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Frequently Asked Questions

For a printable version of our COVID-19 Testing Fact Sheet for Students & Families please click here.

Updated August 25, 2021

Yes. Since the pandemic began, Husson University’s first priority has been to protect the health of our campus community. Toward this end, the University created a series of campus healthcare protocols that strictly adhere to federal and state Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

With distribution of COVID-19 vaccines now underway nationally, the CDC is strongly recommending that every eligible person get vaccinated as soon as possible. Vaccinations are proving to be the best way to ensure that everyone avoids the serious health complications associated with the coronavirus. To protect the safety of our campus, Husson decided to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all on-campus students starting at the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester. 

Students who are already fully inoculated against COVID-19 are being asked to upload a copy of their vaccination record to the student portal using the “Upload Immunization” link. This documentation shows where and when the student was inoculated.

Once uploaded, this documentation will be sent to the Wellness Center. If students prefer, they can also mail a copy of their vaccination record to our Wellness Center.

Online students, who won’t have physical contact with Husson’s campus community, won’t be required to submit their vaccination records.

Our procedures for handling exemptions to immunizations are similar to what Husson University has had in place for years. Students, who visit the “Immunization Requirements” webpage on our Husson.edu website, will find a link to the “Exemption from COVID-19 Immunization Form” at the bottom of the page. 

Students who are granted an exemption will need to adhere to our established campus healthcare protocols in order to protect their health. They will need to wear masks and participate in weekly surveillance testing. If unvaccinated students are suspected of coming into contact with someone who has COVID-19, they’ll be quarantined. They’ll also be put into isolation if they test positive for the virus.   

Our policies here at Husson University are consistent with the guidance provided by state and federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of May 17, 2021, Husson University, Bates College, St. Joseph’s College of Maine, the University of New England, Bowdoin College and the College of the Atlantic are all requiring incoming students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 when they come to campus in the fall.

Nationally, hundreds of colleges and universities have committed to making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for students this fall. Among these institutions are colleges and universities with prestigious medical schools. The Association of American Colleges and Universities anticipates that more institutions of higher learning will be joining this growing list in the weeks and months to come. 

We will continue to monitor CDC recommendations over the summer and make sure that our protocols continue to be consistent with the best practices recommended by government authorities and leading medical experts. Please follow this link for further information.

 

To find the most current information on testing and travel policies visit the State of Maine’s “Travel and Visitor FAQ” page. It is part of the Governor’s COVID-19 Response and can be found online at https://www.maine.gov/covid19/keepmainehealthy/faqs.

If you’ve already been fully inoculated against COVID-19, please upload a copy of your vaccination record to the student portal using the “Upload Immunization” link. This documentation shows where and when you received your vaccination(s).

Once uploaded, your documentation will be sent to the Wellness Center. If you prefer, you can also mail a copy of your vaccination record to our Wellness Center.

Any questions regarding COVID-19 compliance can be directed to the Husson University COVID Information Line at 207.992.1919.

As reported by the CDC, Penobscot County, our county, has been designated as having high COVID-19 community transmission. Therefore, in accordance with CDC guidelines, everyone attending indoor public gatherings on campus – whether vaccinated or unvaccinated – must wear a mask. Thank you for your efforts to keep our campus community safe.

After extensive research by our Protect Husson Health and Safety Task Force, and consultation with Bangor Public Health, Husson University has identified three types of masks that are effective in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These are: 

  • Cloth masks
  • Surgical masks
  • Standard dust masks 

Other types of masks or face coverings, including masks with exhalation valves, bandanas and gaiters do not sufficiently protect the person wearing the mask and/or other individuals.

Cloth masks, surgical masks and standard dust masks are the only types of masks Husson University will accept as meeting our requirements during the pandemic. No other types of masks should be worn on our campus. 

If you do not own a mask that meets University standards, a supply of free surgical masks is available. If you are a student, feel free to visit the Student Life Office at 102 Peabody Hall to obtain an approved mask if you need one. 

In an effort to help protect everyone’s health, Husson University has created a video that demonstrates the proper ways to put on and remove a mask. 

Students taking in-person courses on Husson University’s campus who are not fully vaccinated will be required to test weekly for the coronavirus and to monitor their health for any possible symptoms. In addition, students who aren’t fully vaccinated will be required to wear masks in indoor and outdoor settings on campus. Any student found to have contracted COVID-19 will be able to seek assistance from campus health services to avoid any further spread of the virus. Unvaccinated students who are exposed to someone who has COVID-19 will need to be quarantined. Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 will need to adhere to our isolation protocols.

Husson University has continued its contract with the Broad Institute in Boston to provide testing materials and services for students who are taking in-person courses on our Bangor campus. The COVID-19 tests are administered on campus to the appropriate student population. The Institute then provides an analysis of the tests. Our testing is designed to help identify asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19 and to monitor the current state of the pandemic. This type of test is self-administered by the student, by swabbing inside one’s nostril, while observed by trained personnel.

