COVID-19 And Care Act Information

Information for Students, Faculty, Staff & Community

NOTICE FOR FALL 2021: Vaccines are required for all students, faculty and staff. Students, employees and visitors are required to wear masks in any indoor public area on campus.

Masking Requirement Statement, August 9, 2021

As we prepare for the start of a fully in-person fall semester, we have been monitoring guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) as well as COVID-19 conditions in our local community.

As you likely know, the Delta variant is proving far more contagious than previous variants of the coronavirus, and case numbers in our area and throughout the country are rising dramatically. In keeping with recently updated guidance from the CDC, Bridgewater College will require all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to properly wear masks when indoors in public campus areas. This masking mandate begins Wednesday, August 11. The College’s masking requirement does not apply to private workspaces, such as individual offices, or to your own residence hall room. Masks are not required in outdoor areas on campus or while dining.

Unlike last academic year, our campus will be at full capacity this fall, meaning classrooms will not be socially distanced. Along with the College’s vaccine requirement, the proper use of masks in classes, labs, in-person meetings and all other public indoor spaces affords us the best opportunity to keep our campus community safe. We will evaluate our masking policy periodically based on CDC and VDH guidance and will update you accordingly.

The currently available vaccines have proven to be very effective at preventing serious illness and other adverse effects from all variants of the coronavirus, including the Delta variant. Vaccination remains the single best step we can take to protect ourselves and those around us. Thank you to everyone who has submitted the required vaccine verification information. If you have not yet submitted your documentation, please do so as soon as possible. All students, faculty and staff with a medical or religious vaccine exemption will be required to participate in frequent, regular COVID-19 testing throughout the semester.

The opportunity for all of us to be together on campus this fall is a testament to our willingness to take care of ourselves and to make the small individual sacrifices that reflect our care for each other. We look forward to welcoming all our students back and to the start of the academic year.

If you have any questions, please contact the Covid Operations Group at covidoperations@bridgewater.edu.

Sincerely,

Leona Sevick, Ph.D.                                      Leslie Frere, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President & Provost          Vice President for Student Life

Vaccine Requirement Statement, May 6, 2021:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff –

Thank you for all you’ve done and will continue to do to care for yourselves and our campus community during the pandemic. We had a successful 2020-2021 academic year because of your efforts, and now we are excited to turn our attention to plans for the fall.

While we all appreciate that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over and that we must remain vigilant around public health measures to protect ourselves and our community, there is reason to be hopeful as we plan for the future. More than 100 million U.S. residents are fully vaccinated, and, as of April 19, all adults in the U.S. are eligible to receive the vaccine. Recent data suggest that these vaccines not only protect those inoculated from serious infection but also are protective for asymptomatic infection and the risk of transmission of the virus to others.

To help protect all of us and our neighbors, we will require all members of the campus community – faculty, staff and students – to submit verification of full vaccination for COVID-19 no later than Monday, August 2, 2021. Individuals are considered “fully vaccinated” 14 days after they receive their final dose of a vaccine authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Depending on the type of vaccine, the full vaccination process can take as long as six weeks (four weeks between doses followed by two weeks after the final dose).  Based on current CDC guidance, and to ensure you can provide the information required for verification by August 2, you should plan to receive your first dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine no later than June 15, 2021, or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by July 12, 2021. Students should submit verification electronically.

Medical and religious exemptions will be accommodated, but the expectation will be that our campus and classrooms will overwhelmingly consist of fully vaccinated individuals, greatly reducing the risk for all.

Other higher education institutions are doing similarly, and a recent formal opinion of the Virginia Attorney General supports fundamentally this approach. According to the Attorney General, “[m]ore than 650,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported within the Commonwealth and 10,691 Virginians have died as a result.” Although the Attorney General’s opinion was focused on public higher education institutions, his conclusion is apt, we believe, for a private institution, saying: “In my opinion, a COVID-19 vaccine mandate by a state college or university would be reasonable to control COVID-19 and prevent a campus outbreak.”

There are a number of benefits to this vaccination requirement, including:

  • It facilitates the resumption of a more normal college experience and environment, because it is the best approach to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks in our close learning environment and residential setting.
  • It may mitigate some of the mental health effects of pandemic student isolation.
  • It helps to alleviate anxiety and discomfort for faculty, staff and students who are fearful of COVID-19.
  • It reduces the foreseeable impact of local community COVID-19 spread.
  • It provides clear signals to prospective and admitted students and their parents about the importance of safety and health at Bridgewater.

I encourage anyone with questions or concerns about the vaccines or the vaccination process to speak with their primary care physician and to review information that is widely available about the safety and efficacy of the vaccines, on our FAQ page below.

All members of our community – faculty, staff and students – should begin to plan for and look forward to the full return to in-person teaching and learning in the fall of 2021 and the joys those connections, experiences and interactions provide. As Virginia and CDC guidelines for the fall are yet to be released, there may still be a need for some additional measures such as physical distancing and the continued use of face coverings in certain situations. Regardless, our primary goal – one I’m sure you share – is to return as reasonably close as we can to the Bridgewater experience we knew before the pandemic.

Please consult your local guidelines for the most up-to-date information about when and how you may obtain your vaccination. Each state has its own vaccine supply and determines its distribution process. To pre-register for and schedule a vaccination appointment, please refer to your state and county vaccination websites. You can also access www.vaccinefinder.org to find a vaccine site near you.

Thank you for your continuing efforts to protect the health and safety of our community. We will share additional updates in the coming weeks.

David W. Bushman, Ph.D., President

Leona A. Sevick, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Provost

Leslie M. Frere, PhD., Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students

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Section 1: Guiding Principles

The health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students, and the public that interacts with Bridgewater College, is a priority in the development of policies and protocols for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. This Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan (the “Plan”) describes the implementation of health and safety requirements established by (i) the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s Emergency Temporary Standard – Infectious Disease Prevention: SARS-CoV-2 Virus that causes COVID-19, 16VAC25-220 (the “Standard”), (ii) mandatory provisions of applicable Executive Orders, and (iii) guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

As our knowledge and understanding of the virus and the broader public health landscape continue to evolve, this Plan will be updated as appropriate. Regardless of specific conditions:

  1. The College makes a priority the health, safety and welfare of every member of its community.
  2. None of us can guarantee what shape the COVID-19 pandemic will take, and none of us – including the College – can guarantee a COVID-19-free environment. This is simply not feasible. It would be disingenuous to suggest otherwise.
  3. Taking steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections at Bridgewater College is a shared responsibility. Every member of our community must do their part. This means adhering to national, state, and local health guidelines and requirements, and adhering to those measures Bridgewater College deems safe and appropriate for its campus.
  4. As a matter of transparency, each member of our College community must understand that in coming or returning to Bridgewater College, there is a risk you may contract COVID-19. The College is taking all recommended steps to mitigate this risk, but it cannot categorically guarantee this will not happen.

This Plan is equivalent in all respects to a College policy. All employees are expected to comply fully with the policies, protocols and guidelines outlined in this Plan, as amended from time to time. Failure to do so may result in corrective action.

Section 2: Responsibilities

Bridgewater College has assigned Director of Human Resources Kimberly Harper and Associate Athletic Director Heather Grant, M.Ed., LAT, ATC, to serve in the role of implementing and administering the Plan (“Plan Administrators”). The Plan Administrators are responsible for administering the Plan, monitoring agencies for new requirements, updating the Plan, communicating any changes to employees, and monitoring the overall effectiveness of the Plan. The Plan Administrators are also responsible for providing employees with a copy of the Plan upon request. The Plan Administrators have the authority to stop or alter activities to ensure that all work practices conform to the mandatory safety and health requirements applicable to COVID-19 as set forth in this Plan.

