University of the Arts COVID-19 Vaccine Policy & FAQ

    

Spring 2022 Update

The message below was sent from President and CEO David Yager to students, faculty and staff Thursday, Jan. 6, 2021.

To the UArts community:

As we approach the start of the spring semester, I write to you with an overview of our COVID-19 response planning for the spring. As you know, guidance is evolving in light of the omicron variant, including the CDC's updated isolation and quarantine period. Accordingly, so is our response strategy.

Our planning is a reflection of the work of many, but particularly the Covid Response Team (CRT), which formed in the summer of 2020 as an expanded working group of our Crisis Management Team (CMT). It has been meeting weekly since March 2020, closely monitoring the guidance and direction of the Centers for Disease Control, as well as local, state and federal regulations. They have pivoted as the regulations have changed and we continue to update our plans.
 
Our plan will continue to be updated based on guidance and directives from government agencies. I encourage you to bookmark uarts.edu/about/community-health-policy and check it regularly for the most up-to-date information.

Spring 2022

The university will open as scheduled for the spring semester. In-person New Student Orientation is scheduled to begin Jan. 21, and we welcome returning residential students Jan. 22-23. The first day of classes is Jan. 24.

Vaccine (and Booster) Required

University of the Arts is a COVID-19 vaccine-required community, with few exceptions for religious and/or medical reasons. As communicated Dec. 13, 2021, the university has updated its immunization requirements to include a COVID-19 booster for eligible students, faculty and staff.

Healthy Promise

Above all, our plan for a successful return to campus relies on our shared commitment to uphold the UArts Healthy Promise. Central to the promise is the agreement to follow our vaccine and mask requirements. It is only through our daily and continual commitment to protect ourselves and the entire UArts community that we will succeed.

COVID-19 Tests

On-campus rapid COVID-19 testing remains available for students. Students can book appointments for a rapid test here. On campus testing resumes Jan. 24, 2022.

Employees will be issued two rapid tests to self-administer as needed. Details about employee rapid tests will be shared in a separate email communication.

Vaccine and Masks Required for Visitors

Our vaccine and mask requirement extends to all visitors to campus, including guest lecturers/artists, families, contractors and visitors to public events. Any department hosting visitors must communicate the policy to any guests.

Relative to special event and performance settings, all departments must require pre-registration to allow any outside guests to certify that they understand our policies and are fully vaccinated. All departments are also advised to limit food and beverage events, and when absolutely necessary, consider limiting the audience only to UArts students, faculty and staff. In instances in which masks will be removed—such as for eating and drinking or in some performance settings—this exception should be communicated to attendees in advance. Though there is no federal, state or local mandate requiring social distancing, we recommend that indoor special events not exceed 50% of the space's maximum capacity. If you have specific questions relative to a planned event, contact your program director and/or dean to surface your concerns. You may also write to the Covid Response Team at crt@uarts.edu.

Mixture of In-Person and Hybrid Services

We have learned many lessons throughout the pandemic, including that some services to students, faculty and staff are best delivered remotely. Area supervisors have made determinations based on the best delivery format for their respective areas, and you will notice that some departments will continue to offer services remotely and/or in a hybrid fashion. Refer to department webpages and communications for specific details.

Isolation and Quarantine Protocols and Designated Apartments

UArts has identified a floor of apartments with a separate point of access that will be held and used in the event that any residential student needs to quarantine. Students who are required to isolate/quarantine will be instructed not to attend class, and faculty will be notified of their absence by Student Affairs. The university has updated our quarantine timeline following the updated recommendation from the CDC. COVID-19-positive community members will be required to isolate for five days, and we will require COVID-19 testing of all community members at the end of isolation.

Limited Travel

Though official university domestic travel has been approved, area supervisors have been advised to only approve travel deemed truly essential to support our successful functioning as a university. Any international travel must be reviewed and approved first by supervisors and then at the senior staff level.

I am confident that through the collective action and individual commitments we each make, we will be successful in our plans for the fall semester. I look forward to welcoming you back to campus.
 
Sincerely,
 
David

Read UArts' mask policy requirements.
Updated Friday, Jan. 14, 2022.

