Do I have to upload my proof of vaccination to Medicat if I already provided it to the Wellness Center?Yes. The Wellness Center did not store your vaccination card. Please upload it through Medicat, which is a HIPPA compliant, confidential site.
When is my proof of vaccination due?Please have the vaccine card uploaded or an exemption form filed two weeks before you plan to return to campus.
Can I upload a copy of my official digital vaccine card [Vaccine Check in Maryland]?Yes. Please take a screenshot and ensure we can see your full name and all other identifying information.
How can students and employees request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement on campus?Students must email the Student Exemption Form to the Wellness Center via email at email@example.com or by fax 240-895-4937. If you have any questions please call the Wellness Center at 240-895-4289. Employees who file a COVID-19 vaccination Employee Exemption Form will submit their signed form as a hard copy or electronic copy via firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I haven’t received my second dose?Wait to upload your card until you have completed all the required doses.
Can I just upload the dates on the medical record in Medicat?No. We are only accepting a scan/picture of the vaccine card.
What if I have other questions/concerns?Email Cecile Caulk, office associate at the Wellness Center, at email@example.com or call the Wellness Center at 240-895-4289.
How do I upload my proof of vaccination?
- Navigate to https://smcm.medicatconnect.com on a computer or smartphone.
- Enter your user name (first part of your firstname.lastname@example.org email address WITHOUT the @smcm.edu) and password you use to access your Google accounts/email.
- Click on the Login button.
- On the next page, click on Upload.
- Choose COVID vaccine documentation from the drop down box.
- Choose the file from your phone or computer that is a picture/scan of your card by clicking the Select File button.
- You can double check the upload under Documents Already on File and click on View File.
Will masks be required?
As of June 1, 2021, masks are no longer required in any outdoor spaces. Based on the current CDC and St Mary's County Health Department guidance (as of July 30, 2021), the mask requirement continues for all indoor spaces, regardless of your vaccination status. If future conditions and federal, state, and county guidance permit, we will consider possibly relaxing the indoor mask mandate.
If lifted indoors, wearing masks will be a personal choice for those who are vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, you are required to wear a mask indoors at all times and while outdoors in crowded space. Also, you are required to comply with twice weekly on-campus COVID-19 testing.
Will the campus community continue to monitor their temperature and health daily with the SMCM Daily Symptom Checker?
As of Friday, September 10, the daily symptom checker is not a requirement.
Should we continue to maintain six feet of social distance from others whenever possible?
No, there are no distancing restrictions.
Will there be capacity and space restrictions, indoors or outdoors?
No, there are no capacity restrictions. Indoor space capacity is dictated by the fire marshall code.
Will College-sponsored international travel be permitted?
Yes, as long as the traveler is fully vaccinated and adheres to CDC, State, County, and State Department guidelines. The CDC considers individuals fully vaccinated two weeks after the 2nd dose (Pfizer/Moderna) or two weeks after the only dose of (J&J’s Janssen vaccine).
Will College-sponsored domestic travel be permitted?
Yes, SMCM will permit the resumption of domestic business travel.
SMCM travelers must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in accordance with the College’s vaccination policy and follow current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) domestic travel guidance. Currently, this requires fully vaccinated (for COVID-19) domestic travelers to self-monitor for symptoms, wear a mask, and take other COVID-19 safety precautions when traveling domestically.
If a SMCM traveler has an approved medical or religious vaccination exemption then they must follow CDC guidance for non-vaccinated travelers. This requires that they self-monitor for symptoms, wear a mask, and take other COVID-19 safety precautions when traveling domestically. In addition, non-vaccinated domestic travelers must be tested one to three days prior to travel and tested three to five days upon return and self-quarantine for seven days if tested or self-quarantine 10 days if not tested for COVID-19.
Will events be permitted to take place on campus?
Yes. Questions can be addressed to Peggy Aud, director of events and conferences at email@example.com.
Will random surveillance testing continue?
Yes, random surveillance testing will continue for all students, faculty and staff. For those who are not vaccinated, surveillance testing will be on a regular basis.
When it says "Visitors, consultants, and guests are fully permitted on campus, provided SMCM protocols are followed, including doing the symptom tracker." Is there some general guest tracker link we have access to or is every department responsible for creating their own?
- As of Friday, September 10, the daily symptom checker is not a requirement.
Campus visitors must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and be able to present proof of vaccination upon request by College officials when attending indoor events or large gatherings outside when social distancing cannot be ensured. If campus visitors are not vaccinated or cannot show proof of vaccination, they must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival to campus. Face coverings must be always worn indoors.
How do I share proof of vaccination status or an exemption?Students, faculty members, and staff may upload a picture or scan of their vaccine card (or a screenshot of their official electronic vaccine card) to https://smcm.medicatconnect.com More information can be found on the Fall 2021 Reopening Site under “Vaccine Policy”.
Will the Wellness Center distribute PPE (masks, hand sanitizer, thermometers, gloves) to students?The Wellness Center has a supply of PPE available to students upon request at the Wellness Center, Ethel Chance Hall.
Will the Wellness Center be offering COVID-19 testing?Yes. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms may request testing at the Wellness Center.
Can I see my counselor via video counseling (Zoom)?Counseling sessions will be held in person. Zoom sessions may be offered for some services as deemed appropriate by the Wellness Center staff.
Are there restrictions on indoor capacity for attendance at events (e.g., academic lectures/colloquia, music/theater performances)?As of July 1, 2021, there are no further capacity restrictions on event attendance other than those set by the locations themselves (e.g., room capacity). Wearing face coverings will be per the College's policy.
Are there restrictions on outdoor capacity for attendance at events (e.g., convocation, athletics)?As of July 1, 2021, there are no further capacity restrictions on event attendance. Wearing face covering will be per the College's policy.
What are the hours of operation for the library?Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.; Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Are there occupancy restrictions for the study rooms?The study rooms will return to regular occupancy (see Group Study link for individual room details).
Can we continue group study at the study tables? (social distancing)Yes, study tables will return to regular seating.
Will any collections/sections be off limits to patrons?No, all our collections will return to pre-COVID granted access. Will access to reference librarians be limited to virtual or in-person only? Reference/research sessions with librarians will be offered both in-person and virtually. Librarians will have on-call hours and students will have the ability to schedule appointments outside of on-call hours. Will access to all collections through USMAI be open? Most collections should be open for borrowing, but is determined by each institution. Any limits on access to other USMAI collections will be notated in the catalog.
Can students attend classes remotely?All Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 courses will take place via face-to-face instruction. The College will work with students who require accommodations to support their return to face-to-face instruction.
Will students who arrive to attend SMCM from abroad or out-of-state be required to self-quarantine in their on or off-campus residence upon arrival?People arriving on campus from other areas will follow the most updated CDC guidelines. The Wellness Center offers testing for anyone who would like to be tested after travel.
Will indoor and outdoor gatherings, on-campus or off-campus, be permitted?Yes. Visitors and guests will be fully permitted on campus, provided SMCM protocols are followed, including completion of the symptom tracker.
Are we limiting outdoor on-campus gathering group sizes to capacity posted on the grounds?No.
If students do not have an exemption on file or proof of vaccine, will they be permitted on campus?Students must submit either proof of vaccination or an exemption form in order to be on campus and attend classes. Those who are exempt will be subject to regular testing. This is a public health issue and these requirements are in place to protect our community. The College continues to remain consistent with its ongoing approach throughout the pandemic and in accordance with The St. Mary's Way.
Will events and programs happen on campus?Yes, we are planning a fun and engaging year of programming for the campus.
How can I get involved in campus clubs and organizations?Our annual Involvement Fair will take place on Friday, September 10. This is a great way to get involved on campus. You can also check out the SMCM Engage website which will show all of the events happening around campus everyday, throughout the semester.
Will events and activities happen virtually or in person?Events will primarily be in person however virtual options may be available.
Are we allowed to bring guests?Although events are primarily for students, guests are permitted at certain large events.
Will College-affiliated international programs (study abroad, study tours, etc.) be allowed for the fall?
Yes. Study Abroad will be open to destinations that meet CDC, State Department, and destination country risk and safety guidelines. Current CDC guidance is to allow international travel to individuals who are fully vaccinated. The College will be assessing risk and authorize proposed international trips on a case-by-case basis.
Will domestic experiential learning opportunities (field trips, internships, etc.) be permitted for the fall? Will students be required to participate or be given alternatives?
Yes, within the guidelines set forth by the CDC and WHO. Please see FAQ response to domestic travel under “Community Health & Safety.”
Will advising sessions take place in person?
Advising sessions will take place face-to-face. Remote technology may be used when desired by both the faculty member and the student.
Will any exemptions be granted to teach remotely this fall?
For all full-time faculty, fall 2021 and spring 2022 courses will be delivered through in-person, on-campus instruction. The current eligibility requirements for the teleworking policy are directly Covid-19 related (see Human Resources website); requests to teach remotely for the purposes of scheduling convenience, child care, commuting issues, etc., cannot be accommodated. Individual questions should be addressed to the interim Dean of Faculty for review.
Will I be required to teach a hybrid course due to student accommodations?
Faculty are asked to respond with empathy to student efforts to remain engaged in classwork while recovering from COVID-19, and to provide some access to in-class content (e.g., record part of lecture, put a camera on showing the class, etc). There is no expectation that the instructor will resort to a full hybrid learning situation in this case.
Will I be required to be masked when teaching my in-person classes?
All faculty and students will be masked in the classroom and in other indoor spaces.