Health and Wellness

Safety Phase Orange - Fall Reopening

Gusties ROAR
COVID Safety Expectations

Six (6) Feet Apart

  • The most important safety measure is to stay at least six (6) feet away from another person.
    • Six (6) feet apart - all times of day and all days of the week
    • Six (6) feet apart - inside and outside
    • Six (6) feet apart - on campus and off campus
  • The exception is when in your room/house/apartment or your car with your family/roommates.

Wear a Face Covering

  • The second most important safety measure is to wear a face covering.
  • It is expected that all people on campus will wear a face covering inside campus buildings in public areas and outside when at least six (6) feet of physical distance cannot be maintained.
  • Face coverings should be worn:
    • If you are in your residence hall room and the door is open.
    • If you are alone in an office and the door is open.
    • If a work area does not have a door, such as a front reception area or cubicles.
  • Face coverings may be removed:
    • In a private space such as a residence hall room or when alone in an individual office space with a closed door.
    • When actively eating or drinking.
    • When performing personal hygiene.
  • Face coverings may be removed inside your own residence hall room/house/apartment if you are alone or with your roommate(s).

Limit Close Contacts

  • According to MN Department of Health, a person is considered a contact if:
    • They were within 6 feet of a COVID-infected individual
    • With or without a face covering
    • For 15 minutes or more in the last 48 hours.
  • Limit contacts with people where there may be an exposure of COVID-19.
    •  Ideally you would have four (4) or fewer people to report as a contact.
  • When there is a positive case of COVID-19, those who were exposed to this person are considered a “contact”.
  • The goal is for this number to be as small as possible.
  • A contact will go into quarantine for 14 days to prevent exposing others.

COVID Self-Screening and Reporting COVID-19 Symptoms or Exposure


Quarantine and Isolation


Limit Unnecessary Travel

The College will follow CDC and State of Minnesota travel guidance.

  • All employees and students are encouraged to limit unnecessary personal travel by staying on campus/close to home as much as possible.
  • If employees or students need to travel, we encourage you to follow the college guidance on health and safety practices before, during and after your trip for your health as well as our community's health.
  • If employees or students need to participate in higher risk travel or behaviors or have close contacts that have engaged in high risk activities, we encourage you to consider a self-imposed quarantine. 
  • Here is information from the CDC about guidance for how to stay safe during travel and precautions for after travel.
  • Gustavus travel policies and guidance related to COVID-19 have been updated for fall semester. The travel policies will continue to be reviewed and modified based on the status of the pandemic. The policies and guidance relates to the following ares: Employee/student personal travel; Faculty/staff college sponsored travel; College sponsored travel with or by Gustavus students; Study Away; International and domestic quarantine; Gustavus Motorpool; Local transportation; and protocols for on-campus program activities going off-campus. 

Good Hand Hygiene

  • Wash hands for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer when entering and leaving a building.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue and throw it away or into your elbow/shirt sleeve.
  • Do not touch your eyes, mouth, or nose if your hands may not be clean.
  • Carry a personal bottle of hand sanitizer around campus.
  • Use the hand sanitizer refill stations found in most buildings.

Sanitize/Limit Sharing

  • Building Service staff will be cleaning and disinfecting high use surfaces in public per CDC guidelines..
  • There will be a COVID sanitation kit in each building that may be used by individuals to provide more frequent cleaning.
  • Research has shown that even though the virus may live on surfaces up to several days, there is not enough viral load to make this a primary method of infection.
  • The CDC still recommends limiting the sharing of equipment or disinfecting before and after using shared equipment.

Black face mask

COVID Safety Care Packages

  • Gustavus students will receive a COVID Safety Care Package as a gift of encouragement funded by donors (alumni, parents, and friends).
  • Packaged in a Gustavus stadium-ready clear drawstring bag and will be a supply of Gustavus face masks, refillable hand sanitizer carabiner, and no-touch key ring.
  • It will also include information on doing a daily health screening for symptoms, and other tips on ways Gusties will ROAR (Respect Others, Act Responsibly) to stay safe and keep our community safe.
  • Students will receive care packages when they move in.
  • Students should bring their own digital thermometer. Supply shortages prohibited including these for all students.

Mental Health/Wellbeing Support

  • Learn to Live is a free and confidential online mental health service for students and employees who are experiencing stress, anxiety or depression. Learn to Live Access code: Gustavus (for students) and Blue4 (for employees)
  • Students can learn about general mental health support available via the Gustavus Counseling Center.
  • For Employees: Reliance Standard offers an employee assistance program free of charge to benefit eligible employees of Gustavus Adolphus College. Learn more about the services offered.
  • Student telemental health is available through the Counseling Center (student needs to be in Minnesota at the time of the appointment).
    Student telehealth is available through the Health Service.(student needs to be in Minnesota at the time of the appointment).
  • Feeling lonely or isolated? Get connected with a quarantine buddy. A great online tool to empower people to socialize from their home.

Where Can I Go For Help?

Emergency Exception

  • In the event of an emergency, students and employees should try to uphold the COVID safety expectations if possible.
  • It is understood that this may not be possible in certain emergency circumstances.
  • More information on Gustavus emergency response resources may be found here.