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.

Students

Information about fall classes can be found on the schedule of classes:

https://pounce.augusta.edu/bprd/web001.pick_term_pub

Students

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.

Students

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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Students

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.

Students

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.

Students

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

Students

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.

Students

Masks are strongly encouraged indoors for all students, regardless of vaccination status.  Students should follow this guidance and continue monitoring their Augusta University email for updates.

Students

The CDC defines a close contact as someone who spends 15 minutes or more within six feet of a person with COVID-19 over a 24-hour period.

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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 are fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine should continue attending classes. There is no need to quarantine. 

 

  • Students who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 will need to self-quarantine at their place of 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 who are unvaccinated 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.

For your convenience, student protocols are listed in our COVID-19 Resources: https://www.augusta.edu/covid-resources/guidelines.php 

Students

Following a positive test result, SELF-ISOLATE for at least 10 days. After 10 days with the last 24 hours being asymptomatic, without taking fever-reducing medication, you can leave quarantine. Students must complete the Student COVID Reporting form after testing positive for COVID-19. Call Student Health Services (706-721-3448) if ‘clearance for return’ is needed. Professors may request a note from a student’s medical provider to excuse the absence(s) or make other academic decisions regarding grades. For more information visit the following student resources website:  https://www.augusta.edu/student-affairs/student-resources/ 

Students

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

Students

Any student in need of an accomodation should make contact with Testing and Disability Services at 706-737-1469.

Students

Housing and Residence Life has and continues to take steps to comply with CDC and state guidelines.  Students and families should review the Guide to Community Living  https://www.augusta.edu/housing/guide-to-community-living.php for more details.

Students

Students (Clinical and Non-clinical) who test positive for COVID-19 should follow the flowcharts linked on the following site:  https://www.augusta.edu/covid-resources/guidelines.php 

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.

Students

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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Laptop computers are available for checkout by currently enrolled Augusta University students with a valid JagCard at each library’s Information Desk.  To check-out a laptop, please visit Information desks at the libraries.  For additional information on laptop rentals, please visit https://www.augusta.edu/library/access_services.php.  

Students

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.

Students

Face masks are strongly encouraged in all university facilities/buildings, regardless of vaccination status.

Students

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.

Students

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.

Students

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.

Students

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

Students

We are excited to return to a normal intramural sports schedule in academic year 2021-22.  Go to https://www.augusta.edu/campus-recreation/intramurals/index.php for more information.

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Augusta University has recently been informed by USG that the travel ban/restrictions due to COVID-19 have been lifted.

 

In-state travel is now allowed in accordance with USG policies as well as other domestic travel with support from Deans and VPs (pre-COVID protocols):

There are no restrictions for travel to, from, or within Georgia. Those traveling are strongly encouraged to follow public health safety measures (https://georgia.gov/covid-19-coronavirus-georgia/covid-19-travel-restrictions).

On 7/14/21 this notification was also sent by USG: The State of Georgia is no longer under a non-essential travel ban. Therefore, travel may resume under your institution’s travel policies. All travel should be necessary for official business reasons. Additionally, travelers should continue to follow health notices outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

  • Out-of-country travel which is academically related or credit bearing for all AU students only (e.g., Study Abroad or independent student travel which earns AU academic credit) must be reviewed & approved by the AVP for International Initiatives and the Vice Provost for Instruction.
  • All other out-of-country travel (faculty/staff) that carries with it the support (actual or implied) of AU must be reviewed by unit leadership and the college dean before seeking the approval of the EVP. 

International academic travel allowed for spring term ONLY (e.g., study abroad) when the state department assessment is 3 or below and only after review and in accordance with local standards (e.g., what are the expectations of the hosting country for accepting visitors).  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages.html

  

Please note that departments will have to stay within their existing travel budget for domestic and international travel.

 

BE MINDFUL of COVID REQUIREMENTS of OTHER COUNTRIES

(For academic and personal travel outside the US.)

♦As a first step in planning any trip abroad, check the Travel Advisories for your intended destination. https://travelmaps.state.gov/TSGMap/ 

 

♦Many countries have their own COVID requirements. The US government requires a negative COVID test upon re-entry.

See the order per CDC here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html 

 

♦CDC guidelines for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals who need to travel internationally:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html 

 

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Students

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.

