Resources and information regarding COVID-19 are available: Public Resources Healthcare Resources
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A hybrid class means you will be expected to meet in person and work remotely online. A hybrid class structure allows faculty to meet with students while following the new, reduced space guidelines for classrooms. For example, classrooms that once held 40 now may only seat 20, so faculty might meet with half of their class on a Tuesday and the other half on a Thursday.

Individual faculty have developed hybrid schedules for their subject to support your learning and meet the course goals. This means not all courses will have the same hybrid schedule. Check your course syllabus for more information on how your classes will be structured. 

Given the different class schedules this term, time management is probably going to be more important than usual. Consider meeting with an academic coach to develop a plan tailored for you.

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  • D2L is Augusta University’s electronic Learning Management System (LMS). This will be the most important landing spot for your academic journey. There you will find your courses, important announcements, your course syllabi, communication with your faculty, support through the Academic Support Center, and so much more. Go to the Student Quickstart Guide for access to the Learning Management System and all other digital resources.
  • Students are expected to log into D2L prior to the first day of class to read the syllabus and determine how instruction will occur and when they should attend class face-to-face or expect a hybrid approach.

Faculty will also email you via your official Augusta University email account -- yourname@augusta.edu. It is a good idea to make sure you check your augusta.edu email regularly.

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If at all possible, we recommend that you bring your own laptop this year. Your classes will be held both in the classroom and online, so you will need access to a computer to participate in the online portion of your course. We know purchasing a laptop is not possible for all students, so we have laptops available to borrow for the term. If you need a loaner laptop or additional technology support, please complete the Student Technological Needs Form on the Jags Care web site.

  • Basic essential technology needs:
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These are not the best devices for academic work. See the Bring Your Own Device page for more information about devices that work better.

 

Phones and Chromebooks are useful for simple tasks like checking emails, but they do not work well for engaging in the class. It is likely that you will not be able to see all the material presented (think about how small a phone screen is, then imagine you are looking at a biological diagram, math problem with multiple layers, or an annotated poem). You also may not be able to access some online functions, such as whiteboards.

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You can acquire your instructor’s contact information in multiple ways. One way is to log in to D2L and select “About your Faculty” for phone and email contact information.

Another option is to review the course syllabus, and at the top will be all the information you need—along with your instructor’s preferred method of contact.

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Technology enhanced” means exactly what it sounds like: simply that technology is used to deliver instruction. This technology can include D2L as well as other platforms.

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Due to observed social distancing requirements, please contact your academic advisor via text, email, or phone. Your advisor will work with you to determine the best way to provide service to you. Students with questions about their upcoming term schedules can reach out to their academic advisor directly. https://www.augusta.edu/advising/staff.php. Advisor contact information can be found on the website. You can also email academicadvisement@augusta.edu with general questions or call us at 706-731-7979. If meeting face-to-face, students/advisors are required to wear masks/face coverings and ensure social distancing.

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Your faculty member will guide you. It will be important to have a computer with a camera and internet access. Many faculty require students to turn on their cameras while taking an exam, and use exam monitoring software like Browser Lockdown or Respondus. You may be required to take an exam during a scheduled class time even if you usually do not meet for an in-person or synchronous class. Please review your syllabus and make a note of exams, and how your instructor will administer them, so you are prepared.

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Consult with your faculty and site/internship coordinator. Also remember that Career Services is available to support you.

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Consult with your faculty regarding specific expectations in labs. Because labs are highly experiential and often in enclosed spaces, a mask/face covering is required.

 

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Your health comes first, and if you are sick, you need to take care of yourself.

 If you are experiencing symptoms you should *not* attend any in-person meetings, labs or classes. If your symptoms are severe enough to hinder learning, you are also not expected to engage in online classes and should instead take time to rest and recover.

 You will, however, need to make up the missed work when you recover and should develop a plan with your instructor to do so.

 It is a good idea to contact your faculty members as soon as you realize you are unable to participate in class and ask them for guidance.

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The safety of our staff, faculty and students is always our top priority. To that end, the university will continue the following practices (among others):

  • implement recommended social distancing guidelines;
  • encourage good personal hygiene and safe cough protocol;
  • require personal protective measures like masks/face coverings while inside Augusta University facilities/buildings;
  • adhere to social distancing signage, including elevator signs and floor markers;
  • continue additional rigorous sanitizing measures; and
  • limit hours for some services as appropriate. 

 

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All Augusta University community members are encouraged to follow the 3 W’s:

• Wear a face covering
• Wash your hands, and
• Watch your distance.

Further, students are required to report immediately if they test positive, may be exposed, or may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Guidelines for reporting are as follows:


https://www.augusta.edu/reopening/documents/protocol-clinical-students-exposed.pdf


https://www.augusta.edu/reopening/documents/protocol-non-clinical-students-exposed.pdf

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On October 21, 2020, the CDC clarified the definition of a close contact to be someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection). * Individual exposures added together over a 24-hour period (e.g., three 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes)

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Students who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should adhere to the following protocols: 

  • Students who have been exposed to COVID-19 will need to self-quarantine at their permanent home or local off-campus residence. Resident students living in residence halls should quarantine in their assigned room if they cannot relocate to a location off campus.

NOTE: All on-campus roommates are considered close contacts and thus, will need to be referred for testing and undergo self-quarantine until the results of the test are known.

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Contact tracing is the process of notifying people (contacts) of their potential exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.  Exposed individuals will receive instruction to self-quarantine and monitor for symptoms as well as referrals for testing and clinical support services, as indicated. The Richmond County Department of Public Health (RCDPH) is performing contact tracing for the Augusta University community.

 

If you test positive, you need to complete the Report Student COVID Form and Student Health Services will send you a form to complete with the names and contact information of your close contacts. AU will only notify close contacts on your list who are university students, faculty, and staff, urging them to get tested. The Georgia Department of Public Health has prepared the following video describing the process of contact tracing:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LANQADjaEY

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The Vulnerable Population is defined through the CDC.  Students who have these certain medical conditions should contact the Office of Testing and Disability Services to inquire about alternative education arrangements. Students will need to provide medical documentation of their diagnosis in order to begin the request process. Testing and Disability Services will assist students in informing faculty of their immune-compromised status. This link includes additional information regarding alternative education arrangements.

Please keep in mind that AU is taking all necessary precautions to mitigate risk such as maintaining social distancing, frequently disinfecting classes and other common areas, and requiring the use of a face covering while inside buildings on campus. AU will work with students to provide accommodations for in-class lectures whenever possible; however, alternatives to in-class lectures and/or labs are not always possible.

