COVID-19 Notice and Waiver
NASPA will require registrants to understand the place-based, in-person conferences are taking place during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Registrants will be asked to click "I understand" following reading the wavier information. If you are a registrant for one of our events, you will be asked to check an "I understand" button for this waiver. The waiver language is listed below:
COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization and is extremely contagious. NASPA has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 at our various events; however, NASPA cannot guarantee that attendees will not become infected with COVID-19. By registering for the a NASPA event, I,
- acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19;
- voluntarily assume the risk that I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by attending the NASPA event which exposure or infection may from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, NASPA employees, volunteers, and program participants and their families;
- acknowledge that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death; and
- hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless NASPA, its employees, agents, and representatives, of and from any injury to me resulting from being exposed to or infected by COVID-19 in connection with my attendance at a NASPA event (including claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of NASPA, its employees, agents, and representatives).
Venue and Location COVID-19 Safety Information
NASPA event planners will ensure that cleaning and sanitation guidelines and procedures are listed from vendors, facilities, and local areas. We are gathering these processes and procedures and will update this page as we confirm the requirements for each venue.
NASPA is contracting event space from the venue and therefore is able to maintain rules and regulations for that space alone. The Association is not responsible, nor are we able to, require masks or vaccination for the other spaces or areas where the conference is being held. NASPA is not able to require vaccinations of the venue’s staff, but we can require masking of staff working NASPA contracted space.
Health Screening and Reducing the Spread
NASPA recommends that all participants screen themselves daily for symptoms. Symptoms may appear 2 – 14 days after exposure to the virus. The following symptoms are outlined on the CDC Website indicating an individual may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Individuals who have these symptoms and are unwell should not attend a place-based event. Additionally, if the person is onsite, affected individuals should notify event organizers to allow for additional communication to participants.
Reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by:
- Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If water is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Personnel must be able to wash their hands after touching any surface/tool suspected of being contaminated, before and after eating or using the restroom, and before touching their face.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Practicing physical distancing
- Wearing a mask when indoors
- Avoiding contact with people who are sick
- Staying home while sick and avoiding close contact with others
- Covering your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and immediately disposing of the used tissue
The CDC provides detailed information on when and how to wash your hands. When to wash your hands:
- Key times to wash your hands (or use hand sanitizer if you don’t have access to soap and water) include:
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after treating a wound
- Before and after removing gloves or other personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Before exiting a laboratory
- After using the toilet
- After contact with frequently touched surfaces (e.g., elevators, lobby areas, reception desks)
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal or animal waste
- After touching garbage
For further information, please visit the following websites: