Health & Safety

Last Updated April 7, 2021

Maintaining recommended public health measures is critical to protecting the health of our campus and local community. The following practices and requirements are currently in place.

COVID Vaccinations

We strongly believe that it is in the public health interest of our community to have as many people vaccinated as possible.

New Hampshire is currently vaccinating all residents age 16 and older. Vaccination information for residents of New Hampshire is available here, including guidance about the identification needed at vaccine appointments. 

Vermont is currently vaccinating Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) age 16 or older, all other adults age 40 and older, people age 16 or older with high-risk health conditions, and several other eligible categories. Vaccination information for residents of Vermont is available here.

Campus Access and Visitors

All current Tuck students, faculty, and staff will need their Dartmouth College IDs in order to access buildings on the Tuck campus during all hours of the day. Building doors are locked and IDs will be required in order to gain access. Visitors—people who are not current students, faculty, or staff—should not be inside Tuck buildings without specific authorization. Visitors are not permitted on the residential floors of Achtmeyer Hall, Raether Hall, Pineau-Valencienne, Whittemore Hall or Buchanan Hall.

Students living on-campus cannot host any guests or visitors who do not also reside on-campus. No more than two guests from the on-campus community may be hosted at a time and all Dartmouth requirements for face coverings, physical distancing, and hygiene must be observed.

Per Dartmouth College’s Community Expectations Agreement for Graduate and Professional School Students, Tuck students living off-campus cannot host more than two overnight guests at a time, per off-campus housing unit. All guests must comply with the COVID-19 guidelines from the state of New Hampshire or Vermont, as appropriate.

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 testing is mandatory for all Tuck students and is conducted using the PCR diagnostic test. Starting Spring Term 2021, we will also use rapid antigen testing in addition to PCR.

  • Surveillance testing is required for students and employees wanting to access Dartmouth College facilities. Students and employees schedule their tests through the Health Service appointment system: https://health-clinics.dartmouth.edu/.
  • For the first week of the Winter 2021 term (January 4 -8) and the first week of the Spring 2021 term (March 22 – 26), testing will be required 3 times a week. Students should plan to test on Day 0, Day 3, and Day 6 that first week. Thereafter, testing frequency will change to twice per week.
  • Throughout the term, upon return from any travel beyond New England, Tuck students wishing to test out of the 10-day travel quarantine should plan to test on Day 0 and Day 7. After completing Day 0 testing, students must return to their residence with no movement until they receive a negative result. After the first negative test result, limited movement is permitted to pick up meals or essential care items and for outdoor solo exercise. Students should not use communal spaces or gather in groups during this period. Students then retest on Day 7. A second negative test clears the student of a second week of quarantine. Between Day 7 - Day 14, students need to self-monitor and to immediately isolate if they notice any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Starting April 12, community members who have been vaccinated and have submitted vaccination documentation to Axiom Medical or Dartmouth College Health Services, will receive an email indicating that they have been approved for less frequent COVID testing.

Student and employee COVID testing takes place at Leverone Field House. The only exception to testing is if you are symptomatic. If symptomatic, please stay home, isolate, and call Dick's house for further medical guidance.

Prior to coming on-site for COVID testing, please complete the Temperature Self-Assessment (TSA). Wear a mask and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet between yourself and others. Please bring your Dartmouth ID to get tested. 

Rapid antigen test results will be available within 30 minutes and will be emailed to students. Rapid antigen test results will indicate that either A) no further action is needed, or B) students should contact Dick's House which could either mean the results were inconclusive or that a student may need to isolate.

PCR COVID test results will be available within 48 hours. If your PCR result is negative, it will be delivered to you via the Health Services Portal. If your PCR test result is positive, a clinician will contact you by phone and advise you of next steps and appropriate action for self-isolation. Tuck students who test positive are encouraged to notify Associate Dean Sally Jaeger. Sally will walk you through the necessary protocols to ensure the safety of you and the Tuck community. Your confidentiality will be maintained throughout this process.  Email: Sally.O.Jaeger@tuck.dartmouth.edu | Office Phone: 603-646-2019 | Cell Phone: 603-275-4328

Tuck Partners may be tested at Dick’s House if they are covered by the Dartmouth Student Group Health Plan. If a Tuck Partner is not on the Student Group Health Plan, we recommend reaching out to Clear Choice in Lebanon, New Hampshire for testing.

Face Coverings

Since our community is not yet full vaccinated, Dartmouth College continues to require masking and physical distancing in all indoor and outdoor locations on campus and in off-campus public locations which include--but are not limited to--the Green, Dartmouth Library, town sidewalks, residential facilities including recognized Greek organizations and society facilities, the gym, and all academic buildings. Face coverings must securely cover one's nose and mouth, should not be reversed, moved or removed unnecessarily, should not be shared with others, and must be kept clean. Single-use face coverings must be properly and safely discarded after each use. Face covering or N95 masks with one-way exhalation valves are not acceptable as they are designed to allow droplets to pass through the covering. In accordance with CDC recommendations, everyone--whether vaccinated or not--needs to continue to wear a mask and practice physical distancing in public spaces. It is still not conclusively known whether vaccinated people can transmit the virus to others if the vaccinated person becomes infected, particularly with one of the current variants of concern.

