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Public Health Emergency

Policy Author:
Student Affairs

Responsible Office-Department:
Student Affairs

Effective Date of Policy:
October 27, 2021

Policy Narrative

Daemen College prioritizes the safety and well-being of its community members above all else and therefore, all policies and procedures that are outlined as part of the College’s official response to a public health emergency must be followed explicitly. Campus policies are put in place in compliance with Erie County Department of Health, New York State, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and World Health Organization Guidelines. Additionally, all students are required to take a personal responsibility for their health and the health of others. Failure to do so can result in follow-up through the Student Code of Conduct and could result in restriction from classes and/or campuses based on the nature and/or frequency of the violation(s). Generally, the following guidelines must be adhered to during a public health emergency:

On Campus Meetings and Events

Campus meetings and events will be facilitated as usual with a request for rooms being reserved by Student Activities. Some spaces may have reduced hours of availability to accommodate cleaning and disinfecting. Students should be aware:
new room capacity limits and groups must not exceed the current established room capacity limits (signs in all rooms) or the current state/regional mandates on crowd size.
all participants, whether from the Daemen community or guests from off-campus, must follow the current campus protocols and processes regarding campus clearance, social distancing, and wearing a face covering
all catered events must be provided by Daemen Dining Services
the use of lobbies and hallways for information tables will be temporarily suspended until density and crowd control mandates are lifted.

Face Mask / Face Coverings

Face coverings may be required to be worn on campus by all or certain members of the community who do not meet certain criteria, as well as visitors and guests. It is recommended that anyone not feeling well wear a face covering. If required, a face covering must be worn over the mouth and nose:
while in academic spaces
in the Dining Hall until students are seated and eating
anytime 6 feet physical distancing cannot be maintained

Any person not wearing a face covering will be asked to retrieve one from their room, car, or home. Students who refuse to comply, may be asked to leave class and/or campus until they have and properly apply the appropriate face covering.

Social Distancing

The campus may required community members and visitors, if allowed, to comply with social distancing measures including, but not limited to: wearing face masks or coverings; staying a certain distant away from others; avoiding in-person meetings; following quarantine guidelines if necessary; and following notices and advertisements for room restrictions and occupancies.


There could be circumstances where Daemen College may mandate inoculation by an FDA approved vaccine either for all campus community members or certain community members in more “highly transferable” situations (such as residence halls, athletic competition, etc). These requirements may be mandated by an outside entity for which Daemen must comply or on its own, as a private entity. Either way, decisions will be made by senior staff and communicated through the appropriate channels with timelines, exceptions, and repercussions for non-compliance as deemed appropriate based om the nature of the public health emergency.

Visitors and Guest Policy

Visitors/Guests may be restricted in certain or all parts of campus during a public health emergency at the discretion of the College. Individuals will be expected to adhere to those guidelines or be subject to removal from the campus and/or student housing or other locations/privileges.

How to Report a Concern

Community members who are concerned about a community member either following policy or being well are expected to complete a CARE report online at daemen.edu/concern. Immediate concerns should be reported to Campus Safety at 716-839-SAFE (7233).

Due to the fluid nature of a public health emergency, the College may issue additional orders and policies during such a crisis in which all community members will be expected to comply, regardless of whether they are outlined in this handbook or not.

Purpose of this Policy

To create and maintain an equitable environment where students have the optimal opportunity to succeed academically, personally, and professionally and where any and all Daemen College Community members feel safe, valued, and respected.

This policy’s virtual location is https://www.daemen.edu/student-life/student-affairs/student-handbook/section-5-general-college-policies

Scope and Applicability of this Policy:

Student Affairs adapts the idea of community standards – through our General Policies, Residential Policies, and the Student Code of Conduct – and attempts to enlighten, not only the student body, but the entire Daemen community, on the value and vision of the college to ensure that we achieve our mission and commitment to education.

Updated on January 10, 2022

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