While Houghton College will not require vaccination as a prerequisite for in-person learning, we strongly encourage all students, staff, and faculty who are eligible to receive the vaccine to be vaccinated as soon as they are able. Those who are hesitant to receive the vaccine should discuss the efficacy and safety of the vaccine with their health care provider. We do understand and respect that some individuals may choose not to be vaccinated for various reasons and we will seek to provide opportunities for them to participate in the life of our campus community consistent with ensuring the ongoing health and safety of our entire community.
A: According to the CDC, you are considered “fully vaccinated” if you are 14 days past having received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR 14 days past having received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
A: According to the CDC, you are considered “fully vaccinated” for at least 90 days following either your second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR having received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. We are currently waiting to see if these dates will be extended and anticipate providing as much leeway as possible for those who have been previously vaccinated to be exempt from quarantine and isolation requirements imposed by Houghton (due to overnight travel) or the Department of Health (due to being identified as a close contact).
A: Students that are not vaccinated (or who have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 90 days) will need to be tested three days after arrival from any off-campus overnight travel, including their arrival to campus from holiday or semester breaks. They will need to come to campus with a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of their initial arrival to campus and then test negative again after three days of being back on campus. There may also be ongoing testing requirements for unvaccinated individuals so that potential viral outbreaks can be identified and contained early.
A: Yes. Since vaccines do not provide 100% immunity from COVID-19 and the possibility of “breakthrough cases” (vaccinated individuals contracting COVID-19) remain, it is still important for all members of the Houghton community to self-monitor for symptoms of the virus.
A: Students who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to quarantine when they arrive back to campus if they’ve traveled off-campus overnight. Students who are not fully vaccinated (or who have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 90 days) do not need to quarantine if they travel overnight off-campus but will need to be tested for COVID-19 three days after they return.
A: Yes. Students involved in programs which require overnight off-campus travel, such as the Highlander Wilderness Program or a study abroad program like London Honors or Houghton East Africa, will need to be vaccinated for COVID-19. We anticipate this being a requirement of international travel in the foreseeable future and we also want to limit as much risk as we reasonably can that there is not a COVID-19 outbreak among the small learning cohorts in these programs. These learning environments do not have the same ready access to COVID-19 testing nor quarantine and isolation resources as students who live and learn on Houghton’s main campus. We are still waiting to hear from local school districts about any vaccination requirements for student-teachers.
A: Perhaps, though we’re still determining this. Some co-curricular programs, such as Athletics or October Break trips, may require students be vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to participate in all aspects of the program. We are working closely with the Empire 8 and the NCAA to determine what vaccination and testing requirements will be in place for athletic competition for the 2021-22 academic year and will communicate these expectations directly to student-athletes as these decisions are made.
A: No. You do not need to quarantine, but should continue to monitor and report any symptoms consistent with COVID-19. If you do develop symptoms, make sure to report them on your Healthy Rosters daily symptom survey.
A: We are currently evaluating what masking and social distancing requirements will carry forward into the 2021-22 academic year, particularly as the vaccine is not 100% effective at preventing COVID-19 but is an important component of lessening the seriousness of infection. As we await further state guidance on these measures, we anticipate changing aspects of these safety protocols but are not yet certain what requirements will still be in place for the next year. We do not anticipate implementing any measures above and beyond state requirements and will actively look for ways we can reclaim aspects of normalcy while still maintaining an environment safe for living and learning.
A: Those who live, work, or study in New York can sign up to receive a vaccine. Please visit https://vaccinefinder.org/search/ for information on how to register to receive a vaccine.