Key Campus Resources
Are masks required on campus at this time?
Masks are optional in most indoor spaces on campus, including for visitors. Individuals may continue to require that masks be worn in spaces they ordinarily control, such as offices, classrooms and labs, office suites, and residential rooms.
What type of mask should I wear? Will the College provide one?
When you need to wear a mask, you should use a well-fitted cloth mask with two or more layers of fabric that completely covers both your mouth and nose. More protective masks (KN95, KF94, or double-masking with two cloth masks or cloth and surgical masks) are strongly encouraged.
If you need a mask, you may pick one up from the following locations:
- Students: Dean of Students Office (8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday)
- Faculty: Office of the Provost
- Staff: Human Resources
Neck gaiters or face shields should not be worn in place of a mask.
Are there any restrictions on campus events at this time?
Events are permitted on campus. Food and drink may be provided, and visitors may attend. Please ensure that your visitors follow our expectations for visitors.
Student & Employee Health
What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?
If you test positive through a test outside of Carleton, you should report the result to the College as soon as possible using the relevant form linked below. Doing so will trigger an email response with instructions on what to do next.
If you test positive through a Carleton-administered test, you will be contacted by a member of the Case Investigation and Contact Tracing (CICT) team, who will instruct you on where and how long to isolate.
What should I do if I have symptoms or suspect I have COVID-19?
If you are a student living or working on campus and you have mild symptoms, you should visit the Carleton Rapid Test Site. Faculty and staff should test using their own resources.
If you need medical care or have severe symptoms such as a high fever or shortness of breath, or if your symptoms have become more than you can manage, you should stay in your residence and contact SHAC (if you are a student), or your health care provider (if you are faculty or staff).
Difficulty breathing requires immediate attention, either by calling 911 or Security Services at (507) 222-4444.
Even if you don’t have COVID-19, you should stay home if you aren’t feeling well. The Minnesota Department of Health Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth, and Child Care Programs can be helpful in determining which actions to take based on your symptoms.
Where can I go to get a COVID-19 test on campus?
What should I do if I’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19?
If you are a student or if you were identified as a close contact of a positive case at Carleton, a member of the College’s Case Investigation and Contact Tracing team (CICT) will contact you and instruct you on how and when to be tested at Carleton. If you are an employee who was identified as a close contact of a positive case outside of Carleton, follow CDC guidance.
You may still go to work and attend classes so long as you don’t test positive or exhibit any symptoms. You should wear a mask for 10 days following the date of your exposure. If at any time you experience symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested, preferably 24 hours after the onset of your symptoms.
Close contacts of close contacts are not required to test or quarantine.
A friend told me they tested positive and I may be a close contact. What should I do?
You should wear a mask while continuing to attend work, classes and other activities. If you are confirmed to be a close contact, you will be contacted by the Case Investigation and Contact Tracing team and instructed on when and how to get tested.
Please do not go to SHAC or the Carleton Rapid Test Site for a test unless you are symptomatic or have been instructed by the CICT team to do so. We are following an epidemiologically informed testing schedule for close contacts; you do not need to be tested immediately.
Is isolation space available on campus?
Yes. The College has dedicated isolation space available for students who test positive for COVID-19. Anyone who tests positive for the virus is required to isolate, regardless of their vaccination status.
Students may isolate in designated spaces or in place in their residence, when circumstances allow. Some students have requested to isolate at their family home and have been permitted to do so.
How long am I required to isolate if I test positive for COVID-19?
The exact length of a person’s isolation period is determined by Carleton’s Case Investigation and Contact Tracing team, based on the circumstances of the positive case. When your positive result is reported to the College, CICT follows up to determine your isolation release date.
Fully vaccinated individuals who test positive for COVID-19 generally may be released following 5 full days of isolation with proof of a negative antigen test on day 6. Without a negative test, isolation will continue until day 8, when normal activities may resume with masking through day 10. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are required to isolate for 10 full days following a positive test.
What are the expectations for campus visitors?
Visitors who will be dining or attending indoor public events on campus are expected to be fully vaccinated and boosted (if eligible) or to have received a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 24 hours before their visit. While most visitors are not required to be vaccinated in order to spend time on the Carleton campus, overnight visitors are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted (if eligible).
Are students allowed to have overnight guests in their campus residence?
Students may host overnight guests in their campus residence, provided guests are fully vaccinated and boosted (if eligible).
Are dining halls and residence halls open to visitors?
Visitors who are fully vaccinated and boosted (if eligible) may eat in campus dining spaces.
Where can I get a test near Carleton to ensure I’m not bringing the virus to campus when I visit?
We recommend using the State of Minnesota’s website to find a testing location, which includes a list of community testing sites. In Northfield (ZIP code 55057), Walgreens offers rapid testing, and Northfield Hospital & Clinics also offers testing. If you’re traveling by plane, the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport offers multiple on-site testing options, including rapid testing.
Is the Office of Admissions offering in-person visits for prospective students and their families?
Yes. Please visit the Admissions website for details. Pre-registration is required for in-person events.
Are campus buildings and resources like the Rec Center and Gould Library available for emeriti faculty and retired staff to use?
Access to the Rec Center and library is open to retirees and Affiliate OneCard holders who have reported full vaccination to the College.
Does Carleton have a COVID-19 vaccination requirement?
Yes. In order to offer the best protection against disease transmission in our campus community, all Carleton students, faculty, and staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination, including booster doses, is required to be submitted to Carleton.
Currently, all faculty, staff and students are required to have completed their primary vaccine series (two doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson) AND received a booster. Effective Dec. 1, 2022, Carleton’s definition of being “fully vaccinated” will align with the CDC’s definition: You are fully vaccinated when you have received all doses in the primary series and all boosters for which you are eligible. This means that those who are eligible for an additional booster will be required to get one. Detailed information about eligibility is available on the CDC website.
All students, faculty, and staff also are required to be vaccinated annually against influenza. On-campus flu vaccination clinics will be held in October and November. Employees who receive their flu vaccine outside of these clinics should report their vaccination using the employer notification form on the Human Resources website.
How do I report my vaccination and booster(s) to the college?
Proof of your vaccination and booster(s)—including a photo of your vaccination card—is required to be submitted to Carleton.
Where can I get a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine near campus?
We recommend using vaccines.gov to find a COVID-19 vaccine nearby. Vaccines are readily available in Northfield, including at Walgreens, Family Fare, and Sterling Pharmacy, all of which are within walking distance of campus, as well as at Target and Cub Foods. Many primary care clinics also are providing boosters to their patients.
What if I can’t get vaccinated before arriving on campus?
Carleton will help you find a COVID-19 vaccine if you were unable to get vaccinated in your home state or country. Some restrictions will be in place until 14 days after you complete your vaccination series. SHAC is supporting students in this effort, and Human Resources is supporting employees.
Why is the vaccination rate of Carleton’s students, faculty and staff below 100%?
Our highly vaccinated community—98% of faculty and staff are fully vaccinated, and 99.7% of students are fully vaccinated—affords us significant protection against even highly transmissible variants of COVID-19.
Carleton manages requests for exemptions from its vaccination requirements in accordance with state and federal law. Exemptions may be granted based on medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs, and reasonable accommodations are made for those individuals who receive exemptions.