Screening, Testing & Contact Tracing

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Screening, Testing & Contact Tracing

Screening, Testing and Contact Tracing: Keeping Rowan Healthy and Safe

The following requirements will continue to be in effect for all students who will participate in in-person activities on Rowan’s campuses this fall:

  • Any student who will be on campus in any capacity—either as a residential student, in a class that meets in person, an athletics practice or any other in-person activity—is expected to provide proof of vaccination before the in-person activity begins—submit proof here. Students with a valid medical and/or religious exemption must submit a declination form to The Wellness Center prior to any in-person activities.

  • Unvaccinated students will be required to participate in weekly testing protocols as defined by the University.

  • Contact tracing: Students who test positive will be required to participate in public health investigations, including contact tracing. 

  • Self-isolation: Students who test positive or develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate pursuant to guidance provided by The Wellness Center. Space will be reserved for students to self-isolate while they recover and until cleared to leave by a designated health care professional. Students will be permitted to self-isolate in Triad Apartments, their permanent residence (off campus), or another off-campus location of their choosing. During periods of self-isolation, students will be provided with access to academic materials. If isolation occurs at Triad Apartments, students will be provided food and other necessary services.

  • Health checks at log-in: The University has instituted a Daily Screening application to collect baseline information on the wellness of the community. Students and employees are prompted to fill out a three-question survey upon logging on to their computers the first time each day.

    The Daily Screening web application presents three basic questions to a user:

    • Do you intend to visit any one of the Rowan University campuses today?

    • Do you have any of the following symptoms not associated with existing medical conditions: shortness of breath, new cough, excessive chills, severe muscle pain, loss of taste or smell, new profound headache, or a fever of 100.4°F or greater?

    • If unvaccinated, have you been exposed to anyone known to be positive for COVID-19? (This excludes healthcare workers exposed while wearing recommended PPE.)

  • Sick Notification: Students must report suspected COVID-19 infection to the Wellness Center by completing this form and reporting symptoms through the Self-Reported Symptom Assessment Survey. Loss of taste or smell are common symptoms of COVID-19, but there are other symptoms which mimic other illnesses, especially as seasonal diseases like the flu emerge. It is critical for symptomatic individuals to avoid all face-to-face interactions and public gatherings regardless of physical distancing practices.

  • Health Checks: Prior to coming to campus, individuals must self-screen for any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, feeling feverish or a measured temperature (greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit), or known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19.

  • Testing: Rowan has multiple streams of testing, including a rapid point of care testing solution, pool testing, and standard nasal swab testing.  Rowan has implemented a testing protocol for asymptomatic testing, as well as testing of close contacts. Rowan will meet or exceed requirements for testing of NCAA athletes or other regulated groups on campus. 

    • Symptomatic testing: Students will be tested for active infection by the Wellness Center using a PCR level test.

    • Asymptomatic surveillance testing: All unvaccinated students will be tested weekly at no cost to them.  This will be a shallow nasal test. Individuals will be assigned a time for collection. Following each collection day, a report will be sent to the Dean of Students and Human Resources.  Failure to report for testing will result in progressive disciplinary action. 

    • Unvaccinated residential students will have a rapid test prior to check-in for housing. If positive, a rapid confirmatory PCR test will be administered at that time.
  • Enforcement: Rowan has developed an Acknowledgment of Responsibility for its students that they are required to complete after receiving educational materials relating to COVID-19.  Compliance expectations have been included in the Student Code of Conduct.