Unvaccinated students are required to participate in weekly testing. Vaccinated students will not need to participate. Testing is available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This year, there will be no need to make an appointment in advance. All students who need to be tested can visit the testing center on a walk-in basis.

Symptomatic testing is reserved for those who are showing symptoms of COVID-19. Students who feel they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should call the Wellness Center for assessment by a trained healthcare professional. Do not go to the walk-in clinic and risk infecting others before speaking with the Wellness Center. We have developed a process that begins with a phone assessment so we can prepare for an in-person visit, if that’s deemed necessary by our medical staff.

COVID-19 tests are being made available to students at no charge.

It means you currently have, or recently had the virus.

Someone who is asymptomatic is a person who has the infection but is not showing any symptoms, and will not develop them later.

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

When a student is quarantined on campus, they will be required to stay in their room/residence with the understanding that they can only leave to utilize the restroom for personal care or to attend medical appointments. Meals will be delivered to students living on campus. The students’ academic advisors will work with the affected individuals to ensure they can continue to pursue their education online. The Center for Student Success is also available to any student who may need additional academic support.

Roommates may be quarantined together, if they were both potentially exposed to COVID-19.

Isolation is the complete separation from others of a person suffering from contagious or infectious disease.

If a student residing on campus tests positive for COVID-19, they will be placed in isolation. Isolation means that the residential student must remain in their assigned isolation space at all times unless scheduled to receive medical care. Students are required to call the Wellness Center twice daily to report symptoms. If they do not call, then staff at the Wellness Center will call the student. If we cannot reach the student, Husson University will send Safety and Security Officers to check on the student’s welfare. Students who have tested positive may be placed in isolation with another person who has also tested positive for COVID-19.

If you have proof from a qualified medical professional that you have either recently had COVID-19 or been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, your testing frequency will be adjusted accordingly.

Broad Laboratories and/or the Husson Wellness Center will notify students of their results via email and/or telephone, depending upon results.

Off-campus tests are not reported to Husson University unless the student notifies us directly.

The Broad Institute or Northern Light Laboratory/Affiliated Laboratories, Inc. or the Maine State Laboratory, as the reading laboratories, will be reporting positive test results to the State of Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Additionally, the Wellness Center will report all positive results to Maine CDC. The larger Husson community will be able track positive and negative results via the dashboard found on Husson University’s website.

It’s the tool used to slow the spread of COVID-19. Contact tracing helps protect you, your family, and your community by letting people know they may have been exposed to the coronavirus and should monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

Contact tracing begins when a student is tested and presumed positive. A contact tracer will be assigned to each individual presumed to have COVID-19 and will maintain contact with this individual until the person is cleared to reenter the campus community.

Husson University will participate in the initial contact tracing work and contact affected students. Once the Maine CDC becomes involved, tracing activities will be turned over to the agency. Contact tracers will work with the individual to help them recall everyone with whom they have had direct contact when they might have been infectious, including roommates. We will not disclose who the individual is that tested positive when notifying potential contacts.

As defined for COVID-19 by the CDC: Any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

The COVID-19 dashboard for the 2021-2022 academic year will be a more streamlined version of last year’s dashboard. Starting on August 9, we will be updating the dashboard on a weekly basis. In addition, the dashboard will use tables to report data.

Every week, the following statistics will be updated on our dashboard:

  • The total percentage of the Husson University campus community that has been vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • The total number of student tests and employee tests that came back positive for COVID-19.

Similar to last semester, the dashboard can be found at https://www.husson.edu/return-to-campus/dashboard.

As a leading provider of education to students pursuing careers in healthcare, Husson University has access to some to the state’s leading faculty members in their areas of expertise. These areas of expertise include nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, biochemistry, health science, healthcare administration, and clinical mental health. In addition, we are drawing upon the expertise of the medical professionals in our Wellness Center. For athletics, we have actively solicited input from our team physician, a medical professional in private practice from outside of the University community. 

Husson University also works collaboratively with numerous clinical healthcare partners to ensure our students meet their training and safety expectations. 

In addition to getting input from knowledgeable healthcare professionals in a variety of disciplines, the University is actively following all of the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the federal level and state levels. 

Our first priority is to protect the health and safety of our community, including students, faculty and staff. All actions taken by the University are in accordance with federal and state guidelines and follow best practices as defined by a variety of healthcare professionals who are working with the University on developing and implementing our COVID-19 response.

When the Fall 2021 semester begins, Husson University will be returning a standard academic schedule. The University followed this schedule prior to the advent of the pandemic. To see this year’s academic calendar for the 2021-2022 academic year, visit https://www.husson.edu/academics/assets/2021-2022-Academic-Calendar.pdf

Yes. Students will have the opportunity to take courses online in many of our programs. This will help students with medical concerns or other needs to continue their studies without interruption.

