Coronavirus Information 2022-23

As the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve from a pandemic to an endemic disease, mitigation strategies also continue to evolve. This page provides resources and information about expectations on campus as well as links to the experts. The university reserves the right to revise expectations based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Massachusetts Department of Health guidance, as well as conditions on campus and in the community.

Note: This page reflects news and information for the 2022-23 academic year. To learn about the university's response in 2020-22, and to see an archive of communications and data related to the first 30 months of the pandemic, please visit our earlier COVID information in the 2020-21 archive and 2021-22 archive.

Vaccine and Boosters

All members of the Fitchburg State community, students, faculty, and staff, are required to provide documentation of a complete initial vaccine course and one booster. Medical or  religious exemptions will be considered. To submit documentation of vaccine and booster, please email a copy of your immunization card to immunizations@fitchburgstate.edu (students) or HRCovid@fitchburgstate.edu (employees.) If you have already provided Fitchburg State documentation of your vaccine and/or booster, no need to send again. Note that religious exemptions must be renewed annually.

Medical or religious exemption requests: 

Testing

Fitchburg State will continue to offer rapid COVID test kits to members of our community via the Information Desk in Hammond Hall and at the Human Resources office in Sanders Hall. 

As you prepare to return to campus in Fall 2022, we request that you test prior to coming to campus, and take advantage of campus-provided tests once here. Residential students will be provided with rapid test kits as part of move-in for Fall 2022.

We encourage campus community members to observe if you are becoming symptomatic and test to determine if you are COVID positive. See below for what to do if you are symptomatic.

Masking Policy

(updated Aug. 19, 2022)

Fitchburg State University is a mask-optional campus. This means that the wearing of masks is an individual decision based on personal choice. All community members and guests are strongly encouraged to wear masks at any time when it is personally warranted or desired to protect oneself or others. Please be respectful of each other’s choice. Mask wearing has been shown to be a successful tool in reducing the spread of germs, and we encourage people to wear masks, if they choose. Please continue to carry a mask with you while on campus to be able to accommodate requests. If you have forgotten yours, you may pick one up at the Hammond Information Desk, or in the Sanders Administration Building in the Student Affairs Office or Human Resources.

There are a few exceptions to the policy, which include:

  • Employees may request that others don a mask when entering a private office at the request of the staff/faculty member. Employees requiring guests to mask in their office will also wear a face mask or alternative covering.
  • Faculty have the option of requiring masks in their classrooms. Students must comply with individual faculty requests. A faculty member requiring students to mask in the classroom will also wear a face mask or alternative covering if approved in the classroom.
  • Common office spaces may have employees with personal preference related to mask wearing. Individuals are welcome to wear a mask or alternative covering at their work space. (Managers do not have the authority to require that individuals in the common office space be masked unless all employees agree.)
  • The university library is a mask-optional space. Librarians have the option of requiring masks when engaged in instructional sessions.
  • The university administration reserves the right to require mask-wearing or make modifications to this policy at any time in the future, if COVID-19-related data necessitates it. If there are additional memorandums of agreement with unions, administration will review and determine if changes need to be made to this policy.

Isolation and Quarantine for Residential Students

Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 will be asked to return home to isolate if it is safe for them to do so without using public transportation. Students unable to return home will be required to isolate themselves in a residence hall designated for this purpose for a minimum of five days and will be able to resume normal activities on day six, if symptoms have improved or resolved, and if a negative rapid test is demonstrated.

What Should I Do if I am Symptomatic?  

If you are symptomatic for COVID-19, begin wearing a mask whenever you are around others and obtain a rapid test off campus or from the Hammond Information Desk or Human Resources. If the test is positive, return to your living environment. Then notify studentaffairs@fitchburgstate.edu (students) or HRcovid@fitchburgstate.edu (employees) of the result. Students should also notify your faculty members, and employees should notify your supervisors. If you are a residential student, contact the Housing office (978.665.3219) during regular business hours or University Police (978.665.3111) after hours/weekends/holidays to discuss isolation options.

Contact your primary care physician.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends the following:

  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Get tested
  • Separate yourself from other people
  • Monitor your symptoms
  • Wear a well-fitting mask if you must be around other people or animals
  • This web page defines the quarantine and isolation periods based on individual circumstances, including how to end isolation with and without symptoms.

Resources