To monitor the overall effectiveness of the plan, the College will use available sources of data to understand COVID-19’s spread and its effects on the campus community. The review of these data will help inform the College’s response in support of the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors. Those sources may include, but are limited to, the following:

  • the daily visit numbers for COVID-like illness to the Student Health Center
  • the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases (students and employees)
  • the number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases (students and employees)
  • the number of students and employees who are in quarantine/isolation
  • the number of on campus quarantine rooms available
  • capacity of local and regional hospitals
  • COVID-19 prevalence data in Rockingham County, the City of Harrisonburg, and the Commonwealth of Virginia

The College will review COVID-19 health and safety related data to direct its mitigation efforts and recommend changes in delivery of academic and support services on campus, as well as a change to remote operations, if necessary.

Section 3: Determination of Exposure Risk by Job Duty

To ensure appropriate controls are applied – including training, equipment, and personal protective equipment (PPE) – to protect employees’ safety and health, the Standard requires employers to classify each job as falling in one of four risk exposure levels: “Very High”, “High”, “Medium”, and “Lower.” “Exposure risk level” means an assessment of the possibility that an employee could be exposed to the hazards associated with SARS-CoV-2 virus and the COVID-19 disease.

  • “Very High” exposure risk hazards or job tasks are those in places of employment with high potential for employee exposure to known or suspected sources of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (e.g., laboratory samples) or persons known or suspected to be infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (e.g., medical, postmortem, or laboratory procedures).
  • “High” exposure risk hazards or job tasks are those in places of employment with high potential for employee exposure inside six feet with known or suspected sources of SARS-CoV-2, or with persons known or suspected to be infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (e.g., healthcare delivery and support, first responders, mortuary employees).
  • “Medium” exposure risk hazards or job tasks are those in places of employment that require more than minimal occupational contact inside six feet with other employees, other persons, or the general public who may be infected with SARS-CoV-2, but who are not known or suspected to be infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (e.g., on campus educational settings in colleges and universities).
  • “Lower” exposure risk hazards or job tasks are those that do not require contact inside six feet with persons known to be, or suspected of being, or who may be infected with SARS-CoV-2. Employees in this category have minimal occupational contact with other employees, other persons, or the general public (e.g., an office building setting).

In making the assessment, an employer is to evaluate: (i) the tasks the job performs; (ii) the work environment; (iii) the number of employees and size of the work area; (iv) the duration and frequency of exposure to co-workers or other people; (v) the likelihood of the presence of the virus in the workplace; and (vi) where, how, and to what sources of the SARS-CoV-2 virus or COVID-19 disease employees might be exposed at work.

Although some jobs on campus could be categorized as “lower risk,” for purposes of this Plan, all jobs on campus performed by College employees are categorized as medium risk.

The College will assess the workplace to determine if SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19 hazards or job tasks are present or are likely to be present that necessitate the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). If such hazards or job tasks are present or likely to be present, the College shall select and have each affected employee use the types of PPE that will protect the affected employee from the SARS- CoV-2 virus or COVID-19 disease hazards identified in the hazard assessment, and certify in writing that the assessment has been performed, the person certifying that the evaluation has been performed, and the date of the assessment.

Section 4: Contingency Plan in the Event of an Infectious Disease Outbreak

The College has developed contingency plans for addressing workplace needs as well as employee safety and health during the outbreak. The plans consider increased absenteeism, the need for physical distancing, telework options, engineering, administrative, and PPE controls, and the needs of essential operations through the use of reduced workforce as a result of lowering numbers of employees on site.

The College will provide VDH with information as regularly as possible regarding COVID-19 infections among students and employees. In the event that an outbreak or pandemic due to an infectious disease, VDH will be the agency to declare an outbreak if one occurs. If VDH declares an outbreak, the College will continue to follow the directions of VDH and CDC officials regarding any response and mitigation efforts and cooperate with VDH for investigations and contact tracing.

Any decision regarding campus dismissal or shutdown will be made in consultation and coordination with VDH. The College will comply with the direction provided by VDH regarding whether conditions mandate a temporary dismissal or a shutdown. For example, an initial shorter term dismissal may allow time for VDH to gain a better understanding of the COVID-19 situation impacting the College and for custodial staff to clean and disinfect any affected facilities. The need for an extended dismissal may be based on what VDH discovers from contact tracing. If there is substantial transmission in the local community, VDH may suggest an extended dismissal or shutdown. Regardless, the College will comply with VDH guidance.

In the event of a dismissal or shutdown, the College will continue teaching and research activities, using alternative teaching methods and remote learning options as feasible and appropriate. The College will use existing infrastructure and services (e.g., Zoom) to support an efficient transition of classes from in-person to remote-based formats. This may include using strategies such as faculty check-ins, and synchronous and asynchronous class meetings and lectures. Similarly, the College will rely on existing infrastructure and services to support a transition to telework as required for employees.

The College will seek and comply with VDH guidance regarding the need to reduce campus activities. Depending on the level of infection among students and employees, it may be necessary for the College to cancel some or all in-person campus activities.

Section 5: Basic Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Measures

COVID-19 is a mild to severe respiratory illness caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). COVID-19 is primarily spread from person to person through respiratory droplets, generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, shouts or sings. One also may become infected by touching one’s mouth, nose or eyes after sharing or handling any object or touching a public surface contaminated by the virus. Because COVID-19 spreads between people who are in close proximity to one another, it is important to avoid contact and physically distance (at least six feet) from others when possible, and all employees are required to wear a face covering while on campus (see below). Because COVID-19 can be spread through contact with surfaces and objects, frequent handwashing, use of hand sanitizer, and cleaning and disinfection of public surfaces also are critical to preventing the spread of the disease.

To control the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID 19, basic prevention and control measures will be implemented to protect employees against the hazards of infectious disease.

To control the spread of infectious disease it is important to keep up general housekeeping in the workplace. Additional housekeeping actions may also be implemented to decrease the chances of spread of an infectious disease such as: disinfecting restrooms, common areas that remain in use, door knobs/handles, tools, equipment, and other frequently touched surfaces at least twice per day. All contact surfaces of vehicles used by more than one person should be disinfected at the end of each person’s use. All disinfectants shall be on the EPA “N” list or otherwise comply with CDC disinfection guidance (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/reopen-guidance.html?deliveryName=USCDC_2067-DM26911). The College will provide adequate disinfection products, obtain and retain safety data sheets (SDSs), and instruct employees using the products about any personal protective equipment that is required for use.

Additional precautions and actions to take include:

  • Minimize the size, duration and number of participants of gatherings whenever possible, and postpone, cancel or hold meetings remotely.
  • Encourage employees to maintain physical distance even when on break, as well as before and after working hours.
  • Move employee work stations to at least six feet apart.
  • Utilize flexible work hours, wherever possible, to limit the number of employees simultaneously working on-site.
  • Allow for additional physical space between employees and the general public.
  • Discuss with companies that provide services on campus the importance of employees or other persons who are known or suspected to be infected of staying home and not returning to the work site until cleared for return to work.
  • When engineering, work practice, and administrative controls are not feasible or do not provide sufficient protection, provide PPE to employees and ensure the PPE’s proper use in accordance with applicable laws, standards, and regulations.

Vulnerable Populations. According to the CDC, individuals age 65 and older, and individuals of any age with certain conditions are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Those conditions include:

  • cancer
  • chronic kidney disease
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant
  • obesity (body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher)
  • serious heart conditions
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

Other conditions may result in an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, including:

  • moderate to severe asthma
  • cystic fibrosis
  • hypertension
  • immunocompromised state
  • liver disease
  • pregnancy
  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus

To review the CDC’s current list of conditions, look here (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/index.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fneed-extra-precautions%2Fpeople-at-increased-risk.html).

Employees are encouraged to advise the College if they have a condition that may place them at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. All health-related information is kept confidential. An employee seeking a special work arrangement should review the Temporary Telework Policy, found here (https://bridgewater.box.com/s/x2fjzhffoxnasyaams4lra3vwy0l1qep); complete the Telework Request Form, found here (https://bridgewater.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aX0ENqrmNOoRf3n) , to submit a request for a special work arrangement; and contact the Human Resources office at HumanResources@bridgewater.edu or (540) 828-5386 for any questions.

