COVID-19 Info

The Office of Housing & Residence Life continues to work hard to keep our community of students safe, healthy, and happy. While the COVID-19 pandemic has provided many challenges for communal living, our community is persistent. We are Spartan Strong! 

Effective for the 2021-2022 academic year, all resident students must be vaccinated for COVID-19. If students cannot be vaccinated due to valid medical or religious reasons, students must contact the NCC Health Center to obtain an "Exemption from Vaccination" waiver form. This form and additional supporting documentation regarding the medical or religious reason must be submitted in place of your COVID-19 vaccination record. Students can contact the NCC Health Center at either 610-861-5365 or healthcenter@northampton.edu

2021-2022 COVID Protocols for Resident Students

Below you will find an overview of our current COVID-19 protocols and procedures for the 2021-2022 academic year. All resident students are required to follow and abide by these protocols and procedures in order to remain in campus housing and help to keep our residential community safe. 

Face Coverings

  • Masks must be worn at all times while using public space (hallways, stairwells, bathrooms, lounges, etc.) in the Residence Hall Commons or the Apartments, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Masks must be worn correctly, covering both the nose and mouth.
  • Masks can only be removed outside of your room when showering or eating/drinking in the dining hall.

COVID Testing

  • Un-vaccinated residents or not “fully vaccinated” (two weeks after the final shot) residents will be required to complete WEEKLY COVID-19 testing at the NCC Health Center.
  • Failure to complete weekly testing can lead to a temporary removal from the Residence Hall Commons/Apartments until negative test results have been submitted to the Health Center and the student has been cleared to return.
  • Failure to complete the weekly testing on a consistent basis will result in termination of the student’s housing contract and removal from the Residence Hall Commons/Apartments.

NCC Health Screening

  • All un-vaccinated or not fully vaccinated residents will need to complete the NCC Health Screening DAILY. This can be completed via the NCCGo App or online via the NCC website. 

Un-Vaccinated or not “Fully Vaccinated” Removal

  • In the event of one (1) or more active COVID-19 cases in the Residence Hall Commons or Apartments, all un-vaccinated or not fully vaccinated resident students will need to leave the Residence Hall Commons/Apartments until a time when the NCC Health Center clears resident students to return to campus housing.
  • Resident students who need to leave the Residence Hall Commons/Apartments during this time will not be eligible for any kind of refund for housing or meal plan costs during the time period they are away from campus.
  • Resident students who have been removed from on-campus housing temporarily are responsible for making arrangements with their faculty/professors if they are not able to attend on-ground classes while away from the Residence Hall Commons/Apartments.

Visitation in the Residence Hall Commons/Apartments

  • Visitation privileges will be restored on a limited basis and may be subject to change. Housing & Residence Life reserves the right to cancel visitation privileges or deny guests/visitors entry into the building depending on the circumstances.
  • All guests and visitors must wear a mask at all times while in the Residence Hall Commons or in the Apartments.
  • Visitation for the Fall 2021 semester, will go as follows…
    • No visitation for the first week of classes, as per our normal policy
    • Day time guests will be allowed starting the second week of classes
    • Overnight guests will not be allowed for the Fall 2021 semester. This will be re-evaluated by the Housing & Residence Life Staff and the College’s Infectious Disease Task Force for the Spring 2022 semester. The final decision on overnight guests for the Spring 2022 semester will be made after reviewing COVID-19 trends and guidance after the semester begins.

The Office of Housing and Residence Life is constantly reviewing it's protocols and procedures as the pandemic continues to change on a daily basis. Protocols and procedures are updated based off guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), PA Dept. of Health, and NCC's Infectious Disease Committee.