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Although quarantining is not currently required after travel, anyone traveling should follow the CDC guidelines regarding domestic travel or international travel recognizing that the CDC updates this guidance regularly. 

The current recommendation is to be tested 5 days after your trip and reduce non-essential activities for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. 

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The University System of Georgia has created contingency plans in case the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic reaches levels deemed unsafe to once again continue face-to-face operations. Decisions regarding which contingency plan will be followed will be made by Augusta University in consultation with the University System of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Public Health, and local county health departments.

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  • At this time there are no plans for all students to be tested before they may return to campus.
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Residence halls will open for Spring semester.  Similar to Fall, students will be encouraged to observe preventative actions and talk with their roommates about expectations for health and safety

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Similar to Fall semester, Housing and Residence Life is taking many steps to comply with CDC and state guidelines.  Students and families should review the Guide to Community Living for more details.

  • For Spring 2021, Housing will continue to restrict all visitation in residence halls.
  • Social distancing standards apply to all public spaces within residence halls including laundry rooms, study rooms, community rooms, computer labs, and kitchens.
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Residences will re-open on January 4, 2021 at noon. Students will be able to start returning to campus at that time.

  • See the Guide to Community Living for more information about community living considering the circumstances of the pandemic.
  • New spring students will sign the Safety and Security Addendum to the housing contract upon checking in to their room assignment. The addendum will require students to agree to and understand new implemented policies to community living.

For Spring 2021, Housing will restrict all visitation in residence halls to on-campus students only.

Social distancing standards will apply to all public spaces within residence halls including laundry rooms, study rooms, community rooms, computer labs, and kitchens.

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  • Augusta University does not recommend that vulnerable students live in the residence halls. Students who are considered to be at a higher risk for severe illness as defined by the Georgia Department of Public Health should carefully consider whether or not moving into a residence hall is the appropriate option for them.
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Yes, Housing and Residence Life will continue more stringent sanitation procedures as adopted in the Fall. All cleaning and disinfecting procedures are in accordance with Center for Disease Control and Georgia Department of Public Health guidelines.

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Students who test positive for COVID-19 should follow the flowcharts linked below: 

Guidance for Clinical students

 

Guidance for Non-clinical students

If a student who has tested positive for COVID-19 is unable to leave campus housing, Housing and Residence Life will take the following steps:

    • The student may be moved to an isolation room.
    • The student may opt to receive meal service.

The Office of the Dean of Students will partner with Housing and Residence Life to conduct daily check-ins for students who isolate on campus.

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  • Currently, the university plans for resident students to remain in on-campus housing even if we must transition to online instruction due to COVID-19. The university will continue to collaborate closely with the Georgia Department of Public Health and the University System of Georgia in making these decisions.
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Opening our dining facilities in a safe manner for the fall will be imperative. All dining facilities* will open in accordance with social distancing requirements.

*Allgood Café will be closed during the Spring semester for renovations.

 At each location, the dining staff will offer the option to eat-in or have it packaged to-go. No self-service options will be available for Spring semester.

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Standards for disinfecting surfaces for our university-controlled spaces (Allgood Hall and Education Commons) will be set based on guidance from the Workplace Health and Safety Plan.

Standards for disinfecting surfaces in our vendor-controlled spaces (Atrium, JSAC, and Harper St.) are defined by the vendor, and must meet all university standards.

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Our policies, practices, and guidelines regarding social distancing in dining facilities at Atrium, JSAC, and Harper Street will align with state-level instructions regarding seated dining.

The remaining or other campus locations like Allgood and Education Commons are carry-out only and are not considered dining areas. There are common areas near these carry-out outlets which are not dining specific, and the university will allow for tables and chairs as needed to be consistent with social distancing guidelines.

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Information about learning online, including access to internet, can be found here. For example, students may use EduRoam, a system purchased by the University System of Georgia that allows all AU students to access wireless network locations using the same credentials (user/password) they use at their home institution. The system is available nationwide, so all students can access the system no matter where they live.

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Academic support units – the Academic Success Center (ASC) https://www.augusta.edu/academicsuccess/, the Writing Center (WC)  https://www.augusta.edu/pamplin/writingcenter/  and the Math Assistance Center (MAC Lab) https://www.augusta.edu/scimath/mathematics/mathassistancecenter.php – are currently providing online peer tutoring and coaching for students engaged with all modes of instruction. Visit the websites for more information and directions on how to meet with a tutor or coach.

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We believe student engagement can occur safely and within the current guidelines of the Center for Disease Control, State of Georgia, and The University System of Georgia.

Our ultimate goal is to provide a traditional on-campus experience that mirrors our commitment to the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.

All in-person events, on campus and off campus, for students that are held outside of classroom instruction must be approved through the Office of Student Life and Engagement. This includes events hosted by student organizations as well as departments across the institution. 

Working with Facilities Services and Classroom Services and Events, we have put together a three-step guide for in-person events that we believe will provide clarity and direction for safe ways to have in-person events. Events are approved per current guidance and may be cancelled or changed based on updated guidance or new information.

Please use the following link https://www.augusta.edu/student-life/sle/events.php to plan your events. Remember to submit your event at least two weeks in advance so we can ensure details of our health and safety plan are included.  

 

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All students are required to wear an appropriate mask/face covering while inside Augusta University facilities/buildings. Mask/Face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing. Masks/Face coverings are not generally required in one’s own residence hall room or suite, when alone in an enclosed office or study room, or in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met.  Masks/Face coverings are required while attending university-sponsored programs.

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A student unable to wear a mask/face covering due to a medical condition must contact the Office of Testing & Disabilities Services with medical documentation regarding their inability to wear a face mask. The student and the Disability Support Provider will work together for reasonable alternatives.  The Office of Testing and Disability Services will also assist students in informing faculty of their status.

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Both are types of online teaching.

 

Synchronous means you are expected to be online when the faculty is online, at the time the course is scheduled, so you meet much like a regular class but virtual instead of in-person.

 

Asynchronous means you can access the course content at any time, not just at the scheduled time. 

 

You might have a blend of both options in one class. For example, you may have a couple of modules that are asynchronous – so you can complete them at any time – but then meet for a synchronous class period to discuss the content or take an exam.

