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The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and community continues to be our top priority. Please review the following frequently asked questions for a closer look at some of this semester’s guidelines.

 


Planning for Fall 2021

Will I be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend Ripon in the fall?

In order to have the best opportunity for a healthy academic year in person and as normal a year as possible, all incoming students now will be required to have a COVID-19 vaccination by Oct. 1, 2021. Students may, however, seek a waiver from the vaccination for one of three grounds: health, religious or strongly held philosophical reasons. The vaccination waiver form is short and simple but must be completed prior to the start of classes on Aug. 30 if you intend to seek an exemption. 

 

Which COVID-19 vaccines will Ripon accept, and how do I provide proof of vaccination?

Any COVID-19 vaccine approved by the World Health Organization will be accepted at Ripon. Students should submit proof of vaccination at their check-in location upon arrival to campus. Students can submit proof of vaccination to [email protected] or at their check-in location upon arrival. Students who received their vaccination in Wisconsin, do not need to provide proof given that they are registered through the Wisconsin Immunization Registry.

 

Will classes return to the typical in-person formal in the fall?

Yes. If a student is in isolation/quarantine we will make every reasonable effort to provide access to class materials, lectures and/or notes. Coursework support for those in quarantine or isolation will be established case by case or class by class. 

 

Will I be required to wear a mask on campus in the fall?

Effective Monday, August 9, 2021 all students, faculty, staff and visitors will be required to wear a mask in all indoor public spaces and in any college vehicle.

 

Do I have to wear a mask while in my room?

Students are required to wear a mask while indoors and in public areas (lounges, classrooms, hallways, etc.).  You will not be required to wear a mask in your room and your guests will not need to wear a mask while visiting inside your room (as long as you and your roommate are in agreement). Please note that everyone will need to be wearing masks while in the hallway outside of each other rooms.

 


Vaccination

Do I need to tell the College that I’ve been vaccinated?

Yes. Students should submit proof of vaccination as soon as possible to [email protected] or at their check-in location upon arrival to campus. Those who do not submit proof of their vaccination will be assumed to be unvaccinated. Students who received their vaccination in Wisconsin, do not need to provide proof given that they are registered through the Wisconsin Immunization Registry.

 

What will be required of me if I am not vaccinated?

All unvaccinated students and employees will be required to take a COVID test upon their return to campus for fall semester or they will be required to submit proof of a negative COVID test result taken within three days before their return to campus. They also will be required to participate in regular surveillance testing throughout the academic year. Unvaccinated student athletes and participants in other activities requiring close contact may be required to test more frequently.

 

If I’ve been vaccinated, do I still need to get tested on campus?

Symptomatic testing will be required for all, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. If you exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, please consult Health Services or seek a COVID test within the community before leaving your residence hall room or before coming to campus.

 

If I’ve been vaccinated, do I still need to go into quarantine if I’ve been exposed to a positive case?

You will NOT need to quarantine if both of the following are true:

  • It has been at least 14 days since you completed the full vaccination (2 doses of Moderna or Pfizer; 1 dose of Johnson and Johnson)
  • You are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19

The release date from quarantine or isolation for Ripon College students will be determined by Campus Health Services, based on the guidance from Fond du Lac County Health Department.

 

I am not living on campus for the Fall, do I need to complete testing/verification?

All students who are either living on campus or attending classes in person at Ripon, must show proof of Vaccination, or complete a negative test at least 72 hours prior to your arrival date or August 28th.

 


Testing and Contact Tracing

I’m not vaccinated, which means I am required to be tested upon my return to campus. Where do I go for testing?

DateGroupTimeTest Site
8/6Summer Students & Peer Contacts 9am-12pmCampus Apt. Lounge
8/9Momentum 9am-12pmMLK
8/10Football 12pm-3pm Keipe
8/16RAs9am-12pmMLK
8/18Soccer and Volleyball9am-12pm Keipe
8/21Tennis 9am-12pm Keipe
8/22Cross Country9am-12pm Keipe
8/25Orientation 9am-12pmStudent Act. Office
8/25Rally Band 9am-12pmHealth Services
8/28New Students 7:30am-1pm MLK
8/29Upperclass 9am-5pm Keipe

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 when I return to campus?

Students who test positive will not be able to check-in, obtain room keys or attend classes until the quarantine is complete.  Students will be asked to return home until their quarantine time frame is complete.  This can be avoided by bringing a 72-hour negative test with you at check-in or having proof of your vaccination.

 

What is Ripon’s testing plan for the fall semester?

All unvaccinated students, faculty and staff will be required to participate in regular surveillance testing throughout the academic year. Unvaccinated student athletes and participants in other activities requiring close contact may be required to test more frequently.

Symptomatic testing will be required for all, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. If you exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, please consult Health Services at [email protected] or call 920-237-9144 to reach the campus nurse or seek a COVID test within the community before leaving your residence hall room or before coming to campus.

 

I’m concerned I may be a close contact of a positive case. How do I reach the contact tracing team?

If you exhibit COVID-19 symptoms or are concerned about being a close contact, please consult Health Services @ [email protected]

 

Who is defined as a “close contact” for contact tracing?

We use the CDC’s definition of a close contact, which is any individual who has spent 15 cumulative minutes or more over the course of 24 hours within 6 feet of the infected person. All unvaccinated close contacts of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be contacted and quarantined. 

A close contact also may be someone who had direct physical contact with a positive case, shared eating or drinking utensils with a positive case, provided care in the same residence to someone who is sick with COVID-19, or who had direct contact with infected respiratory droplets through sneezing or coughing. 

If at any time you believe you are a close contact of a positive case of COVID-19 on campus, please contact Health Services.

 

What type of COVID-19 test is being administered on campus?

Currently, we are using two forms of antigen testing – BinaxNow from Abbott and Sofia SARS which also tests for Influenza A and B.

 

What happens if someone on campus tests positive for COVID-19?

When a member of our campus community tests positive for COVID-19, our team works on behalf of the Fond du Lac County Health Department to carry out tracing for close contacts. Affected students follow quarantine and isolation protocols either at home (recommended) or within campus residences that have been reserved for this purpose. Students in quarantine or isolation receive meals in their residence, take their classes online, and have their health and wellbeing actively monitored by a member of our Resident Life and Health Services staff. Affected faculty and staff follow quarantine and isolation protocols at home. The release date from quarantine or isolation for Ripon College students will be determined by Campus Health Services, based on the guidance from Fond du Lac County Health Department.


Quarantine and Isolation

Are fully vaccinated people required to quarantine?

You will NOT need to quarantine if both of the following are true:

  • It has been at least 14 days since you completed the full vaccination (2 doses of Moderna or Pfizer; 1 dose of Johnson and Johnson)
  • You are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19

The release date from quarantine or isolation for Ripon College students will be determined by Campus Health Services, based on the guidance from Fond du Lac County Health Department.

 

Is the college providing quarantine and isolation spaces on campus?

The college strongly recommends that any students who require quarantine and isolation return home to do so if possible. The college will provide a limited number of quarantine and isolation spaces on campus for extenuating circumstances.

 

What is the difference between physical distancing, quarantine, and isolation?

Physical distancing is the act of limiting your interactions with others. It includes not shaking hands, avoiding crowds, standing 6 feet from others, working remotely when possible, and staying home if you feel sick.

Quarantine is for people who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Isolation is for people who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been confirmed to have the virus.