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Personal responsibility & COVID 19

Last updated: 26 April 2022

As set out at the beginning of April, everyone at St Catharine’s is expected to follow the latest guidance for people in England with symptoms of/a positive test result for COVID-19, which puts the emphasis on personal responsibility, i.e. the actions that we can each take as individuals to help reduce the risk of passing COVID-19 on to others.

Of course, this national guidance was not specifically created for anyone living, studying and working in an environment like St Catharine’s. We have provided additional advice below to explain how the College expects our students, staff and Fellows to interpret the latest guidance, which should be followed alongside the College’s policy on face coverings. These sensible measures will help us to reduce the risk of illness and associated disruption at an important point in the academic year for the College community.

In line with national guidance, we are in the process of developing a risk assessment for communicable diseases and many of the mitigation measures will be similar to those identified in our COVID-19 risk assessment. While we complete this piece of work, the current version of the COVID-19 risk assessment remains valid (and available on iHASCO, the College’s training portal).

If you have a positive test result for COVID-19

Read the national guidance

Advice for our students

  • Follow the guidance by staying at home and do not attend in-person activities – educational or otherwise – for 5 days after the day you took your test. Contact covid19@caths.cam.ac.uk as soon as possible.
  • Let your household and close contacts know – if you need support from College to do this, inform covid19@caths.cam.ac.uk.
  • If COVID-19 disrupts exams, please contact your Tutor and tutorial@caths.cam.ac.uk.
  • Contact your Tutor/Postgraduate Tutor or the Health & Wellbeing team if you need any support.

Advice for our staff

  • Follow the guidance by staying at home for 5 days after the day you took your test. Contact your line manager as soon as possible in line with our usual absence process.
  • If you test positive but have few/no symptoms and feel well enough to work from home, you are welcome to do this with the agreement of your line manager.
  • We recognise that some people feel unwell longer than 5 days. If you are too unwell to return to work on Day 6, remain at home and contact your line manager on the next working day so they can support you.

Advice for our Fellows

  • Follow the guidance by staying at home for 5 days after the day you took your test.
  • If you test positive but have few/no symptoms and feel well enough to work from home, you are welcome to do this.

If you experience symptoms of a respiratory infection

Read the national guidance.

Advice for our students

  • If you leave home with symptoms, follow the guidance to reduce the chance of passing on infections.
  • If you are unable to attend in-person teaching or illness disrupts your studies, please contact your Tutor and Director of Studies.
  • If illness disrupts your exams, contact your Tutor and tutorial@caths.cam.ac.uk.

Advice for our staff

  • If you leave home with symptoms, follow the guidance to reduce the chance of passing on infections.
  • If your feel well enough to work, please agree with your manager what control measures might be appropriate (with the option to get advice from our Community Health Practitioner or Health & Safety Adviser). These measures might include working from home, keeping apart from others, wearing face coverings, ventilation, etc. 
  • If you are too unwell to work, please contact your line manager in line with our usual absence process.

Advice for our Fellows

  • If you leave home with symptoms, follow the guidance to reduce the chance of passing on infections.
  • If you are well enough to work, please consider what control measures might be appropriate. You can talk through these measures with our Community Health Practitioner or Health & Safety Adviser if this would be helpful.
  • Do not come into College/work if you are too unwell to work.

If you live with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

Read the national guidance.

Advice for our students

Follow the guidance, adjusting your plans to limit in-person commitments and contact with others for up to 10 days. We should all respect that others in College may be in touch with people who are especially vulnerable.

Advice for our staff

Contact your line manager to discuss what following the guidance would involve for your specific role. We should all respect that others in College may be in touch with people who are especially vulnerable.

Advice for our Fellows

Follow the guidance, adjusting your plans to limit in-person commitments and contact with others for up to 10 days. We should all respect that others in College may be in touch with people who are especially vulnerable.