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Return to Sport Protocols and Procedures  Yellowjacket Athletics

The University of Wisconsin-Superior and Yellowjacket Athletics continue to work to prepare for the return of student-athletes and athletic activity this spring semester. The university’s return to sport plan serves as an initial framework that encompasses strategies to minimize risk of infection and protocols that help protect the health, safety and well-being of student-athletes, coaches, staff and athletics student workers.  

Future additions to this plan will be developed as part of continued planning with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the university’s governing sport conferences, the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) and the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC: men’s and women’s ice hockey). The Athletics Department will closely monitor activities alongside campus leadership and with the university’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety to best provide a safe and healthy environment for student-athletes. The university and athletics department reserve the right to update, change, and/or replace any part of this plan and protocols at any time. 

If you have any questions, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions section, or contact us and someone from the Spring 2021 Planning Team will be in touch with you.

Guiding Principles

As the university developed its plan, the following were guiding principles in our planning efforts and decision-making:

  1. Support the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches, staff, athletic student workers, campus community, visiting student-athletes and teams, and broader community;
  2. Support the essential elements of the student-athlete experiencing, including practice and competition;
  3. Compliance to national, state and local public health directives.

Spring Semester Athletic Activity

To guide the athletic department for the spring semester, the university will be utilizing the segments of seasons defined by the NCAA. These segments determine protocols related to permissible activity and testing for COVID-19. 

Out-of-Season 

The out-of-season period is the segment in the semester in which a team is not engaging in or preparing for outside competition. During the out-of-season segment, it is permissible for programs to conduct team activities, such as workouts, team meetings and events, and limited practices that incorporate physical distancing of six feet between participants and no contact-based drills, though activity will be less frequent than the other segments. 

Pre-Season

Prior to engaging in outside competition, all teams will have a mandatory three-week pre-season period. During this period, the university will begin to adhere to the elevated COVID-19 testing procedures of the NCAA. Teams are also permitted to conduct practices that include contact-based drills and intrasquad scrimmages, though outside competition is not permitted during the pre-season period.  

Regular Season 

The regular season officially begins the week in which outside competition is set to begin. The regular season will run through the end of a team’s season, including any conference and/or NCAA championship play. All programs and student-athletes will expect to adhere and fully comply to the elevated COVID-19 testing procedures. 

Return to Campus

Prior to returning to campus, student-athletes are strongly encouraged to self-monitor and self-isolate as best possible for 14 days. Student-athletes are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings when outside their home, practice social distancing with those outside their households, limit exposure to large groups and reduce travel outside of their local community. 

Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Men’s Ice Hockey and Women’s Ice Hockey student-athletes should plan to return to campus by Sunday, January 3rd. All student-athletes will be tested Monday, January 4th prior to any in-person team activities, meetings or practices. No late arrivals will be allowed to participate in team activities until being tested. For the sport of ice hockey, the WIAC precludes traditional practices (on ice, contact-based) from starting until Thursday, January 7th. Our ice hockey programs will be permitted to conduct conditioning and other team activities from January 4-6. 

Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field student-athletes should plan to return to campus by Sunday, January 10th. All student-athletes will be tested Monday, January 11th prior to any in-person team activities, meetings or practices. No late arrivals will be allowed to participate in team activities until being tested.

All other student-athletes should plan to return to campus prior to the start of spring semester. In-person activity for these teams will not resume until the start of the spring semester. Student-athletes can access facilities, such as the MWC weight room, for individual workouts prior to the start of the semester.
 

Daily Health Screening

Student-athletes, coaches and staff will be required to complete a daily health screening with a member of the sports medicine or athletics administration staff. Screenings will be no-touch and maintain appropriate social distancing. Head coaches will not be allowed to conduct screenings of their student-athletes.

