Summer 2022 Community Compact for Residential Students
In effect May 29, 2022
Mount Holyoke Honor Code: I will honor myself, my fellow students and Mount Holyoke College by acting responsibly, honestly and respectfully in both my words and deeds.
At Mount Holyoke, our honor code is more than a promise -- it is a covenant in which each student takes responsibility for their own behavior and wellbeing as well as for that of their fellow students and, indeed, the entire college community. This student community compact outlines your responsibilities and key behaviors and actions that must be taken due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The College is committed to minimizing the risk of COVID-19 transmission on campus, but that risk cannot be eliminated entirely. By attending classes or residing on campus this summer, students accept the risk of COVID-19 transmission, and agree to follow all College policies and protocols, including those related to COVID-19.
We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic is evolving and generally improving; it also remains an ongoing health threat, especially to those who are unvaccinated or have underlying health risks. These rules and guidelines are meant to strike a balance as COVID-19 shifts from pandemic status into endemic. Accordingly, COVID-related protocols will be updated and revised as we receive additional guidance from local, state and federal governments. As restrictions lighten, each person will need to take responsibility for their personal safety and well-being.
Please note that this summer the college will also be hosting summer programs/camps who will be living on campus and using facilities like Kendall and the Dining Commons.
Through this community compact, we commit to be mutually accountable for following all campus health and safety measures. We acknowledge individual and collective responsibility to maintain our own health, protect the health of others and do our part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Campus Arrival and the Start of the Summer -
Students moving in for the summer who have not been residing on campus during Spring 2022 are not able to move in until May 29.
All Mount Holyoke students coming to campus for classes or residing on campus are expected to be up to date on COVID vaccinations.
Students should not come to campus if feeling ill &/or if they have COVID symptoms. They should test for COVID prior to arriving (or returning) if the test is positive, you must follow the guidance below; if your COVID test is negative, we recommend you delay arriving on campus until you are cleared medically.
Students are strongly encouraged to get a COVID-19 test within 3 days of scheduled return
If you test positive, you may not attend classes or move-in until you have completed the minimum of 5 full days of isolation recommended by CDC and your symptoms are improving. This means delay move in until the 6th day following the date of your positive test.
You must remain masked in common spaces on campus through day 10 following your positive test.
We encourage you to email Health Services (firstname.lastname@example.org) to share the date of your positive COVID test.
Please also notify Residential Life of your move-in date by emailing email@example.com.
Students should wear/have their MHC lanyard and ID visible at all times in public spaces while on campus.
Students should review the updated COVID guidelines on MHC’s Health & Safety page prior to moving onto campus.
For students moving into residence halls the the summer:
Students moving in may have up to 2 family members or friends assist with the move-in process for no more than 2 hours. All move-in helpers should be vaccinated and wearing a mask while in the building.
MHC’s campus testing center is closing for the summer at noon on May 26, 2022. There will be no asymptomatic COVID testing this summer. We encourage students to use precautions and care for themselves and others.
Students are expected to monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19.
If symptomatic, contact a health professional (Health Services will be closed) to be evaluated and tested, &/or perform a rapid COVID-19 test. The Summer Housing Embark page has suggested providers that are available over the summer.
Students should self-isolate until they are tested and are feeling better.
Students who test positive for COVID must follow the isolation protocols detailed in the section below. Please make note of:
There are no medical services on campus until mid-August, College Health Services is closed.
There are no MHC COVID housing or contact tracing teams this summer.
Students having difficulty understanding the COVID protocols should first review the Health & Safety site, then consult with their summer Resident Advisor for clarification.
Students who test positive for COVID-19 after moving in should follow the most updated CDC guidelines for isolation.
Summer housing availability will result in most students residing on campus having roommates. Since there is insufficient space to designate separate campus isolation housing, students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate in place, even if they have a roommate.
Details on isolating in place are outlined in this document. Briefly:
Isolating students should stay in their rooms at all times except when they need to use the bathroom or are getting their pre-ordered food via outdoor pickup from the Dining Services Cashier.
Students should get all food to-go and MUST wear a mask when they leave their space, even when outdoors.
Isolating students should only use the bathroom for unmasked activities during the times listed on each bathroom’s door.
Students who have compromised immune systems, should either register with Accessibility Services for single housing accommodations, or can request a temporary space from Residential Life (email firstname.lastname@example.org) while their roommate is isolating in a shared room.
Roommates of a student who has tested positive are considered close contacts and should follow close contact guidelines, unless they have tested positive in the last 90 days and then no special protocols are necessary. See close contact guidelines below.
There will be no MHC Contact Tracing team this summer. Massachusetts Department of Public Health discontinued their contact tracing program in December 2021.