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Yes! We have a folder on D2L that has all the information you need to learn about the different online tools your faculty will be using. Scroll through your class list on D2L and look for “Online Resources for Online Learning Readiness.” This folder includes information on internet connections, software, D2L options, and more. We are constantly updating and adding information, so contact the Academic Success Center at asc@augusta.edu or 706-667-4777 if there is something more we should include.

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Please refer to the CDC website for directions on washing cloth face coverings.

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Campus Recreation will open on January 4th.

 

Normal Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday         6:00am to 8:00pm

Saturday                    10:00am to 3:00pm

Sunday                       1:00pm to 6:00pm

On Monday and Thursday, the Campus Recreation Center will be closed from 10:00am to 11:00am for fogging with COVID-19 disinfectant.

 

Holidays and Breaks

 

January 18th            11:00am to 3:00pm

March 11th - 12th      6:00am to 3:00pm

April 3rd - 4th             CLOSED

April 5th - 9th             6:00am to 3:00pm

May 14th                   6:00am to 3:00pm

May 17th - 21st          6:00am to 3:00pm

May 23rd - 25th         CLOSED

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Students should expect the following intramural sports: kickball, cornhole, disc golf, wiffle ball, human foosball, and softball. Depending on restrictions, we may also offer modified versions of soccer, flag football, and volleyball.

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Summerville Campus undergraduate program students – No later than the start of classes on January 7, 2021.

Graduate and Professional students – No later than the start of classes on January 4, 2021 – unless notified by your program that an earlier arrival date is required.

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The University System of Georgia has created contingency plans in case the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic reaches levels deemed unsafe to once again continue face-to-face operations. Decisions regarding which contingency plan will be followed will be made by Augusta University in consultation with the University System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Public Health and local county health departments.

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Yes, you may enroll full or part-time.

On July 14, 2020, the SEVP Broadcast Message 2007-01: COVID-19 and Fall 2020 issued on July 6, 2020, and the Frequently Asked Questions posted on July 7, 2020, were rescinded.  F-1 students may now take a full online course load and remain in the United States.

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If you enroll in Augusta University courses,

  • Full-time- your F program SEVIS record will remain active.
  • Less than full-time - you must apply for and receive authorization to enroll in less than a full course of study as soon as possible for your F program SEVIS record to remain active.  See IPSO Student Forms page.
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There are two different types of withdrawals that may fit your individual circumstances. The procedures for either a medical or hardship withdrawal are outlined below.

 

Please note that quarantine for COVID-19 does not automatically qualify a student for a medical or hardship withdrawal.

 

MEDICAL:

  • Students seeking to withdraw due to their own medical issues (which includes severe illness or complications as a result of COVID-19) must apply for a medical withdrawal.  A medical withdrawal is intended for a student whose own medical conditionprevents them from completing the semester. (That is, a student cannot medically withdraw due to a family member’s medical status. They can, however, submit a hardship withdrawal for that.)
  • A medical withdrawal is a withdrawal from all classes for the semester, and should include written documentation from the student’s physician.  An extenuating circumstance request for a partial withdrawal should include the specific courses the student wishes to withdraw from, and written documentation from the student’s physician as to why the medical condition only affects these specific classes.  Note that a medical withdrawal does not qualify for a refund of tuition and fees.  Complete withdrawals are processed using the University Refund Policy.
  • The University will follow the normal published policy and procedures for medical withdrawals.

 

HARDSHIP:

  • Students seeking to withdraw from classes due to a family member’s medical issues or another hardship must apply for a hardship withdrawal.  This includes hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • A hardship withdrawal is intended for a student who has experienced an unexpected occurrence (i.e. a crisis or other unavoidable circumstance) that would impede their academic progress. This unexpected occurrence might include the injury, illness, or death of an immediate family member; a fire or other personal disaster; a financial crisis (loss of job by the student or the head of their household); or an employer-initiated job change. Note that the possibility that a student will fail a course is not considered a hardship, and that a hardship withdrawal does not qualify for a refund of tuition and fees.  Complete withdrawals are processed using the University Refund Policy.
  • The University will follow the normal published policy and procedures for hardship withdrawals.
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After receiving their second vaccine dose, students are encouraged to please save a copy of their COVID-19 vaccination record to the Student Health Services password protected portal, like they do for their other immunization documents. Although the portal can be accessed from the AU SHS home page under immunization tab. Although this vaccine is not mandatory, it may become mandatory in the near future and having it saved in a secure portal so that students can access 24/7 is a plus when it comes to assigning clinical rotations, etc.

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Since the pandemic began, AU has made a concerted effort to follow the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), including adjusting to the changes to the guidelines as they have occurred. AU continues to recognize the fluid nature of the situation and will continue to follow the guidelines, including changes as they occur.

In keeping with the guidelines, Augusta University will:

  • Require all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to wear an appropriate mask/face covering while inside Augusta University facilities/buildings. Mask/Face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Require that students, faculty, staff and visitors practice social distancing.
  • Provide information on safe practices such as handwashing, covering one’s nose/mouth when coughing or sneezing, and staying home when sick.
  • Install signage in campus locations to communicate expectations.

In addition, the Workplace & Health Safety Plan outlines preventative practices that departments will be expected to adopt, and the plan identifies mitigation and monitoring practices and cleanliness and sanitation expectations to aid in ensuring a safe campus.

Faculty Employee Students

Augusta University is partnering with the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and DPH is taking the lead to conduct contract tracing when faculty, staff, and students have tested positive for COVID-19. Faculty and staff who have tested positive must send an email to reportcovid@augusta.edu to report being positive, and faculty and staff with patient care responsibilities will be expected to contact Employee Health & Wellness (https://my.augusta.edu/human-resources/employee-health-and-wellness/) regarding return to work. Students should contact Student Health Services (https://www.augusta.edu/shs/). Those units will coordinate with AU’s Chief Medical Officer for further guidance in reaching out to the DPH.

Faculty Employee Students

Yes, as shuttles are small, enclosed spaces, masks/face coverings are required for drivers and riders. For students/employees who do not have a mask/face covering, one will be provided for them to wear on the shuttle.

