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Social Distancing

On Campus

The college's spaces are adjusted to support social/physical distancing guidelines.

  • Classroom capacities have been reduced and desks distributed to provide 6-foot distancing.
  • Additional spaces have been redesigned and outfitted as academic spaces.
  • Entrances, exits, and stairways are being designed for "one-way" travel. See Building Access and Routes >
  • One person in an elevator at a time (unless you need a support person).
  • Small/confined areas may be restricted or closed.
  • Look for signage to guide you.

Dining: Students are encouraged to sit and eat with roommates from your "family unit," or with teammates or others from your immediate circle, since masks can't be worn while eating. Otherwise, sit at least 6 feet apart from others when eating.

Campus tunnels: The tunnels are currently closed, except as needed by people with accessibility needs.

Students living on campus:

  • In residence halls, common spaces such as lounges are reconfigured.
  • For guidance on guests/visitors and social distancing, see Residential Life During COVID-19.

Off Campus

Health and safety guidelines and our student code of conduct don't end at the edge of campus. Please remind each other of the risks, realities, and prevention:

  • Keep any gatherings small. Limit off-campus home gatherings to twice the number of people who live in your home, if gathering indoors. (So if you have an apartment of 3 people, limit indoor gatherings to 6 people.) If gathering outdoors, limit the size to triple the residential occupancy. (So that would be up to 9 people outdoors, for an apartment of 3 people.) Six-foot distancing and face coverings are still required at such gatherings to reduce everyone's risk of COVID-19. A large gathering without face coverings and social distancing could become a virus super spreader event. One event like that in violation of health and safety guidelines and our student code of conduct could expose many people, lead to a significant number of cases, and force an early end to in-person athletics, in-person classes, and in-person experiential learning.
  • The College's student code of conduct includes actions occurring off College property if they affect the security of the College community and if they demonstrate disregard for the rights of others or the discipline or general welfare of the College. Students may be sanctioned by the College for any conduct prohibited by any federal, state, or local laws, ordinances, and/or regulations and conduct that endangers the health or safety of any person.
  • We all need to follow Nazareth’s COVID-19 health and safety guidelines and Nazareth Community Pledge, as shared in the required training for all students, faculty, and staff.


What happens if someone on campus isn't social distancing?

Health and safety on campus is a team sport this semester! And our team is only effective with shared effort, understanding, and respect. The health and safety measures are to protect each other and enable the campus to remain open.

  • If someone is too close to another person, they may just need a friendly reminder.
  • You can use Nazareth's COVID-19 concern form to report COVID-19 health and safety compliance concerns, and the appropriate office will follow up. (Sufficient details need to be provided to be able to look into the concern.)

A refusal to follow health and safety guidelines would fall under the code of conduct/ethics.

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