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The Healthy Clark COVID Plan summarized here provides guidelines and specifications for the many aspects of academic and campus life affected by the pandemic and the University’s commitment to a healthy and productive campus experience. This plan is a work in progress and will continue to be amended and added to over the coming days and weeks. We encourage you to check back regularly for the latest information. If you have questions, please contact us at We also invite you to visit our FAQs page.

NOTE: Throughout this website, as necessary, we have inserted dates (in italics) to indicate when the content of a particular section was updated.

Sections Recently Updated: Minimizing Spread (August 12); In-session Testing (August 11); Parents’ Town Hall/Campus Reopening Questions (July 27); Academic Schedule (July 24); FAQs (July 22); Pre-arrival Plan and Faculty Guide (July 19); In-session Testing and Minimizing Spread (July 14); Arrival Testing, Financial Investments, and The Clark Commitment (July 13)

Guiding Principle

The Clark Commitment: Students, Faculty, and Staff Coming to Campus Must Read and Sign by Monday, August 10

The Clark Commitment summarizes our mutual obligations to one another, the personal determination needed to live up to them, and the specific steps these obligations require. At the core of this commitment is this fundamental principle, “I know that my choices affect my well-being and the well-being of others on campus and in the community.”

Because the mutual obligations and healthy behaviors outlined in the Commitment are so important to the well-being of everyone at Clark, it is imperative that anyone who plans to study or work on campus be prepared to live up to them. Of course, these guidelines may change as we get new information about the virus’ spread. We therefore are asking each student, faculty member, and staff member to electronically affirm their commitment no later than Monday, August 10. Only those who do so will be allowed to return to campus for study or work.

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Aug. 11, 2020: Response to Testing Noncompliance

It is the shared responsibility of students, faculty, and staff to strictly adhere to Clark’s COVID-19 testing protocols, which are the cornerstone to maintaining a safe and healthy Clark campus this semester. Violations of these protocols will be dealt with swiftly and decisively to mitigate the risk to our community.
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FAQs about Classrooms, Campus Life, Financial Aid, and More

For FAQs (frequently asked questions) about how University operations have changed due to the pandemic — including how we have changed our course modalities, classrooms, residence halls, research practices, sanitation procedures, and more — please visit our COVID-19 Information page. We also include financial aid-related questions on the same page.

Supplies to Bring to Campus

We will be emailing all students a list of a few special supplies related to the pandemic that the University will expect students to have on campus for their personal use. Although the University will be providing each on- and off-campus student with a high-quality mask, we expect students to bring additional masks/face coverings.

What type of mask should a student bring? How many?

Masks must be worn every day on campus and in the community and we recommend you bring several to use throughout the week.

The most effective masks:

  • Have a snug fit around the edges/side of face
  • Are made of a tight weave and thread count
  • Are multilayered (3) and may include a pocket for adding a filter for more protection
  • Use a blend of materials (silk, cotton(600 threads), chiffon)
  • Are well secured with ties or ear loops
  • Allow for breathability without restriction
  • Can be machine laundered and dried
  • Are water-resistant

Other important considerations:

  • Surgical masks are okay if they fit snuggly all the way around the face.
  • A nose wire or other fixture is needed for all masks to ensure a tight fit from cheek to the bridge of the nose.
  • A pouch, or an opening between two layers of fabric, that can hold an additional filter insert is desirable.
  • Do not use a mask with a vent (aka anti-pollution masks) because they do not filter or capture exhalation in any way and thus pose a serious risk to others.
  • Reuse cloth masks only after laundering.
  • To reuse a surgical mask (or n95 or kn95 masks), place it in a paper bag (not plastic bag) for at least 48 hours, preferably more than 72 hours, to ensure that any viral contamination dies before reuse.

Our Values

In preparing our health plans, we have been guided by five principles that reflect our values as a University:

  1. Our top priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.
  2. We believe you should have options and be able to make choices that are best for you and your family. All of the options we will offer this fall, whether through learning on campus or continuing your studies online if you are unable to return, will meet Clark’s rigorous academic standards and our commitment to offering high-impact learning experiences.
  3. The on-campus experience will support and rely on students, faculty, and staff to make informed, responsible, and caring choices to provide for a healthy, shared campus environment.
  4. We are prepared to adapt rapidly and effectively our plans as required by the evolving public-health situation.
  5. We will be transparent and forthcoming in communicating our plans and the reasoning behind them.

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