Quarantine and Isolation. “Quarantine” is used to keep someone who might have COVID-19 or been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. “Isolation” is used to separate people infected with the virus (both those who with symptoms and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected.

Employees who have been exposed to COVID-19 or are confirmed or suspected of being infected with the virus should follow the recommendations of their health care provider, as well as the CDC and VDH, regarding quarantine or isolation and must contact Human Resources as soon as possible. Employees may not return to work until they meet the criteria for discontinuing quarantine or isolation described in Section 6.

Physical Distancing. Physical distancing is a simple and very effective way to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. Because people can spread the virus before having symptoms, it is important to keep physical distance from others when possible. In practice, this means:

  • Staying approximately six feet away from others as a normal practice, including while waiting in line to enter a building or office.
  • Eliminating physical contact with others, such as handshakes and embracing coworkers, visitors or friends.
  • Avoiding surfaces that are touched by others as much as possible (e.g., phones, desks and other office equipment)
  • Avoiding others who appear to be sick or coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoiding crowds when entering and exiting buildings or spaces.
  • Observing distancing marked on floors.

Hand Hygiene. Employees should wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place or after blowing one’s nose, coughing, sneezing or touching one’s face. If soap and water are not readily available, the employee should use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% ethyl alcohol or 70% isopropyl alcohol.

Respiratory Etiquette. Employees should cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, throw the used tissue in the trash, and immediately wash hands or clean hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Face Coverings. Face coverings must be worn by all employees on campus in indoor spaces, including, but not limited to, offices, conference rooms, residence halls, dining facilities, storage areas, gyms, garages, elevators, hallways, stairwells, break rooms, and College-owned or leased vehicles. Face coverings must be worn in any setting on campus, indoors or outside, when an employee engages with another person (e.g., walking with someone or passing someone on the sidewalk).

Guidance from every source confirms that wearing a face covering is one of the most effective means of slowing the spread of COVID-19. Employees should always have a face covering with them and, unless it can be ensured that the employee will not encounter another person, the employee should wear a face covering.

Employees are not required to wear a face covering in the following limited circumstances: (i) when an employee is the sole occupant of a room with a closed door, such as one’s office; (ii) when an employee is alone in a private vehicle; (iii) for faculty members, while teaching, provided at least six (6) feet separates the faculty member from any student in the class; (iv) in situations in which appropriate physical distancing of at least ten (10) feet can consistently be maintained (e.g., seated in a meeting); (v) when an employee is eating at any location other than Smitty’s Café in the Forrer Learning Commons, provided that physical distancing of at least ten (10) feet can be maintained, and at Smitty’s Café provided at least six (6) feet of distance can be maintained; (vi) when an employee or student is exercising, provided that physical distancing of at least ten (10) feet can be maintained; and (vii) if the face covering impedes vision or creates an unsafe condition for operating equipment or executing a task.

Employees will be required to provide their own face coverings; however, the College will provide face coverings for (i) employees who, because of job tasks, cannot feasibly practice physical distancing from other employees or persons, and (ii) employees who serve in jobs in which they routinely interact with the general public.

Disposable face coverings will be provided by the College when an employee forgets their face covering. Disposable face coverings may only be worn for one day and then must be placed in the trash. Cloth face coverings should be laundered each day.

Because the CDC recommends against (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/respirator-use-faq.html) the use of face coverings with an exhalation vent or value, such face coverings are an unacceptable form of face covering and may not be used to comply with the requirements of this Plan.

Face coverings may not display images or words that are inappropriate or offensive.

Employees with a bona fide medical condition that prevents them from wearing a face covering may seek an exception to the requirement to wear a face covering by contacting Human Resources at humanresources@bridgewater.edu to make the request.

Individuals who are hearing impaired—or those who interact with a person who is hearing impaired—may be unable to wear a mask if they rely on lip reading to communicate. In this situation, consider using a clear mask. If a clear mask is not available, consider whether you can use written communication, use closed captioning, or decrease background noise to make communication possible while wearing a mask that blocks your lips. If a face covering cannot be worn, physical distancing must be maintained.

Classrooms and Learning Spaces. The following strategies are designed to provide physical distancing in classrooms, labs, and other learning environments:

  • All classrooms and lab spaces have been measured and assessed for providing the appropriate physical distancing for students and faculty during classes. Desks and chairs at a six-foot distance will be labeled and their locations marked on the floor; additional desks and chairs will be removed.
  • Spaces in the Forrer Learning Commons and academic support and disability services facilities will be modified to ensure students and employees can practice appropriate physical distancing.

Working Environments. Whenever possible, work areas will be arranged to allow separation of approximately six feet between stations. Where six feet of distancing is not feasible, division heads and directors can consider alternative measures to mitigate potential exposure, such as the following:

  • Staggered work shifts.
  • Shields or physical barriers that may be installed where practical and permitted, subject to state building code.
  • Conversion of large meeting rooms into workstations to increase opportunities for physical distancing.
  • Visual cues such as colored tape or signs to indicate to visitors where they should stand while waiting in line.
  • One-way directional signage for large open work spaces with multiple through-ways to increase distance between people moving through the space.
  • Designated stairways for up or down traffic if building space allows.

Meeting Spaces. All meeting spaces will have visible signage stating the maximum occupancy under guidance and Executive Orders then in effect. To the extent applicable, the College will follow the Virginia Guidelines for Social Gatherings (https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/governor-of-virginia/pdf/Forward-Virginia-Phase-Three-Guidelines—8-21-2020.pdf), for activities on campus. All meetings, conferences and special events should be evaluated to determine if they can be conducted virtually. Where feasible, meetings should be held in whole or part using available virtual collaboration tools (e.g., Zoom, telephone). If an in-person meeting is deemed necessary, the following protocols should be implemented:

  • Keep meetings as short as possible, limit the number in attendance, and use physical distancing practices.
  • Meeting rooms must accommodate a physical distancing requirement of six feet of separation for everyone in attendance.
  • Where needed, temporarily remove tables, chairs or other items that limit the ability to practice proper physical distancing.

Events and Gatherings. For all events on campus, including athletics events, ceremonies and performances, the College will follow the Virginia Guidelines for Social Gatherings (https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/governor-of-virginia/pdf/Forward-Virginia-Phase-Three-Guidelines—8-21-2020.pdf), the CDC guidance for cleaning and disinfecting, and VDH guidance for prevention and disease control. On-campus events for authorized guests will adhere to the following criteria:

  • Events that support the mission of the College and the health and safety of our students will be prioritized.
  • For indoor events, the maximum number of attendees, including employees, will be 50% of the permitted occupancy of the event space, or a maximum of 250 people, whichever is less, so long as physical distancing of at least six feet can be maintained.
  • For outdoor events, guest and employees must at all times maintain at least six feet of physical distance between individuals who are not members of the same household.
  • Face coverings are required for all indoor events, and preferred for outdoor events. When physical distancing cannot be effectively maintained for outdoor events, face coverings are required.
  • Clearly delineated foot traffic pathways will be established to adhere to physical distancing requirements.
  • Clearly delineated gathering/eating spaces will be established, limiting each area to individuals or groups who reside together.
  • Restriction of food distribution to covered, single-serving options and individually wrapped utensils.
  • Signage with maximum occupancy for events spaces will be clearly displayed, as well as signage to encourage infection prevention, including wearing face coverings, washing hands, and maintaining physical distance.
  • Recommendations for spectator attendance at athletic events continue to evolve. The College will adhere to the latest guidance from VDH and CDC, and, to the extent applicable and not inconsistent with CDC and VDH guidance, relevant NCAA and Old Dominion Athletic Conference recommendations, regarding spectator attendance at athletic events.

Using Stairs and Elevators. Physically able employees are encouraged to use the stairwells, instead of elevators, when transitioning between floors. If elevators are used within a building, no more than one individual may be in an elevator at a time.

When employees are using the elevator, they must wear a face covering and avoid touching the elevator buttons with exposed hand/fingers, if possible. Employees must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon departing the elevator. Guidelines will be posted outside of all elevators.