The screening will include, but not limited to:

  1. Assessment of symptoms
  2. Temperature check
  3. Compliance to social distancing behaviors and wearing of a face covering

The assessment of symptoms will include, but not limited to:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Individuals registering a temperature of 100.4 F or greater will be sent home and are not permitted access to athletic facilities for the day. This is a common threshold established by the CDC and the university’s governing sport conference. Additional screenings and follow-up will be provided, including the potential need to follow the university’s protocol for self-isolation and self-quarantine.

Screenings may occur in conjunction with scheduled practices or workouts, or as otherwise scheduled for each team. Failure to complete a daily health screening would negate the completion of a day in the phasing protocol and delay a student-athlete’s progression to the next phase. Consecutive or routine absences or non-compliance may result in the dismissal of a student-athlete from an athletic program(s).

Testing

The university and athletics department will be conducting additional surveillance testing of student-athletes, coaches and staff during the spring semester. 

It is important to know that testing alone does not mitigate nor absolve the risk of contracting COVID-19. All individuals associated with athletics must continue to follow the recommended safety protocols and guidelines in all facets of their lives to help ensure athletic activity and competition is feasible. 

Risk Categorization and Grouping

The NCAA Sport Science Institute (SSI) has categorized sports by its transmission risk, which is “based on the projected probability or respiratory droplet and/or aerosolized spread during vigorous exercise when physical distancing and masking are not applied or not possible.” The risk categorization informs the testing protocol of each sport. Below is the risk categorization of all sport programs at the university:
 

Sport Indoor/Outdoor Transmission Risk
Baseball Outdoor Intermediate 
Baseball Indoor High
Basketball Indoor High
Cross Country Outdoor Low
Golf Outdoor Low
Ice Hockey Indoor High
Indoor Track and Field Indoor Intermediate
Outdoor Track and Field Outdoor Low
Soccer Outdoor Intermeidate
Soccer Indoor High
Softball Outdoor Intermediate
Softball Indoor High
Tennis Outdoor Low
Tennis Indoor Low
Volleyball Indoor with face coverings Intermediate 
Volleyball Indoor with no face coverings High

The NCAA SSI also identifies individuals based off of their interactions with one another:

  • Tier 1 - This is the highest exposure tier and consists of individuals for whom physical distancing and face coverings are not possible or effective during athletic training or competition. Examples of relevant individuals include student-athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists, medical staff, equipment staff and officials. 
  • Tier 2 - This is a moderate exposure tier and consists of individuals who come into close contact with Tier 1 individuals but can reasonably maintain physical distance and use face coverings. Examples of relevant individuals include certain team staff (for example, executives) and certain operational staff (for example, security, event staff and league staff). 
  • Tier 3 - This is the lowest exposure tier and includes individuals who provide event services but do not come into close contact with Tier 1 individuals (and should this occur, would be reclassified into Tier 2). Examples of relevant individuals include certain operational staff (for example, housekeeping, catering, sanitation and transportation) and media or broadcast workers.

Athletics Testing

The university and athletics department will follow the NCAA SSI guidelines related to testing of Tier 1 individuals for COVID-19. These guidelines are also policy of the UMAC and WIAC. 

Transmission Risk Out-of-Season Pre-Season Regular Season
Low Testing performed in conjunction with a school plan for all students. Testing performed in conjunction with a school plan for all students. Testing performed in conjunction with a school plan for all students.
Intermediate Testing performed in conjunction with a school plan for all students. Surveillance testing of 25-50% of Tier 1 every one to two weeks. Surveillance testing of 25-50% of Tier 1 every one to two weeks.
High Surveillance testing of 25-50% of Tier 1 every one to two weeks. Once weekly by PCR testing or three times weekly by antigen/rapid PCR testing PCR or antigen test three times per week on nonconsecutive days.

During which surveillance testing of 25-50% of Tier 1 individuals of a team is conducted, individuals required to be tested will be notified 48-72 hours in advance. Low risk sports will follow the university’s overall testing plan for residential and off-campus students. 

Residential and University Testing

The university plans to conduct surveillance testing of all students and athletics staff during the spring semester. Students living in the university’s residence halls will be tested once per week. Staff and off-campus students regularly accessing campus, such as for classes and athletics, will be tested once every other week. 