COVID-19 Booster Requirement

In continued support of UArts’ commitment to health and safety for all members of its community and in alignment with the recommendations of the CDC, the university has updated its immunization requirements for eligible students, faculty and staff to include a COVID-19 booster. This health policy update means that boosters will be required for all eligible students, faculty and staff prior to the start of the upcoming semester, or within 30 days of becoming eligible, in accordance with CDC guidance.

  • Eligible students should plan to receive their booster by Jan. 10 to ensure the full effect of the booster is achieved by the first day of class, Jan. 24, 2022.

  • Eligible faculty and staff should plan to receive their booster at least two weeks prior to their return to campus.

  • Students, faculty and staff who will become eligible on or after Jan. 10 should plan to receive their booster within 30 days of eligibility.

Not sure if you’re eligible for a booster? Visit the CDC website to determine your eligibility.

This health policy update also means that all students, faculty and staff must update their vaccination record to include information about their COVID vaccination and booster status by Jan. 10.

Documented medical and religious exemptions will continue to be reasonably accommodated. Those students, faculty or staff who received an approved exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine in fall 2021 will continue to be approved. Any student, faculty or staff member seeking exemption from the booster only will need to apply for exemption. Students requesting exemption should complete the OnBase COVID vaccine form to indicate their request for exemption.

We encourage all to visit vaccines.gov for help finding clinics, pharmacies and other locations that offer COVID-19 vaccines in the United States.In addition, visit and bookmark this UArts webpage for FAQs, resources, full policy guidance and updates as we approach the upcoming semester.

Vaccine Benefits & Rationale

The benefits of COVID-19 vaccination include prevention of serious illness, hospitalization and death from the virus. Broad immunization is critical in helping stop the pandemic and protect our community. However, emergency evidence shows that vaccine effectiveness against COVID-19 infections decreases over time. The recent emergence of the omicron variant further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19.

Data from fall 2021 showed that 32% of our unvaccinated students tested positive for COVID-19 during the semester, whereas 2.7% of our vaccinated students tested positive. Overall, 3.6% of our students tested positive for COVID-19 this fall. By requiring the booster, we can continue to keep COVID-19 case numbers low.

The success of our pandemic response relies on a number of different approaches to combating COVID-19 in addition to our vaccine requirement, including masking, social distancing and de-densification, enhanced cleaning and controlled facilities access, restrictions on visitors and events, and the expectations outlined in the UArts Healthy Promise.

Booster Policy

Proof of a COVID-19 booster will be required for all students who are eligible for a booster and plan to attend this upcoming semester. Any vaccine authorized for use in the U.S. (currently Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson) is acceptable. For faculty, staff and students who have received a vaccine that does not have FDA approval, please see the FAQ on this UArts webpage regarding vaccines and boosters not authorized for use in the U.S.

Students who have an approved exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons do not need to resubmit for spring. However, they will not be permitted to access the physical campus if there is an active COVID-19 outbreak in our campus community. If it aligns with their degree planning, students may enroll in Critical Studies, discipline history or other courses that are offered remotely. Before doing so, students should speak with their program director and advisor to discuss how this might affect their progress toward degree completion. Students with questions about educational accommodations relating to a diagnosed medical, physical, psychological and/or learning disability should contact the Office of Educational Accessibility at access@uarts.edu.

Individuals participating in fully online graduate programs or remote programs do not need to provide proof of vaccination. 

Questions regarding this policy announcement should be directed to the COVID Response Team at crt@uarts.edu.

The American College Health Association recommends COVID-19 vaccine boosters for all faculty, students and staff.
Read more. 

Vaccination Requirement for Students, Faculty and Staff

In support of UArts’ commitment to health and safety for all members of its community, the university has updated its immunization requirements for students to include a COVID-19 vaccine, and will also require all faculty and staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. This health policy update means that, with limited exceptions, all students, faculty and staff must be fully vaccinated by the start of the upcoming semester. Documented medical and religious exemptions will be reasonably accommodated. 

  • Students should plan to be fully vaccinated, with the final dose of the vaccine received at least two weeks prior to their return to campus for the upcoming semester. 

  • Faculty and staff should plan to be fully vaccinated, with the final dose of the vaccine received at least two weeks prior to their return to campus. 

