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Health and Wellness

The health and wellness of our campus community is our top priority. Spalding will continue to abide by federal, state and local guidelines. Any of the university’s policies are subject to change based on the state of the pandemic.

Here are some of the key measures we can all take to prevent the spread.

Health Screening

Keep a check on your health.

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Watch for symptoms.

Every person in our learning community is asked to keep a check on their health. If you experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that you follow the university’s latest protocols.

See what to do if you have or are exposed to COVID-19.

Hygiene

Wash your hands often.

white handwashing icon on blue backgroundFrequently washing your hands protects you and others by helping to prevent the spread of germs and viruses.

  • Wash before and after visiting public places, eating, using the restroom, sneezing, coughing, blowing your nose, etc.
  • Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

Hand-sanitizing stations

Hand sanitizer dispensers installed across campus will remain in place. Regardless of your vaccination status, please continue to use them regularly as well as practicing frequent, thorough hand-washing throughout the day.

More about Hygiene from the CDC

Vaccination

Strongly encouraged.

Please get vaccinated!

At this time, COVID-19 vaccines are not mandated for any member of the Spalding community, but they are strongly encouraged. The university is reviewing whether or not to require vaccines and will notify the campus community if a change in policy takes place.

  • If a student has any questions about the safety or efficacy of vaccines or is unsure where to get a shot, please contact the Eagle Care Health Clinic at eaglecare@spalding.edu.
  • Information on vaccine sites near your area can be found at vaccines.gov.
Personal Protection Equipment

Wear a mask.

White icon of person wearing maskEffective Monday, Aug. 2, face coverings will once again be REQUIRED on campus in indoor settings for ALL individuals, regardless of vaccination status.

  • This includes faculty, staff, students and visitors. 
  • The only exceptions will be when individuals are alone in their private offices or residence-hall rooms or while eating in the College Street Café or a campus lounge/breakroom.

How to wear your mask correctly (from the CDC):

  • Wash your hands before putting on your mask
  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
  • Make sure you can breathe easily
Physical Distancing

Maintain social distance.

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Keep at least 6 feet apart.

Individuals can still practice social distancing to reduce the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19.

CDC’s Guidance for Fully-vaccinated People

CDC’s Guidance for Unvaccinated People

Health and Wellness Questions

What is the university doing to support the health and wellbeing of the Spalding community?

We know our success this year requires cooperation, flexibility, patience and the ability to adapt. As such, we will continue to follow health guidelines set by state and local government and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and adjust when necessary.

Here are a few things you can expect to see from the university as we work together through this health challenge:

Communication

We will continue important information and updates with our campus community. Read our Campus Updates to stay informed.

Cleaning

Sanitation of campus spaces will be a top priority of our housekeeping staff. Hand sanitizer dispensers are set up in every building across campus.

Room configurations/capacity

  • Offices and classrooms will return to normal configurations, in accordance with CDC and state and local guidelines.
  • Capacity for on-campus events will return to their pre-pandemic levels.
  • Full fan capacity at athletics events will also return, unless otherwise mandated by our conference.
  • The College Street Café dining hall will operate at normal capacity.

Campus Wellbeing

Many university resources and programming, such as Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS), Eagle Care Clinic, “Wellness Wednesdays,” etc.,  have adapted to offer virtual sessions and telehealth. We also have a Student Emergency Assistance Fund to help students who are suffering from economic hardships as a result of the pandemic. Learn more about Campus Wellbeing.

What should I do if I have symptoms of, have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19?
Regardless of vaccination status, do not come to campus. See our COVID-19 Exposure page for the latest campus protocols.

If you are a student, you should notify the Eagle Care Clinic and also check in with your professor(s) to make alternate arrangements. All faculty and staff should notify their supervisor and Human Resources.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19 ?
According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

List of symptoms
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

*This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list of symptoms as it learns more about COVID-19.

For more information about campus protocols for COVID-19 exposure, testing and quarantine, see our COVID-19 Exposure page.