Gatherings

Tuck students, including students living off-campus and students living in the Dartmouth-owned properties of Sachem Village and South Street Apartments, need to comply with Dartmouth event and hosting guidelinesGatherings must be limited to fewer than 10 people.

Students who are fully vaccinated may gather in private, off-campus spaces without using face coverings or maintaining 6-foot distancing. However, the group must be limited to fewer than 10 people and all must be fully vaccinated. When in doubt about whether all individuals at a gathering are vaccinated, please continue to wear a mask and employ physical distancing.

Events

Campus departments and recognized Tuck student organizations in good standing may host in-person events/activities for students with prior approval from the MBA Program Office. Organizers must contact the MBAPO at least two weeks prior to the event date for approval. Events on-campus are limited to 25 in-person participants at maximum and dependent upon COVID compliant room capacities. Off-campus events organized by recognized Tuck student organizations are limited to groups of fewer than 10 people and must follow all COVID protocols. All events must be registered and approved, and they must follow all facility expectations, room requirements, and College policies. Event guidelines include:

  • Approval from the MBAPO three days in advance. ​
  • Maintaining physical distancing guidelines (6’). 
  • Masks must be worn at all times. 
  • Events should be held outdoors, if possible.
  • Event organizers must keep a list of attendees and the number of in-person attendees must be closely monitored and should not exceed the number approved for specific spaces.
  • The duration of in-person events should be kept relatively short.
  • No visitors are permitted on campus. This includes outside speakers, performers, or guests for events. Outside speakers/performers are encouraged to participate in virtual events. 
  • Performance Activities: Singing or any other activity that involves projection of voice may be permitted in designated outside locations only. Groups must follow all social distancing guidelines and be at least 10 feet apart during this activity and set up in a 'zig-zag' formation.
  • Provision of food and beverage at scheduled events is permissible in the form of single serve, individually packaged items. No food may be consumed in spaces where eating is prohibited.

Health Screening

All Dartmouth students, faculty, and staff are required to complete a health screening each day they access campus buildings. The health screening is completed by taking your temperature and answering questions through the Temperature Self-Assessment (TSA) website at https://dartgo.org/tsa. The questions address COVID-19 exposure and symptoms in accordance with the state of New Hampshire's COVID-19 Reopening Guidance

Before accessing campus buildings each day, or before leaving your on-campus single room or residence, students, faculty, and staff members should take their temperature, and then go to the TSA website at https://dartgo.org/tsa, respond to the questions, and follow the instructions at the end of the screening.

After answering the questions, you will see a screen with instructions on what to do next. Follow the instructions closely. If the instructions say that you may not access Dartmouth campus buildings you must refrain from coming to campus or, if you are already on campus, you must leave campus immediately. If you live on campus, you must return to your single room or residence. Then follow the instructions on who to contact for further guidance.

Answers to the questions submitted through the TSA will be treated as confidential health information accessible by Dick's House (for students) and Axiom Medical (for faculty and staff). More information on Dartmouth’s TSA health screening is available here.

Hygiene

All community members should remain alert for respiratory symptoms (a cough or shortness of breath) and fever, and should practice strict respiratory etiquette and hygiene. This includes covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap is not available.

Quarantine

Tuck students returning to or arriving at Dartmouth College during the 2020-2021 academic year will be expected to follow Dartmouth’s access and quarantine guidelines for graduate and professional students. Options to “test out” of quarantine apply only to travel-related quarantine and not to anyone who is quarantining because of exposure to a person with COVID-19.

Arrival Quarantine for Students in Tuck Residence Halls 

All students living in Tuck residence halls on campus must quarantine in their residence for 10 days upon arrival to campus - including return from winter and spring breaks - regardless of whether or not they have traveled outside of New England. Students have the option of shortening their 10 day quarantine by getting a molecular (PCR-based) test on day six of their quarantine. If the test is obtained on day six of quarantine, the student is asymptomatic, and the test is negative, then they may end their quarantine on day seven.

First 48 hours on campus or until initial COVID PCR test results received, whichever is later: 

  • Students may leave their room to go to their scheduled COVID test.  
     
  • Students may leave their residence to pick up food or essential supplies, or for medical care.
     
  • Students will not be permitted to have guests, visitors, and or participate in group gatherings of any size. 

Day 0 Negative Test to Day 6: Limited Movement, Ongoing Testing 

  • Provided students observe all face covering, physical distancing and hygiene expectations, students may leave their rooms to pick-up meals or essential personal care items.
     
