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I. Title of Regulation

COVID-19 Vaccination or Weekly Testing Requirement

II. Objective of Regulation

To carry out the provisions of Brookdale Community College’s COVID-19 2.1003 Vaccination or Weekly Testing Policy, this Regulation outlines information regarding the requirement that students and employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or test weekly by the dates prescribed by the President and pursuant to this Regulation.

III. Authority

U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC Guidelines”); Executive Orders #242 and 243; N.J.S.A. 26:13-14; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (the “ADA”);  the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“NJLAD”); Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”); 29 C.F.R. 1630.2(r); Bd. of Educ. of Mountain Lakes v. Maas, 56 N.J. Super. 245 (App. Div. 1959); and N.J.S.A. 34:15-31.6

IV. Regulation Statement

The driving force behind Brookdale Community College’s vaccination requirement is to protect the health and safety of our community and the College community to the fullest extent possible, and to enable our community to engage in-person and more fully in various aspects of college life since the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Brookdale Community College will continue to make safety the primary consideration in its decision-making, and to rely on the most up-to-date scientific information available to make informed decisions about its operations.

In support of the College’s commitment to health and safety for all members of its community, the College has updated its requirements for students and employees to be COVID-19 vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination (e.g., CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card) or opt to test weekly by the dates as prescribed by the President in order to access College buildings, classrooms, offices and indoor areas.

Requirement:   Accepted Vaccines

Vaccines must be authorized in the United States by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) or approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). The College is currently accepting  the FDA-authorized vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen and vaccines approved by the WHO.

Students

Student must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to have access to College buildings, classrooms, offices and indoor areas or test weekly as of the date specified by the President.

Available Options

Option 1

Get vaccinated and provide proof of full vaccination.

Option 2

Enroll in fully remote/on-line courses, if available. The College cannot guarantee that 100% of courses have remote learning capabilities.

Option 3

Test weekly and provide negative PCR test results weekly to the College.

Employees

Employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to have access to College buildings, classrooms, offices and all indoor areas or test weekly as of the date specified by the President.

Available Options

Option 1

Get vaccinated and provide proof of full vaccination.

Option 2

Test weekly and provide negative PCR test results weekly to the College.

 

NOTE: Fully online students and employees who wish to access indoor areas of the college are required to:

1. Notify the College 72 hours prior to their arrival; and
2. Upload their vaccination record or negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of their intended arrival to campus to the Health Portal.

Non-Compliance

Non-compliance for students will follow the Student Conduct Code up to expulsion from the College.

Non-compliance for employees will follow the disciplinary process up to and including termination.

Protocols for Testing COVID-19 Positive or for Close Contact with a COVID-19 Positive Individual

If you test positive . . .

Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected.

Isolation from campus is required for at least ten (10) days.

Isolation can end after ten (10) days with the improvement of symptoms and with the absence of a fever for at least twenty-four (24) hours without the use of fever reducing medication.

People who are in isolation should stay home until it is safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available).

If you are a close contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 . . .

The definition of “Close Contact” is an individual who has been within six (6) feet of someone for a cumulative total of fifteen (15) minutes or more over a twenty-four (24) hour period.  To determine “close contact” you would go back forty-eight (48) hours from the onset of symptoms for the COVID-19 positive person or, if asymptomatic, to the date of the positive test.

An unvaccinated individual who has had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must quarantine from campus for fourteen (14) days* after their last exposure to that person.

*Only in cases of economic or other hardship, the quarantine period can be reduced to ten (10) days with a negative PCR test taken on day 8, 9 or 10.

A vaccinated individual who has been identified as a close contact and shows no symptoms of COVID-19 does not need to quarantine.

However fully vaccinated close contacts should:

V. Responsibility for Implementation

President

Approved: President, 12/15/21