COVID-19 Updates and Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated Jan. 6, 2021


Masks/Campus

 

What will the masking policy be on campus in the spring? Will those with a vaccine exemption be asked to wear a mask or undergo testing?
UPDATED: As of March 31, 2022, Masks are currently optional at FSU. Anyone who feels more comfortable and chooses to continue wearing a mask may do so. Please be respectful and supportive of individual choices and situations.

According to federal OSHA guidelines, masks will still be required at Brady Health Center and the Counseling Center.

With in-person lectures at full room capacity, will the policy for labs be any different? Specifically, will we have restrictions on student group work (i.e., number of people in the group or how closely they can work together; some lab activities put people closer together than you would be normally in conversation)?  
At this time, class/section size expectations are consistent with pre-pandemic levels. Instructors retain the flexibility to determine the size of groups and the learning activities conducted to meet the needs of the course. 

Will performing arts be able to work without masks/social distancing?
We continue to follow the state pandemic orders and guidance. The first two rows of the theater will be roped off. Capacity limits must be observed (there are currently no capacity limits in place). Community and campus audience members may attend performances while adhering to FSU’s current mask policy.

If I’m vaccinated do I have to wear a mask and socially distance in the spring?
UPDATED: As of March 31, 2022 masks are currently optional at FSU. Anyone who feels more comfortable and chooses to continue wearing a mask may do so. Please be respectful and supportive of individual choices and situations.


Vaccinations/Mandate

KEY POINT: By USM requirement, proof of being fully vaccinated or having an approved exemption is required for all FSU students and employees on campus. Upload/provide information on the FSU COVID-19 portal. Read more about the vaccination requirement. USM is also requiring everyone living in residence halls to receive a booster shot and strongly recommending for everyone else on campus.

Will students or employees with a religious exemption to vaccines be allowed on campus?
Yes, students and employees with religious exemptions will be permitted on campus. Religious exemptions are protected under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Non-vaccinated individuals are subject regular testing as part of FSU’s testing protocol.

Will all faculty, staff or students be aware of who is or is not vaccinated on campus?
No. At this time, healthcare data is under the authority of the Brady Health Center and Human Resources. We remain diligent to work with USM for official legal guidance if anything changes. FSU will continue to require mandatory immunization records of students as codified by state law, while maintaining FERPA and HIPPA protections under the law. Additionally, anyone may wear a mask anywhere on campus as they feel comfortable to protect themselves. 

To what extent will faculty be expected to enforce the vaccination requirement?
Faculty will not be expected to enforce vaccination requirement. Non-compliance with vaccination requirements will be addressed by Human Resources and Student Affairs.  

What are the criteria for a religious exemption or any non-health-related exemption? Are there forms?
This information is currently available for those seeking the exemptions through the COVID-19 Check-In portal.

Is Frostburg State's vaccination policy the same for union and non-union employees? If not, how and why do they differ? 
Vaccination/exemption compliance is required for all employees.

Are Frostburg State's vaccination policies the same as, say, College Park's and Towson's? If not, how and why do they differ?
Each institution has the latitude to craft policies and procedures regarding compliance that are appropriate to each population. 

Is there a vaccination mandate for those on campus?
Yes. The Chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM) announced in April that all students, faculty and staff on USM campuses are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 virus or have an approved exemption. You can read the full text of his remarks here. Additional information about the USM mandate can be found here.

What documentation do I have to provide to  prove I’ve been vaccinated? Are exemptions permitted?
Specifics about providing proof of vaccination, including applying for exemptions based on medical or religious reasons and booster information, can be found here.


Testing/Tracking Health/Check-ins

Regardless of masking or vaccination, will symptomatic students be quarantined and tested? Will faculty be able to ask students to leave if they are symptomatic and not masked?
Students who live on campus and test positive and/or are symptomatic, pending test results, will quarantine in a designated campus space. Students should continue to monitor their health daily through the COVID-19 Check-In portal and assume personal responsibility for their symptom management and staying home accordingly. 

What is the policy for students, faculty and staff who have one or more COVID-19 symptoms? Has the policy changed?
FSU is following CDC guidance, which varies depending on vaccination status. See
CDC quarantine guidance.

Students and employees should continue to monitor their health daily through the COVID-19 Check-In portal and assume personal responsibility for their symptom management and staying home accordingly. Employees who become symptomatic should follow the recommendations of their healthcare provider. Students can seek services through Brady Health.

What is the policy for close contacts of positive COVID-19 cases? 
FSU is continuing to follow CDC quarantine guidance if you are a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case.

Will faculty be expected to accommodate students who are sick with COVID via online formats?
Faculty should adhere to the guidelines in the catalog regarding how to handle ill students. See Absences for Health Issues, Bereavement and Other Emergencies in UG Catalog.

In light of news relating to the new virus variants, what metrics will be used to make sure that the campus virus rates remain low throughout the semester? And what will be done if infection rates rise?
Multiple COVID indicators are tracked and assessed continually by the COVID Response and Recovery Team. (Examples include incidence and prevalence rate, positivity rate, case clustering from contract tracing, testing capacity, Brady Health capacity, Quarantine/Isolation capacity, Adherence to Public Health Protective Factors, Local conditions, etc.) 

Will testing continue in the spring given that no vaccine is 100% effective and at least some faculty, staff, and students will not be vaccinated?
Vaccinated constituents who become symptomatic should see their healthcare provider (students can seek services through the Brady Health Center).

Are we now and will we in the spring still be required to complete the COVID-19 Check-in?
Yes.

Is there a chance that we will NOT be returning to normal, face-to-face classes?
At this time, the spring 2022 semester will look like fall 2021 as much as possible.

What should instructors do and will there be a general blanket policy across the board if a student comes to an instructor and says they don’t feel comfortable attending class in person?
Course modality expectations are clear at registration. There will not be a blanket attendance policy beyond the attendance policy in the catalog. Students who do not feel comfortable attending class in person should work with their advisors to select courses from FSU’s available online offerings.


Compliance

KEY POINT: Individuals who are non-compliant with the mandate will be contacted by the appropriate departments (Student Affairs for students and Human Resources for employees). Individuals will be subject to personnel or student discipline processes. Specific information will be provided to the individuals.


Residence Life

KEY POINT: Students in the campus residence halls or Edgewood Commons will not receive their keys to check-in unless they are in compliance with the university's vaccination requirement (uploaded vaccination records or approved medical or religious exemption prior to arrival). Watch here for more information about move-in, vaccinations, roommates, etc.


Dining

 


Student Athletes

KEY POINT: All student-athletes have been receiving information about providing their proof of vaccination/exemption requests. Reach out to your coach for details and more information.


Events and Visitors

KEY POINT: Visitors to campus should continue to verify their health through the FSU COVID-19 Check-In portal or through posted COVID-19 health verification questions.FSU welcomes attendees and spectators for events, activities and athletic events.

When will places like the theatres, the Manicur Assembly Hall, etc., be open to the public for live performances and what, if any, restrictions will there be?
We continue to follow the state pandemic orders and guidance. Theatres are currently open. All community members are expected to check in via the app or agree to symptom check language posted at events.

Will there be special requirements for community members visiting campus?
All community members are expected to check in via the app or agree to symptom check language posted at events.

Can performing arts (and others) begin marketing ticket sales to the community?
Yes.

If we are planning an event with 8-12 graders in 2022, are there protocols we need to follow?
Submit plan via VP to Recovery Team to review. Conditions and guidance are subject to change at any time.