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We will continue to monitor the recommendations of the county and state and will update our campus guidelines as appropriate.

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Fall 2021 Email to Students

Roberts and Northeastern students,

As you get ready for the fall semester, we wanted to share some news about life on campus in the fall and what you need to know as you return to campus.

Life on Campus

Many parts of our campus life are returning for the fall 2021 semester! We are excited to return to some of the events that we love that are held on campus in-person. A few things to look forward to:

  • In person traditional undergraduate chapels are returning on Wednesdays along with cafe chapels on Fridays in the Pearce Cafe
  • Get ready to cheer on the Redhawks as spectators are returning to athletic events!
  • Did you miss the salad bar and smoothie bar in Garlock? They’re back!
  • Visitors will be allowed on campus and in residence halls during regular visitation hours
  • At this time, masks are still required inside buildings and when in classes. However, masks are not required outdoors.

While we have been able to make some changes to our guidelines on campus, we are still monitoring the Covid-19 rates in our community. It continues to be essential that those who are able be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Returning to Campus

Based on the recommendations of our local health department, because of a current rise in Covid-19 cases in our county, we are requiring ALL returning students to provide one of the following before returning to campus:

  • proof of completed Covid-19 vaccination series OR
  • proof of a negative PCR test administered no more than five days prior to arrival on campus OR
  • prove of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis in the last 90 days

All vaccination or test information must be submitted to the Campus Health Center by emailing roberts_testing@roberts.edu.

If you will complete your COVID-19 vaccination before returning to campus, but are still awaiting your second dose of a two dose regimen, you may email the Campus Health Center to indicate your plans to provide vaccination evidence upon arrival to campus.

Other Covid-19 Protocols on Campus

Other campus guidelines will be based on the CDC’s designation of transmission rates in Monroe County, the recommendations of state and local health officials, and the vaccination status of individuals. Below are the Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary Guidelines as of August 9, 2021.

Masks: Masks are currently required in all campus buildings for all individuals. We will continue to review the recommendations of Monroe County. If the transmission rate in the county returns to a low level, mask guidelines may change for vaccinated individuals.

Testing: In addition to return testing, students who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 will need to be tested weekly in our surveillance testing program. Traditional Undergraduate students and all students living in campus housing who do not submit proof of vaccination will automatically be added to our testing pool.

Quarantine: Quarantine is still required for students who test positive for Covid-19 and for unvaccinated individuals who come into close contact with an individual who has tested positive. Unvaccinated students who have a confirmed Covid-19 exposure will be required to quarantine for 10 days after exposure. Residential students are required to quarantine off campus. Expenses associated with quarantine are the responsibility of the student. In accordance with CDC guidance, vaccinated students who are in close contact with an individual who has tested positive will be required to wear a mask for 14 days but will not be required to quarantine.

Other information about the fall semester is available at https://www.roberts.edu/covid-19/ or contact covid19team@roberts.edu with questions.

Covid-19 Mitigation Guidelines - Fall 2021

Campus guidelines will be based on the CDC’s designation of transmission rates in Monroe County, the recommendations of state and local health officials, and the vaccination status of individuals. Below are the Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary Guidelines as of August 9, 2021. 

The College and Seminary are asking that all parameters be followed by Faculty, Staff and Students while on campus or involved in a campus-related activity. Self-regulation is critical to the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students, as well as family members and those in our great community who may be at risk due to Covid-19.

No Verified Vaccination

Verified Vaccination

Return to Campus

To return to campus for the fall semester, all students must provide: 

  • proof of completed Covid-19 vaccination series OR
  • proof of a negative PCR test administered no more than five days prior to arrival on campus OR 
  • prove of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis in the last 90 days

Masks

Masks are required indoors at all times 

Masks required only:

  • in the Campus Health Center, Counseling Center, and Athletic Training Room; 
  • in classrooms during classes;
  • when the county is at a substantial or high transmission rate or upon recommendation of local health leaders

Testing

  • Weekly surveillance testing of asymptomatic traditional undergraduate students
  • Testing of symptomatic students
  • Testing of symptomatic students

Quarantine

For a confirmed Covid-19 exposure (closer than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes without a mask), unvaccinated students and employees who have a confirmed Covid-19 exposure will be required to quarantine for 10 days after exposure. Testing is not required to end quarantine if asymptomatic. 


Residential students are required to quarantine off campus. Expenses associated with quarantine are the responsibility of the student. 


All individuals regardless of quarantine status must monitor for symptoms for 14 days and self-isolate upon the onset of Covid-19 symptoms.

For a confirmed Covid-19 exposure (closer than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes without a mask), asymptomatic individuals who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or those who have recovered from Covid-19 within the past 90 days will be required to wear a mask for 14 days but are not required to quarantine unless ordered by the county health department.


All individuals regardless of quarantine status must monitor for symptoms for 14 days and self-isolate upon the onset of Covid-19 symptoms.

Fall Update

Employees and students are not required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to return to campus for the fall semester; however, we strongly recommend all members of the Roberts community who are able to be vaccinated before the fall semester begins on August 30. Vaccinated individuals may not be required to quarantine in the event of a Covid-19 exposure. Some of our campus operations for the fall semester will depend on the percentage of our community that is vaccinated.