We encourage all to visit vaccines.gov to help you find clinics, pharmacies and other locations that offer COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. In addition, visit and bookmark this webpage for FAQs, resources, full policy guidance and updates as we move toward the upcoming semester.

Vaccine Benefits & Rationale

The benefits of COVID-19 vaccination include prevention of serious illness, hospitalization and death from the virus. Broad immunization is critical to help stop the pandemic and protect our community. Benefits specific to the UArts community include

  • An expedited return to physical campus spaces and programming.

  • Additional face-to-face course offerings and academic experiences.

  • Opportunities for a wider range of events and activities offered on our campus.

  • Expanded housing and dining options at UArts.

  • Greater interpersonal collaboration among staff, faculty, students and artists.

The success of our pandemic response relies on a number of different approaches for combating COVID-19 in addition to our vaccine requirement, including masking, social distancing and de-densification, enhanced cleaning and controlled facilities access, restrictions on visitors and events, and the expectations outlined in the UArts Healthy Promise.

Policy

Proof of vaccination will be required for all students planning to attend this upcoming semester. Any vaccine authorized for use in the U.S. (currently Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson) is acceptable. Some incoming students may be 17 years old and only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine (under current FDA approvals). For faculty, staff and students living abroad, please see the FAQ on vaccines not authorized for use in the U.S. 

Students may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons. However, they will not be permitted to access the physical campus if there is an active COVID-19 outbreak in our campus community. If it aligns with their degree planning, students may enroll in Critical Studies, discipline history or other courses that are offered remotely. Before doing so, students should speak with their program director and advisor to discuss how this might affect their progress toward degree completion. Students with questions about accommodations relating to a diagnosed medical, physical, psychological, and/or learning disability should contact the Office of Educational Accessibility at access@uarts.edu.

Individuals participating in fully online graduate programs or remote programs, will not need to provide proof of vaccination. 

The American College Health Association recommends COVID-19 vaccine requirements for college campuses.
Learn more. 

View UArts’ COVID-19 dashboard.

COVID-19 Vaccine Policy FAQ

This FAQ addresses University of the Arts’ COVID-19 vaccine policy. For general information about the COVID-19 vaccines, visit the CDC website.

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Will UArts require students, faculty and staff be immunized against COVID-19?

Yes. UArts has updated its immunization policy to require all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated in advance of arriving on campus in the upcoming semester. Effective January 24, 2022 this includes a booster dose for those eligible

How can I upload my vaccination documentation?

Students should plan to be fully vaccinated, with the final dose of the vaccine received at least two weeks prior to their return to campus for the upcoming semester.

  • Students who are fully vaccinated (with a vaccine approved, for emergency use authorization, by the FDA or the WHO) should complete their COVID certification form online here.

  • Students who want to request accommodation should complete the COVID certification form online, but select "requesting accommodation" as their option. Student should then email the COVID Response Team at crt@uarts.edu to request either the religious or medical accommodation form. 

  • Students who will not be fully vaccinated by the time they arrive on campus, but plan to receive the COVID vaccine or their booster dose at a later date, should email the COVID Response Team at crt@uarts.edu to make arrangements for their return to campus. 

Faculty and staff should plan to be fully vaccinated, with the final dose of the vaccine received at least two weeks prior to their return to campus. Faculty and staff upload proof of vaccination or request accommodations through the HR Portal page. Faculty and staff with questions about submitting documentation should email hr@uarts.edu

Will there be exemptions to immunization against COVID-19?

Students, faculty and staff accessing campus facilities may request an accommodation for medical or religious reasons. Individuals participating in fully online MEd or remote engagement programs, will not need to provide proof of vaccination. 

Faculty and staff can access the exemption forms on the HR page of the UArts Portal in the Benefits section. 

Students requesting exemption should do so via the accommodation form. Students can request either a medical or religious accommodation form by emailing the COVID Response Team at crt@uarts.edu.

Spring 2022 Saturday School students requesting a medical or religious accommodation must request and submit the completed accommodation form along with any required documentation to COVID Response Team at crt@uarts.edu no later than Friday, Feb. 4.

How can I request an exemption to the requirement that I submit proof of COVID-19 immunization?

