New Campus Alert Level: Medium

23 May 2022

Dear Members of the Carleton Community,

If you have been watching the COVID-19 Dashboard over the past several days, you will know that cases of the virus on campus have generally been declining since our peak on May 4. As a result, strains on campus operations have begun to recede, and we are returning to a campus alert level of medium. 

This change does not significantly impact what is expected of students, faculty and staff on campus. However, we offer the following as guidance related to this alert level change:

  • Masks continue to be required indoors except for students in their own residence hall room or house, and for faculty and staff in their private workspace. More protective masks (N95, KN95, KF94, or double-masking) continue to be available and are strongly encouraged for all members of our community. 
  • Grab-and-go dining is available for those who wish to take their meals to go. 
  • Indoor and outdoor events may be held as planned. If you are hosting an indoor event and plan to serve food, please return to masking as soon as possible after eating or drinking. 

At this time, we expect that indoor masking will continue to be required on campus through the remainder of the academic year. We have seen episodic increases in strain on campus operations and resources over the last several months, and indoor masking reduces the likelihood of a surge in cases that could impact final exams and commencement. 

Our intention is to move to a mask-optional environment for fully vaccinated and boosted (if eligible) individuals—including visitors—beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7, following completion of the student move-out process. This plan could change if we experience a substantial increase in case rates leading up to that date. Masks will continue to be required for those who are not fully vaccinated and boosted.

As we conclude the academic year together, please continue to take advantage of the Carleton Rapid Test Site if at any time you experience symptoms of COVID-19. Testing is available daily for the remainder of Spring Term, with results available in less than an hour. 

Sincerely,

The COVID-19 Core Team

Carolyn H. Livingston, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
Eric Runestad, Vice President and Treasurer
Elise Eslinger, Vice President and Chief of Staff
Eric Egge, Associate Dean of the College
John Bermel, Director of Security and Emergency Management
Helen Clarke, Director of Digital Strategy and Public Affairs