Health and Safety: Fall 2021 FAQs

 

  • What are the expectations for students following health and safety protocols?

    CBU is committed to the continued health and safety of members of the campus community. Thus, students are expected to abide by  University health and safety protocols. Engaging in behavior that is found to be detrimental to the health and safety of other members of the campus community will be addressed promptly and, if necessary, subject to Judicial Action. Sanctions may include, but are not limited to, loss of the privilege to reside on campus and loss of the privilege to attend California Baptist University.

  • Does CBU require COVID-19 vaccinations?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and California Department of Public Health encourage but currently do not require COVID-19 vaccinations for private universities. In accordance with public health guidelines, CBU encourages but currently does not require COVID-19 vaccinations.

  • How will face coverings and physical distancing be handled?

    All members of the campus community entering a CBU public building are required to wear face coverings regardless of vaccination status, unless socially distanced or actively eating or drinking. This requirement will remain in effect until further notice.

  • Who is responsible for maintaining a safe campus?

    Everyone! All members of the campus community are expected to protect themselves and others by engaging in safe behaviors which include:

      • Adhering to University directives regarding face coverings
      • Self-monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms
      • Using the #CampusClear app to monitor health status daily
      • Self-isolating when COVID-19 symptoms are experienced and abstaining from returning to campus until authorized to do so by a physician
  • Are campus conditions being monitored?

    In addition to regularly reviewing updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), State of California Public Health, and Riverside County Public Health, to obtain the latest information regarding the novel coronavirus and determine the best and safest direction for our campus, CBU is actively monitoring campus health conditions and will respond appropriately to issues that arise.

    If a member of the campus community is tests positive for COVID-19 or is exposed to the virus, CBU will follow CDC quarantine guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

  • Is a Covid-19 self-sreening app available?

    Yes. The University requires students, faculty, and staff who visit or live on campus to self-screen daily use #CampusCleara free app for iOS and Android devices. The app features an easy-to-use, secure interface that allows users to self-screen daily by answering a simple question(s).

    #CampusClear is available at the Google Play store, Apple App Store and on their websites through the following links:

    Additional information regarding the #CampusClear app may be found here.

  • What happens when a student has been diagnosed with or believes they have been exposed to COVID-19?

    It is exceedingly important that individuals who are sick with COVID-19, have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 stay home (begin isolation) and stay away from other people until it is safe to be around others.

      1. While in isolation, students should immediately contact The Office of Student Care at studentcare@calbaptist.edu or 951.552.8100, or if after hours, contact CBU Safety Services at 951.343.4311.
      2. Isolated students who require medical attention will be referred to appropriate healthcare facilities.
      3. Residential students who need to be isolated will be advised to return home, when feasible. Those who are unable to return home and must remain on campus, will be assigned to specified university housing.
      4. Isolated students will be provided meals through scheduled contact-less delivery.
      5. Arrangements to continue academic work and access campus services and/or resources will be proactively made available with students who have been isolated.

    Students experiencing any of the following symptoms should immediately contact the Office of Student Care at studentcare@calbaptist.edu or 951.552.8100. If after hours, contact CBU Safety Services at 951.343.4311.

      • Fever (100.4 F or higher)
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Chills
      • Repeated shaking with chills
      • Diarrhea
      • Muscle pain
      • Headache
      • Sore throat
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Vomiting

    For more information, please review Riverside County’s Home Isolation Instructions for People with Coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19).

  • What should I do if I have been directly exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or exhibits COVID-19 symptoms?

    The CDC defines Direct Exposure as being within 6’ of an infected person within the past 48 hours, for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. This includes individual exposures added together over a 24-hour period (e.g., three 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes).

    Unvaccinated Individuals

    Do not come to campus! Stay home, monitor symptoms, and contact your healthcare provider.

      • University employees (faculty and staff) are expected to contact their respective supervisor.
      • Students are expected to contact the Office of Student Care.

