Health & Safety
Required Public Health Measures
These six steps will help ensure that everyone is doing their part to keep Marist a safe place for living and learning.
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
In May 2021, Marist College Board of Trustees voted to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all on-campus students, faculty, and staff for the academic year, effective July 1, 2021. To comply with this requirement, Marist College meet the CDC definition of a “fully-vaccinated”, which includes: 1) All members of the Marist community will meet the definition of fully vaccinated meaning 14 days has passed after the completion of a COVID-19 vaccine series, and will have provided proof of that vaccination to the College, or 2) will have received a religious or medical exemption approved and granted by the College. All members of the Marist College community must adhere to this policy by uploading their proof of vaccination to the College by August 1, 2021.
Wear a Mask
A temporary and limited change to health and safety protocols was enacted on August 16. Read more here >
In addition to the mandatory masking requirement for individuals with an authorized exemption, we are temporarily extending this requirement to all members of the Marist community. As of Wednesday, August 18, the use of masks is required in all administrative and academic buildings on campus, including the Library. Facial coverings are not required for fully vaccinated individuals in the following settings: 1) Outdoors 2) Private offices or shared work spaces where six feet of distancing can be maintained 3) Marist dormitories/residence halls and common areas 4) The McCann Center – members of the Marist community must wear a mask when entering or walking around, but facial coverings are not necessary when exercising, eating, or drinking 5) Marist’s main dining hall and cafes – members of the Marist community should be masked when entering the facility but may remove masks when eating, drinking, and socializing during the meal. We will reevaluate as the semester progresses, and may revise this policy based on the status of case counts and public health recommendations.
Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing is particularly important after you have been in a public place or if you have been blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching your face. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands after touching your face.
Mandatory Employee Health Screening
All employees must complete a mandatory daily health screening in MyMarist, prior to arrival on campus each day, effective September 16, 2021. Employees who reside on Marist campus should complete this survey prior to beginning their work day. If an employee is ill or fails the health attestation they must stay home, contact their healthcare provider, and notify their supervisor.
COVID-19 Training Module
Marist has updated its COVID-19 training module to apply to the HERO Act and further educate employees on its safety plan. Employees are encouraged to view this training beginning on Friday, September 17 in MyMarist.
Flu Shot Requirement
Flu shots are mandatory for all students and must be uploaded to Student Health Services no later than January 14, 2022, unless they have a religious or medical exemption. Marist will be providing flu vaccinations every Wednesday, September 8 - November 17, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, outside Marian Hall. The rain location is on the 3rd floor of the Murray Student Center. To schedule an appointment for a flu shot, visit https://riteaid.reportsonline.com/rsched/program/MC2021. An appointment is not required to receive your flu shot, but it will reduce the amount of time spent waiting in line. Students who attend an on-campus flu vaccination clinic do not have to upload their proof; Health Services will complete this step.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Students, faculty, and staff must actively assist with cleaning and sanitizing their own living and work spaces. Housekeeping services will utilize hospital-grade EPA approved products for disinfecting high-touch surfaces, such as public restrooms, handrails, tables, faucets, and doorknobs, among others.
If you are in a private setting and do not have on your face mask or cloth covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Anyone experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath, or a fever equal to or greater than 100.3° F should stay home or isolate in campus housing to limit physical contact with others.