Students

Yes, you may enroll full-time or part-time with prior authorization. On April 26, 2021 the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) extended the guidance originally issued in March 2020 for the 2021-22 academic year. If you are an F1 status student who remains in the United States you may take 1) a full-time online course load, 2) a full-time hybrid course load and count more than one online course towards the full-time requirement, 3) a part-time course load if you apply for and receive prior authorization to enroll in less than a full course of study for the semester. 

Students

If you enroll in Augusta University courses full-time, your SEVIS F1 program record will remain active. If you enroll less than full-time, you must apply for and receive authorization to enroll in less than a full course of study (full-time) as soon as possible for your SEVIS F1 program record to remain active. See IPSO Student Forms page.

Students

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.
Students

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.

Students

Notify IPSO as soon as possible to discuss options related to your SEVIS F1 program record and your F1 status.  

All Audiences
Faculty Employee Students

Face coverings are required for all faculty/staff/students who utilize our shuttle transportation. 

Faculty Employee Students

 

Augusta University has recently been informed by USG that the travel ban/restrictions due to COVID-19 have been lifted.

 

In-state travel is now allowed in accordance with USG policies as well as other domestic travel with support from Deans and VPs (pre-COVID protocols):

There are no restrictions for travel to, from, or within Georgia. Those traveling are strongly encouraged to follow public health safety measures (https://georgia.gov/covid-19-coronavirus-georgia/covid-19-travel-restrictions).

On 7/14/21 this notification was also sent by USG: The State of Georgia is no longer under a non-essential travel ban. Therefore, travel may resume under your institution’s travel policies. All travel should be necessary for official business reasons. Additionally, travelers should continue to follow health notices outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

  • Out-of-country travel which is academically related or credit bearing for all AU students only (e.g., Study Abroad or independent student travel which earns AU academic credit) must be reviewed & approved by the AVP for International Initiatives and the Vice Provost for Instruction.
  • All other out-of-country travel (faculty/staff) that carries with it the support (actual or implied) of AU must be reviewed by unit leadership and the college dean before seeking the approval of the EVP. 

International academic travel allowed for spring term ONLY (e.g., study abroad) when the state department assessment is 3 or below and only after review and in accordance with local standards (e.g., what are the expectations of the hosting country for accepting visitors).  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages.html

  

Please note that departments will have to stay within their existing travel budget for domestic and international travel.

 

BE MINDFUL of COVID REQUIREMENTS of OTHER COUNTRIES

(For academic and personal travel outside the US.)

♦As a first step in planning any trip abroad, check the Travel Advisories for your intended destination. https://travelmaps.state.gov/TSGMap/ 

 

♦Many countries have their own COVID requirements. The US government requires a negative COVID test upon re-entry.

See the order per CDC here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html 

 

♦CDC guidelines for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals who need to travel internationally:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html 

 

Faculty Employee Students

Please refer to state travel guidance and restrictions. According to the state guidance, all air passengers entering the United States from abroad are required to test negative for COVID-19.

Faculty Employee Students

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

Faculty Employee Students

Face masks are strongly encouraged in all university facilities/buildings, regardless of vaccination status.

Faculty Employee Students

Hours of Operation for 2021 Fall Semester: 

Fall Semester

Monday - Thursday: 6am to 10pm
Friday:  6am - 9pm

Saturday 10am - 6pm

Sunday 1pm - 6pm

For more details, visit their website: https://www.augusta.edu/campus-recreation/campus-recreation-center/index.php   

Faculty Employee Students

For Greenblatt and Reese library operating hours & chat hours - please visit https://augusta.libcal.com/hours/ 

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
  • 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

The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine consists of a single shot, while both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines consists of two doses with 21 and 28 days between each, respectively. 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

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

As of August 11, 2021, new CDC Data says: COVID-19 Vaccination Safe while Pregnant or Breastfeeding 

 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/pregnancy.html 

 

Faculty Employee Students

Wearing masks is strongly encouraged indoors regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

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 and show no symptoms.  However, the CDC recommends those individuals wear a mask and test within 3-5 days. Face coverings should continue to be worn for 14 days from exposure or until proof of a negative test result.

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.

Faculty Employee Students

Yes, campus events can be hosted in accordance with the latest employee and student event protocol (you will need to highlight, copy & paste the link(s) in your browser).

https://augustauniversity.app.box.com/s/o2eol0cf03qzzne869rh7li157cmfci2 

https://www.augusta.edu/protocol/documents/in-person-student-event-guide-rso-060121.pdf

Faculty Employee Students

A COVID-19 test can be scheduled by calling 706-721-1852 or talk with a provider regarding symptoms by utilizing the AU Health Virtual Care app or website.  