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Augusta University prohibits all non-essential travel.  In limited situations, AU will allow essential travel during the Spring semester under the following guidelines:

  • Essential travel must be requested and approved in advance by the President and the Provost.
  • The determination of what travel may be requested as essential will be made by the Executive Vice Presidents, with the necessary requests then submitted to the President or Provost.
  • Augusta University prohibits all academic or work travel for faculty, staff, and students, without specific advance approval from the President and the Provost, outside of the United States through June 30, 2021.
  • Augusta University prohibits all academic or work travel for faculty, staff, and students, without specific advance approval from the President and the Provost, outside Georgia—except for the Augusta Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) through June 30, 2021.
  • All faculty, staff, and students will be encouraged to take full advantage of virtual attendance for meetings.
  • When faculty, staff, and students are attending approved, essential meetings that are hosted face-to-face, social distancing must be utilized during any in-person interactions.
  • Augusta University or academic-related travel (e.g., instruction, clinicals, internships, clerkships, admissions recruiting) may be permitted within Georgia and the surrounding Augusta MSA with the required approvals under existing University policies and must be secured in writing in advance of travel.

In special cases, clinical rotations may be held outside of Georgia (and the Augusta MSA) for students or medical residents currently living outside of Georgia (and the Augusta MSA). On a case-by-case basis, the respective Dean or Chair will need to approve the clinical rotation outside of Georgia as meeting the essential travel threshold and use best efforts to verify COVID-19 is not present at that site. Students who are currently on clinical rotations outside of Georgia and the Augusta MSA may continue their respective rotation with permission from their Dean. All state and local directives must be followed should there be any restrictions in place regarding return from specific locations that might require quarantine or other measures, but such students are not otherwise prohibited from returning to campus at the completion of the out of state/out of area rotation.

Faculty Employee Students

Yes, the university is distributing two cloth facemasks for every student, faculty, and staff member.  Human Resources distributes the two cloth facemasks to each new employee as part of the employee’s onboarding.  Students are provided their facemasks by the Division of Enrollment & Student Affairs.  In addition, students are encouraged to bring appropriate face coverings of their choice. Cloth face coverings are not medical-grade protective equipment but do provide an extra layer or protection to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling in the air and onto other people. 

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Vending machines will be wiped down by cleaning staff multiple times per day.

Faculty Employee Students

No. Until further notice, campus spaces cannot be used or rented by outside/external entities.

Faculty Employee Students

Outside guests are allowed to participate in events/meetings, provided that the total attendee count is no more than 10 people (total attendees must include one AU staff person). Exceptions can be made on a case by case basis.

 

Face coverings are required for all in-person events taking place on any of the Augusta University campuses or at any external venue for AU sanctioned events. The use of face coverings is in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing.

On-campus events/meetings cannot exceed any room occupancy guidelines for social distancing set by the Division of Facilities Services. Events/meetings may employ an appointment schedule or rotation system if they need to accommodate more than the adjusted room occupancy (such as multiple groups of the adjusted room occupancy). A cleaning routine must be established between groups of attendees.

 All those who wish to submit requests for exemptions for events/meetings/continuing education/training must complete the form located at http://augusta.edu/reopening/documents/exemption-request-form.docx. The form must be filled out completely and submitted at least thirty days prior to the event/meeting/continuing education/training taking place. Justifications must include, with appropriate documentation, any financial and other noted impacts for not holding the event/meeting/continuing education/training.

 NOTE: Requests for exemption will be approved only in truly exceptional situations.

Faculty Employee Students

Outside guests are allowed to participate in events/meetings, provided that the total attendee count is no more than 10 people (total attendees must include one AU staff person). Exceptions can be made on a case by case basis.

 

Face coverings are required for all in-person events taking place on any of the Augusta University campuses or at any external venue for AU sanctioned events. The use of face coverings is in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing.

On-campus events/meetings cannot exceed any room occupancy guidelines for social distancing set by the Division of Facilities Services. Events/meetings may employ an appointment schedule or rotation system if they need to accommodate more than the adjusted room occupancy (such as multiple groups of the adjusted room occupancy). A cleaning routine must be established between groups of attendees.

 All those who wish to submit requests for exemptions for events/meetings/continuing education/training must complete the form located at http://augusta.edu/reopening/documents/exemption-request-form.docx. The form must be filled out completely and submitted at least thirty days prior to the event/meeting/continuing education/training taking place. Justifications must include, with appropriate documentation, any financial and other noted impacts for not holding the event/meeting/continuing education/training.

 NOTE: Requests for exemption will be approved only in truly exceptional situations.

Faculty Employee Students

All visitors are required to wear an appropriate mask/face covering while inside Augusta University facilities/buildings. Mask/Face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing.

NOTE: For visitors, mask/face coverings are not required when the individual is alone in an enclosed office or meeting room, or in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met.

Faculty Employee Students

Yes, masks/face coverings should be removed while dining in a campus facility.  However, masks/face coverings must be worn at all other times (i.e. ordering, waiting in line, paying for meal, waiting for a friend, etc.).

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<p>Yes, employees are required to practice social distancing. &nbsp;Departments will make arrangements to support social distancing. If you have concerns, please contact your immediate supervisor for further discussion.</p>

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Spring 2021 University Libraries' Hours

Sunday            2:00 PM - 10:00  PM

Monday           7:30 AM – 11:00 PM

Tuesday          7:30 AM – 11:00 PM

Wednesday     7:30 AM – 11:00 PM 

Thursday         7:30 AM – 11:00 PM

Friday              7:30 AM – 7:00 PM

Saturday         9 :00 AM – 5:00 PM 

Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are required to wear a mask in the Libraries in accordance with university policy and observe social distancing in common areas.

Seating has been rearranged in open computer labs, study areas, and group study rooms to meet social distancing requirements of 6 feet spacing.

Pickup service is available for library patrons to reduce contact. Similarly, students can return books to book drops located outside of library buildings.

 

University Libraries Pickup Service

https://guides.augusta.edu/access_services/covid19

 

Library faculty and staff are available for assistance via multiple social tools. Students can contact staff via Teams, WebEx, email, chat, and phone.

Reese:  augusta.edu/library/reese/

Greenblatt:  augusta.edu/library/greenblatt/

Faculty Employee Students

Sporting events will resume in the spring semester.

Faculty Employee Students

Outside Sports will resume play with Fans this Spring: Baseball, Softball, Tennis, Golf, Outdoor Track & Field. Fans will be mandated to wearing masks and social distancing.

Volleyball, an inside sport, will have no fans in attendance.

Faculty Employee Students

Student Athletes were allowed to return to campus January 6, 2021.

Faculty Employee Students

Student Athletes were allowed to return to campus to practice on January 3, 2021.