The testing requirements of athletics will run in addition to the residential and university testing. Students must comply with the residential and university testing requirements; for sports that require additional testing to meet NCAA requirements those tests in be in addition to the university’s requirements. 

Testing Compliance 

Student-athletes are required to comply with all testing requirements (athletics, residential, and university). Failure to comply or missed tests will result in the immediate suspension from athletic activity for 10 days. A second violation will result in the dismissal from athletic activity for the remainder of the spring semester. 

Prior Positive Cases

The CDC and NCAA does not recommend repeat surveillance testing for infected individuals within 90-days following infection. If an individual is within his/her 90-day window, he/she would be excluded from testing. However, once the 90-day window expires, the individual will join the testing cohort. 
Student-athletes must show valid proof of prior infection to the sports medicine staff. 

Vaccination

Presently, the university will not require an individual to be vaccinated for COVID-19. The NCAA is currently evaluating should an individual be fully vaccinated, if the individual can be removed from the testing cohort.  
 

Leave of Absence

In the event a Tier 1 individual needs to take a leave of absence (family emergency, medical appointments, etc.) from team activities when a team is in the preseason or regular season segments, an individual can rejoin team activities after two (2) negative tests which must occur on non-consecutive days. A student-athlete who takes a leave of absence during the out-of-season segment would be allowed to return to activity pending a negative test result on his/her’s next scheduled testing appointment.


 

Close Contact Determinations

In working with Douglas County, the university has evaluated circumstances related to athletic activity that would lead to a determination that a close contact exposure occurred and an individual and/or group of individuals would be subject to quarantine.  

Out-of-Season and Pre-Season Activities 

If activity occurs in which physical distancing is upheld and face coverings are worn by all participants through the duration of activity, contact tracers would make a case-by-case evaluation of individuals who may have been exposed. 

If activity occurs in which physical distancing is compromised and/or face coverings are not worn, all participants would be deemed to have been in close contact of an exposure and subject to quarantine. This determination would be regardless of if the activity occurs indoors or outdoors. 

Regular Season

If an exposure occurs during a team’s regular season, due to the increased interaction of activity, engaging in outside competition, and traveling, all participants would be deemed to have been in close contact of an exposure and subject to quarantine. This determination would be regardless of if the activity occurs indoors or outdoors.

Quarantine and Isolation

The athletics department will follow the university and Douglas County’s guidelines related to quarantine and isolation, which are based off of the guidelines set by the CDC and/or State of Wisconsin. 

Quarantine

Should an individual be symptomatic and has been deemed a close contact to a COVID-19 exposure, a quarantine of 14 days is required. It is recommended that the individual get tested, preferably with a PCR test. The university will work to assist the individual in securing a test. 

If an individual is asymptomatic but has been deemed a close contact to a COVID-19 exposure, the CDC still recommends a 14-day quarantine period. There are two conditions where a quarantine period may be reduced.

  1. An individual may have their quarantine reduced to seven days, should they receive a negative COVID test result on day six or seven of quarantine and strict quarantine protocols have been followed throughout the entirety of quarantine. The individual would then be released from quarantine on day eight. They must continue to monitor for symptoms and remain symptom free for the entire 14-day period. The individual may return to athletic activities if they are symptom free and social distancing can be maintained. 
  2. An individual may have their quarantine reduced to 10 days, if they remain asymptomatic for the entire quarantine period. If this is to occur and strict quarantine protocols are followed throughout the entirety of quarantine, the individual may be released from quarantine on day 11. They must continue to monitor for symptoms for the entire 14-day period. The individual may return to athletic activities if they are symptom free and social distancing can be maintained. 

Isolation

When an individual tests positive for COVID-19, a 10-day isolation period is required. Isolation is designed to keep someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their own home. 

The university recommends when an individual test positive for COVID-19 via an antigen test that they pursue and get a confirmatory PCR test. No exercise is recommended to be conducted while in isolation. 
 

