NASPA Event Safety During Public Health EMERGENCIES
UPDATED August 5, 2022
With ongoing public health emergencies, NASPA is prepared to manage our place-based events with the health, safety, and well-being of our attendees, staff, presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, and speakers in mind. 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 any event sponsored by the Association.
We will continue to monitor and update safety precautions for all of our conferences regularly and coordinate with trusted national resources, state and local public health agencies, and the hotels/venues hosting our events.
In all cases, 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 many of our place-based convenings.
We reserve the right to modify these policies and procedures at any time given the rapidly changing nature of any current and ongoing public health emergencies.
COVID-19 Event Safety
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.
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 2023 NASPA Annual Conference.
As of August 5, 2022, we have updated our policies to the below and 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 strongly encourages all participants at the in-person 2023 NASPA Annual Conference, whether a presenter, attendee, exhibitor, staff, guest, or vendor to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. The CDC updated their Vaccines website to indicate the status of "Fully Vaccinated" and "Up To Date".
- "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.
- "Up to Date" means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible.
We strongly encourage all attendees who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 Booster in addition to being fully vaccinated. NASPA is following the CDC definition of fully vaccinated for vaccination requirement for the event, but we encourage individuals who are eligible to receive the booster prior to attending the event.
NASPA strongly encourages individuals to be tested for COVID prior to traveling to any NASPA event. Individuals who test positive should stay home and cancel your registration.
Monkeypox is a virus which is generally spread through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact which causes symptoms including fever and rash. The virus is spreading in the United States and globally. On July 23, 2022, the World Health Organization declared the global outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, and on August 4, 2022, the Biden Administration declared the United States outbreak a public health emergency.
You can learn more about monkeypox by visiting the World Health Organization (WHO) webpage of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) webpage.
Monkeypox has the potential to impact the field of higher education and the roles of student affairs professionals. The following resources may help student affairs professionals in their work.
The city of Boston has lifted its indoor mask mandate as of March 1, 2022 and the CDC launched new guidance regarding COVID-19 Community Levels. As a result, masks are not mandated in indoor settings, including the Boston Convention and Expo Center and the Westin and Omni Hotels. Wearing a mask at #NASPA23 is a personal choice and we ask that everyone makes their choice responsibly. Given the numbers of individuals coming from around the world, we strongly encourage participants to wear masks (KN95, N95, or surgical (procedure) masks) throughout the event. All attendees should be mindful and respectful of other attendees' health choices. 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.
Please contact Stephanie Gordon, vice president for professional development, and Amy Shopkorn, vice president for operations at [email protected] for more information.
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 Boston. We look forward to welcoming you to Boston!