To return to campus for the fall semester, all students must provide one of the following: 

  • proof of completed Covid-19 vaccination series
  • proof of a negative PCR test administered no more than five days prior to arrival on campus
  • proof of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis in the last 90 days

All employees and students who have completed a vaccination series and have not yet submitted verification to the campus health center should do so. If you have already sent it to roberts_testing@roberts.edu, there is no need to send it again. For master's and adults in the degree completion programs, if you have been attending classes over the summer, there is no need to submit a negative Covid test. For those students who are fully online, a negative Covid test is not required.

In addition, any new student who is studying in person, starting after August 10 is required to submit their vaccination record or a negative test. This is for traditional undergraduate, graduate and bachelor's degree completion students.

Masks on Campus

The Monroe County department of health followed the CDC in recommending masks for all individuals while indoors. In order to protect our community, we are asking that all individuals on campus wear a mask while indoors effective Tuesday, August 3.

Masks are required indoors on campus for everyone with these exceptions:

  • Offices and Isolated spaces — Individuals may remove their face covering when alone.
  • Residence Halls — Students may remove their face covering in their living spaces.

Testing

  • Unvaccinated traditional undergraduate residential and commuter students will have weekly surveillance testing. Students will be notified via email for testing, there will be an online sign-up to schedule an appointment.
  • Unvaccinated and vaccinated students will be tested if they are symptomatic.
  • Symptomatic students should be tested and submit a negative test OR should not come to class until they have been symptom free for 24 hours.

Campus Visitors & Voller Athletic Center

Campus is open for visitors. Visitors for campus events and activities are no longer required to check-in at Campus Safety when coming to campus. Guests are welcome to walk through the campus and walk on the track; however, community memberships to use the Voller Athletic Center are not available at this time.

Requests for facility rentals can be made by emailing conference@roberts.edu.

Other Campus Guidelines

  • Physical distancing is no longer required in most settings on campus and campus spaces have returned to normal occupancy. Physical distancing is still required in the campus health and counseling centers.
  • Offices will return to full capacity beginning August 23.
  • We anticipate dining facilities will return to normal operating hours and capacities for the fall semester.
  • Daily health screenings are no longer required before coming to campus.
  • The Voller Athletic Center will return to normal operations for faculty, staff, and students for the fall semester.  
  • Campus visitors are no longer required to register with Campus Safety when arriving on campus. 
  • Individuals who are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 should refrain from coming to campus. 

CARES Act Funding

Roberts Wesleyan College has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the Department of Education acknowledging that we will use 50% of the funds received from the CARES Act to award as Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. We received a total of $1,381,405, and we have set aside 50%, or $690,703, for cash grants directly to students.

At the time of reporting on May 24, 2020, we have not distributed any funds to students as we work through the latest guidance from the federal government as to which students are eligible to receive grants through the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and how much each eligible student should receive.

As of June 5, 2020, all checks or direct deposits were issued to 1,295 eligible students. These students were determined eligible based on the Department of Education requirements using the following criteria:

  • Were enrolled in a degree-seeking program on March 16, 2020 (first Monday after the National Emergency was declared)
  • Had eligible 2019-2020 FAFSA on file
  • Were not enrolled in a fully online program

Each student received a cash grant of $532.95.

For those students who were not issued a CARES Act grant, Roberts has created an alternative avenue for meeting emergency needs, and has contacted students through email to do so.

CARES Act Emergency Relief Grants FAQs (click to expand)

What is the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant?

The CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant Fund provides emergency financial aid assistance to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus as stipulated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act was signed into law March 27, 2020. Awards will be distributed to eligible Roberts Wesleyan students based on need as determined by the 2019-20 FAFSA with an emphasis on providing additional support to the neediest populations.

The emergency grants to students was allocated because of the likelihood of incurring costs for expenses related to disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.

Who is eligible for the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant?

Federal regulations require schools to confirm that a student receiving any CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Grant meets the following requirements:

  • Is a US Citizen or an eligible noncitizen
  • Has a valid Social Security number
  • Is registered with Selective Service, if you’re a male and between the ages of 18 and 25
  • Is not in default on a federal student loan
  • Does not owe money on a federal student grant
  • Is a currently enrolled student

How is the eligibility for the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant determined?

Students had to be enrolled in classes as of March 16, 2020 and have a valid 2019-2020 FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Financial Services.

Is the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant a loan or have any repayment requirements?

These Student Emergency Relief grants are not loans and are not considered Title IV federal financial aid. The grants do not need to be repaid.

How will I receive the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant?

The grant will be sent to you in the form of a check, or, if you have previously received a student refund as direct deposit, you will receive the funding in your bank account that is on file. Direct deposits and checks were issued by June 6, 2020.

What next steps do I take if I have additional needs beyond what this grant can help me with?

The Office of Student Financial Services will follow up in the next couple of weeks to tell you about next steps that you can take to let us know about your additional needs.

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