Students who test positive will be expected to notify their own close contacts of possible exposure.
The CDC defines a close contact as being within a 6 foot distance of an infected individual for a total of 15 minutes in a 24hr period.
The infectious period begins two days BEFORE the date the positive COVID test was collected (from Day -2 until isolation begins), and lasts until 10 days after the positive test.
Students who are identified as being a close contact of someone testing positive for COVID should follow the CDC guidelines for close contacts.
Physical Distancing, Face Coverings and Behavioral Requirements
Unless you have COVID or are a close contact, you need not maintain a physical distance of 6ft from others.
As a campus resident, you are required to adhere to the College’s masking protocols, which are as follows:
A well fitting mask (KN95) that covers your nose and mouth is required while indoors in common/public spaces on campus except when eating or drinking.
Masks are not needed on campus when outdoors or in your own personal residence hall room.
Any updates or changes to the masking policy will be communicated when and if that information becomes available.*
*As communicated on June 9, 2022 in MHC This Week, effective June 13, 2022, the Mount Holyoke campus will shift to a mask-optional policy for all indoor spaces. We encourage everyone to regularly check our Campus Health and Safety Updates page for additional details.
We encourage all community members to practice good infection control hygiene, including frequent hand washing or sanitizing, coughing/sneezing into a tissue or sleeve, and staying home when feeling ill.
Students are expected to clean their own spaces and share in the cleaning of the residence hall spaces (including bathrooms). Those isolating in place are required to wipe down bathroom surfaces following unmasked use.
Please note, as previously communicated, the campus is now smoke- free and tobacco-free. Given that COVID-19 causes respiratory distress and concerns, smoking of any kind anywhere on campus is considered an honor code and student conduct violation and can lead to a student’s removal from campus housing and/or other consequences.
Travel, Guests, and Building Access
Students agree to the following standards:
Students must abide by limits on the size of groups or gatherings that can occur on campus or are defined by any particular space.
After a student moves in, no guests are permitted in the residence halls. This prohibition includes overnight and daytime guests. Anyone who does not live on campus is considered a guest, this includes other Mount Holyoke students and alums. Only students approved to live on-campus this summer are approved to be in the summer residence halls.
Only students living on campus may enter any residence hall on campus. No visitors or guests allowed.
Disciplinary complaints will follow the procedures set forth in the student handbook.
Students may bring any alleged violation of the community compact to our attention by completing this form. Please note that decisions made by the hearing officer will be final given the public health and safety consequences of violations. This means that no appeals will be granted. A student who violates this compact may also be in violation of the code of conduct and, consequently, may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the College. No refunds of tuition, room and board or fees are available to students dismissed for conduct violations, including violations of COVID-19 health and safety rules and policies.
By signing below, I agree/acknowledge that:
I have read and understand the information included in this compact, agree to abide by them and understand they may need to be modified from time to time by the College
If at any point I find I am unable to comply with the rules set forth in this compact, I will remove myself from campus and complete the summer away from campus. I understand that, if I do not do this voluntarily, I may be subject to removal from campus and campus residence halls by the College. Students may seek reasonable accommodations from AccessAbility Services as applicable. If my requested accommodation(s) cannot be approved, I will follow the College’s expectations or I will make other housing arrangements.
In addition, I understand that the violation of any of these guidelines or policies that put at risk the health and safety of others could result in removal from campus housing, in-person classes, or other outcomes. As such, I agree to have a plan of action to leave campus and return home or move to an alternative location if I violate policies and have to leave campus.
I acknowledge there is an individual and collective responsibility to maintain our own health, protect the health of others and do our part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, I am responsible for my own actions and I have a duty to report the actions of my fellow students that may put other students' health and safety at risk.
In the event that Mount Holyoke College and/or the state determines that public health conditions warrant further de-densification of campus and/or a fully remote environment, I will prepare for and fund my own personal travel home or will work with Student Life, as needed.
I understand that the College has adopted these requirements to promote the collective health and well-being of our community, and specifically the students, staff and faculty on campus during this time period. I further understand that my ability to enter and remain on the Mount Holyoke campus as a summer on-campus student or residential student is predicated on my adherence to these policies. I will follow these policies not just for my own health, but also to protect and safeguard the health of those around me, including employees living or working on campus. I acknowledge and agree that these rules and guidelines may change as life on campus and public health guidance evolve and as new testing and tracing methods emerge, and I agree to abide by any new rules and guidelines as needed.
I acknowledge that Mount Holyoke College cannot eliminate the risk of illness during a global pandemic. I voluntarily accept the risks associated with in-person, living on-campus at this time.