Using Restrooms/Bathrooms. To ensure appropriate physical distancing between individuals, the availability of restroom facilities in campus buildings may be limited. When facilities have not been removed from service it is requested that employees and students occupy alternate urinals, restroom stalls, and sinks to maintain physical distance. Avoid congregating in the restroom and emphasize courteous behaviors and an awareness of the needs of others to use the restroom. Use proper precautions and hand washing techniques and avoid touching doorknobs, faucets, and paper towel dispensers. Restrooms in use will be cleaned and sanitized at least twice daily.

Breaks and Meal Periods. To maintain distancing, employees are encouraged to use alternate sites for breaks, which may include their workstations, unoccupied meeting rooms, cars or outside space, if available and weather permitting.

Employees eating in their work environment (e.g., break room, office) should maintain ten (10) feet of distance between themselves. Individuals should not sit facing one another. Face coverings should only be removed in order to eat, and then put back on. The maximum occupancy for common areas and break room shall be posted and enforced by the College. Departments should remove or rearrange chairs and tables or add visual cue marks in break rooms to support physical distancing practices between employees. Employees should wipe all surfaces in common areas (e.g., tables, refrigerator handles, coffee machines) before and after use.

Employees are encouraged to use paper products and disposable utensils to reduce the possibility of spreading the virus.

Dining Services.

  • Visual cues will indicate where students and employees should stand while waiting to be served at Smitty’s Café.
  • Plexiglas barriers will be installed in Smitty’s Café to separate customers from dining services employees.
  • Dining services staff will be required to wear a face covering at all times in Smitty’s Café, and in the kitchen and food storage and preparation areas.
  • Students and employees will be required to wear face coverings. Face coverings must be worn during movement in the facility and may only be removed when seated and eating.
  • Dining facilities employees will follow all infection prevention guidelines (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/colleges-universities/considerations.html), including:
  • Self-monitoring symptoms prior to reporting for work each day, including checking their temperature each day
  • Practicing proper hand hygiene
  • Practicing physical distancing
  • Avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth
  • Staying home when ill
  • Wearing gloves while working and interacting with students and others consistent with CDC guidelines (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/respirator-use-faq.html
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at all registers and high-traffic service points.
  • High contact surfaces will be routinely disinfected at least every 60 minutes during operation.
  • Table tops will be disinfected between patrons.
  • All items will be served on disposable ware to reduce the possibility of spreading the virus.
    • All dining ware will be kept behind the service line and handled by a gloved dining facility employee when preparing a student’s meal.
  • Smitty’s Café will offer pre-packaged items and beverage service for purchase.

Traveling by Vehicle. If travel is required for work, employees should ride alone in vehicles where operationally feasible. Employees who must have more than one employee in the vehicle due to safety or work standards must wear face coverings. College vehicles may not be used to transport more than one student at a time.

If the driver is alone throughout the trip, a face covering is not necessary. If more than one person is in the vehicle, all occupants must wear face coverings. Employees do not need to wear a face covering if it impedes their vision, if they have a medical condition or if it would create an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task.

Employees who travel to multiple work locations and/or enter retail establishments as part of their job responsibilities should be reminded that they must follow the safety guidelines established for the specific worksite and retail establishment. Physical distancing guidelines must be followed and face coverings must be worn as described in relevant guidelines while performing work for the College.

Cleaning and Disinfecting. Custodial Services (Aramark) will follow CDC recommendations (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html) on frequencies, disinfectants, and suggested distancing measures for workplace cleaning. Cleaning staff will use disinfectant to clean frequently touched areas in offices. Common spaces in office areas will be cleaned daily, using disinfectant to clean surfaces and frequently touched objects. Custodial staff will wear face coverings and gloves (consistent with CDC guidance – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/respirator-use-faq.html) and will practice social distancing while cleaning occupied areas.

High-traffic areas in academic buildings, the Kline Campus Center, Funkhouser Center, Nininger Hall, Yount

Hall and the Forrer Learning Commons will be cleaned more frequently, depending on usage. During academic sessions, surfaces and frequently touched items in those areas will be cleaned with disinfectant at least twice per day during weekdays and as needed during the weekend, depending on space usage. Additional disinfection of classroom surfaces, such as tabletops, chair armrests, and computer workstations, can be performed by faculty and students between classes as desired, using provided materials.

Facilities and/or custodial staff will provide disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer to all office areas and classrooms for use by students, faculty and staff. Before starting work and before leaving any room in which they have been working, faculty and staff should wipe down all work areas with the disinfectant wipes provided. This includes any shared-space location and equipment (e.g., copiers, printers, computers, phones, audio visual, and other electrical equipment; coffee makers; desks and tables; light switches, doorknobs; lab equipment). Each department is responsible for maintaining and ordering supplies of disinfecting wipes through the Facilities department work order system. Employees should always read and follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product, and the College shall ensure employees are provided with and comply with those instructions.

Areas in the place of employment where known or suspected to be infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus employees or other persons accessed or worked shall be cleaned and disinfected prior to allowing other employees access to the areas.

Section 6: Identification and Isolation of Sick and/or Exposed Employees

The identification and isolation of infected and exposed employees, as well as employees of subcontractors and others whose employees are on campus, is essential to limiting the spread of the virus. The following requirements and criteria apply to College employees as well as employees of any third party providing services on campus.

Symptom Monitoring and Self-Assessment. Faculty, staff and students are required to conduct symptom self-monitoring every morning before reporting to work or going to class or some other College-related activity. All employees and students must be free of any symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 to be eligible to report to work, come to campus or leave the residence hall room, unless such symptoms are due to an existing known unrelated health condition (e.g., seasonal allergies) or the individual has clearance from a qualified health care provider. Employees and students should complete the health verification on the LiveSafe app daily before coming onto campus or exiting one’s on-campus residential room for the first time. Employees and students may also use the self-monitoring questionnaire (https://bridgewater.app.box.com/s/t7s6dj15wrbh3vkpb71gw0z7pbas7tra) to ask themselves: “YES or NO, since yesterday, have I had any of the COVID-19 related symptoms or have I been exposed to the COVID-19 virus?” The College will provide periodic reminders to conduct symptom checks through signage and the College’s network systems accessed by employees and students.

The symptoms of COVID-19 include one or more of the following:

  • Fever of 100.4°F or above
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

The CDC’s most current list of symptoms is found here (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html).

Testing for COVID-19. Consistent with VDH recommendations (https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/182/2020/07/VDH-COVID-19-Testing-for-Colleges-and-Universities.pdf), employees are not required to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival on campus or at certain intervals.

If an employee is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or has been exposed to someone with a confirmed or probable diagnosis of COVID-19, the employee should consult their health care provider regarding the need to be tested for COVID-19.

Contact Tracing and Surveillance. Contact tracing is the identification, monitoring, and support of individuals who have been in contact with individuals with confirmed or probable diagnoses of COVID-19 and who, therefore, have been exposed to, and possibly infected with, the virus. Prompt identification, voluntary quarantine, and monitoring of COVID-19 contacts can effectively break the chain of disease transmission and prevent further spread of the virus in a community. VDH has committed (https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/182/2020/06/VDH-IHE-and-Contact-Tracing_062320_final.pdf) to take the lead in conducting contact tracing related to cases that involve the College’s employees residing in Virginia. Testing and contract tracing of employees residing in other states will be performed by the public health authorities in those other states. All cases and contacts are notified by the local health department and given specific instructions on how to monitor their health, how to isolate/quarantine, and when isolation/quarantine is released. The College will assist the local health department, as requested, with identification of contacts, providing information and instructions to contacts, and such other support as requested by VDH.

