Updated September 19, 2021
To keep our campus community safe, Howard has established protocols to prevent exposure and limit the spread of COVID-19 among students and employees. We will continue to revise these protocols to meet the evolving needs of those on our campus and to reflect the current conditions within our community.
- Weekly PCR testing is mandatory for all students and employees who are on campus.
- If a student or employee tests positive for COVID, a negative PCR COVID test is required to be cleared following isolation/quarantine.
- Quarantine is not required after a classroom exposure if a person is vaccinated and masked.
- Vaccinated persons exposed to someone positive for COVID-19 and who are not symptomatic must test within seven days. They can follow the campus testing schedule.
- Unvaccinated exposed persons must quarantine for 3-5 days, then obtain a COVID-19 test before returning to regular activities. They may be tested at any of the campus testing sites.
- Symptomatic persons should test the same day, or as soon as possible, regardless of vaccination status.
- A single negative test is sufficient for persons who test positive after the seven-day quarantine to return to activities.
Testing Schedule, Hours and Locations
Beginning the week of September 20 2021, the weekly student and employee testing schedule will be organized alphabetically by last name; students and employees should only be tested on the days that correspond with the first letter of their last name to simplify and streamline the testing schedule and to avoid overbearing our testing facilities.
If a student or employee misses their testing day, they should still come to be tested during another day during week.
Students, faculty and staff will test on the following days based on the first letter of their last name:
- Monday: A-C
- Tuesday: D-H
- Wednesday: I-M
- Thursday: N-S
- Friday: T-Z
Note: Students in athletics, west campus, the medical school and the dental school will maintain their current testing schedules and locations.
TESTING HOURS AND LOCATIONS
- Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. at the Blackburn Center
- Tuesday and Thursday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-4 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Blackburn Center.
- Saturday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library.
- West Campus: School of Law students, faculty and staff will be tested at the Rhett Student Lounge, Monday to Thursday 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.
- West Campus: School of Divinity students, faculty and staff will be tested Tuesday and Thursday 4-6 p.m.
- Law students will be tested Monday to Wednesday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.
- Faculty and staff of the law school will be tested on Thursday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.
- Additional testing for faculty and staff will take place in suite 3600 of the Hospital Towers Building (Faculty Practice Plan), Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.
Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 off campus should report the information in one of the following ways:
- To the Student Health Center (SHC) by phone (202-806-7540) or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) – the SHC is open from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.;
- By filling out the Bison SAFE app COVID-19 self-assessment and answering “yes” to the question regarding testing positive within the last 10 days; or
- By notifying the resident hall director (RD) of a dorm if the student lives in campus housing.
When SHC is aware of the positive result, the team will contact the student and activate the isolation protocol.
Any faculty or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 outside of the campus should report the information in one of the following ways:
- To the employee COVID-19 testing center in room 3600 of the Towers Building (Faculty Practice Plan) by calling (202)-865-3765 or emailing HUEmployeeFPP@howard.edu; or
- By filling out the Bison SAFE app COVID-19 self-assessment and answering “yes” to the question regarding testing positive within the last 10 days.
Contact Follow-Up Protocol
If you test positive, our contact tracing protocol will be initiated once the Student Health Center is notified or the results are available from the on-campus testing lab. At that time, the following procedure will be followed:
- The Washington, D.C. department of health, the Office of the Provost and the dean of your school will be notified.
- The HU COVID Coordination Team will contact you via phone or email. Be prepared to answer questions about the classes you attended and your household or roommate contacts.
- If you have attended in-person classes, the class details and faculty information will be provided to the HU COVID Coordination Team, and the classroom exposure protocol will be initiated. The classroom exposures will not know your identity.
FACULTY AND STAFF
If you test positive, our contact tracing protocol will be initiated once the employee COVID-19 testing center is aware. At that time, the following procedure will be followed:
- The Washington, D.C. department of health and the Office of the Provost will be notified. For faculty, the dean of your school will also be notified. For staff, the designated official in human resources or the employee COVID-19 testing center will also be notified.
- You will be contacted by the HU COVID Coordination Team via phone or email. Be prepared to answer questions about the classes you were present in or taught and your household and office contacts.
- If exposure was from in-person classes, the class details will be provided to the HU COVID Coordination Team, and the classroom exposure protocol will be initiated. Your identity will not be provided.
CLASSROOM EXPOSURE PROTOCOL
When a class has been exposed to a person who is COVID-19 positive, there will be a general notification for the campus of the details of that class. Students and faculty who have been granted a medical or religious accommodation for not being vaccinated will receive a specific email notification so that they can follow the isolation protocol.
If you are vaccinated, you must keep your weekly testing appointment. You do not need to quarantine.
If you are unvaccinated, quarantine for 3-5 days, and then get a COVID-19 test.
Regardless of vaccination status, if you become symptomatic at any time, get tested immediately. If your results are positive, you will be quarantined for seven days from the date of your test, after which you will be retested and can return to your activities once you have tested negative.
OFFICE EXPOSURE PROTOCOL
If you are an employee (faculty or staff) and are exposed in an office setting, the above protocol for vaccinated or unvaccinated persons will apply. The supervisor of that office will give notification.
STUDENTS LIVING IN CAMPUS HOUSING
Students who test positive and who live in campus housing will be placed in isolation for seven days and then re-tested. A negative test will be needed to return to regular activities. The isolation protocol will be activated; it will include meals and symptom checks. The dormitory RD will oversee the protocol during isolation.