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COVID-19 Policies

Our commitment is to pursue the academic mission of the Bridge program while also supporting the health and well-being of all members of the community – students, faculty, and staff.

Tuck Business Bridge COVID-19 policies include additional requirements set forth by the Tuck School of Business that are not required by Dartmouth College. All Bridge students are expected to adhere to COVID testing and other policies at all times; failure to do so may result in dismissal from program. The policies listed below may change before or during program but will be communicated to students via email and/or Canvas.

Last updated November 8, 2021

PROOF OF VACCINATION

All Bridge participants must be fully vaccinated* OR have received an exemption from Dartmouth College, before attending an in-person program.

*Individuals are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after their second dose in a 2-dose series or 14 days after one dose in a single-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine that has received full approval or emergency use authorization by the FDA or emergency use listing by the World Health Organization.

TESTING REQUIREMENTS

1. Pre-Program Test

All Bridge participants, and Bridge faculty, Bridge Associates (BAs), and staff, are required to obtain a Covid-PCR test within 72 hours prior to arriving on campus**. All Bridge participants must present an accepted negative test result (paper or electronic proof) during program registration on Sunday, November 28. We recommend Bridge participants test on Friday, November 26. If a Bridge participant is not able to show proof of a negative result during registration, they will need to attend all Bridge classes remotely until a negative test result is presented to the Bridge staff. Students should not travel/attend program if they are feeling unwell or test positive.

**COVID-19 tests are available at no cost nationwide at health centers and select pharmacies. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act ensures that COVID-19 testing is free to anyone in the U.S., including the uninsured. Additional testing sites may be available in your area. Contact your health care provider or your state or local public health department for more information. Testing resources include:

2. Program Registration Day Test:

During program registration on Sunday, Nov. 28, Bridge students will be required to take a COVID-PCR test.

Weekly Testing:
During the program, fully vaccinated students, as well as faculty, staff and BAs, will be required to test once a week, while students with approved exempt status will be required to practice social distancing and test twice per week.

Testing schedule

  • Week 1 – students must test by 11/28 (and 12/2 if need to test twice/weekly)
  • Week 2 – students must test by 12/5 (and 12/9 if need to test twice/weekly)
  • Week 3 – students must test by 12/12 (and 12/16 if need to test twice/weekly)

After the initial test given during registration, Bridge students are welcome to use Tuck’s self-testing kit pick-up and drop-off location for their COVID testing needs. (Current pick-up/drop-off location is in the AMOS Mail Room, on the floor below the Byrne Dining Hall.)

Failure to adhere to the testing or mask mandate will result in dismissal from the program.

WITHDRAW POLICY

If a student is notified they have tested positive during the Bridge they must notify Bridge staff immediately and will be given the option to finish the program virtually, defer to a future Bridge session or withdraw admittance completely. Program fees will be transferred in full to the selected future program; no additional fees will be charged. Refunds will be made to those who need to withdraw due to a positive COVID case.


CONTACT TRACING

Per Tuck’s policy, and in order to protect all members of our community – students, faculty, BAs and staff - any Bridge student - regardless of vaccination status – must follow the policy outlined below regarding contact tracing.

  • If contact traced, students must inform Bridge staff immediately.
  • Upon being contact traced, students will wait 24 hours and then take a COVID test.
  • While waiting to take a test, and until the test results come back negative, students will join all class sessions virtually and remotely in their dorm, apartment, etc. via Zoom.
  • Once test results are back students need to inform Bridge staff immediately (whether the result is positive or negative)
    • If the test is negative, students may join in-person class immediately
    • If the test is positive, students may finish the program remotely and virtually, defer to a future Bridge session or withdraw admittance completely. (see withdraw policy above)

MASKING

Masking is required at all times while inside Tuck’s buildings, regardless of vaccination or exemption status.  

FOOD & DRINK

Food is not allowed to be consumed during class; however, students are welcome to eat during non-class sessions with no faculty present (i.e. lunchtime career sessions). Drinks may be consumed during class (while faculty is present); when not actively drinking, masks must remain on.

GROUP PHOTO

The Bridge group photo will take place inside Stell Hall. Students will have the option to briefly remove their masks for the photo (photographer and/or Bridge staff will indicate when it is okay to remove masks). Students may choose to keep their masks on, or if they are not comfortable being around others maskless, may opt of the group photo altogether.

ATTENDANCE

Business Bridge has a strict attendance policy*** with students expected to attend all classes and labs. However, if students are feeling unwell, they should not attend class. If a student needs to miss class due to illness (or another excused absence) they must notify Bridge staff before class starts and may join classes remotely and virtually.

If a student misses more than one day of class due to illness or another reason their ability to continue in the program will be discussed with the Bridge Executive Director.

*** Full participation in Bridge is expected and required in order to receive a completion certificate.  Attendance during classes and study group meetings are mandatory.  Asynchronous work should be completed with respect to the schedule and in advance of any related deliverables.  Unexcused absences and incomplete work will not be tolerated.  In the event of illness or extenuating circumstances, please email to notify a Bridge staff member prior to your absence.  Students are responsible for communicating absence to faculty, their BA, and study group members as well as completing any missed work.  If your situation requires you to miss multiple classes, consult a Bridge staff member immediately.  Failure to adhere to this attendance policy may result in dismissal from the program without a completion certificate.


HEALTH SERVICES

While most of the services at the Health Service are free to those paying the health access fee, there are some services that have a fee associated with them. For a listing of billable services and associated fees please visit Billable Services, or call (603) 646-9439 with questions prior to scheduling. If you have been on leave term for Fall 2021, please contact patient accounts for more information about options and fees for Health Service access during the Tuck Bridge program.