Return to Play After COVID-19

If a student-athlete has been infected with COVID-19, the student-athlete will go through an established return to play protocol with the athletics medical staff and team physicians. A student-athlete is required to meet with and receive clearance from a physician prior to returning to play. Student-athletes do retain the choice of working with one of the athletic team physicians or their own health provider. It is important to note that the athletic team physicians require individuals be symptom-free for seven days prior to their evaluation.

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Compliance and Education

All student-athletes, coaches, staff and student workers will be required to engage in COVID-19 response education prior to practice and competition or involvement with the athletics department. Collectively, all members of Yellowjacket Athletics are responsible for following and upholding the university’s standards and protocols for proper hygiene, including washing hands, wearing masks and PPE, and minimizing risk of infection. 

Student-athletes will also be required to complete a COVID-19 Acknowledgement form and COVID-19 Health History form prior to participation. Student-athletes who completed their eligibility and pre-participation requirements in the Fall semester do not have to complete new paperwork, unless their health history would have changed after their departure from campus in the fall semester. 
 

Masks and Personal Protective Equipment

As part of the university’s safety procedures, all student-athletes, coaches, staff and student workers will be required to follow the mask policies established by our governing sport conferences and local and state public health officials. Student-athletes can expect for masks to be part of athletic activity, including during practice, competition, workouts, team meetings, and team travel. The university plans to provide all students and staff with reusable masks for the academic year.

The NCAA has deemed that face shields are not an acceptable alternative to a mask. Face shields, such as a helmet visor, can be utilized for additional protection. 

Personal protective equipment will be utilized by coaches, staff and athletics student-workers as necessary. The Athletics Department will work alongside the Office of Environmental Health and Safety to determine necessary PPE requirements. 
 

Practice, Competition and Team Activities

Practice

Facilities will open for practice at a designated time for student-athletes, coaches, and staff. When arriving to practice all individuals will complete their daily health screening in a designated space so they can be cleared to enter the facility for practice. Facilities will close, as necessary, following the conclusion of practice to be cleaned before the start of the next activity. 

Competition

The university is working closely with our governing sport conferences, the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference and Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, in determining procedures and protocols for competition that are applicable to each sport. Additional information will be shared with each team prior to the start of their competitive season. 

Cleaning and Sanitization Stations and Supplies

Throughout university facilities, sanitization stations have been installed to help best promote a safe environment for all campus community members. During athletic practices and competitions, a cleaning kit will be accessible to student-athletes, coaches, staff, and student-workers, that includes necessary cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer. 

Team Meetings, Study Tables and Activities

Programs will still be able to conduct team meetings, study tables and other team related activities, as permissible under NCAA legislation. Meetings and study tables will be primarily conducted virtually or in designated university spaces that adequately allow for proper social distancing.

Facilities

To mitigate risk of exposure, the Athletics Department will only be utilizing its own facilities, the facilities of the Superior School District, and Nemadji Golf Course (men’s and women’s golf) for its own practices and home competitions.   

Facility Cleaning Procedures

The university is working closely with the Office of Environmental Health and Safety and Facilities Management to continue with the necessary cleaning and sanitization procedures for all of campus, including athletic facilities. Facilities will be cleaned prior to and after each use, in addition to going through a deep sanitization at night while buildings are closed.

The cleaning procedures may likely require spaces to temporarily close for 30 to 60 minutes prior to opening again for the next activity. 

Facility Occupancy Limits and Air Quality

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety and Facilities Management continue to monitor and evaluate occupancy limits and air quality, including ventilation and air flow, in all university facilities, including athletic facilities. Occupancy rates will be adjusted in athletic spaces to best accommodate for social distancing and adjustments to air handlers and/or installation of additional equipment will ensure proper air quality and ventilation of spaces.

Equipment

Equipment utilized in practices, training and competition will be cleaned and sanitized prior to and after use. Programs will try to greatly minimize any shared equipment and if equipment is utilized frequently, clean during practices and between drills. 

