Safety Requirements on Campus

Please do not come to campus if you are sick and/or experiencing any of the following symptoms:

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Infected people have had a wide range of symptoms reported – from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If You Test Positive for COVID-19

If you test positive for COVID-19, please follow the steps below:

  • Immediately notify your instructor(s) and co-copy GenInfoStudentAffairs@manchestercc.edu on the email.
  • Arrangements will be made wherever possible to help you continue in your classes, or potentially receive an incomplete (up to the instructor), or withdraw depending on your status.
  • Quarantine for 14 days and DO NOT come to campus for any reason.
  • Please consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for detailed information.

COVID-19 Mask & Social Distancing Guidelines

Effective for the 2020-2021 Academic Year or until rescinded

The COVID-19 Mask and Social Distancing Guidelines are in effect to foster a safe learning environment during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Although the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) cannot guarantee a disease-free environment, it is important for everyone to understand that we are in this together and it is required that everyone do their part to protect the health and personal well-being of others within our communities.

Therefore, the following rules are in effect:

Masks and Face

All students MUST wear masks or face coverings on campus, covering their mouth and nose. Students must wear a mask or face covering to enter and while present in any academic, administrative, residential, food service, or recreational building.

Additionally, students must wear masks or face coverings in any outdoor location on campus (including walking to and from class), where six (6) feet of physical (social) distancing is not possible. All traditional in-person/on-ground classes will be off-limits to students who refuse to wear face coverings or masks. Students are permitted to remove their mask or face covering to eat and drink.

Students who do not want to wear a mask or face covering may only participate in remote learning and online classes.

If a student is not able to wear a mask due to a documented disability or medical reason, the student must seek an accommodation from Disability/AccessAbility Office prior to arriving on campus.

Social Distancing

Students must maintain six feet of physical (social) distancing at all times on campus, whether indoors or outdoors. Residential students should refer to their Residence Hall Contract for further guidance on common areas and living spaces within the residence halls.

Enforcement

All faculty and staff share equal responsibility in enforcing these rules both in and out of the classroom. Should a student fail to comply and not wear a mask or face covering, or keep it on, after receiving a warning/directive to put it on (and they are not exempt due to receiving an accommodation from the institution), they will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct/Student Affairs for a disciplinary violation.

Travel

We have suspended institutionally sponsored travel outside the State of Connecticut. We strongly discourage travel.

If you plan to travel outside of Connecticut, MCC is asking for your cooperation in sharing your information with us, please email GenInfoStudentAffairs@manchestercc.edu and complete this form.

This will help us collect information necessary to protect the campus community. Please continue to monitor the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s guidance.

Clinics and Labs

Students who engage in off-campus clinics, internships, and similar experiential activities, may continue to attend them as long as their respective facility remains open. Please check with your supervisor, if necessary.

Social Programming

There will be no social programming on campus due to the current pandemic. However, Student Life and the Campus Activities Board (CAB) of the Student Government Association (SGA) are working to provide opportunities to engage with fellow students via Discord and programming within Teams. Email MA-SGA-Cab@manchestercc.edu or MA-SGA-President@manchestercc.edu if you are interested in participating. Current programming includes weekly Dungeons & Dragons games, weekly jam sessions for musicians, bi-weekly movie series with a lead faculty/staff member, monthly trivia nights, virtual murder mystery event, and more!

Useful Links

CDC – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

State Of Connecticut – Department of Public Health – https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Public-Health-Preparedness/Main-Page/2019-Novel-Coronavirus

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