their professor(s), per The Key. Professors will provide assistance regarding how students might obtain course material and/or complete missed assignments in a manner appropriate to the nature of the course – this will vary from course to course.

    Students should review the professor's course syllabus/first day handout for specific policies for completing missed work. The majority of our in-person classes do not have the technology to provide students with the option of virtual attendance (Zoom) when absent due to illness or other reasons.

    As we work to reenergize our campus, it is important that we have students in the classroom with their professor(s) whenever possible.

  • I am an employee. What should I do if a student informs me they have tested positive for COVID-19?

    Inform the student to contact the KU Health Center as soon as possible (610-683-4082 or health@kutztown.edu). Employees may also inform the KU Health Center of the positive student.

    If the employee feels they were a close contact of the positive student, they should contact Human Resources (610-683-1353 or humanresources@kutztown.edu).

    No further action is needed from an employee. If other students/employees are deemed close contacts, those individuals will be informed through the university's contact tracing process from either the Health Center (students) or Human Resources (employees). Class-wide communications from professors is not recommended at this time.