Equipment will be locked in team storage areas and only accessible during team practices and trainings to help ensure equipment remains clean and safe. Student-athletes desiring to train outside of practices may want to consider bringing their own equipment.  

Athletics Scheduling Priority of Facility Access

To help accommodate and prioritize the demands of all programs, the university and Athletics Department will have to prioritize support and facility access based on the following: 

  1. Competition 
  2. Practice, team meetings and activities for programs in their competitive season 
  3. Practice, team meetings and activities for programs preparing for their competitive season 
  4. Practice, team meetings and activities for programs after their competitive season
  5. Voluntary activities  
    1. Team workouts and strength training
    2. Community service initiatives 
    3. Study tables 
    4. Leadership programming

Laundry Services

Laundry services will still be provided to student-athletes in the Marcovich Wellness Center. Student-athletes can use the laundry services by obtaining a laundry loop from their Head Coach. 

Water Bottles and Drinking Fountains

The Athletics Department has supplied each student-athlete with their own water bottle to utilize during practice, training and competition. Public drinking fountains will not be accessible; however, water bottle filling stations will be available. 
 

Strength Training and Weight Room Access

Team Workouts

Team workouts with the strength training staff will be primarily conducted in small groups and limited to 10 individuals in the Marcovich Wellness Center (MWC) general weight room and athletic weight room. Large group workouts, of no more than 50 individuals, may be schedule in the MWC fieldhouse, but will be primarily limited to conditioning and cardio exercises. 

Access to the athletic weight room will be given to programs in their declared playing season and those nearing conference and NCAA championships. 

Individual Workouts and Weight Room Access

Students will be able to workout individually in the Marcovich Wellness Center (MWC) by scheduling a designated time with Campus Recreation. The MWC general weight room, cardio room, and training rooms will have limited capacity with scheduled cleaning periods throughout the day. Walk-in access will not be allowed; access will be via appointment only through Campus Recreation.   

The athletic weight room in the MWC will be for team use only and limited to 10 individuals at one time. No walk-in or open times will be available. 
 

Athletic Training Room

The health and safety of our student-athletes will continue to be the primary focus of our sports medicine team. The athletic training room will be available to student-athletes through appointments only, or in the case of an emergency, to allow for proper social distancing and safety precautions. No drop-in services will be provided. Student-athletes will be able to make appointments with the athletic training staff through the athletics website. Remote athletic training services, such as ankle-taping, will be provided at each practice.

The sports medicine team will monitor appointments and if needed give priority access to student-athletes who are in their declared playing season. Student-athletes who are out-of-season will still be able to access services, though may be asked to visit make appointments that do not conflict with other appointments or practices.

Locker Room and Team Spaces

Locker rooms and team spaces will be closed and only accessible to student-athletes and teams during competition. Student-athletes will be required to arrive dressed for all other activities (practice, workouts, etc.). Limited changing spaces will be available should a student-athlete be coming from class or work. Space will be available for student-athletes to store and secure personal belongings.

During competition, locker room and team spaces will have a designated opening time for student-athletes. Student-athletes are still expected to adhere to safety protocols, such as wearing a mask and physically distancing, when accessing spaces. Following the conclusion of competition, all spaces and locker room(s) will be closed to thoroughly be cleaned and sanitized

Team Travel

Transportation

The Athletics Department is working closely with our transportation partners to develop proper safety procedures. Student-athletes, coaches and staff will be required to complete a daily health screening prior to travel and access on a team bus. Masks will be required during transportation. Travel parties may also need to have further restrictions, including limiting the travel roster, to best accommodate for social distancing on buses. 

Lodging

The competitive schedules for all programs will focus on day-trips to eliminate the need for lodging. Lodging is permitted should it be needed during championship play. Should a team need lodging, student-athletes will reside with individuals they most frequently interact with, such as their residence hall roommates or off-campus roommates. 