    Unvaccinated Individuals who have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 are expected to isolate at home for 7 days after their last date of exposure and must:

      • Obtain a negative PCR test result on day 5 or later after their last date of exposure in order to be released from isolation on day 7; or
      • Isolate for 10 days after their last date of exposure if negative PCR test results are not obtained on day 5 (or later) of isolation.

    Unvaccinated individuals who develop COVID-19 symptoms are expected to get a PCR test and report symptoms immediately:

      • University employees (faculty and staff) must contact their respective supervisor
      • Students must contact the Office of Student Care

    Vaccinated Individuals

    Individuals are considered fully vaccinated:

      • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
      • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

    Fully vaccinated individuals who have been directly exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to isolate and may come to campus, unless they have symptoms. However, fully-vaccinated people who have been directly exposed should:

      • Undergo a PCR test on day 5 or later after their last date of exposure, even if they do not exhibit COVID-19 symptoms
      • Self-monitor for symptoms
      • Continue to abide by University requirements regarding face covering

    Fully vaccinated individuals who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms and/or receive positive PCR test results are expected to report their status:

      • University employees (faculty and staff) must contact their respective supervisor
      • Students must contact the Office of Student Care

    Individuals Who Have Recently Tested Positive for COVID-19

    Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 during the past 90 days will not need to isolate or undergo PCR testing, unless they exhibit COVID-19 symptoms.

    Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 during the past 90 days and exhibit symptoms should get a PCR test and report symptoms:

      • University employees (faculty and staff) are expected to contact their respective supervisor
      • Students are expected to contact the Office of Student Care

     

  • What should I do if I have tested positive for COVID-19?

    Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for ten (10) days after the test date and:

      • Abstain from leaving their isolation location
      • Use a separate bathroom, if possible
      • Avoid Contact with others and pets
      • Abstain from sharing household items, such as cups, towel, and utensils
      • Wear face covering if being around others is unavoidable (i.e. isolating at home)

    After isolation has been completed, individuals may resume normal activity, if symptom free.

  • Are students who exhibit symptoms for, have been exposed to, or tested positive for COVID-19 isolated?

    CBU is actively monitoring campus health conditions and will respond appropriately to issues that arise. If a student tests positive for COVID-19 or is exposed to the virus, CBU will follow the CDC quarantine guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

      • Students who meet criteria for isolation (i.e., active infection or close contact exposure to COVID-19, respectively) will be required to comply with disease mitigation procedures.  
      • Commuter students are expected to isolate at home.
      • Residential students who meet criteria for isolation shall be required to isolate themselves at home if their home address is less than 200 miles from CBU.
      • Students whose home address is more than 200 miles from CBU will be offered isolation accommodations.
      • Students assigned CBU-provided isolation accommodations will receive regular contact from university staff regarding their physical, spiritual, mental, and academic wellbeing as well as daily meal delivery. 
  • What are typical symptoms of COVID-19? 

    Symptoms of COVID-19 may include some combination of the following:

      • Fever (100.4° F or higher)
      • Chills or repeated shaking with chills
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Cough
      • Headache
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Sore Throat
      • Chills
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Repeated shaking with chills
      • Nausea or Vomiting
      • Diarrhea
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Unexplained fatigue

    Individuals who experience any of the following COVID-19 emergency warning signs* should seek emergency medical care immediately:

      • Trouble breathing
      • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
      • New confusion
      • Inability to wake or stay awake
      • Bluish lips or face

    *This list is not all possible symptoms. Individuals should contact their medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or of concern.

  • Is there a University office that addresses student-related COVID-19 issues?

    Yes. The Office of Student Care (studentcare@calbaptist.edu) responds to student-related reports of COVID-19 and ensures students who meet one (1) or more of the following criteria adhere to the University’s isolation protocol:

      1. Exhibit COVID-19 Symptoms (a list of symptoms is provided above).
      2. Experience Direct Exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. (NOTE: The CDC defines Direct Exposure and being within 6’ of someone of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period)
      3. Tests Positive for COVID-19.