Fall 2022

Vaccination | TestingCOVID-19 Symptoms, Positive Tests, and Close Contacts | Masks | Visitors | Athletics | Travel | Additional Information

Vaccination

Is Bowdoin still requiring students, faculty, and staff to be fully vaccinated this fall?
All students, faculty, and staff are still required to be fully vaccinated, and to provide evidence of vaccination (subject to proper medical exemptions for students and medical or religious exemptions for faculty and staff).
 
What does the College mean by fully vaccinated?
“Fully vaccinated” means having had an initial series followed by a booster when eligible.
 
Are eligible faculty and staff required to have a second booster?
At this time, we are not requiring eligible faculty and staff to have received a second booster. The next generation of booster shots that target the Omicron coronavirus subvariants is expected to be available as early as September. Those over fifty years old who have not yet received a second booster should consult with their physician about whether to do so now or to wait for the revamped vaccines. However, once the new booster is available and recommended by the US CDC, we will require it as well.
 
Are students, faculty, and staff required to get a seasonal flu vaccine when they become available this fall? Will there be a flu vaccination clinic on campus this fall?
Students will be required to get a seasonal flu vaccine when they become available, and Health Services will provide flu vaccinations for students. Flu vaccines are strongly suggested for faculty and staff and will be available this fall at pharmacies and healthcare providers.

Testing

Will there be PCR surveillance testing on campus this fall?
No. The College will no longer provide PCR surveillance testing on campus.
 
Do students need to test for COVID-19 before arriving on campus?
Yes, students are required to test for COVID-19 prior to arriving on campus, using either a PCR test or a rapid antigen test.

When do students, faculty, and staff need to administer their pre-arrival COVID-19 test?
PCR tests must be administered within seventy-two (72) hours prior to August 23 or to arrival on campus for the semester, whichever comes first. Rapid antigen tests must be administered within twenty-four (24) hours prior to August 23 or to arrival on campus for the semester, whichever comes first.
 
What should students do if they test positive for COVID-19 on the pre-arrival test?
Students who test positive for COVID-19 should contact their dean and not travel to campus.
 
Do faculty and staff need to test for COVID-19 before arriving back on campus for the start of the semester?
All faculty and staff should test for COVID-19 before first-year student arrival day (Tuesday, August 23) for those who will be on campus that day or before arriving back on campus for the start of the semester. Those who test positive should notify their department chair/supervisor.
 
Will the College provide rapid antigen tests this fall?
Anyone with symptoms can obtain a test at the OneCard office on the first floor of Coles Tower Monday through Friday, 9:00–11:00 a.m. and 1:00–4:00 p.m. Students can also obtain antigen tests at Health Services during normal hours of operation. Additionally, rapid antigen tests are readily available at local drugstores. 

COVID-19 Symptoms, Positive Tests, and Close Contacts

If a student, faculty member, or staff member has COVID-19 symptoms, what do they need to do?
Those with COVID-19 symptoms are required to wear a mask and to test. Students, faculty, and staff must stay in isolation for a minimum of five (5) full days from symptom onset or a positive test, whichever comes first—day zero (0) is the first day of symptoms or a positive test, whichever comes first. Students, faculty, and staff who test positive must always mask on campus until after day ten (10).
 
Who should students notify if they test positive for COVID-19?
Student affairs will issue notification instructions for students at the start of the semester.
 
Who should faculty and staff notify if they test positive for COVID-19?
Faculty and staff who test positive should notify their department chair/supervisor.
 
Where should students isolate?
Students should isolate in their residence hall room or, if convenient, at home.
 
How will meals work for students who test positive for COVID-19?
Students who test positive will pick up “grab and go” meals at the designated side-entry of Thorne Dining Hall and will eat in their rooms or outdoors until after day ten (10).

When can students who have tested positive for COVID-19 return to class and other in-person activities?
Students who have been fever-free for twenty-four (24) hours and whose other symptoms are resolving may resume attending classes and other activities in person after the fifth day.
 
When can faculty and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 return to work?
Faculty and staff who have been fever-free for twenty-four (24) hours and whose other symptoms are resolving may return to work after the fifth day.
 
What should faculty and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 but have returned to work after day five (5) do about meals?
Faculty and staff who test positive but have returned to work after day five (5) with resolving or no symptoms should take their meals in a private office, social distanced area, at home, or outside until after day ten (10).
 
If a student, faculty member, or staff member is a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, what do they need to do?
Close contacts of those who test positive for COVID-19 are expected to wear masks indoors and outdoors when with others for a full ten (10) days after exposure, watch for symptoms, and test after day five (5) even if they do not develop symptoms. Masks should only be removed in the company of others while actively eating.

Masks

Are masks required on campus this fall?
Masks are welcome at any time but will not be required in any space on campus, with the following exceptions:

  • Those individuals who are symptomatic or positive for COVID-19 must wear masks.
  • Faculty and staff with vaccination exemptions who are not fully vaccinated must always mask in campus buildings and college vehicles unless they are in their individual offices.
  • Students with vaccination exemptions who are not fully vaccinated must always mask in campus buildings and college vehicles unless they are in their own residence hall rooms.

Visitors

Are visitors allowed on campus this fall?
Campus buildings will be open to the public, including the dining halls. Full-capacity attendance will be permitted at indoor athletic competitions, museums, and events. Signaled will direct unvaccinated visitors to wear a mask while visiting buildings on campus, but the College will not check their vaccination status.
 

Athletics

Are there any changes for athletics this fall?
Varsity sports practices and games are currently expected to operate normally.

Travel

Are there any restrictions for travel on College business?

  • Domestic travel on College business is currently allowed without College restrictions.  Travelers should use good judgment regarding their personal health when leaving campus and should be self-monitoring any potential COVID-19 symptoms during their travel. Please refer to the travel information page for additional information about domestic travel.
  • International travel on College business is restricted when traveling to countries with a State Department Level 4 travel advisory due to issues other than COVID-19. All international travelers must register their international trip with the College before departure. Please refer to the travel information page for additional information about international travel.

Additional Information

Who should I contact if I have questions about COVID-19 protocols at the College?
Questions regarding COVID-19 protocols may be directed to covidtsa@bowdoin.edu and will be routed from there to the appropriate office. Students, faculty, and staff may also leave a message at 207-208-2514, and the appropriate administrator will respond within a reasonable timeframe.

Where can I find the most current information about College guidelines/restrictions?
The most current information about College guidelines/restrictions is always available on the COVID-19 website.