Meals

During team travel, coaches will be working to pre-order all meals and/or ensuring they are individually packaged. Meals will either be delivered to the team at the site of competition or scheduled for pick-up. Teams will not be stopping at restaurants to formally have sit-down dining. Student-athletes with specific dietary restrictions will be able to work with their coaches to make reasonable accommodations. 

Cleaning and Sanitization Supplies

While traveling, teams will be equipped with necessary cleaning and sanitization supplies for student-athletes, coaches and staff to utilize.

Visiting Institution Protocols

The university is working closely with our governing sport conferences, the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference and Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, in determining consistent protocols for all institutions to follow while traveling. These protocols will include access to locker rooms, athletic training, cleaning and sanitization, and specific arrival and departure procedures. 

Game Day

Safety Protocols and Barriers

The athletics department is working alongside the NCAA and our governing sport conferences to determine safety protocols for game days. Safety barriers, floor markings and designated seats may be utilized throughout venues.

Team Benches and Spaces

During game days, team benches and spaces will incorporate physical distancing as best possible. Additional sport guidelines when using these spaces will be followed as set by the NCAA and our governing sport conferences.

Video and Audio Streaming

Yellowjacket Athletics has partnered with iFan Sports Network and KUWS, FM 91.3 Wisconsin Public Radio, to grow the video and audio streaming for the majority of home athletic contests for the 2020-21 academic year. Further information will be available on the athletics website.

Sports Information

The athletics department is planning to maintain its sports information duties, including live stats for home games. The scorer’s table will incorporate physical distancing and all individuals will be required to wear face coverings.

Spectator Access

The university will be working closely with local public health authorities in determining if, or when, spectators will be allowed for home athletic contests. Should limited spectators be allowed, facility occupancy standards will still apply. Priority access will be given to the parents, guardians and family members of participating student-athletes; further limitations may apply. Ticket rates would still apply.

Eligibility

2020-21 Blanket Waiver

The NCAA has passed an eligibility blanket waiver for all Division III student-athletes for the 2020-21 academic year. The waiver provides student-athletes the ability to preserve a season of participation and terms of attendance regardless of how much competition is conducted in the 2020-21 academic year. It is important to know the blanket waiver does not change:

  1. The academic requirements of student-athletes, specifically the credit-hour requirements (earned credits) and GPA requirements of student-athletes according to their non-adjusted seasons of participation; 
  2. The enrollment requirements of student-athletes, specifically the need to be enrolled as a full-time student-athlete to be eligible for competition. Student-athletes who are in their final term and nearing graduation are eligible to compete as a part-time student pending a graduation audit; 
  3. The completion of all other pre-participation requirements, such as medical paperwork, concussion test, and eligibility paperwork.  

Academic Requirements

For student-athletes who elect to utilize the 2020-21 blanket waiver, the academic requirements for student-athletes are based off of your non-adjusted seasons of participation. This is the count of your seasons of participation before the application of the waiver. Student-athletes will not be defaulted back to their prior year’s eligibility requirements due to the waiver. This is done in an effort to continue to promote your persistence in your degree plan and graduation. 

For example, a sophomore student-athlete who competes in the 2020-21 academic year will be assessed in the following year as a student who has utilized two (2) years of their athletic eligibility, even though they will get one season back due to the waiver. Therefore, the student-athlete would need to have earned 48 credit hours and have a 2.0 GPA to remain eligible. 

As a reminder, our credit hour and GPA requirements are:

  1.  After the completion of the first season of participation: 24 credit hours; 
  2. After the completion of the second season of participation: 48 credit hours and a 2.0 GPA; 
  3. After the completion of the third season of participation: 72 credit hours and a 2.0 GPA; 
  4. After the completion of the fourth or fifth season of participation (only available to student-athletes who have qualified for a medical hardship and/or NCAA blanket waiver(s)): 96 credit hours and a 2.0 GPA.  