Faculty Employee Students

All Student Athletes will be tested during their annual physicals after August 3, 2020.  All Student Athletes at high risk of exposure (men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball) will be tested within seventy-two (72) hours of competition and weekly per NCAA recommendations.

Faculty Employee Students

Faculty and staff are expected to notify their supervisor if they have tested positive or are suspected to have COVID-19. Employees are to immediately report such suspected and confirmed COVID-19 illness at Augusta University to REPORTCOVID@augusta.edu or call University HR at 706-446-4457. Supervisors must report the case if their employee is not able to do so directly.  You may also call this number if you are concerned about a potential exposure and would like guidance on whether to self-isolate or quarantine.

Faculty Employee Students

If a COVID-19 case is identified in your area, Environmental Services will provide additional disinfection of spaces where the individual spent time on campus prior to the onset of symptoms or their positive test. The process for requesting disinfection services varies based on that individual’s role on campus:

Faculty Employee Students

Research for new, non-COVID-19 research studies can begin as of July 6, 2020.  Please see the guidance distributed July 1. 2020 for planning expectations and approval processes, now posted on the AU Research website.

Faculty Employee Students

All faculty, staff, and students are required to wear face coverings while inside any AU facility/building. When it comes to social distancing, each lab is unique in its dimensions and requirements. As such, specific requirements for each lab will be set on a case by case basis. Investigators (faculty members) should develop their plans (to include student researchers, as applicable) and review them with their chairs, consistent with AU guidance for social distancing and face coverings.

Faculty Employee Students

 

Over the past several months our understanding of how SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is transmitted has changed significantly. COVID-19 is a respiratory virus and is spread through droplets in the air. We now know that while it is possible to become infected after touching a contaminated surface, it is also possible to become infected by inhaling virus in respiratory droplets in the air.  In addition to surface cleaning and handwashing we also need to focus on consistent and proper use of face coverings and social distancing to avoid contact with people who are infected with SARS-CoV-2. For more information about SARS-CoV-2, how the virus is spread and how to protect yourself from becoming infected, please see the guidance on the CDC COVID-19 resource pages: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html 

 

That said, cleaning and disinfection of surfaces remains an important part of campus efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Interior surfaces identified as “high-touch” are disinfected daily by Environmental Services (EVS) and include door handles, elevator call buttons, light switches, sanitizer dispensers, handrails, restroom fixtures, water fountains and vending machines. In addition to routine cleaning protocols, EVS is available to disinfect campus spaces following identification of a COVID-19 positive case, with a focus on high-touch surfaces as indicated in CDC guidance. 

 

Although EVS works diligently to service all of the areas that need to be disinfected with greater frequency and in response to reported cases, everyone on campus has an individual responsibility to take steps that aid in reducing the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and protecting all within the Augusta University community. This includes the disinfection of frequently touched surfaces in their office, research, learning and residence hall spaces.

 

  • Classroom spaces: A weekly schedule for disinfection has been established for classroom spaces, but EVS staff are unable to sanitize classrooms/teaching labs between classes.  Faculty and students using these spaces are responsible for cleaning these spaces between uses. To assist in that effort, spray bottles with disinfectant and microfiber clothes have been provided by EVS and will be refilled and replaced as needed. 
  • Teaching laboratories: Laboratory surfaces and equipment should be disinfected between uses and/or class sections as indicated by the course instructor.
  • Research laboratories: Laboratory surfaces and equipment should be disinfected at the end of each day or more often as they become contaminated, per laboratory standard operating procedures.  
  • Clinical spaces in campus facilities: Clinic surfaces and equipment should be disinfected between patients and at the end of each day, per clinic standard operating procedures. 
  • Shared department spaces (copiers, workrooms, conference rooms, breakrooms): Shared areas (break room and conference room seating areas) and high-touch surfaces (copiers, microwaves, refrigerators, office suite door handles, etc.) should be cleaned by the employees who use these spaces throughout the day and after each use. 
  • Private offices/cubicles: High-touch surfaces of individual offices and cubicles (door handles, telephones, keyboards, desktops) should be cleaned at least daily by the office occupant, and after each use if the space is shared. 
  • Residence Hall rooms: High-touch surfaces of dormitories (door handles, bathroom fixtures, desktops) should be cleaned at least daily by the occupant, and after each use if the space is shared. 

If we all do our part and address these frequent cleaning needs, there will be far less of an area of concern when a positive case is identified on campus. We will all know that the high-touch surfaces of the spaces the individual occupied in the days leading up to their illness have already been disinfected. EVS can then follow up with foggers as an additional layer of protection. If your department needs cleaning supplies, these products can be requested from Facilities and are listed on the following Request Form: https://www.augusta.edu/facilities/documents/campus-reopen-supplies-req-form.pdf    

Faculty Employee Students
  • Product selection: It is important to select a cleaning product that is effective for use against SARS-CoV-2. All products distributed by Facilities and used by EVS meet this requirement. If purchasing additional products, please choose one from the EPA List N: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2-covid-19
  • Follow the label: When using an EPA-registered disinfectant, follow the label directions for safe, effective use. Make sure to follow the contact time, the amount of time the surface should be visibly wet in order to be effective, listed in the List N table and indicated on the label. Note that these products are for use on surfaces, NOT on humans.  Please review the EPA reference for safe and effective disinfectant use:   https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-04/documents/disinfectants-onepager.pdf.  
  • If you have questions: Please contact the Biological Safety Office at 706-721-2663 or BIOSAFETY@augusta.edu if you have any questions or concerns about disinfection products or procedures. 
Faculty Employee Students

No. At this time the vaccine will not be mandated for Augusta University faculty, staff or students.

 Also, at this time the vaccine will not be mandated for AU Health staff.

Please note that the COVID-19 vaccine does not currently fall under the AU Health seasonal vaccination policy or vaccine recommendations for health care workers policy. AU Health reviews these policies on a routine basis and may include a COVID-19 requirement in the future. Applicable laws do allow for exemptions in some cases.

Faculty Employee Students

Academic institutions to include faculty, staff and students are eligible for vaccination in Phase 1b of the Georgia Department of Public Health’s vaccination plan. Currently the state is still in Phase 1a.

Faculty Employee Students

The COVID-19 vaccine consists of two doses with 21 days between doses for the Pfizer vaccine and 28 days between doses for the Moderna vaccine. According to the CDC, persons should not be scheduled to receive the second dose earlier than recommended i.e. three weeks for Pfizer and one month for Moderna. However, second doses administered within a grace period of four days earlier than the recommended date for the second dose are still considered valid. Doses inadvertently administered earlier than the grace period should not be repeated.

