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Faculty and Staff

Important Information About COVID-19

Guidelines may change based on recommendations and requirements from federal, state, and local governments, as well as the medical community. See the Massachusetts travel policy here. Please reference this page often for updates, including guidelines for faculty in classrooms. Full Nichols College COVID-19 Policy can be found here. For questions please contact Darcy Vangel.

Employees who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to remain off campus for a minimum period of 10 days from diagnosis. Additionally, employees will not be permitted to return until they have been symptom free for a period of 24 hours without the use of medication, and a minimum of ten (10) days have passed since the onset of symptoms. Symptoms must be monitored daily. Symptoms include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever in excess of 100 degrees
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should report this to your supervisor or Human Resources immediately.

  • Employees who work on campus will be required to complete COVID-19 testing once a week (twice weekly for athletic coaches and some members of the student life team)
  • Social distancing requirements must be followed
  • Common areas, including restrooms and breakrooms, should only have one person at a time
  • When social distancing is not possible and/or when in any common area, including hallways, a mask must be worn
  • Each office area should not exceed 50% capacity
    • Staff should rotate working days on campus to reduce capacity
  • Staff should stagger start and end times and breaks to minimize potential contact with others
  • Conference rooms will be closed to meetings until further notice
  • All meetings should continue virtually
  • Physical contact with others should be avoided completely
  • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms you will be sent home and will be advised not to report to campus until you:
    • meet the criteria listed for COVID-19 positive test results

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you will not be allowed to return to campus until you have met the following:

  • At least 72 hours have passed since you recovered
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
  • Certification of negative test results are provided
Hygiene Measures:
  • Practice frequent hand-washing
    • Alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol is an acceptable alternative
  • Avoid using any shared office supplies or supplies belonging to others
  • Sanitize areas that may be touched often, including workstations, equipment, doorknobs, and screens

– updated as of January 7, 2021