This information was last updated on October 7, 2020.

Campus Health and Safety Policies

You must wear a face covering on campus except when in your living unit with your roommate and the door closed or alone in your car with the windows up.  This face covering is particularly important whenever indoors, as vapor can remain in the air for a few hours inside and transmit the virus after you leave the area.  A face shield is not acceptable as a replacement.

In addition, you should keep at least 6 feet distance from others when interacting on campus indoors or outdoors and continue to wear your face covering.

We initiated random testing for our community each week for students, faculty and staff.  We have contracted with an external entity to conduct the testing based on their ability to provide expedited result analysis. Should positive tests occur, increased disinfection and educational efforts will be directed to that area.  We will also be testing employees and contractors with potential high exposure, including resident assistants, and food services workers on a non-random basis.

We have implemented a COVID-19 symptom checker for everyone to complete daily.  Students are using a tracker that integrates with our Health Service provider, USF. Anyone with symptoms will be contacted by our Student Health Services provider, and will need to discuss their situation with the provider prior to further exposure on campus.  Please do participate and help us keep the campus as healthy as is possible.

The symptom tracker is an app that we are using partnered with USF. Students will have received a link in their email from USF. PLEASE DO THE INITIAL SETUP OF YOUR USF NETID, using your New College email address. Please go to Activate Your NetID | University of South Floridaif you have not already done so. It takes one day for you to be able to access the system after you activate their NetID.  So you won’t be able to do anything immediately. Keep your login information. If you have trouble, please contact tech support.  It is the USF helpdesk for these issues. The phone number to call is (813) 974-HELP (4357) option 6, which is specially set up for us at New College.

You won’t be able to access the system for a day after you set this up. We have implemented the app in which you login through the USF NETID and then do the Return to Campus COVID-19 Assessment there, following by doing the daily assessment.  Please do this initially even if you are not coming to campus.  One of the first questions will ask if you are planning to come to campus.  If you are not, the app will end.  This will help us figure out who is coming to campus, and if you are not, it will stop further emails from them.    We will then be asking all students, faculty, and staff to do a daily symptom checker each morning and remain in place if they are not feeling well.  This is for the health of our entire campus and community!

If you are not on campus, you will not be able to come to campus for 10 days from the date you took the test which came back positive, and have no symptoms for 24 hours prior to ending quarantine (this may be part of the 10 days) as well as be cleared by Student Health before you can return to campus. If you are on campus and test positive during the term, NCF will make arrangements for you to quarantine for this period of time. If you have had symptoms of COVID-19, please remember that you must be symptom-free for 24hours before you are released from quarantine, even if this is longer than 10 days. You must also be cleared by Student Health before you are released from quarantine.

The Office of Student Affairs will assign you to an isolation room on campus. You will be given assistance in identifying the belongings that you should take with you to your isolation assignment. You will be provided with a room that is ready to move into and has a number of furnishings to make you more comfortable. Meals will be delivered to you throughout your time of isolation and will be asked about any diet restrictions you have. Student Health will be checking in with students who have COVID-19 to ensure you have necessities. Telehealth and telemental health are available.  Classes will be remote, as will be programming initiatives.

If you are both on campus, your roommate will be moved to quarantine rooms and you will be asked to quarantine for 14 days after your last contact with them in your current room.   You should avoid contact with your roommate. You will need to monitor your health carefully and should contact Student Health for an evaluation, as they will need to clear your from quarantine. 

See CDC quarantine guidelines here. Appropriate disinfection procedures will be implemented in your room by the College as is possible.

High risk contact has occurred if you were with someone who had a positive test for COVID-19 and you were within 6 feet of them for more than 15 minutes. It does not matter if you were wearing a mask or if you were outside. If you have had contact with someone who has a positive viral test for COVID-19, you should isolate for 14 days from the point of last contact with them.  If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should contact Student Health through the CWC at 941-387-4254 option 2 and set up a telehealth appointment.  You will  then be referred for testing. You must also be symptom free for 24 hours before you are released from quarantine. Contacts of the contacts do not need to isolate.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be immediately isolated and will not come to class until cleared.  The College is working with the Sarasota County Health Department to determine who in class had a high risk contact.  Anyone with a high risk contact will be asked to isolate and monitor their symptoms for 10 days prior to returning to in person classes.  This may or may not involve everyone in a class, depending on the contact.