Key Campus Resources

Report a Positive Test: Employees | Report a Positive Test: Students
Report Your Vaccination: Employees | Report Your Vaccination: Students
Carleton Rapid Test Site | Community Concern Form

Campus Expectations

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.

>>> Students: Report a Positive Test

>>> Faculty and Staff: Report a Positive Test

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 have mild symptoms, you should visit the Carleton Rapid Test Site.

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?

The Carleton Rapid Test Site, open weekdays during academic terms in Burton 003, is open to students, faculty and staff who have been identified as close contacts or who are experiencing mild symptoms.

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.

Individuals who are vaccinated against COVID-19 and test positive 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 vaccinated are required to isolate for 10 full days following a positive test.

Visiting Carleton

What are the expectations for campus visitors?

Visitors who will be dining or attending indoor public events on campus are expected to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines 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 up to date.

Please refer to the Office of Admissions and Reunion for expectations specific to their visitors and events.

Are students allowed to have overnight guests in their campus residence?

Students may host overnight guests in their campus residence, provided guests are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines.

Where can I get a test near Carleton to ensure I’m not bringing the virus to campus when I visit?

There are multiple options for obtaining COVID-19 tests in Northfield. Local pharmacies—including Sterling, Walgreens, Family Fare, Target and Cub—carry at-home tests for purchase. If you desire in-person COVID-19 testing, 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 via drive-thru and Northfield Hospital & Clinics also offers in-person 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 their vaccination to the College.

Vaccination Information

Does Carleton have a COVID-19 vaccination requirement?

Yes. Carleton requires all students, faculty and staff to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines as described by the CDC: You are up to date when you have received all doses in the primary series and all boosters for which you are eligible. Detailed information about eligibility is available on the CDC website.

Proof of vaccination, including booster doses, is required to be submitted to Carleton. All students, faculty, and staff also are required to be vaccinated annually against influenza.

How do I report my vaccination and booster(s) to the college?

Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination and boosters—including a photo of your vaccination card—is required to be submitted to Carleton.

>>> Student COVID-19 Vaccination Reporting Form

>>> Faculty and Staff COVID-19 Vaccination Reporting Form

If you received your flu vaccine at an on-campus clinic, you do not need to report it to the college. Students who were vaccinated by another provider should use mySHAC to upload proof of vaccination, and faculty and staff should use the reporting form on the Human Resources website.

Where can I get a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine near campus?

We recommend using 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 up to date with their vaccines, and 99.7% of students are up to date—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.