Ninth Week Message for Students

27 May 2021

Dear Carls,

Happy ninth week! As we near the end of the term and many of you prepare to leave campus for the summer, Carleton will again offer self-administered COVID-19 test kits to meet your end-of-term testing needs. I strongly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to be tested for the virus before traveling. See below for important information on how to pick up and return your test.


Last week, Carleton administered 528 tests for COVID-19 and, for the fourth week in a row, recorded 0 new cases of the virus within our on-campus community. As a result, among the College’s threshold measures, our 14-day infection rate is 0.00%, our surveillance testing positivity rate is 0.0%, and the average number of close contacts per case is 0. The Rice County case rate also continues to decrease and is now at 23.26 cases per 10,000 people. The campus action level remains Level 1: Low. Detailed data for the week of Sunday, May 16, through Saturday, May 22, is available on the dashboard.


Currently, 85% of Carleton community members have reported receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 82% have reported receiving all doses of a COVID-19 vaccine series. This calculation includes the total Carleton population (both on campus and remote) using information that is voluntarily reported to the College. The vaccination rate is updated weekly on the dashboard.


If you have received your COVID-19 vaccine, please report it to Carleton using the Vaccine Documentation Form. Upon completion of your vaccine series, please submit a photo of your vaccination card to  


All seniors who are not fully vaccinated will be tested for COVID-19 on campus as part of the June 1 surveillance testing clinic. Other students are encouraged to test prior to leaving campus, and Carleton will again distribute Vault saliva test kits to support this effort. Tests will be available for pick up and drop off from Great Hall between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, through Friday, June 4, and again on Monday, June 7.


Two weeks ago, I shared with you a change to Carleton’s policy regarding mask-wearing and physical distancing outdoors for individuals and small groups. For outdoor gatherings, a “small group” is defined as 30 people or fewer. No large gatherings have been approved through the end of the final exam period.


In response to student financial challenges due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Carleton is distributing nearly $1.5 Million from federal funds made available to the College through the American Rescue Plan (ARP). Grants will be distributed beginning June 3, 2021, and will be available to all students who have a financial institutional need (including international and DACA students).  Students will be notified directly of eligibility and amount for distribution. 

Stay safe,

Dean Livingston