Senior Student-Athletes

Senior student-athletes who are nearing graduation are eligible for the blanket waiver. Students who wish to add another major and consider a graduate degree can do so while still being evaluated for Spring graduation. Students who wish to add a minor or another form of credential would need to pause their graduation and declare the addition in their degree plan. Student-athletes are not eligible to return after graduation if enrolling in a minor or certificate program.   

Spring Sport Student-Athletes

Spring sport student-athletes who competed last year (2019-20) and received a blanket waiver are eligible again for the 2020-21 blanket waiver. This means spring sport student-athletes who competed in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years have two (2) years’ worth of blanket waivers. 

Activities Outside of Athletics

To ensure athletic activity and competition is feasible, it is important to recognize that student-athletes, coaches and staff need to adhere to safety protocols at all times outside of athletics. Without broader diligence in all facets of our lives, individuals may incur more risk through their everyday activity compared to athletics. 

Residence Life

For student-athletes living in the university’s residence halls, residence life has established the following guidelines for all residents:

  1. No outside visitors in residence halls, including students from other residence halls. 
  2. Room occupancy of a residential room is 2 (two) individuals. Suites can house 4 (four) residents with room occupancy of 6 (six) individuals. 
  3. Room occupancy for other spaces in residence halls are posted and must be adhered to. 
  4. A face covering is required to be worn when a student is not in his/her own room. 

Students who violate the residential guidelines are subject to discipline through the Dean of Students, which could prompt additional discipline from athletics. 

Dining 

University dining facilities are set up to include physical distancing as best possible. Students are encouraged to get their food to go or can dine in the Yellowjacket Union contingent they physically distance from other individuals eating. 

Social Gatherings, Parties, and Entertainment

Campus life, such as social gatherings, parties and entertainment, pose the most significant elevated risk for transmission of the virus. Student-athletes are expected to adhere to all State and local public health directives regarding social gatherings. Hosting and/or attending social gatherings and parties of 10 or more individuals will be subject to discipline, including the outright suspension from all athletic activity for the remainder of the spring semester. 

Violations to Protocols

To help ensure the safety of all individuals through the enforcement of protocols and safety guidelines, a student-athlete found in violation will face disciplinary action.  The Director of Athletics will review the violation and issue necessary discipline as deemed appropriate. 

  • First Offense: Removal from in-person team activities for 10 days. Student-athlete is able to rejoin activities pending a negative COVID-19 test. The student will be responsible for securing their own test. 
    • *A first offense may be warranted by repetitive minor violations, such as not wearing a face covering and breaking university guidelines outside of athletics. 
  • Second Offense: Suspension from all athletic activity for the reminder of the spring semester

Discontinuation or Suspension of Athletics

To help protect the safety of all student-athletes, the campus community and the surrounding Twin Ports community, the university may have to assess the status of athletics and the ability to conduct athletic activity. This evaluation could be sport-specific or inclusive of all programs. 
The suspension of a team’s activity could be promoted should any of the following conditions be triggered:

  • A lack of ability to isolate new positive cases or quarantine high contact risk cases on campus 
  • Repetitive violations of team members or an egregious violation of safety protocols by a team member.

The discontinuation of athletics could be prompted should any of the following conditions be triggered:

  • A lack of ability to isolate new positive cases or quarantine high contact risk cases on campus 
  • Unavailability or inability to perform symptomatic, surveillance and pre-competition testing 
  • Campus-wide or local community test rates that are considered unsafe by local public health authorities. 
  • Inability to perform adequate contact tracing consistent with governmental requirements or recommendations. 
  • Local public health authorities stating that there is an inability for the hospital infrastructure to accommodate a surge in hospitalizations related to COVID-19.

NCAA Board of Governors Requirements

Student-Athlete Opt-Out

Student-athletes are allowed to opt-out of participation due to concerns about contracting COVID-19 without impact to their athletic eligibility. 

COVID-19 Hotline

Student-athletes have the ability to utilize the NCAA’s COVID-19 Concern Hotline should they have return-to-sport concerns and/or would like to report alleged failures to adhere to the obligations of the NCAA. 

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