Enrolled students may request an accommodation from the requirement that they submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination for medical or religious reasons. 

Accommodation requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis; they are NOT automatically granted. Students requesting exemption should do so via the accommodation form. Students can request either the medical or religious accommodation form by emailing the COVID Response Team at crt@uarts.edu

Students requesting an accommodation for religious reasons will be required to submit a written statement, signed by the student or signed by a parent or legal guardian if the student is a minor, explaining how immunization conflicts with the student’s religious beliefs. A religious accommodation is not the same as a philosophical, moral or conscientious accommodation. 

Students requesting an accommodation for medical reasons will be required to submit a medical documentation explaining the specific medical contraindication or disability, and the time period for which the accommodation is being requested. Medical accommodations are reviewed annually.

Faculty and staff can access the accommodations forms on the HR page of the UArts Portal in the Benefits section.

Spring 2022 Saturday School students requesting a medical or religious accommodation must request and submit the completed accommodation form along with any required documentation to COVID Response Team at crt@uarts.edu no later than Friday, Feb. 4.

I already had COVID-19. Do I still need to submit proof of vaccination?

Yes, unless submitting a request for accommodation, in which case students should contact the COVID Response Team at crt@uarts.edu. Faculty and Staff can request accommodations by contacting hr@uarts.edu

Will I be able to register for classes for the upcoming semester without having been vaccinated?

Yes, you will be able to register for classes prior to vaccination, but you will have to show proof of being fully vaccinated, with the final dose of the vaccine received at least two weeks prior to your return to campus to attend in-person classes or live in a residence hall this upcoming semester or be approved for COVID Vaccine Exemption accommodation. Students who do not show proof of vaccination, proof of booster (if eligible) or have an approved exemption will be de-registered from their courses. 

Will there be a full-remote/virtual option for students who are enrolled in the upcoming semester but are not vaccinated?

No. There will be several remote course offerings, but they will be offered for single courses (Critical Studies, discipline history and some other lecture-based courses) rather than for entire programs. Before selecting only remote courses, students should speak with their program director and academic advisor to discuss how this might affect progress toward degree completion. Face-to-face, remote and online course offerings will be confirmed through the course-planning module. Some courses may be offered in a hybrid fashion, which is a mix of online and face-to-face class meetings. 

For any student who wants to attend UArts in the upcoming semester but refuses to be vaccinated, what will their options be?

If it aligns with their degree planning, students may enroll in Critical Studies, discipline history or other lecture-based courses that are offered only remotely. Before doing so, students should speak with their program director and academic advisor to discuss how this might affect progress toward degree completion. We announced this requirement early, so students can make their decisions about attendance before enrolling or paying tuition.

Additionally, students can apply for medical or religious accommodation. 

What is the vaccination policy for international students who are not able to get the vaccine? What about international students who receive a vaccine that has not been authorized for use in the U.S., such as the AstraZeneca vaccine?

We are eager to welcome international students to our community as we follow public health guidelines. Today, there are three vaccines authorized for use in the United States and recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and others may well follow between now and the upcoming semester. Additionally, we are accepting vaccinations that are approved by the World Health Organization as "finalized" in the status of assessment. 

For those international students who decide to get vaccinated after arrival in the US, UArts will provide whatever assistance possible that is consistent with PA State public health guidelines.

Pennsylvania has been rolling out COVID-19 vaccines step-by-step to serve all adults who live, work, or study in the state.  All individuals in Pennsylvania aged 16 and older are eligible for vaccination at this time.

International students with questions about their vaccine status, seeking information about getting vaccinated in the US, or with early/late arrival to campus plans should contact the COVID Response Team at crt@uarts.edu for assistance. 

Students who did not receive an FDA-approved vaccine and have questions about the booster requirement should contact the COVID Response Team at crt@uarts.edu

Will international students who have been vaccinated in their countries need to be re-vaccinated in the U.S. with a vaccine that is authorized for use in the U.S.? 

The university will accept vaccines that are authorized for use in the United States by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Additionally, we are accepting vaccinations that are approved by the World Health Organization as "finalized" in the status of assessment. 

