FAQs – COVID-19 for Explore Engineering Innovation (In-Person)

Last updated: May 6, 2022

COVID-19 Policies and Procedures are subject to change depending on current circumstances. Please check back from time to time for up-to-date information. 

These policies apply only to students in Explore Engineering Innovation (In-Person), not to students taking Explore Engineering Innovation (Online) or Biomedical Engineering Innovation.

  • As of March 9, masking is optional for those who are vaccinated and boosted in university administrative spaces, research labs, public spaces, athletic facilities, and non-classroom communal spaces such as residence halls and libraries. Masks remain required in classrooms, lab- and studio-based classes, and other indoor spaces where instruction or exams take place through May 22, as well as in common areas of residence halls and in Homewood/Peabody dining facilities (except when actively eating or drinking). Those who have been granted exceptions from the vaccination mandate are still required to wear masks indoors.

  • COVID-19 vaccination is required for all faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduate and graduate students who work or study at a Johns Hopkins campus or worksite in the U.S.; those individuals are also required to get either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID booster shot as soon as they become eligible.

    Please note: Students are considered fully vaccinated if they received the full vaccination series of any FDA-approved or WHO-listed vaccine and a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster.

    Students participating in an online course will not be required to share vaccination status.

  • A Pfizer or Moderna COVID booster shot is required for all students taking Explore Engineering Innovation (In-Person) when the student becomes eligible for the booster.

    A student is eligible for a booster if the student received their second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine five months ago or more, or the single shot Johnson & Johnson (“J&J”) vaccine more than two months ago. If the student received two doses of the J&J vaccine, the student should get a Pfizer or Moderna booster six months after the second J&J shot.

    International students: If the student received a vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization but not one authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the student is immediately eligible for a booster (the student may choose to wait 28 days following their last dose). Only one booster dose (either Pfizer or Moderna) is required for those individuals.

  • All students who accept an offer to participate in Explore Engineering Innovation (in-person) are required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

    Proof of COVID-19 vaccination must be submitted via the JHU Vaccine Management System by May 20 (or within two weeks of enrollment if enrollment occurs after May 20).

  • Exceptions may be granted in limited circumstances for medical or religious reasons. (Note: A medical exception will only be granted for two reasons: 1) the student had a severe anaphylactic reaction to a prior dose of one of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (requiring the use of epinephrine or EpiPen) or 2) the student has an allergy to a component of the vaccine).

    Students who enroll in an online section of Explore Engineering Innovation online,  and who will not participate in an in-person Explore Engineering Innovation course, or who enroll in our fully online course, Biomedical Engineering Innovation, will not be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

  • Students participating in an in-person Explore Engineering Innovation course will have the same vaccine requirements as other JHU community members. Currently, JHU only accepts FDA-approved or WHO-listed “baseline” vaccinations, and Pfizer or Moderna booster.

  • Students participating in an in-person Explore Engineering Innovation course will have the same testing requirements that are in place for JHU community members at the time of the program.

    The current expectation is that there will be no mandatory asymptomatic testing requirement for on-campus students who have received vaccinations and boosters.

    There are no testing requirements for students participating in an online course.

    However, students who receive an exemption to the vaccine requirement will be required to test twice weekly, as well as to wear an indoor face covering in all indoor settings.

  • Testing is available at several JHU asymptomatic testing sites on the JHU Homewood campus in Baltimore.

    Asymptomatic testing facilities are not available at any external Explore Engineering Innovation locations.

  • Students must not report to campus unless they are free of ALL symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 or have been evaluated and cleared through the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Call Center (for students at sites in Maryland and Washington, DC). Students at sites outside of Maryland are also required to follow the recommendations or requirements of the local health department and/or site regarding their ability to participate in an in-person activity.

    These symptoms include one or more of the following:

    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Runny nose or new sinus congestion
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • Fatigue
    • New GI symptoms
    • New loss of taste or smell

    Commuter students are required to stay at home while they are sick or experiencing any of the symptoms above unless otherwise directed by Explore Engineering Innovation authorized personnel.

    Residential students must inform the Residence Life staff when they do not feel well.

    All Explore Engineering Innovation students who are symptomatic must call the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Call Center at 1-443-287-8500 and follow its instructions.

    All students at sites outside of Maryland are required to follow the local health department’s recommendations or requirements regarding participating in in-person activities.

  • All Commuter students  who test positive for COVID-19 must call the JHU COVID-19 Call Center at 443-287-8500 and follow its instructions.

    All commuter students at sites outside of Maryland must follow the Johns Hopkins and host location quarantine requirements. If the requirements differ, students will follow the most rigorous requirements.

    Commuter Students at All Sites

    • If a student develops symptoms or tests positive while on campus, they will be placed in isolation, and Explore Engineering Innovation will require a parent/guardian, or an individual over the age of 25 approved by their parent/guardian, to pick the student up within 3 hours of notification or by the time class is over for the day, whichever is earlier.
    • Students will be required to isolate for five days from the date of the positive test.
    • During this time, students are not permitted to be on campus and should coordinate with their instructors for either remote access or makeup of classwork.
    • If the student continues to have any symptoms, the student must remain off campus.
    • Students must be cleared to return to campus through the JHU COVID-19 Call Center for sites in Maryland and Washington, DC.
    • If you test positive at home or at an off-site location, please complete this online information form to be sure the university knows that you have tested positive and will not be required to test for 90 days. You will be automatically notified that you are cleared and may return to campus on the sixth day if you are free of symptoms; a negative test is not required to return to campus
    • At sites outside of Maryland, students will follow the local or institutional requirements to be cleared to return to campus.  No student will be permitted to return to campus until they have received clearance to return and provide proof of being cleared to authorized Explore Engineering Innovation personnel at [email protected].
    • During this time, you are not permitted to be on campus and should coordinate with your instructors for either remote access or makeup of classwork.

    Residential Students at Homewood Campus

    • Residential students must inform the Residence Life staff that they are not feeling well.
    • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they will be placed in isolation and Explore Engineering Innovation will require a parent/guardian, or an individual over the age of 25 approved by their parent/guardian, to pick the student up within 24 hours of the positive test.
    • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate for a minimum of 5 days off campus. To be cleared from isolation prior to Day 10, the student must be completely asymptomatic and test negative on an antigen test provided to the student by the university.
    • If a student has no symptoms, but has a close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, no quarantine is required, but the student will be required to submit to asymptomatic testing 5 days following the exposure.
    • Close contact is defined as 15 or more minutes of contact within a 6-foot distance.
  • We will only hold large events if we can do so safely.

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