We are pleased to be able to provide in-person classes and events. So that we can continue these types of activities, Concordia is strongly encouraging all employees and students to be vaccinated. The following information will be updated as necessary to keep you up-to-date on decisions that will impact campus this fall. 

Visitor Information

We welcome you to attend events on campus. Please be aware of our current safety regulations: 

  • We require masks indoors if social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • When possible, try to create distance between yourself and others. 
  • In a crowded setting, we ask that you minimize unmasked time while eating and drinking.
  • Concordia College is a welcoming community and will not tolerate discrimination against persons wearing masks.

Event mitigation reminders

What to Do if You're Sick

Regardless of your vaccination status:

1.     If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 stay home and isolate yourself from family, friends, and roommates as much as possible. If you develop symptoms while on campus, go home.

2.     Call a health care professional who can assess your symptoms and risk factors and help you make a plan. DO NOT go to the emergency room unless you are having a medical emergency. You should not walk into any health care clinic if you suspect you have COVID-19, unless otherwise instructed to do so by a health care professional.

3.     Consult a health care provider to see if you need COVID-19 testing.

COVID-19 Symptoms:

  • Fever (temperature >= 100.0 F) or 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

Students: If you have symptoms, are a close contact, or have tested positive, you should contact the COVID Student Helpline at 701.730.8304 or COVID19Helpline@cord.edu

Employees: If you have symptoms, are a close contact, or have tested positive, you should contact Human Resources at 218.299.3339.

Additional Guidance if Positive/Exposed

Masking

  • Effective the first day of class (August 26), Concordia is requiring masks are worn in all classes, laboratories, and studios. 
  • Faculty members may remove their masks during class, to be easily heard, if they can maintain social distancing.
  • Masks are required in public indoor spaces and in workspaces where distancing cannot be maintained. 
  • Unvaccinated individuals continue to be required to wear a mask indoors at all times.  
  • Masks are still required in public transportation such as planes, trains, buses, and other forms of public transportation, and in college-owned vans and cars. 

Vaccination Requirements  

One of the best ways for us to promote a vibrant and healthy environment is to have high rates of vaccination in our campus community and to know what our overall vaccination rates are.

  • All student athletes are required to be vaccinated, receiving their first dose no later than August 27 and to receive their second dose (if applicable) no later than September 24.
  • All study away supported by the global learning office and music-related travel continue to require vaccinations.

Starting Spring 2022 Semester (January 6, 2022):

  • All students will be required to be fully vaccinated. This comes after the Food and Drug Administration has now fully approved Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. This decision replaces the emergency use authorization granted by the FDA last December.  

Once vaccinated, report your status using the COVID Vaccination Form or by contacting the COVID Student Helpline at 701.730.8304 or COVID19Helpline@cord.edu.

Vaccine Exemptions

If you are seeking an exemption, find the official request form here. After completing the form, please submit it to vacexemptreq@cord.edu for review and consideration. 

Required COVID Testing for Students

This testing requirement applies to students who physically come to the Moorhead campus if any of these are true:

  • You are not vaccinated
  • You are not yet fully vaccinated (two weeks after your final dose)
  • You have not provided your vaccination status (by filling out the COVID Vaccination Form, or by contacting the COVID Helpline directly)

You are exempt from this testing requirement if:

  • You are fully vaccinated (and have provided this information through the COVID Vaccination Form)
  • Or if you had a lab-confirmed case of COVID in the last 90 days

COVID Exposure and Contact Tracing

Students who are a close contact will receive communication from the COVID Student Helpline with instructions on how to respond and, if necessary, manage their quarantine period. 

More details for exposure and contact tracing

Gatherings and Events 

The campus has updated room capacities to align with new MDH guidelines (noted in EMS). Safety plans are not required.
 

Travel 

Faculty, staff, and students are expected to follow CDC guidance for both domestic and international travel. 

More information can be found here: 

Domestic International

Quarantine and Isolation for Students 

If students need to quarantine or isolate, the Health Services Office will provide support, information , and next steps, including:

  • When and where to quarantine/isolate 
  • How to receive meals and other necessary supplies
  • How to continue with your academic coursework
Concordia has and will continue to work closely with Clay County Public Health and the Minnesota Department of Health in managing quarantine/isolation processes and best practices. We continue to maintain a limited number of on-campus quarantine and isolation spaces for our residential students.

Questions

Please direct any questions you have about COVID planning to askcord@cord.edu.

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