If you have received another vaccine, that is not authorized for use by the FDA or the WHO, please contact the COVID Response Team at crt@uarts.edu

Students who did not receive an FDA-approved vaccine and have questions about the booster requirement should contact the COVID Response Team at crt@uarts.edu

Why should I get vaccinated?

According to the CDC, the vaccines are all safe and effective, and studies have shown they prevent severe illness and death from the virus. See the CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ for information. We encourage students to talk with their primary care physician if they have specific questions about vaccine efficacy and safety. 

I am concerned these vaccines have not been tested enough.

To date, the FDA has authorized three vaccines for emergency use in the United States; these vaccines have also been recommended for use by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. UArts made the announcement about our COVID vaccine requirement months before the beginning of the fall 2021 semester, so students and their families, faculty and staff have the opportunity to gather information, consult with their primary care physicians if they so choose and make informed choices for themselves.

Where can I get vaccinated?

There are many vaccination locations throughout Pennsylvania and Philadelphia. UArts strongly urges members of its community to get an available appointment as soon as they become eligible. See vaccines.gov for a list of vaccine locations throughout the U.S. 

Will UArts offer vaccinations?

There is no plan at this time for UArts to serve as a point of dispensing for COVID-19 vaccines. If you need assistance locating a vaccine point of dispensing in your area, visit vaccines.gov or contact Student Health Services at healthservices@uarts.edu for assistance.

Will I have to pay to be vaccinated?

No. The State Department of Health has made clear that no one will have to pay for the vaccine. There is no out-of-pocket cost to get a COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of location. 

I will be under the age of 18 when I enroll. Can I still be vaccinated?

Yes, the Pfizer vaccine is approved by the FDA for individuals ages 5 and up. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are available for individuals over the age of 18.

I am fully vaccinated. Do I still need to wear a face mask and maintain social distancing?

 

Yes, masks that securely cover the nose and mouth are mandatory in all indoor settings. Effective Friday, January 14th 2022 and moving forward until further notice, community members and visitors to campus are strongly encouraged to wear N95, KN95, KF94 or three-ply surgical masks while on campus. Cloth masks are still permitted on campus. However, all masks should fit tight to the face and securely cover the nose and mouth. If you are looking to purchase masks or check the efficacy of your masks, check that they meet National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) requirements. All community members are encouraged to follow the CDC for updates to its mask recommendations.

Community members and visitors to campus who need a mask may visit a Public Safety desk at our building front desks to request one. If you are on campus and your mask breaks or otherwise becomes unwearable, visit Public Safety for a replacement.

Masks are mandatory in all indoor settings, including at all special events and performances (for both performers and audience members), with only the following exceptions.

Designated spaces for eating and drinking
Masks may only be removed temporarily when actively eating and drinking and should be replaced as soon as possible. We encourage all students, faculty and staff to practice social distancing when eating and drinking in communal settings. Eating and drinking is not permitted in hallways or other passageways on campus. Community members can eat or drink in the outdoor gardens at Hamilton Hall, Solmssen Court, Mangia Cafe, Terra Market, Gershman Student Lounge, Gershman Lobby and other areas designated for eating and drinking with a sign indicating such use is permitted. Commuter lounges in Juniper and Pine residence halls are also available for eating and drinking, but masks should be worn when not consuming food or beverages.
 
Private spaces within residence halls
Masks may be removed within private spaces (apartments and shared bedrooms) in residence halls but must be worn in all shared and communal facilities within the hall, including lounges, laundry rooms, hallways, elevators and lobbies.

Temporary removal for playing certain instruments
Masks may temporarily be removed to play wind instruments but must be worn at all other times. Bell covers and/or other alternate safety measures must be followed as communicated by the School of Music.

Special and public events with food / beverage
Masks must be worn at all special and public events and may only be removed temporarily if food and/or beverages are being consumed. Staff and faculty are encouraged to limit or eliminate food and beverage service at events and continue to operate at reduced capacity, not to exceed 50% of the maximum stated capacity of any indoor location. When feasible, outdoor environments for the service of food and/or beverages are preferable.

A note about performances and performers
This policy means that from here forward, masks are mandatory for performers across all disciplines—music, dance, theater and interdisciplinary collaborations of all descriptions—as well as all attendees and staff. As stated above, wind instrumentalists may only temporarily lift their mask when playing and must abide by all other alternative safety precautions as communicated by the School of Music.

