NASPA Event Safety During the Pandemic
As the COVID-19 Global Pandemic continues, NASPA is both cautiously optimistic and prepared to manage our place-based events with the health, safety, and well-being of our attendees in mind. NASPA is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment in which to learn. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, sponsors, volunteers, NASPA staff, service providers, and others are expected to abide by our code of conduct and all polices in effect for the event.
We will continue to monitor and update safety precautions for the NASPA Annual Conference regularly and coordinate with trusted national resources, state and local public health agencies, and the hotels/venues hosting the event.
At this time, we plan to join in Baltimore for our first place-based annual meeting since 2019. We will continue to assess the risks in the area local to the event and the current status in the United States. In keeping with the Association's duty of care and the responsibility as host, NASPA has implemented safety requirements for the 2022 NASPA Annual Conference.
We reserve the right to modify these policies and procedures at any time given the rapidly changing nature of the current global pandemic.
In keeping with the Association's duty to care and responsibility as host, NASPA leadership has decided that all participants at the in-person 2022 NASPA Annual Conference, whether a presenter, attendee, exhibitor, staff, guest, or vendor will be required to be fully vaccinated. "Full vaccination" means that either 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose of FDA or WHO authorized (or emergency use authorized) double-dozed vaccines or single-dose vaccine. Proof of vaccination will be required to attend #NASPA22.
Attendees will be required to attest to their vaccination during the registration process and provide CDC-or WHO-approved proof of vaccination status prior to attending the conference in Baltimore. NASPA will follow-up with all registrants with HIPPA-compliant online process to upload a copy or photo of your documentation. For those individuals who are not vaccinated, you will be offered the option to register but you will be required to provide documentation of a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Baltimore.
If you are unable to meet this requirement, we encourage you to register for the 2022 NASPA Annual Conference Virtual Experience that will offer you many sessions and some keynote sessions at the same time as the place-based event.
All participants at the NASPA Annual Conference will be required to wear masks during the event. Masks must be worn at all times except while actively eating/drinking, presenting, or in an outdoor venue where individuals can be physically distant. Masks must cover both the mouth and nose. We ask that participants honor the requests of others to mask up and/or maintain physical distancing.
Individuals who have a documented disability which precludes the wearing of a mask may request a modification to mask policies. Please contact Stephanie Gordon, vice president for professional development, to discuss modification(s) to mask policies.
While many venues are not currently requiring physical distancing, NASPA will provide physically-distant seating and event space set-up to allow individuals who wish to physically distance while in sessions to do so comfortably. Additionally, to help attendees communicate their level of comfort in interacting with one another, NASPA will provide color-coded ribbons to all onsite attendees:
- Red = Greet From 6 Feet
- Yellow = Elbows Only
- Green = Handshakes and Hi-fives
NASPA is continuing to develop onsite protocols for seating, signage, meals, and other events during the NASPA Annual Conference. More information will be posted on this website throughout the preparation for your arrival in Baltimore. We look forward to welcoming you to Baltimore for what we hope to be a wonderful NASPA reunion!