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

  • As of March 14, 2022 NCC has moved to a mask-optional policy which also applies for the Residence Hall Commons and Apartments. 

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 either in the local community or by scheduling an appointment with the NCC Health Center. 
    • If a student is away from campus or fails to complete testing on campus for a particular week, the student must be tested in the local community at an Urgent Care of Doctor’s Office and provide testing results to the NCC Health Center at healthcenter@northampton.edu to meet the weekly testing requirement. 
  • 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.

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 contacting their faculty/professors to make alternate arrangements 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

Effective March 14, 2022: Daytime guests and visitors are permitted in the Residence Hall Commons and Apartments. No overnight guests are allowed until further notice. 

Visitation privileges will be re-evaluated moving forward depending on the number of cases and guidance from NCC’s Infectious Disease Committee and the CDC. Updates on visitation will be communicated to you as changes are made. Visitation policy may be
subject to change.

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. 

UPDATED: 1/16/2022