We recognize that wearing masks at performances and special events is not what any of us would choose, but we must place the health and safety of our entire community first. As the omicron variant continues to heighten the risk posed to our immediate community, we must take measures now to ensure that our in-person operations can continue without interruption.

Read the full announcement about this updated policy. 

Proof of vaccination required for all guests

Moving forward, all visitors to the university and attendees at all special and public events must show proof of vaccination for admittance. It is the responsibility of the department hosting the visitor(s) or organizing the event to verify guest vaccine cards and/or images of vaccine cards.

Should social distancing guidelines be reintroduced, we ask that all community members follow all federal, state, city and/or university distancing mandates.

What if I am not fully vaccinated by the time I need to return to campus?

We are announcing this requirement early, so students, faculty and staff can make arrangements to register for the vaccine as early as possible. All adults in the U.S. were eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as of April 19, 2021.

Students who will not be fully immunized (2 weeks past last dose) prior to their arrival on campus (whether for Orientation, move-in, or classes) will be required to show proof of a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to their arrival to campus. Students should email a copy of their test results to the COVID Response Team at crt@uarts.edu.  

If you are a faculty or staff member and will not be fully immunized by your return date for the upcoming semester, email Human Resources at hr@uarts.edu to discuss your specific situation.

If I get the vaccine, do I still need to follow UArts COVID-19 policies?

Yes. Your choice to get the vaccine does not impact how you are expected to behave with regard to our COVID-19 policies and the UArts Healthy Promise.

What if I have specific questions about the vaccine and whether or not I should take the vaccine? 

You should contact your primary care physician or other provider to discuss your questions.

What is the American College Health Association’s recommendation for COVID-19 vaccine requirements at colleges and universities?

The American College Health Association recommends COVID-19 vaccine requirements for all on-campus college students during the 2021-2022 academic year. Learn more. 

What is UArts’ on-campus vaccination rate?

View data related to COVID-19 vaccination rates, positive cases and recovery rates at uarts.edu/covid-dash. Data is updated weekly. 

How can I find out how many positive COVID-19 cases are active on UArts’ campus?  

View data related to COVID-19 vaccination rates, positive cases and recovery rates at uarts.edu/covid-dash. Data is updated weekly. 

COVID-19 Testing for Unvaccinated and Partially Vaccinated Students

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has mandated that all unvaccinated students at Philadelphia area colleges be tested twice weekly for COVID-19. If you have any questions, email COVIDtest@uarts.edu.

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Do unvaccinated students need to be tested regularly throughout the semester? 

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has mandated that all unvaccinated students at Philadelphia area colleges be tested twice weekly for COVID-19. 

  • All testing is free of charge to the student. 

  • All tests will be administered between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. 

  • Testing will be conducted in Gershman Hall, Room 304 (3rd floor; follow the signs to the testing room). 

  • Each appointment will be approximately 20 minutes (To avoid crowds, do not arrive more than five minutes early.)

The following policy is for Spring 2022 Pre-College Saturday School non-vaccinated students.

  • Families will be responsible for required weekly COVID-19 testing for non-vaccinated Pre-College students. COVID-19 tests can include at home self-tests and should be administered no more than 3 days before each Saturday School class. Pre-College students should only attend classes if they receive a negative test result, do not have COVID-19 symptoms and do not have a known COVID-19 exposure.

Where will testing take place? 

All tests will be administered between 9:20 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. Testing will be conducted in Gershman Hall, Room 304 (3rd floor; follow the signs to the testing room).

The following policy is for Spring 2022 Pre-College Saturday School non-vaccinated students.

  • Families will be responsible for required weekly COVID-19 testing for non-vaccinated Pre-College students. COVID-19 tests can include at home self-tests and should be administered no more than 3 days before each Saturday School class. Pre-College students should only attend classes if they receive a negative test result, do not have COVID-19 symptoms and do not have a known COVID-19 exposure.

What kind of test will be used?

We will be using BinaxNOW tests. BinaxNOW is a rapid test that has received emergency use authorization by the FDA. 