 

The second dose should be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible. However, if it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval, the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may be scheduled for administration up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose. There are currently limited data on efficacy of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines administered beyond this window. If the second dose is administered beyond these intervals, there is no need to restart the series.

Faculty Employee Students

Your body recognizes the invading germ (virus or bacteria). Proteins (antibodies) are produced which are naturally made by the immune system to fight disease. The antibodies are trained to remember the disease and how to fight it, so if you are exposed to the germ again your immune system can quickly destroy it before you become sick.

Faculty Employee Students

The COVID-19 vaccine has been carefully developed and studied by top scientists, researchers and health care providers. It has moved through the testing and trial processes with much oversight. Prior to approval and distribution, all data is studied by the CDC, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and more. These agencies are committed to evidence-based studies and research and unbiased analysis.

Faculty Employee Students

Side effects are seen in about 25-30% of individuals that take the vaccine. These include fatigue, low grade fevers, joint and muscle pains, and pain at the injection site. These generally last from 1- 3 days and resolve on their own. Rare anaphylactoid reactions have occurred in those with a severe history of allergies. No serious adverse effects have been reported otherwise.

Faculty Employee Students

Side effects have been known to last 1-3 days.

Faculty Employee Students

In the case of the COVID-19 vaccine, it appears the immune response you receive from vaccination is better than that of the natural infection. Therefore, the vaccine is recommended for those who have already been infected with COVID-19. It would be better to wait three months after getting COVID-19 until receiving the vaccine.

Faculty Employee Students

The vaccine should not be given when someone is acutely ill, but once healthy, we do recommend the vaccine three months after recovering from COVID-19.

Faculty Employee Students

There is insufficient data to say for certain what established safety and efficacy there is in pregnant women receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Pregnancy outcomes are unknown at this time.

Faculty Employee Students

Yes, at this time social distancing measures should not be relaxed. We still recommend following the three W’s: Wash your hands, watch your distance and wear a mask. Augusta University will also continue to require the use of masks inside all campus buildings and outdoors when six-feet social distancing cannot be maintained.

Faculty Employee Students

As trials began only seven to eight months ago, it’s too early to tell the lasting immunity of the COVID-19 vaccine. At every checkpoint during the vaccine trial thus far, there has been continued immunity. More than likely this will not be an annual vaccination.

Faculty Employee Students

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated against the disease within the last three months and show no symptoms.

Faculty Employee Students

It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it's possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and get sick. Experts also don’t yet know how long immunity lasts after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Again, all Augusta University employees and student should follow the  protocols for exposure, even after receiving the second dose of the vaccination.

 

Faculty Employee Students

"The Red Cross is following FDA blood donation eligibility guidance for those who receive a COVID-19 vaccination, and deferral times may vary depending on the type of vaccine an individual receives." Please see further details at the Red Cross website under the heading COVID-19 Vaccine and Blood Donor Eligibility Information.

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Faculty Employee

All students, faculty, staff, and visitors are required to wear an appropriate mask/face covering while inside Augusta University facilities/buildings. Mask/face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing. Additionally, if your position requires you to wear any form of personal protective equipment (PPE), you are required to adhere to those existing requirements.

Also, if you are an AU employee who works in any AU Health building, you are required to wear a mask/face covering.

NOTE: For faculty, staff, students and visitors, masks/face coverings are not required when the individual is alone in an enclosed office or meeting room, or in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met.

Faculty Employee

No, Augusta University does not have a hazardous pay option for employees.

Faculty Employee

Employees experiencing symptoms should utilize the COVID-19 Virtual Screenings resources available online through AU Health System free virtual screening. AU Health encourages those who are sick or show symptoms of COVID-19 to use the health system's new remote screening tool, available for free on the website and as a mobile app for Apple and Android, or to call the health system COVID-19 hotline at 706-721-1852.

Faculty Employee
  • The Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University provides an on-campus assessment and counseling program for employees, faculty, house staff, graduate students, and for the immediate members of their family. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Employee-Faculty Assistance Program (EFAP) at (706) 721-2599 or visit the website at https://www.augusta.edu/about/efap.php.
  • In addition to the EFAP provided by the Medical College of Georgia, USG has partnered with KEPRO to provide USG employees and their family members with a comprehensive Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Full-time and part-time employees, family, and household members have access to the program. Services are free and confidential, within the bounds of the law. The EAP is available 24/7/365 and provides the following services. Contact KEPRO at 1-844-243-4440 or go to http://www.eaphelplink.com/ and use the company code USGcares.
Faculty Employee

Meetings and conferences should initially be held virtually whenever possible and only conducted in-person when social distancing can be maintained. Other services that involve personal contact should also be provided virtually, where possible.

Faculty Employee

The Division of Facilities Services has reviewed occupancy guidelines for all spaces where people may gather including classrooms, conference rooms, study lounges, break areas and labs. Signage is being installed where applicable to provide guidance on capacity, social distancing and hygiene.

Within individual units and offices, supervisors are expected to clearly communicate to employees the expectation of maintaining six-foot distance, which will include signage posted in work areas. Supervisors can refer to the following links for some examples of this signage:

Faculty Employee
Even prior to COVID-19, the Division of Facilities Services has been installing CDC recommended filters in Augusta University buildings. HVAC filters are changed every 2-4 months schedule depending on location/building, system, etc.
Faculty Employee

"We plan to offer study abroad and away programs for Summer 2021 with additional health precautions and modified course delivery as needed. Decisions whether programs will run are made on a program by program basis. You will be notified via email if your selected program is cancelled or adjusted. Decisions regarding summer programs will be made by March 1st." For additional information, please check out the Study Abroad page on our website. https://www.augusta.edu/studyabroad/ 

Faculty Employee
The Division of Facilities Services will provide assistance with assessing physical spaces for rearranging furniture layouts, possible installations of Plexiglas barriers and placement of sanitizer dispensers and/or disinfectant spray bottles. Once Facilities receives a request a representative will visit the location for the assessment and then submit the request to the Campus Reopening Assessment Committee for approval of the proposed plan. The Request Form can be found at: https://www.augusta.edu/facilities/documents/campus-reopen-supplies-req-form.pdf
Faculty Employee

Yes, units can include requests for Plexiglas barriers using the Request Form found at:

 

https://www.augusta.edu/facilities/documents/campus-reopen-supplies-req-form.pdf

Faculty Employee
These products can be requested from Facilities and are listed on the following Request Form: https://www.augusta.edu/facilities/documents/campus-reopen-supplies-req-form.pdf
Faculty Employee
Procedures related to FMLA must be approached on a case-by-case basis. An alternate work arrangement request may be required. Please contact AU_HR_CONFIDENTIAL@augusta.edu for assistance.
Faculty Employee

Please send these to AU_HR_CONFIDENTIAL@augusta.edu.