All employees and students are encouraged to download the free app, COVIDWISE, on their phones. COVIDWISE is the VDH COVID-19 exposure notification app to facilitate contact tracing in response to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Campus-level disease surveillance will be performed by the College, as feasible. The College will use sources of data for surveillance which may create an updated picture of COVID-19’s spread and its effects on the campus community, and thus inform the College’s response to support the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors. Those sources may include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • the daily visit numbers for COVID-like illness to the Student Health Center
  • the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases (students and employees)
  • the number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases (students and employees)
  • the number of students and employees who are in quarantine/isolation
  • the number of on campus quarantine rooms available
  • capacity of local and regional hospitals
  • COVID-19 prevalence data in Rockingham County, the City of Harrisonburg, and the Commonwealth of Virginia

The College will review COVID-19 health and safety related data to direct its mitigation efforts and recommend changes in delivery of academic and support services on campus, as well as a change to remote operations, if necessary.

What if an employee develops symptoms of COVID-19? If an employee experiences symptoms of COVID-19 prior to coming to work, they should not report to work and should inform the employee’s supervisor as soon as possible. If symptoms are experienced while at work, the employee should inform the supervisor immediately and will be directed to return home. In either case, the employee should consult their health care provider. Human Resources will contact the employee for more information and to discuss eligibility to report for or return to work or if an alternative work arrangement may be appropriate. An employee experiencing a medical emergency should contact 911 immediately.

An employee who (i) experiences symptoms of COVID-19, and (ii) has a negative test for COVID-19, must self-isolate and not return to campus until they meet the following criteria for discontinuing isolation:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared;
  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication; and
  • Other symptoms are improving.

What if an employee tests positive for COVID-19? If an employee receives notification of a positive test for COVID-19, they must immediately notify Human Resources and await instructions on next steps, which will be consistent with CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html) and VDH (https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus/what-to-do-if-you-have-confirmed-or-suspected-coronavirus-disease-covid-19/) guidance. An employee who tests positive or receives a clinical diagnosis for COVID-19 will be instructed to isolate and not return to campus until they meet the following criteria for discontinuing isolation.

If the employee is symptomatic:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared;
  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication; and
  • Other symptoms are improving.

If the employee is asymptomatic:

  • At least 10 days have passed since the first positive test; and
  • The employee is not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

What if an employee does not have symptoms of COVID-19 but is identified as a “close contact” of someone with COVID-19? An employee who is not experiencing symptoms but is identified as a “close contact” (e.g., within six feet for at least 15 minutes within a twenty-four (24) hour period) of someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 must not report to work and must inform their supervisor as soon as possible. Human Resources will contact the employee for more information and to discuss eligibility to return to work or if an alternative work arrangement may be appropriate, consistent with CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html) and VDH (https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/local-exposure/) guidance. The employee will be instructed to quarantine and not return to campus until they meet the following criteria for discontinuing quarantine:

  • Ten to 14 days (depending on the nature of the contact) have passed since the last contact with the person with COVID-19; and
  • The employee is not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

Notification. Following receipt of a report of a positive SARS-CoV-2 test by a College employee or student, or the employee of a third party providing services on campus who was present on campus within the previous 14 days from the date of the positive test, the College will, as permitted by federal and state law, notify:

  • College employees deemed to be a “close contact” of the individual who tested positive, within 24 hours of discovery that the employee is a “close contact,” while keeping confidential the identity of the person who tested positive in accordance with the requirements of applicable federal and Virginia laws and regulations; and
  • In the same manner, third parties providing services on campus whose employees were present on campus during the same time period and are deemed to be a “close contact” of the person who tested positive; and
  • The Virginia Department of Health within 24 hours of the discovery of a positive case; and
  • The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry within 24 hours of the discovery of three or more employees present at the place of employment within a 14-day period testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus during that 14-day time period.

Leave Policies. In addition to its usual Paid Time Off policy, the College adopted an Emergency Paid Sick Leave Policy to address the impact of COVID-19. The Policy provides employees with up to 80 hours of emergency paid sick leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.

Telework Requests. Employees may request to work remotely for a variety of reasons, including COVID-19 risk status or childcare, for example. The College’s new telework policy is found here (https://bridgewater.box.com/s/x2fjzhffoxnasyaams4lra3vwy0l1qep). The online request form for continuation of teleworking is found here (https://bridgewater.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aX0ENqrmNOoRf3n) and is submitted to Human Resources for review.

Section 7: Procedures for Minimizing Exposure from Outside of Workplace

Limiting Visitors to Campus. In an effort to limit the transmission of the virus, Bridgewater College is restricting access to all College facilities until further notice. Only employees, authorized vendors and contractors, currently enrolled students, prospective students and their families, and authorized guests invited by the College are permitted on campus. Additionally, permitted campus visitors will be informed that they must wear a face covering while on campus and observe other health and safety guidelines as described in this Plan (e.g., symptom self-assessment, wash hands frequently, maintain physical distancing). Appropriate signage announcing limited access to College facilities and advising of health and safety guidelines are posted.

Visitors will be provided a face covering when they do not have their own. If a visitor refuses to wear a face covering, the visitor should be asked to return at another time, or the employee may determine if assistance can be provided remotely while maintaining physical distancing. Student, faculty, staff, and visitor safety should be the first priority in considering how to handle the situation.

All meetings, conferences and special events involving visitors to campus must be evaluated to determine if they can be conducted virtually. Where feasible, meetings should be held in whole or part using available virtual collaboration tools (e.g., Zoom, telephone). If an in-person meeting is deemed necessary, the following protocols should be implemented:

  • Keep meetings as short as possible, limit the number in attendance, and use physical distancing practices.
  • Meeting rooms must accommodate a physical distancing requirement of six feet of separation for everyone in attendance.
  • Where needed, temporarily remove tables, chairs or other items that limit the ability to practice proper physical distancing.

Any visitor to campus may be required to complete a questionnaire prior to entry regarding symptoms of COVID-19, and is subject to having their temperature checked. Visitors with any symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted on campus.

Third-Party Employers. The College will address infectious disease preparedness and response with outside businesses, including, but not limited to, subcontractors providing services on campus, provide a copy of this Plan to employers, and require employers to comply with the requirements of the Standard and this Plan.

Section 8: Training

The College will provide training on the hazards and characteristics of the SARS- CoV-2 virus and COVID-19 disease to all employees. The training program shall enable each employee to recognize the hazards of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and signs and symptoms of COVID-19 disease and know the procedures to be followed in order to minimize these hazards. The training shall include:

  • The requirements of the Standard;
  • The characteristics and methods of transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus;
  • The signs and symptoms of the COVID-19 disease;
  • Risk factors of severe COVID-19 illness with underlying health conditions;
  • Awareness of the ability of pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 persons to transmit the SARS-CoV-2 virus;
  • Safe and healthy work practices (e.g., physical distancing, disinfection procedures, disinfecting frequency, noncontact methods of greeting, face coverings);
  • The non-discrimination provisions in 16VAC25-220-90; and
  • The College’s Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan.

Training records will be retained in employee files and maintained by Human Resources. The training record will include:

  • Employee’s name
  • Employee’s signature (physical or electronic)
  • Date
  • Signature of trainer

When the College has reason to believe that any employee who has already been trained does not have the understanding and skill expected from the training, the College shall retrain each such employee. Circumstances where retraining and employee notification may be required include, but are not limited to, situations where:

  • Changes in the workplace, SARS-CoV-2 virus or COVID-19 disease hazards exposed to, or job tasks performed render previous training obsolete;
  • Changes are made to this Plan; or
  • Inadequacies in an affected employee’s knowledge or use of workplace control measures indicate that the employee has not retained the requisite understanding or skill.

Section 9: Non-Discrimination

  • A. No person shall discharge or in any way discriminate against an employee because the employee has exercised rights under the safety and health provisions of the Standard, Title 40.1 of the Code of Virginia, and implementing regulations under 16VAC25-60-110 for themselves or others.
  • B. No person shall discharge or in any way discriminate against an employee who voluntarily provides and wears the employee’s own PPE, including but not limited to a respirator, face shield, or gloves, or face covering if such equipment is not provided by the employer, provided that the PPE does not create a greater hazard to the employee or create a serious hazard for other employees.
  • C. No person shall discharge or in any way discriminate against an employee who raises a reasonable concern about infection control related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19 disease to the College, the College’s agent, other employees, a government agency, or to the public such as through print, online, social, or any other media.
  • D. Nothing in the Standard shall limit an employee from refusing to do work or enter a location that the employee feels is unsafe. 16VAC25-60-110 contains the requirements concerning discharge or discipline of an employee who has refused to complete an assigned task because of a reasonable fear of injury or death.

