As students, faculty, and staff at Salem Academy and College, we each have a communal responsibility in navigating these challenging and unprecedented times and balancing the health and safety needs of our community with our campus missions. To carry on the educational and service missions of our campus while minimizing transmission of COVID-19 and protecting those most vulnerable to the disease, Salem Academy and College puts forth this 2021–2022 Campus Compact for students, faculty, and staff. Our Compact outlines our collective behavioral expectations for opening, living, and learning on our campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. By joining us during the 2021–2022 academic year, you agree to adhere to the expectations detailed in this Compact.
2021-2022 CAMPUS COMPACT
I understand, as a member of the Academy and College community during the 2021–2022 academic year, that I am an important part of the community and that we are stronger as a community when we all do our part to keep our campus safe and healthy. I understand that the health and safety measures I am being asked to undertake are necessary to protect myself, others in my community and beyond. I agree to abide by all federal, state, local mandates and Salem Academy and College policies, protocols, and procedures related to COVID-19, and I agree to participate in any required training.
I understand that violations of this Compact will be handled with accountability for the greater good of our campus and community. I agree that should my behavior jeopardize the health and safety of others in the community, I may be directed to refrain from participating in any on-campus or in-person activities. I further agree that breaches of the Compact may also be handled by conduct and disciplinary protocols that are guided by campus health and safety precautions.
Health and Wellness
- To follow the campus expectations of every community member to monitor for and report COVID-19 symptoms and exposure, to be tested as recommended by health professionals and required by Salem, to follow quarantine and isolation orders and guidelines, and to cooperate with Salem and health departments in tracking my contacts should I test positive, as part of my public service commitment to protecting my peers and all members of our community.
- To the extent required by Salem, to maintain appropriate physical distance from others and to wear an appropriate double-layer face covering and follow proper procedures for cleaning and/or replacing used or soiled face coverings.
- To wash my hands frequently for at least 20 seconds throughout each day and before and after interactions with others; and to use sanitizer and disinfectant supplies provided throughout campus buildings to clean my personal spaces and other surfaces with which I come into contact, including but not limited to desks, seats in classrooms, and residence hall rooms.
- To take appropriate preventive and precautionary health measures such as verifying my vaccinations are up to date, receiving a flu shot, and receiving the COVID-19 vaccine if not exempt.
- To gather consistent with any applicable capacity limitations while following any required health and safety protocols.
- To follow procedures for entering and exiting campus buildings, stairwells, elevators, and other spaces, which will be identified on campus signage.
Travel & Guests
- To only have guests and visitors, including family members, in my campus residence within the parameters as authorized by Salem Residence Life.
- To refrain from allowing individuals without clearance to enter campus buildings. (Visitors and guests remain subject to special pandemic guidelines requiring pre-approved campus visits, adherence to campus health and safety protocols, and special check-in / check-out processes.)
- To limit unnecessary personal travel to the extent possible recognizing that travel presents COVID-19 exposure risk.
- To notify Salem via email@example.com by July 15, 2021 of any personal international or cruise ship travel scheduled to occur within 10 days prior to (or as part of) my scheduled campus re-entry and during the academic year. (This notification obligation is ongoing as travel plans develop during the 2021–2022 academic year.)
- To comply, if I travel, with quarantine and testing requirements based on guidance issued by federal, state, and local authorities and Salem.
Social Life and Activities
- To participate in student clubs/organizations, performing arts, sports, and any other school-sponsored student life activity in accordance with safety protocols adopted by Salem.
- To refrain from organizing, hosting, or attending events, parties, or other social gatherings on or off campus that may jeopardize the safety and wellbeing of myself and other members of the community.
- Academy Students: As an Academy student, to acknowledge that use of alcohol and drugs is illegal and violates school policy, and that substance use would increase the likelihood of engaging in unauthorized and unexcused risky COVID-19-related behavior.
- College Students: As a College student, to acknowledge that alcohol use increases the potential for engaging in risky behavior and that drug and underage alcohol use is illegal and violates school policy, and that substance use would not be considered an excuse for unauthorized risky COVID-19-related behavior.
The expectations in the Compact are guided by core values essential to every member of the Salem Academy and College community. We recognize that the ongoing pandemic calls for safety precautions in how we conduct both our institutional operations and our own lives though our values remain constant. To provide everyone on campus with a reasonable sense of security, we must all agree to abide by certain behavioral guidelines. These guidelines may be modified and further specified over time as changes require.
Salem Academy and College is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, faculty, and surrounding community. Therefore, all members of the community and visitors will be required to follow ongoing COVID-19 preventive measures. Individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 illness (fever, coughing, shortness of breath, etc.) will be expected to follow campus reporting, testing, and isolation and quarantine protocols, as well as directives of campus Health Services and public health departments.
Salem Academy and College is committed to providing students with an exceptional education. For Fall 2021, classes will be conducted in-person as space and campus conditions allow and held in locations with identified seating that allow for moderate distancing and increased occupancy. Any applicable procedures for entering and exiting campus buildings, stairwells, elevators, and other spaces will be posted.
Salem Academy and College recognizes the importance of co-curricular, social, and recreational activities as part of our educational experience, as long as they can be conducted safely both for their participants and for those with whom the participants may come into contact during and after those activities. To provide for this safety, these activities must be conducted in accordance with all campus safety protocols. Where capacity restrictions apply, occupancy limits will be shared with students, faculty, and staff for determining how to safely gather. Outdoor activities will continue to be encouraged and available to students as weather permits.
Submit Your Signature Electronically
Use the following Google Form to submit your agreement to the Compact.
Sign the 2021-2022 Campus Compact Online
Due to the evolving nature of the pandemic, these health standards and expectations may be updated or modified by Salem at any time as the situation warrants. In such an event, Salem will notify campus members of changes. Campus members who choose to join Salem for the 2021–2022 academic year will be expected to follow the Academy and College Community Campus Compact and be held accountable for noncompliance even if they do not sign the pledge.
*This Compact has been modeled with permission after the Student Campus Compact created by the University of Pennsylvania.