 

Community Covid-19 Testing

AU Health has partnered with Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) to increase COVID-19 testing capacity by increasing testing days and hours of operation.

 

Starting on Wednesday, Sept. 1, a DPH-contracted lab, LTS, will assume operations at AU Health’s drive-thru location at 524 15th St. in Augusta. The testing location will be open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.  

 

LTS offers online scheduling for PCR testing. Patients will be able to schedule a COVID test exclusively through this registration website and will no longer be available through the AU Health COVID hotline. LTS will return results within 24-48 hours and deliver to the patient via text message and email, which are linked to LTS’s online patient portal. Lab results will not appear in the AU Health VIP patient portal.

 

Employee Covid-19 Testing

AU Health will continue to test employees to ensure timely turnaround time of results. Employees should call Employee Health at 706-721-3418 and choose Option 1 to schedule a test.

 

Adult and Pediatric Pre-Procedural Testing

AU Health pre-procedural testing will continue to be coordinated through the surgery schedulers and will be coordinated through the MOB lab and pediatric department, respectively.

**You are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated..** 

Faculty Employee Students

AU Health is only administering the Pfizer vaccine (whether it be your first, second or booster dose). 

Faculty and Employee
Faculty Employee

Masks are strongly encouraged in all university facilities/buildings, regardless of vaccination status

Faculty Employee

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

Faculty Employee

Community Covid-19 Testing

AU Health has partnered with Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) to increase COVID-19 testing capacity by increasing testing days and hours of operation.

 

Starting on Wednesday, Sept. 1, a DPH-contracted lab, LTS, will assume operations at AU Health’s drive-thru location at 524 15th St. in Augusta. The testing location will be open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.  

 

LTS offers online scheduling for PCR testing. Patients will be able to schedule a COVID test exclusively through this registration website and will no longer be available through the AU Health COVID hotline. LTS will return results within 24-48 hours and deliver to the patient via text message and email, which are linked to LTS’s online patient portal. Lab results will not appear in the AU Health VIP patient portal.

 

Employee Covid-19 Testing

AU Health will continue to test employees to ensure timely turnaround time of results. Employees should call Employee Health at 706-721-3418 and choose Option 1 to schedule a test.

 

Adult and Pediatric Pre-Procedural Testing

AU Health pre-procedural testing will continue to be coordinated through the surgery schedulers and will be coordinated through the MOB lab and pediatric department, respectively.

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 an array of services. Contact KEPRO at 1-844-243-4440 or go to http://www.eaphelplink.com and use the company code USG cares.

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

Yes, please contact Work Management (WMC@augusta.edu).

Faculty Employee

Procedures related to FMLA must be approached on a case-by-case basis. Please contact AU_HR_CONFIDENTIAL@augusta.edu for assistance.

 The Alternate Work Arrangement process ended on June 30, 2021.

Faculty Employee

The Alternate Work Arrangement request process ended on June 30, 2021. Telecommuting or flextime may be requested under the Telecommuting and Flextime policy. Have leave-related questions? Contact Chris Hunt, HR Leave Coordinator at chunt@augusta.edu

Faculty Employee

Yes, if teleworking is an option for the position held, telework may be considered by management.

Faculty Employee

Employees will need to work with their direct supervisor regarding work and possible leave arrangements due to childcare issues.

Faculty Employee

An employee who is considered high risk according to the CDC definition is strongly encouraged to get vaccinated.   The Alternate Work Arrangements (AWA) option granted by the USG ended June 30, 2021. 

Faculty Employee
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Augusta University has recently been informed by USG that the travel ban/restrictions due to COVID-19 have been lifted.

 

In-state travel is now allowed in accordance with USG policies as well as other domestic travel with support from Deans and VPs (pre-COVID protocols):

There are no restrictions for travel to, from, or within Georgia. Those traveling are strongly encouraged to follow public health safety measures (https://georgia.gov/covid-19-coronavirus-georgia/covid-19-travel-restrictions).