 

Approved By:  Dr. David W. Bushman, President

Approval Date: 11/02/2020

Effective Date: 11/02/2020

Last Revision Date: 3/19/2021 

Policy Owner: Executive Vice President

FAQs for Students


Even if your vaccinations are incomplete, please upload all documentation you have, even after the August 2nd deadline, and contact Health Services (540-828-5384) to discuss what your next steps should be.

You will not be allowed to move in, attend classes in person, or eat in the dining hall until you are fully vaccinated, which is 14 days after your last vaccination dose. It is recommended that you contact Residence Life (540-828-5685) to adjust your move-in date, Dr. Robert Hammill (540-828-5719) to discuss changes to your academic plans, and Health Services (540-828-5384) to make sure they are aware of your vaccination status.

Unvaccinated students with an approved medical or religious exemption must participate in mandatory surveillance testing and are highly encouraged to continue wearing a mask while on campus. They may also be subject to different quarantine or isolation guidelines if they symptoms or become a close contact of a confirmed positive.

Unvaccinated student athletes are allowed to participate in practices and competitions. Unvaccinated student athletes will participate in mandatory surveillance testing and are highly encouraged to continue wearing a mask while on campus when not actively participating with their team. There may be additional testing for unvaccinated student athletes prior to traveling with an athletic team. Any additional testing requirements will be in accordance with NCAA and ODAC policy.

If you are sent to quarantine or isolation, the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs will be informed and contact your professors. They will be made aware you will not be able to attend class in person for a period of time and will be encouraged to work with you so that you do not fall too far behind. As all professors, teaching styles, and disciplines are unique, how your professor provides alternate instruction to you will be unique to that situation.

Eating during class is prohibited. Drinks with lids may be consumed during class periods with masks replaced between sips.

 

What is Your Vaccination Status?

Vaccinated
  • Symptomatic
    • Self-Isolate and Schedule a Test at Health Services
      Immediately
    • Request Alternative Learning Method from Your
      Professors or Dean Hammill
  • Asymptomatic
    • Monitor for Symptoms and Take a PCR Test 3-5 Days After
      Exposure
    • Come to Class as Usual
Unvaccinated
  • Symptomatic
    • Self-isolate and schedule a test immediately at Health
      Services
    • Request Alternative Learning Method from Your
      Professors or Dean Hammill
  • Asymptomatic
    • Contact Health Services and Monitor for Symptom
      Develop
    • Self-Quarantine and Test on Day 5 After Close Contact OR 10 Days Symptom Free.

You should wear a mask, refrain from close contact with others, email covid-19@bridgewater.edu to notify the College that you are symptomatic, and contact the Student Health Clinic (540-828-5384) or your local medical provider and make an appointment to be tested as soon as possible. Although the vaccines are highly effective in preventing severe infection, breakthrough infections are still possible. 

You will need to contact the College by emailing covid-19@bridgewater.edu so that we can arrange for you to enter quarantine.Then, If you are a residential student, contact the Student Health Clinic (540-828-5384) or your local medical provider to make an appointment to be tested as soon as possible. If you are a commuter student, contact your local medical provider and be tested as soon as possible.

Connect with Student Health Services (540-828-5384) to make them aware of your current vaccination status. Email reslife@bridgewater.edu to notify residence life that you will not be able to move in on your scheduled date.

No.

Masks are required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals while indoors. Masks are not required when engaging in physical exercise nor while dining, but they must otherwise be worn in transition or in common areas.

Please contact Heather Grant, Associate Athletic Director, at hgrant@bridgewater.edu or 540-828-8043.

FAQs for Employees


If needed, work with your supervisor to determine if your job may be performed from home. If so, you may do so when needed and as long as your health permits. 

Please review the updated Emergency Paid COVID Leave Policy (EPCL). Please contact Human Resources staff with questions.


 

What is Your Vaccination Status?

Vaccinated
  • Symptomatic
    • Self-Isolate and notify HR; take a PCR test immediately
  • Asymptomatic
    • Monitor for symptoms and take a PCR test 3-5 days after exposure
Unvaccinated
  • Symptomatic
    • Self-isolate and notify HR; take a PCR test immediately
  • Asymptomatic
    • Self-quarantine and notify HR; take a PCR test 5 days after exposure

Yes, faculty and staff may use time from the 80 hours of emergency COVID-19 paid time off we granted each employee at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. An employee may use up to three hours of EPCL per vaccine appointment. EPCL may also be requested in lieu of PTO if you experience side effects caused by the vaccine and you are unable to work. Please notify your supervisor of your EPSL requests.

General FAQs


The Delta variant is proving far more contagious than previous variants of the coronavirus, and COVID-19 case numbers in our area and throughout the country are rising dramatically. In keeping with recently updated guidance from the CDC, Bridgewater College now requires all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to properly wear masks when indoors in public campus areas. Masks are not required in outdoor areas on campus or while dining. Along with the College’s vaccine requirement for students and employees, the proper use of masks in classes, labs, in-person meetings and all other public indoor spaces affords us the best opportunity to keep our campus community safe.

Yes, Bridgewater will require all students enrolled at the College, and all employees, to be fully vaccinated prior to the start of the fall 2021 semester. As with all of our existing vaccination requirements, medical and religious exemptions will be granted in accordance with federal and state law.

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after they receive their final dose of a vaccine authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Students should submit verification electronically. Employees should upload verification via Paycom. Health Services and the Department of Student Life will have access to student records, and Human Resources will have access to employee records.

The FDA has authorized three vaccines for use In the U.S.: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.

Please contact our director of study abroad, Anne Marsh (atmarsh@bridgewater.edu) who will assist with questions you may have.

The College requires vaccination against COVID-19 because it is the best way to provide and maintain a safe and healthy environment for our campus community.

Apart from approved medical and religious exemptions, we fully expect a majority of our campus community to be vaccinated. Anyone is welcome to voluntarily share their own vaccination status with another person, however you should not ask others their status. You are still welcome to wear a mask and/or socially distance if you wish.

Please refer to the CDC guidelines on face coverings for a full breakdown of acceptable face coverings. In general, face coverings should fit snugly against the sides of your face and completely cover your nose and mouth. Masks that have exhalation valves or vents or that are made of material such as mesh or vinyl are not acceptable face coverings, nor is a face shield worn without a mask.


Everyone over the age of 16 in the United States is eligible to be vaccinated as of April 19, 2021. Each state has its own vaccine supply and determines its distribution process. To pre-register for and schedule a vaccination appointment, please refer to your state and county vaccination websites. You can also access www.vaccinefinder.org to find a vaccine site near you.

Yes. While those who have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 probably have some immunity, vaccination is still recommended by the CDC and is required by the College. While current evidence suggests reinfection is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection, Bridgewater requires faculty, staff and students who have had COVID-19 be fully vaccinated by August 2, 2021.

A student who chooses not to receive the vaccine and does not qualify for an exemption for a medical or religious reason will not be permitted to return to, or enroll at, Bridgewater for the fall 2021 semester. Residential students may not move in to campus housing if verification of vaccination has not been received. An employee who chooses not to receive the vaccine and does not qualify for an exemption for a medical or religious reason will be deemed to have voluntarily resigned from employment with the College.

As with all existing vaccination requirements, the College will grant medical and religious exemptions in accordance with federal and state law. The form for students to request a medical exemption may be found here. The form for employees to request a medical exemption may be found here. A student who wishes to submit a request for a religious exemption may obtain the form by emailing the College’s chaplain, Rev. Dr. Robbie Miller, at rmiller@bridgewater.edu. An employee who wishes to submit a request for a religious exemption may obtain the form by emailing the Kim Harper, the director of human resources, at kharper@bridgewater.edu. We will begin accepting exemption forms from students on July 1, 2021, and will follow up with the submission instructions.