Some students, however, whose programs require experiential hands-on learning, internships and clinical experiences essential to their studies, may have to complete specific program requirements on campus. We will work with students to provide flexible options to complete their educational coursework.

Husson University continuously monitors the COVID-19 situation and is prepared to make the necessary adjustments if the infection rates escalate. As a precaution, our faculty members have continued participating in training maximizing the effectiveness of online course offerings. In the event it becomes necessary to close the campus, Husson University will transition the majority of its classes to an online or teleconference modality.

Online education is as good as the instructional design and the faculty that stand behind the coursework. Edmit, a website dedicated to helping families navigate the financial challenges of paying for college, recently evaluated the online experiences offered by colleges and universities in Maine. There was only one college in Maine whose online experience Edmit rated highly. That college was Husson University. Every other college and university’s online experience was rated “low” or “medium.” Husson students and their families can rest assured that they’ll continue to receive a quality education regardless of whether they are studying on campus or online.

Residence Life is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Resident Directors are routinely in their offices from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm during regular business days. 

To contact Residence Life, call us at 207.941.7700 or email us at reslife@husson.edu. We’re here to help!

Husson University Athletics anticipates returning to regular varsity athletic conference schedule starting in the fall of 2021.

Husson University has decided to cancel any, and all study abroad programming for the Fall 2021 semester in an effort to protect the health of our students.

We will reassess the possibility of reinstituting the study abroad program for Spring 2022 at a later date. The spread of the coronavirus nationally, and internationally will determine whether this programming can be reinstituted for 2022.

Students will have a variety of dining options during the fall semester. The Dickerman Dining Center (DDC) will be returning to a sit down, dine-in seating configuration with food served on ceramic plates with stainless steel flatware. Napkin dispensers, along with salt and paper shakers, will be available on each table. Various tables will be able to seat 14, eight, four, two or single patrons.

Vaccinated and unvaccinated students will need to wear masks while they are in line and picking up their food. Once seated, students can remove their masks. If a student needs to leave their table to get seconds, deserts or to socialize, they must wear their masks until they return to their seats. Six-feet of space between students waiting for food will no longer be required.

All students will be able to enter and exit the Dickerman Dining Center using the front entrance. Used plates and silverware should be placed on the dish carousel prior to exiting the facility.

Seating in the Dickerman Dining Center will no longer be limited to 50 people. Vegan, vegetarian, and allergen friendly options will be offered daily along with other hot entrees.

Some of the popular changes instituted during the pandemic will be continuing. Extended hours of operation will assist students in accessing the DDC. Starting on August 30, the Dickerman Dining Center will be open continuously from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Weekend and holiday hours will be 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Dining selections will be limited during non-peak periods in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon. In addition, the variety of food selections available daily may be limited due to the current labor shortage affecting the hospitality industry nationally.

Cressy Market will return to being a grill station that offers food prepared to order, breakfast sandwiches and daily specials. It will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. It will be closed on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

The “Grab ‘N’ Go” will return to offering a limited selection of hot food options and will be open for service 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Weekend and holiday hours have yet to be determined. In addition, convenience store items will also be available.

The Willey Café, late night delivery, and the new kiosk will not be opening at the start of the fall semester due to staffing shortages and equipment delays.

The preferred method of payment for food at all of these locations will be the Eagle Card/ID in order to provide touchless payments. Cash and debit/credit card payments are also accepted.

Remember, now that area restaurants have resumed normal operations, students can use their Eagle Card/ID at Buffalo Wild Wings on Wednesdays (Husson Day) and at Angelo’s Pizzeria any day of the week.

If you have any questions about dining options at Husson University, please email Dining Services at diningservices@husson.edu or call Carole Bemis at 207-941-7076.

Here are a series of sensible tips that can help you stay healthy:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with other people. 
  • Wear a mask whenever you are in a group situation. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 
  • Follow all mandates and guidelines from local, state and federal authorities. 
  • Download the Eagle Safe app and use the self-assessment function. If you haven’t downloaded the Eagle Safe app yet, please do so. In addition to important COVID-19 information, it will connect you to Husson University Safety and Security in the event of an emergency.  

In addition, if you get sick, make sure to stay home. Please help prevent others from being exposed to illness.

 

  • Call 911 if you are having difficulty breathing. Notify emergency services of any recent travel exposures you might have had before they arrive.
  • Contact your healthcare provider. Husson University students can also call Husson University Student Health Services at 207.941.7625. If they need assistance after normal Wellness Center hours, seek assistance at an urgent care facility.
  • Avoid contact with others.

The Wellness Center will have new hours during the coming semester:

  • Monday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 

If you are a student who has additional questions about how your program will be affected by the move to online, please contact your faculty advisor or the Office of Student Success at 207.992.1934 or studentsuccess@husson.edu. For questions about housing, please call Residence Life at 207.941.7700 or email them at reslife@husson.edu.