How long is each appointment?

Each appointment will be approximately 20 minutes. To avoid crowds, do not arrive more than five minutes early.

How will tests be administered?

Tests will be administered by Health Services staff. Health Services is both CLIA-certified and has a Pennsylvania Clinical Lab Permit. The test is a nasal swab that delivers results in 15 minutes. All test results, positive or negative, will be reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health via the PA-NEDSS system.

The following policy is for Spring 2022 Pre-College Saturday School non-vaccinated students.

  • Families will be responsible for required weekly COVID-19 testing for non-vaccinated Pre-College students. COVID-19 tests can include at home self-tests and should be administered no more than 3 days before each Saturday School class. Pre-College students should only attend classes if they receive a negative test result, do not have COVID-19 symptoms and do not have a known COVID-19 exposure.

What will happen if a student tests negative for COVID-19?

If a student tests negative, they can return to classes and campus.

What will happen if a student tests positive for COVID-19 at the on-campus testing site?

If a student tests positive, they are required to leave campus (if a commuter) or move to an isolation/quarantine space (if a resident). A member of Student Affairs staff will call/video chat with the student within 30 minutes of the positive test notification to review the plan of care. 

What will happen if a student tests positive for COVID-19 at an off-campus testing site?

If you develop symptoms of COVID, contact both the COVID Response Team at crt@uarts.edu and Student Health Services at healthservices@uarts.edu. If you are experiencing symptoms,  do not go to class. Stay home, wear a mask and isolate yourself if you are living in a communal environment. A member of the Health Services staff or COVID Response Team will be in touch to review a plan of care. However, if you have trouble breathing or any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency, call 911 or call a local emergency facility before visiting. 

The following policy is for Spring 2022 Pre-College Saturday School non-vaccinated students.

  • If a Pre-College student tests positive for COVID-19, has COVID-19 symptoms or has had a known exposure

    • Do not come to campus. Do not go to class.

    • Email crt@uarts.edu to notify us of your positive test, symptoms or known exposure.

    • If you have not been tested, get a COVID-19 test.

    • If your test is positive, stay home and follow the isolation plan from the COVID-19 Response Team.

I’m unvaccinated. How do I sign up for testing?
  • Unvaccinated students are required to get a COVID-19 test twice weekly throughout the academic year.

  • Students can book appointments for COVID testing on campus here.  

  • If you choose to become vaccinated, contact the COVID Response Team at crt@uarts.edu to update your vaccination status and testing requirements. 

Will partially vaccinated students need to be tested? 

Students will be required to get a COVID-19 test twice weekly until they are fully vaccinated (two weeks past the date of their final dose).

The following policy is for Spring 2022 Pre-College Saturday School non-vaccinated students.

  • Families will be responsible for required weekly COVID-19 testing for non-vaccinated Pre-College students. COVID-19 tests can include at home self-tests and should be administered no more than 3 days before each Saturday School class. Pre-College students should only attend classes if they receive a negative test result, do not have COVID-19 symptoms and do not have a known COVID-19 exposure.

How do I sign up for testing?

The link to sign up for COVID-19 testing is available via YouCanBookMe. Unvaccinated students will be emailed a reminder every Friday until you are fully vaccinated (if you plan on being vaccinated). Unvaccinated students COVID tests must be at least 36 hours apart. 

Will I be reminded to sign up for testing?

Yes. You will be emailed a reminder every Friday until you are fully vaccinated. If you have received medical or religious accommodation, you will be tested twice weekly throughout the semester. 

How do I communicate that I’m fully vaccinated?

Once you receive your final dose of the vaccine, upload your COVID certification record

What will happen if I don’t want to participate in the required COVID-19 testing? 

Failure to participate in testing will result in loss of access to campus; deactivation of your student ID card; and de-registration from in-person courses.

How can I find out how many positive COVID-19 cases are active on UArts’ campus? 

 View data related to COVID-19 vaccination rates, positive cases and recovery rates at uarts.edu/covid-dash. Data is updated weekly.

 What is UArts’ on-campus vaccination rate? 

View data related to COVID-19 vaccination rates, positive cases and recovery rates at uarts.edu/covid-dash. Data is updated weekly.