COVID-19 Protocols

At SEU Ohio, we are committed to creating a college experience for our students that is like none other. We believe that the on-campus experience is critical in the growth and development of our students. As we anticipate the return of students in the fall, our staff and faculty have worked diligently to promote a healthy and safe environment for our SEU community. 

 

Although we anticipate returning to normal (pre-COVID) operations, with the increase of COVID cases across the country and spread of the Delta variant, there are some practices we will continue for the health and safety of our campus community. With the evolving circumstances, SEU Ohio will periodically update our protocols. Additionally, please note that the following serves as a guide. Because each specific incident of COVID has unique qualities, some circumstances will warrant a specialized protocol. In each incident, the protocol will be administered by SEU Ohio’s licensed registered nurse in cooperation with public health officials.

 

MASKS 

 

Students and Faculty are required to wear masks indoors per the executive order of Mayor Andrew Ginther on September 10, 2021 (https://www.columbus.gov/Templates/Detail.aspx?id=2147521683).  

 

Exemptions to the masking order include those who:

  • Have a medical, behavioral, or other disability that would prevent them from wearing a mask.

  • Are actively eating or drinking.

  • Are speaking or performing in front of a group of people.

  • Are engaged in exercise, sporting activities, or other similar recreational activities.

 

VACCINES 

 

SEU Ohio community members are not required to be vaccinated. We believe each individual should evaluate every medical decision with their physician and make the choice that is best for their individual circumstances. 

 

If you would like to get the COVID vaccine, you can find a list of locations and information about the COVID vaccine at https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.


 

MONITORING SYMPTOMS 

 

We believe that SEU community members play a pivotal role in keeping our campus healthy and safe. Individuals who experience any symptoms of COVID-19 are expected to distance themselves from others, notify the Student Life Director or their RA. Additionally, they should be examined by a healthcare provider. 

 

The following are the current recommendations from the Columbus Public Health Website:

 

POSITIVE CASES & CLOSE CONTACTS

 

Residents of Columbus or Worthington who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who are close contacts of a positive case should take the following steps.

 

If you have tested positive: 

  • Isolate yourself immediately. Isolation periods are generally 10-20 days, depending on the severity of symptoms. Monitor your mail for a Notice of Isolation letter, then complete a case interview online or by phone following the instructions provided in the letter.

  • Stay home except to get medical care.

  • Let your employer know you have COVID-19.

  • Notify your close contacts so they can self-quarantine. 

 

If you are a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case:

  • Quarantine for 10 days from your last contact with a COVID-19 positive case. 

  • Stay home except to get medical care. 

  • Monitor yourself for symptoms.  If you develop symptoms, get tested.

 

QUARANTINE PROTOCOL 

 

Individuals who campus staff identify as high-risk exposures will need to quarantine. 

 

  • Individuals who are protected against COVID-19 (fully vaccinated or have antibodies from a prior COVID infection) can test out of quarantine with a rapid COVID test after 3 days from the last date of exposure.

  • Unprotected individuals can test out of quarantine with a rapid COVID test 7 days from the last date of exposure. 

  • Individuals preferring not to test will need to quarantine for 10 days. If symptoms are developed during that time frame, further evaluation should be made by a healthcare professional. 

 

Anyone exposed to a positive case should monitor their symptoms. Residential students are encouraged to get tested at a testing site if they are concerned they have COVID-19 or experience any symptoms. Residential students will be required to quarantine in their on-campus residence or at home. Other accommodations will be available. 

 

For more information on quarantine protocols, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html

 

ISOLATION PROTOCOL 

 

Individuals who test positive must isolate and will be cleared once the following conditions are met: 

 

  • 10 days since the onset of symptoms and 

  • 24 hours fever free, without the use of fever-reducing medications and 

  • other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving 

 

Students who are asymptomatic can return to class 10 days after testing positive. Residential students will be required to isolate in their dorm or at home. Other accommodations, including meals, will be provided to them. 

 

ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATIONS 

 

Academic accommodations will only be made for traditional and commuter students who receive approval by the Student Life Director. Graduate students will need to connect with their professors for accommodations. These notes will be emailed from the Academic Director directly to professors within 24 hours. They will not include any private medical information. Professors will then provide appropriate academic accommodations which may include Zoom access, alternative assignments or make up days. Students may get tested off campus as long as they present a positive laboratory test result to the Student Life Director.

 

CLEANING AND SANITIZATION OF CAMPUS 

 

Prior to the return of students, the campus will be disinfected and sterilized. Plans are in place to ensure the campus engages in ongoing cleaning and disinfection measures consistent with current CDC and EPA guidance. This includes increased cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces like door handles.

 

IMPROVED VENTILATION

 

In addition to the noted protocols, we have installed the iWave-R ionizing purification system throughout our campus facility at 8405 Pulsar Place.

 

The iWave-R is a revolutionary self-cleaning air purification system designed for proactive whole facility purification using cold plasma technology. The iWave-R uses the same air cleaning approach as nature. Some benefits of the iWave-R are that it kills all mold, bacteria, pathogens, and virus; controls odors; reduces particles in air; and does not produce any harmful byproducts such as ozone.



 

Sources: 

https://www.columbus.gov/Templates/Detail.aspx?id=2147521683

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/colleges-universities/index.html

https://www.seu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/rev-8.6.21-Fall-2021-COVID-19-Protocols.pdf

https://delawarehealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Contact-Considerations-8-6-2021.pdf

https://delawarehealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/COVID19-Weekly-Grade-Card-8.4.21.pdf

https://www.columbus.gov/publichealth/Coronavirus-Portal/