The College will make decisions at that time based on additional guidance from the CDC and Virginia Department of Health.

No. Our mission as a residential, liberal arts institution prioritizes in-person connections and learning together. Our students flourish because of the connections and interactions fostered by in-person learning. Courses for the fall 2021 semester will all be taught in person and not accessible remotely.

We encourage anyone with questions or concerns about the vaccines or the vaccination process to speak with their primary care physician and to review information that is widely available about the safety and efficacy of the vaccines. Here is a sampling of resources to inform you further:

 

For a list of other required vaccinations and information on how to upload documentation, please visit the Vaccine Verification Uploader.

Yes, we just ask all invited guests to follow the mask recommendations reflective of their vaccination status.

Yes. Cleaning supplies will be provided in various locations and may be requested using the same method as last year.

Anyone experiencing any of the symptoms below not otherwise explained by a regularly occurring medical condition (e.g. seasonal allergies) must contact either Human Resources at 540-828-5393 (employees) or Health Services at 540-828-5384 (students).

The symptoms and signs of possible COVID-19 infection include one or more of the following:

  • Cough
  • Unusual shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever of 100.4 or above
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Runny nose or new sinus congestion
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • New gastrointestinal symptoms
  • New loss of taste or smell

CARES Act

Update 5-18-20

The direct deposit payments for the CARES Act Emergency Grants have been authorized today. If you are eligible for the grant AND completed registration for direct deposit, you should have received a system-generated email informing you of the pending payment. It may take a couple days for the banks (yours and the College’s) to complete the transaction. Please contact Student Accounts if you believe you should receive a grant by direct deposit and do not see it in your bank account by Friday of this week.

We will begin printing checks for grant payments tomorrow. As noted previously, processing and mailing paper checks will take a bit longer than usual due to remote work conditions for our staff. If you are eligible for the CARES grant and did not choose direct deposit, please allow two weeks for receipt of your check, at the mailing address on file with the College.

Update 5-14-20: Cares Act Emergency Grants for Students

The CARES Act Emergency Grants have been credited to eligible student accounts. The grant, in the amount of $575, is identified on your account with the designation “CARES Act Emergency Grant”. In accordance with federal guidelines, we initiated a request last week with the College’s bank to establish a separate checking account from which to distribute the funds. This will enable the most accurate tracking of student payments and allow for required federal reporting. The bank has advised us that the set up for this account may take several more days. We have requested expedited handling of our request, and will update this page when payments have been issued. Please continue to be patient with this process. We are getting very close!

Update 5-13-20: Cares Act Emergency Grants for Students

The CARES Act Emergency Grants have been credited to eligible student accounts. The grant, in the amount of $575, is identified on your account with the designation “CARES Act Emergency Grant”. In accordance with federal guidelines, we initiated a request last week with the College’s bank to establish a separate checking account from which to distribute the funds. This will enable the most accurate tracking of student payments and allow for required federal reporting. The bank has advised us that the set up for this account may take several more days. We have requested expedited handling of our request, and will update this page when payments have been issued. Please continue to be patient with this process. We are getting very close!

What if I don’t see the CARES grant on my account?

The US Department of Education (DeptEd) provided guidance subsequent to the initial funding announcement, restricting eligibility for the grants to students who are eligible for federal Title IV student aid. The College has communicated directly, via email, with those students who we believe are not eligible under the guidelines, and provided additional information. Generally, if you have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the College, you are eligible for this grant. If you believe you are eligible for federal student aid under Title IV and do not see the CARES grant credited to your student account, please contact the Financial Aid office at finaid@bridgewater.edu.

What do I need to do now?

Nothing! A refund request form will not be required to receive the CARES Act Emergency Grant ($575). We will process those account credits as an automatic payment, separate from fee refunds. As noted above, federal reporting requirements for the grants necessitated a new account setup with the College’s bank. We are waiting on that final account setup now, which has been slower than usual due to COVID-19 impacts within the banking industry. We are reminding our bank partners daily that our students are waiting on these grants, and they have promised to expedite our request as much as possible. We would like to provide a definite date for disbursement of the grants, but we simply do not have one as of today. We will update this page when direct deposit payments have been issued and the schedule for paper checks is known. 

As noted several times, direct deposit will be the fastest and most secure way to receive these payments. Thanks to many of you who have responded to this recommendation and completed the direct deposit registration! 

There is still time to sign up for direct deposit if you have not already done so. This is a separate direct deposit sign-up from the one you may have completed for student wages in the Paycom system. If you are a student employee, that direct deposit registration will not transfer to Student Accounts. As a reminder, follow these instructions if you need to sign up for direct deposit of student account funds:  

For Direct Deposit: Login to MYBC, select Self Service Menu, select Banking Information, and select Add Account.  Complete the form. This will be the most secure and fastest way to receive any refunds or credits from your account. If you do not have a bank account, paper checks will be mailed to the address on file. Due to the current remote working requirements for College staff, the paper checks will take longer to process.

How can I use the money I receive from the CARES Act Emergency Grant?

The US Department of Education (DeptEd) requires that the student funds be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). When the pandemic caused the College’s transition to online-only instruction and the effective closure of our campus, every enrolled student experienced some degree of financial challenge. We’ve heard from many of you and understand you incurred unexpected costs related to internet service at home, additional devices needed to remotely access campus resources or additional living expenses at home. For this reason, the College elected to distribute the CARES student funds equally to all eligible students. In accordance with DeptEd guidance above, you may not leave the CARES Act Emergency Grant on your student account to pay an outstanding balance or a deposit. 

What if I don’t want/need this grant?

If you do not believe you have incurred expenses such as those indicated by DeptEd and described above, or for some other reason do not wish to receive the grant, please contact Student Accounts at student_accounts@bridgewater.edu as soon as possible. Any unclaimed grants will be placed into a special fund for supplemental COVID-related emergency student grants, in accordance with DeptEd guidelines. In other words, any declined grants will help other students in need, and will not be used for any other College purpose.

Are the CARES emergency grants taxable?

The College is not advising students on the potential tax consequences of these payments. We suggest you monitor information provided by the Internal Revenue Service and/or consult with a tax professional if you have questions.

download the Cares Act Public Report (5/26/20)
REQUIRED REPORTING ON CARES ACT EMERGENCY STUDENT GRANTSUpdated: May 26, 2020Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act requires institutions to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received from Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). Accordingly, the following information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public 30 days after the date when the institution received itsallocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter:

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 15, 2020. The College intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

  1. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

 

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College received $899,990 on April 30, 2020 from the Department pursuant to the College’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. This amount represented 50% of the total amount of funds received by the College under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  1. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

RESPONSE:        The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of May 26, 2020 is $876,875.

  1. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as of March 13, 2020 was 1551.

  1. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid

Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of May 26, 2020 is 1525.

  1. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College allocated the total grant amount equally to eligible students who were enrolled at the College on March 13, 2020, which was the closing date for the residence halls on our campus. Students were instructed to inform the College if they did not incur eligible expenses, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education, or if the student for any other reason declined the grant. Any student grant funds that remain after all payments are disbursed will be made available to students with financial need using guidelines that will be based on guidance from the Department.

  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

RESPONSE:        All instructions, directions and guidance provided to students concerning the CARES Act Emergency Grants for Students have been posted on this COVID-19 & CARES Act Information page. See specifically messages dated April 16, April 22 and May 18 with subject lines referencing the CARES grants.

July 10, 2020

Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act requires institutions to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received from Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). Accordingly, the following information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter:

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 15, 2020. The College intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

  1. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College received $899,990 on April 30, 2020 from the Department pursuant to the College’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. This amount represented 50% of the total amount of funds received by the College under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  1. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

RESPONSE:        The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of July 10, 2020 is $895,275.

  1. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as of March 13, 2020 was 1,559.

  1. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of July 10, 2020 is 1557.

