Fall 2022 FAQ

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 completed a primary series of either the two dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Are eligible students, faculty, and staff required to booster shots?
We are not requiring students, faculty and staff to receive booster shots, but we strongly encourage each member of our community to get the new bivalent booster as soon as you can. In addition to providing protection against serious illness, hospitalization, and worse, vaccinations continue to play a role in reducing the transmission of the virus
 
Are students, faculty, and staff required to get a seasonal flu vaccine when they become available this fall? 
We are not requiring students, faculty, and staff to get a seasonal flu vaccine, but we strongly encourage each member of our community to get one.

Will there be flu vaccination clinics on campus for students, faculty, and staff this fall?
Flu vaccination clinics for students, faculty, and staff were held in October. Information about any additional clinics will be available on CampusGroups. 

Testing

Will there be PCR surveillance testing on campus this fall?
No. The College will no longer provide PCR surveillance testing on campus.
 
Will the College provide rapid antigen tests this fall?
Antigen testing is available to students, faculty, and staff who are experiencing symptoms or after day five for those who have been notified of an exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 at the following locations:

  • Coles Tower/Thorne Hall, Monday–Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Health Services (students only), Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Additionally, antigen tests are readily available at local drugstores.

COVID-19 Symptoms, Positive Tests, and Close Contacts

Where can I find information about what students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who test positive for COVID-19 should do?
Information about what students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who test positive for COVID-19 should do is available on the Resources for Students page.
 
Where can I find information about what faculty and staff who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who test positive for COVID-19 should do?
Information about what faculty and staff who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who test positive for COVID-19 should do is available on the Resources for Faculty and Staff page

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 for a full ten days after exposure, watch for symptoms, and test after day five 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?
Bowdoin is a mask-friendly campus, and we encourage anyone who desires to wear a mask to do so with our full support. However, masks are only required on campus in the following circumstances:

  • Individuals, including visitors, who have not been fully vaccinated (i.e., have not completed their primary series of either the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine).
  • Individuals who are symptomatic or have tested positive for COVID-19 must wear masks.
  • Individuals who are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 are expected to wear masks indoors (except when eating) and in crowded outdoor environments for ten days after exposure.
  • Visitors to Health Services are required to wear a mask.

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. Signage 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.

What is the COVID Planning Group?
The COVID Planning Group is a group that regularly meets on matters related to the College's COVID-19 plans and protocols. The group is chaired by Matt Orlando and includes the president, senior officers, and staff from several areas of the College.

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.