  • Students may go outside for solo walks and other exercise. 
     
  • Students should not be using communal spaces, including dorm kitchens, lounges, study rooms or gyms. 
     
  • Guests and visitors will not be permitted.
     
  • Gathering in groups of any size, other than Dartmouth-organized outdoor activities, will not be permitted.  
     
  • Students have the option of shortening their 10 day quarantine by getting a molecular (PCR-based) test on day six of their quarantine. If the test is obtained on day six of quarantine, the student is asymptomatic, and the test is negative, then they may end their quarantine on day seven. Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be moved to isolation housing and a contact investigation will be performed.

Vaccinated Students or Previously COVID Positive

  • "Vaccinated" is defined as being 14 days after the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccination. Previously COVID positive means that you’ve had a positive COVID test in the past 90 days. All vaccinated students as well as students previously diagnosed with COVID are subject to arrival quarantine guidelines; these guideline apply to all students living in Tuck residence halls.

Arrival Quarantine for Tuck Students Living in Off-Campus Housing in NH or VT

All graduate and professional school students living in off-campus residences, including Sachem Village, South Street, and North Park apartments and arriving from outside New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, must quarantine in their residence for 10 days after arrival –including return from winter and spring breaks -- and follow the COVID-19 travel and quarantine requirements for their state of residence in the Upper Valley.

  • Students Living in New Hampshire: Students living in New Hampshire who travel outside of New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, must quarantine in their residence for 10 days upon return. Students have the option of shortening their 10 day quarantine by getting a molecular (PCR-based) test on day seven of their quarantine. If the test is obtained on day seven of quarantine, the student is asymptomatic, and the test is negative, then they may end their quarantine early, although they must still self-observe for symptoms of COVID-19 and isolate/seek additional testing if symptoms emerge. See New Hampshire state guidance here.
     
  • Students Living in Vermont: Students who live in Vermont near a state border and regularly travel to and from a neighboring state may make day trips for work, health care, school, and for other essential needs like groceries without quarantining. Students living in Vermont who travel out of the state beyond essential trips in neighboring border cities, whether for a day trip or longer, must quarantine in their Vermont residence for 14 days upon return. Vermont allows the option to seek a PCR test on or after Day 7 to end quarantine early with a negative result. See Vermont state guidance here.

Travel Quarantine (After Arrival Quarantine Is Complete):

Personal travel is strongly discouraged. Graduate and professional school students who choose to travel outside of New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode Island must, upon return, quarantine before accessing Dartmouth campuses and buildings. This includes day trips. In addition, graduate and professional school students who choose to travel must follow the COVID-19 travel and quarantine requirements for both their state of residence and the location to which they are traveling. Graduate and professional school students may contact their state health department or the student affairs office for their school with questions.

  • Quarantine in your residence, whether on campus or off campus, for 10 days after you return. If you live in Tuck on-campus housing, this means restricting your residential access to your single room/bathroom and accessing take-out or grad-and-go meals for 10 days.
     
  • The 10-day period can be shortened by taking a molecular (PCR-based) test on or after day 7 as long as you continue to be symptom free and your test result is negative. You may not end your quarantine in fewer than 10 days unless you have received your negative test result.

Note for New Hampshire Residents: You do NOT need to quarantine for 10 days or get tested for COVID-19 following travel if either of the following apply:

  • You are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and more than 14 days have passed since you received the second dose of your COVID-19 vaccine.
     
  • You have previously tested positive for active COVID-19 infection (by PCR test) in the last 90 days (if you had a previous infection that was more than 90 days ago, you must still follow all quarantine requirements).

Note for Vermont Residents: 

  • If you are fully vaccinated, and it has been 14 days since you got your final vaccine dose, you do not need to quarantine when you return to Vermont.
     
  • If you have recovered from COVID-19 or have gotten a positive antibody test, you must quarantine when you travel or return to Vermont under the current travel guidelines.

Physical Distancing

Dartmouth College requires all person to practice physical distancing, maintaining at least six feet separation between oneself and others whenever possible in Dartmouth facilities.

Travel Restrictions

Tuck students are encouraged to limit travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.  If travel is necessary, students should plan to quarantine as appropriate to their travels upon return. Dartmouth College guidance on travel follows current guidance from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

  • Dartmouth-Sponsored Travel: All Dartmouth-sponsored international and domestic travel for students, faculty, and staff outside of New Hampshire and Vermont is prohibited until further notice.
     
  • Personal Travel for Graduate and Professional Students: Personal travel is strongly discouraged. Graduate and professional school students who choose to travel, including day trips and regardless of form of transportation, must, upon return, meet a series of requirements before accessing Dartmouth campus buildings and follow the quarantine requirements for their state of residence. Graduate and professional school students may contact the student affairs office for their school with questions.