Have leave-related questions? Contact Chris Hunt, HR Leave Coordinator at 706-721-3836 or chunt@augusta.edu.

Faculty Employee

Yes, if teleworking is an option and the employee is able to telework, they are allowed to do so.

Faculty Employee

Employees will need to work with their direct supervisor regarding work arrangements due to childcare issues. There may be an option for leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA); however, there is a cap on the number of hours available and other restrictions. Please visit the Human Resources Work Arrangement Webpage to review the various leave options available for employees.

Faculty Employee

Employees who work directly in patient care are essential personnel and expected to appear for work as scheduled. Employees who are not experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms are expected to work on site in accordance with your specific departmental transition plan.  Employees who have been approved by their department manager for telework may be allowed to work remotely; in these cases, a telework agreement must be completed.  Departments continue to take measures to ensure the work environment is safe for employees to be on site. If there are other circumstances preventing you from working from your on-site location, please review the Human Resources Work Arrangements Webpage to review the various leave options available for employees.

Faculty Employee

An employee who is considered high risk according to the CDC definition, will be allowed to submit a request for an alternative work arrangement. Please review the Human Resources Work Arrangement Webpage to review the various leave options available for employees.

Faculty Employee

Employees should try, if at all possible, to attend meetings virtually. If the meeting cannot be held virtually or postponed, employees may only attend if social distancing requirements can be maintained.

 

NOTE: The Augusta Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Aiken and Edgefield Counties in South Carolina.

Faculty Employee

No. Until further notice, all employee work travel outside the State of Georgia is prohibited unless specific advance approval has been received from the President and/or the Provost.

Faculty Employee

No. Until further notice, all employee work travel outside the United States is prohibited unless specific advance approval has been received from the President and/or the Provost.

Faculty Employee

On-campus internal events, which are those events hosted by AU for internal audiences, should be held virtually, if at all possible. If the event cannot be held virtually or postponed, social distancing requirements must be maintained.

 

For information regarding student meetings/events, please see the student-related FAQs.

Faculty Employee

Outside guests are allowed to participate in events/meetings, provided that the total attendee count is no more than 10 people (total attendees must include one AU staff person). Exceptions can be made on a case by case basis.

Faculty Employee

On-campus employee/internal meetings, which are those hosted by AU for internal audiences, should be held virtually, if at all possible. If the meeting cannot be held virtually or postponed, social distancing requirements must be maintained.

 

For information regarding student meetings/events, please see the student-related FAQs.

Faculty Employee

No, meetings involving external participants are prohibited until further notice unless specific advance approval has been received from the President and/or the Provost.

 

For information regarding student events, please see the student-related FAQs.

NOTE: Requests for exemption will be approved only in truly exceptional situations.

Faculty Employee

On-campus continuing education programs/training, which are those hosted by AU for internal audiences, should be held virtually, if at all possible. If the meeting cannot be held virtually or postponed, social distancing requirements must be maintained.

 

For information regarding student events, please see the student-related FAQs.

Faculty Employee

No. Internal events involving internal or external participants at off campus locations are prohibited until further notice unless specific advance approval has been received from the President and/or the Provost.

NOTE: Requests for exemption will be approved only in truly exceptional situations.

Faculty Employee

All those who wish to submit requests for exemptions for events/meetings/continuing education/training must complete the form located at http://augusta.edu/reopening/documents/exemption-request-form.docx. The form must be filled out completely and submitted at least thirty days prior to the event/meeting/continuing education/training taking place. Justifications must include, with appropriate documentation, any financial and other noted impacts for not holding the event/meeting/continuing education/training.

NOTE: Requests for exemption will be approved only in truly exceptional situations.

Faculty Employee

No, masks/face coverings are not required when the individual is alone in an enclosed office. However, masks/face coverings should remain close at hand in order to be quickly reapplied anytime another person enters the office or when social distancing cannot be maintained.

Faculty Employee

If the cubicles are (6) six feet apart and social distancing can be maintained without possible breach, employees can work without a mask/face covering while working at their desk. However, masks/face coverings should remain close at hand in order to be quickly reapplied anytime social distancing cannot be maintained.

 

If the cubicles are not (6) six feet apart, employees should wear their masks/face coverings. Alternating work schedules could be utilized to manage this issue.

Faculty Employee

A faculty or staff member unable to wear a mask/face covering due to a medical condition must complete the Request for Exemption Form available at Augusta.edu/reopening/ under the Human Resources tab. The form should be submitted to Human Resources, at AU_HR_Confidential@augusta.edu to request an exemption from the mask/face covering requirement.

Faculty Employee

Employees falling into one of the following categories are eligible to seek alternate work arrangements:

  • Older Adults
    • The age of 65 is the measure for evaluating requests for alternate work arrangements under this category. Individuals younger than 65 can provide documentation from a health care provider that their age is a determining factor for risk that should prevent them from working on campus as scheduled.
  • People with the following underlying medical conditions may request alternate work arrangements under the previously developed process:
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
  • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or higher)
  • Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
  • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
  • Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
  • Liver disease
  • Pregnancy
  • Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
  • Smoking
  • Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus
Faculty Employee

Human Resources offers virtual interviewing options to assist departments with searches for essential positions. Those interviews which must be conducted on-site and face-to-face will be managed on a case by case basis, and generally limited to only those occurring at a finalist stage. Departments with a need to bring a finalist on site will be required to seek prior approval of Human Resources before extending any invitation to a candidate. To make a request, department leaders should contact their HR Business Partner or Recruiter for staff positions and Faculty Support Services for faculty positions. The process and requirements may be found at https://www.augusta.edu/hr/talent-acquistion-management/pandemic-info.php. If an onsite candidate visit is approved, then without exception, social distancing and the wearing of face coverings will be required for both candidates and those interacting with them.

Faculty Employee

The vaccine is not mandatory for employees. However, employees are advised to save a copy of any COVID-19 vaccination record that they receive, like they do for other immunization documents, in the event there is a need for it at a later date.