  1. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College allocated the total grant amount equally to eligible students who were enrolled at the College on March 13, 2020, which was the closing date for the residence halls on our campus. Students were instructed to inform the College if they did not incur eligible expenses, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education, or if the student for any other reason declined the grant. Any student grant funds that remain after all payments are disbursed will be made available to students with financial need using guidelines that will be based on guidance from the Department.

  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

RESPONSE:        All instructions, directions and guidance provided to students concerning the CARES Act Emergency Grants for Students have been posted on this COVID-19 & CARES Act Information page. See specifically messages dated April 16, April 22 and May 18 with subject lines referencing the CARES grants.

August 24, 2020

Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act requires institutions to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received from Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). Accordingly, the following information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter:

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 15, 2020. The College intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

  1. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College received $899,990 on April 30, 2020 from the Department pursuant to the College’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. This amount represented 50% of the total amount of funds received by the College under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  1. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

RESPONSE:        The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of August 24, 2020 is $895,275.

  1. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as of March 13, 2020 was 1,559.

  1. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of August 24, 2020 is 1557.

  1. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College allocated the total grant amount equally to eligible students who were enrolled at the College on March 13, 2020, which was the closing date for the residence halls on our campus. Students were instructed to inform the College if they did not incur eligible expenses, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education, or if the student for any other reason declined the grant. Any student grant funds that remain after all payments are disbursed will be made available to students with financial need using guidelines that will be based on guidance from the Department.

  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

RESPONSE:        All instructions, directions and guidance provided to students concerning the CARES Act Emergency Grants for Students have been posted on this page. See specifically messages dated May 18, May 26, July 10, and August 24 with subject lines referencing the CARES grants.

October 12, 2020

Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act requires institutions to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received from Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). Accordingly, the following information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter:

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 15, 2020. The College intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

  1. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College received $899,990 on April 30, 2020 from the Department pursuant to the College’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. This amount represented 50% of the total amount of funds received by the College under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  1. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

RESPONSE:        The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of October 12, 2020 is $895,275.

  1. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as of March 13, 2020 was 1,559.

  1. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of October 12, 2020 is 1557.

  1. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College allocated the total grant amount equally to eligible students who were enrolled at the College on March 13, 2020, which was the closing date for the residence halls on our campus. Students were instructed to inform the College if they did not incur eligible expenses, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education, or if the student for any other reason declined the grant. Any student grant funds that remain after all payments are disbursed will be made available to students with financial need using guidelines that will be based on guidance from the Department.

  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

RESPONSE:        All instructions, directions and guidance provided to students concerning the CARES Act Emergency Grants for Students have been posted on this page. See specifically messages dated May 18, May 26, July 10, August 24, and October 12, 2020 with subject lines referencing the CARES grants.

November 23, 2020 – final

Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act requires institutions to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received from Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). Accordingly, the following information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter:

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 15, 2020. The College intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

  1. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College received $899,990 on April 30, 2020 from the Department pursuant to the College’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. This amount represented 50% of the total amount of funds received by the College under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  1. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

RESPONSE:        The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of November 23, 2020 is $899,990.

  1. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as of March 13, 2020 was 1,559.

  1. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of October 12, 2020 is 1557.

  1. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College allocated the total grant amount equally to eligible students who were enrolled at the College on March 13, 2020, which was the closing date for the residence halls on our campus. Students were instructed to inform the College if they did not incur eligible expenses, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education, or if the student for any other reason declined the grant. Any student grant funds that remain after all payments are disbursed will be made available to students with financial need using guidelines that will be based on guidance from the Department.

  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

RESPONSE:        All instructions, directions and guidance provided to students concerning the CARES Act Emergency Grants for Students have been posted on this page. See specifically messages dated May 18, May 26, July 10, August 24, and October 12, 2020 with subject lines referencing the CARES grants.

CRRSAA Notices

April 30, 2021

Section 314(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAAA) requires institutions to use “the same amount” in CRRSAAA financial aid grants to students as was required under the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). Accordingly, the following information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 314(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter:

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, the same amount of the funds from the Section 314(a)(1) CRRSAAA grant that were received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 15, 2020 to receive the CARES Act funding. No other application was necessary to receive the additional HEERF funding under CRRSAAA. The College intends to use the same amount of the funds from Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAAA to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students as were received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  1. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College received $899,990 on April 6, 2021 from the Department pursuant to the College’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. This amount represents the same amount of funds received by the College under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  1. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

RESPONSE:        The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA as of April 30, 2021 is $696,000.

  1. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA

RESPONSE:        The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as of April 6, 2021 was 470.

  1. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA.

RESPONSE:        The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA as of April 30, 2021 is 464.

  1. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College allocated the grant amount equally to eligible students who remained enrolled in the Spring 2021 semester by March 18th 2021. The College’s chose to award the grant to those undergraduate and graduate students that had expected family contributions (EFC) on their 2020-2021 FASFA form of $5,711 or less, which is the same monetary criteria for Pell grant eligibility. Any student grant funds that remain after all payments are disbursed will be made available to students with financial need in the Fall 2021 semester.

  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

RESPONSE:        All instructions, directions and guidance provided to students concerning the CRRSAA Emergency Grants for Students was communicated via email on 4/5/2021 to those students who were awarded the grant.

June 15, 2021

Section 314(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAAA) requires institutions to use “the same amount” in CRRSAAA financial aid grants to students as was required under the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). Accordingly, the following information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 314(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter:

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, the same amount of the funds from the Section 314(a)(1) CRRSAAA grant that were received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 15, 2020 to receive the CARES Act funding. No other application was necessary to receive the additional HEERF funding under CRRSAAA. The College intends to use the same amount of the funds from Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAAA to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students as were received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  1. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College received $899,990 on April 6, 2021 from the Department pursuant to the College’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. This amount represents the same amount of funds received by the College under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  1. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

RESPONSE:        The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA as of April 30, 2021 is $696,000.

  1. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA

RESPONSE:        The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as of April 6, 2021 was 470.

  1. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA.

RESPONSE:        The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA as of April 30, 2021 is 464.

  1. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College allocated the grant amount equally to eligible students who remained enrolled in the Spring 2021 semester by March 18th 2021. The College’s chose to award the grant to those undergraduate and graduate students that had expected family contributions (EFC) on their 2020-2021 FASFA form of $5,711 or less, which is the same monetary criteria for Pell grant eligibility. Any student grant funds that remain after all payments are disbursed will be made available to students with financial need in the Fall 2021 semester.

  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

RESPONSE:        All instructions, directions and guidance provided to students concerning the CRRSAA Emergency Grants for Students was communicated via email on 4/5/2021 to those students who were awarded the grant.

American Rescue Plan Notices

September 30, 2021

Section 2003(a)(1) of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act requires institutions to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received from ARP to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). Accordingly, the following information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public after the date when the institution received its allocation under 2003(a)(1) and updated quarterly thereafter:

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 15, 2020. The College intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. This agreement complicitly carries over to the subsequent receipts under the CRRSAA and ARP Acts, by which the College received its subsequent funding under the same grant funding opportunity number with the Department of Education.

  1. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College received authorization to receive and spend $2,338,491 in late May, 2021 from the Department pursuant to the College’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. This amount represented 50% of the total amount of funds authorized to the College under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act.

  1. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of this quarterly Report and every quarter thereafter).

RESPONSE:        The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act as of September 30, 2021 is $1,190,000.

  1. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act.

RESPONSE:        The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as of June 21, 2021 was 1241.

  1. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act.

RESPONSE:        The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act as of September 30, 2021 is 784.

  1. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College allocated the grant amount equally to eligible students who confirmed enrollment in the Fall 2021 semester by August 2th 2021. The College’s chose to award the grant to those undergraduate and graduate students that had expected family contributions (EFC) on their 2021-2022 FASFA form of $16,000 or less. Students were given the option to opt-in to applying the grant towards their Fall 2021 bill. If a choice was not given, the students received the funds directly.

  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

RESPONSE:         All instructions, directions and guidance provided to students concerning the CRRSAA Emergency Grants for Students was communicated via email on July 14, 2021 to those students who were awarded the grant.