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Faculty
  • Course delivery will be through hybrid and blended teaching models that include a combination of in-person, virtual, and alternative platforms, providing flexibility for instructor and student
  • Instructional delivery decisions will be made by Department Chairs/Deans, in concert with faculty, given the unique expectations across the various colleges
  • While planning for face-to-face, faculty should build contingencies for instructional approaches.

 

Delivery models:

Face-to-face: Courses/sections are presented in-classroom with physical distancing measures in place

Basic Hybrid:  Some activities take place in the classroom and some online

  • Online Driver Model – Content is presented for the first time online, and the learning is extended in the classroom (same as flipped)
  • Face-to-face Driver Model – Content is presented for the first time in the classroom, and the learning extended online
  • Faculty Aid/Matrix to align in-class and out-of-class activities with learning objectives

Online: Courses/section are delivered remotely via approved AU platforms

Faculty
  • Establish courses in the AU Learning Management System (D2L/Brightspace). D2L is the platform for hosting course content and communicating with students. Regarding D2L usage, the expectation is that every course will have a presence in D2L and contain at a minimum the following essential elements:
    • Faculty contact information
    • Course overview information
    • Syllabus
    • Schedule
    • Assignments
    • Gradebook
Faculty

Faculty will have instructional support throughout the spring from staff in Information Technology (https://www.augusta.edu/its/training.php) and the Center for Instruction and Innovation (www.augusta.edu/innovation).

Faculty

Faculty have access to robust technology in/out of the classroom. Minimum classroom technology will include (but is not limited to):     

  • Echo360 capabilities so lectures can be streamed and recorded,
  • Dual display video (computer screen and white board display simultaneously),
  • Overhead projector and/or touchscreen technology, and
  • Laptop connection.
Faculty
Faculty

All cohorts/student groupings will be determined at the course-level based on instructional needs. Using D2L platform, faculty will communicate with students registered for a class early and often to ensure clarity and understanding of cohorting requirements and schedules.

Faculty

As soon as faculty are ready, they can communicate through D2L with students who have registered for the course. Along with the six essential elements (faculty contact information, course overview information, syllabus, schedule, assignments, and gradebook), faculty can provide more specific course guidelines and instructions.

Faculty
  • Colleges and Facilities Services are working together to identify a tiered approach for appropriate practices within individual spaces.
  • Faculty may:
    • Implement staggered lab schedules to provide continuity of instruction,
    • Offer lab classes in a repeated format to allow for smaller class size (following appropriate accreditation guidelines for distance learning), and/or
    • Work with their Dept. Chairs to determine their options.
Faculty
  • AU will allow students to continue to participate in on-site clinical/practicum/internship experiences if sponsors submit assurance of their compliance with relevant safety guidance from the CDC and state/local health authorities. An internship or clinical site will not knowingly permit a student to interact with individuals testing positive, or presumed positive, for COVID-19.
  • For experiential learning on campus (e.g., labs, undergraduate research, leadership development courses), faculty will apply guidelines for spacing and safety in classrooms consistent with typical classrooms.
  • Faculty and staff in the Interdisciplinary Simulation Center have developed protocols for all classes and simulations consistent with hospital protocols and CDC guidelines.
  • MCG and DCG are coordinating with their accrediting bodies to develop additional considerations for student clinical and simulation experiences.
Faculty
  • Faculty may use Respondus Monitor to administer exams. Consult with IT Services for support and preparation in D2L.
Faculty
  • Yes, exam schedules remain the same regardless of what occurs during the semester.
Faculty
  • Classrooms will be labeled with signage stipulating the maximum occupancy allowed to ensure social distancing..
  • Social distancing expectations of 6 or more feet will be implemented in all spaces.
  • Spaces will be disinfected daily as routine cleaning.
  • Signage will promote hygiene and physical distancing protocols.

All students and faculty are required to wear an appropriate mask/face covering while inside Augusta University facilities/buildings. Mask/Face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing.

NOTE: For faculty, staff, students and visitors, masks/face coverings are not required when the individual is alone in an enclosed office or meeting room, or in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met.

 

Faculty

Augusta University's Environmental Services (EVS) teams routinely sanitize, vacuum, mop, and remove trash. However, due to COVID-19, they are increasing efforts to clean surfaces, particularly in those common areas with high touch points, such as door handles, handrails, bathroom fixtures and vending machines. Read more about their efforts. 

 

All persons are expected to disinfect their own personal spaces before and after use, including desktops, seats, and any shared equipment. Facilities is providing cleaning supplies for learning spaces and computer labs, but students, faculty, and staff may bring their own additional supplies. Used supplies should be disposed of properly.

Faculty
Faculty
  • Advise students to contact their healthcare provider and seek medical attention at first sign of symptoms. If they have questions, they may contact the Dean of Students. (https://www.augusta.edu/student-life/dean.php)
  • Faculty will work with affected students to make adjustments to help the students continue their program of study.
Faculty
  • Faculty are encouraged to utilize virtual technology for meetings and administrative activities. Students are being instructed to contact faculty via phone, email, or their D2L platform to schedule and appropriately plan.
  • If a face-to-face meeting between faculty and a student needs to occur, faculty and students are required to wear an appropriate mask/face covering while inside Augusta University facilities/buildings and when social distancing cannot be maintained. This includes faculty offices.
Faculty

Facilities has installed signage, reconfigured furniture and affixed markers on floors to communicate social distancing exoectations for all individuals, including students, in common areas.

Faculty

Faculty may not change a modality for the simple reason that most students would prefer the course to be taught online.  The course modalities are now set unless we are instructed to move all courses to online by the USG because of prevailing health reasons.   At this point, the only course modality changes that can be considered are in response to an approved faculty workplace adjustment.

Faculty

If you have any questions regarding your approved alternative work arrangement, please reach out to the Center for Instructional Innovation @ www.augusta.edu/innovation.

Faculty

Treat the student as you would any student with an extended absence which might include, but not be limited to: 

  1. Directing them to D2L assignments which can be completed away from class and submitted from a distance,
  2. Considering whether extended deadlines might be helpful,
  3. (If the course includes hybrid components,) directing the student to that protocol,
  4. Requesting a deadline for when the student might return to class.

 NOTE: Faculty are not required to maintain parallel platforms for course delivery. They may have constructed alternate paths anticipating disruptions but are not required to provide full accommodations in the form of a face-to-face version of the class and a virtual version of the class.

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