On 7/14/21 this notification was also sent by USG: The State of Georgia is no longer under a non-essential travel ban. Therefore, travel may resume under your institution’s travel policies. All travel should be necessary for official business reasons. Additionally, travelers should continue to follow health notices outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

  • Out-of-country travel which is academically related or credit bearing for all AU students only (e.g., Study Abroad or independent student travel which earns AU academic credit) must be reviewed & approved by the AVP for International Initiatives and the Vice Provost for Instruction.
  • All other out-of-country travel (faculty/staff) that carries with it the support (actual or implied) of AU must be reviewed by unit leadership and the college dean before seeking the approval of the EVP. 

International academic travel allowed for spring term ONLY (e.g., study abroad) when the state department assessment is 3 or below and only after review and in accordance with local standards (e.g., what are the expectations of the hosting country for accepting visitors).  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages.html

  

Please note that departments will have to stay within their existing travel budget for domestic and international travel.

 

BE MINDFUL of COVID REQUIREMENTS of OTHER COUNTRIES

(For academic and personal travel outside the US.)

♦As a first step in planning any trip abroad, check the Travel Advisories for your intended destination. https://travelmaps.state.gov/TSGMap/ 

 

♦Many countries have their own COVID requirements. The US government requires a negative COVID test upon re-entry.

See the order per CDC here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html 

 

♦CDC guidelines for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals who need to travel internationally:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html 

 

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Faculty Employee
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Augusta University has recently been informed by USG that the travel ban/restrictions due to COVID-19 have been lifted.

 

In-state travel is now allowed in accordance with USG policies as well as other domestic travel with support from Deans and VPs (pre-COVID protocols):

There are no restrictions for travel to, from, or within Georgia. Those traveling are strongly encouraged to follow public health safety measures (https://georgia.gov/covid-19-coronavirus-georgia/covid-19-travel-restrictions).

On 7/14/21 this notification was also sent by USG: The State of Georgia is no longer under a non-essential travel ban. Therefore, travel may resume under your institution’s travel policies. All travel should be necessary for official business reasons. Additionally, travelers should continue to follow health notices outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

  • Out-of-country travel which is academically related or credit bearing for all AU students only (e.g., Study Abroad or independent student travel which earns AU academic credit) must be reviewed & approved by the AVP for International Initiatives and the Vice Provost for Instruction.
  • All other out-of-country travel (faculty/staff) that carries with it the support (actual or implied) of AU must be reviewed by unit leadership and the college dean before seeking the approval of the EVP. 

International academic travel allowed for spring term ONLY (e.g., study abroad) when the state department assessment is 3 or below and only after review and in accordance with local standards (e.g., what are the expectations of the hosting country for accepting visitors).  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages.html

  

Please note that departments will have to stay within their existing travel budget for domestic and international travel.

 

BE MINDFUL of COVID REQUIREMENTS of OTHER COUNTRIES

(For academic and personal travel outside the US.)

♦As a first step in planning any trip abroad, check the Travel Advisories for your intended destination. https://travelmaps.state.gov/TSGMap/ 

 

♦Many countries have their own COVID requirements. The US government requires a negative COVID test upon re-entry.

See the order per CDC here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html 

 

♦CDC guidelines for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals who need to travel internationally:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html 

 

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Faculty Employee
"

 

Augusta University has recently been informed by USG that the travel ban/restrictions due to COVID-19 have been lifted.

 

In-state travel is now allowed in accordance with USG policies as well as other domestic travel with support from Deans and VPs (pre-COVID protocols):

There are no restrictions for travel to, from, or within Georgia. Those traveling are strongly encouraged to follow public health safety measures (https://georgia.gov/covid-19-coronavirus-georgia/covid-19-travel-restrictions).

On 7/14/21 this notification was also sent by USG: The State of Georgia is no longer under a non-essential travel ban. Therefore, travel may resume under your institution’s travel policies. All travel should be necessary for official business reasons. Additionally, travelers should continue to follow health notices outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 * * * * * * *

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

  • Out-of-country travel which is academically related or credit bearing for all AU students only (e.g., Study Abroad or independent student travel which earns AU academic credit) must be reviewed & approved by the AVP for International Initiatives and the Vice Provost for Instruction.
  • All other out-of-country travel (faculty/staff) that carries with it the support (actual or implied) of AU must be reviewed by unit leadership and the college dean before seeking the approval of the EVP. 

International academic travel allowed for spring term ONLY (e.g., study abroad) when the state department assessment is 3 or below and only after review and in accordance with local standards (e.g., what are the expectations of the hosting country for accepting visitors).  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages.html

  

Please note that departments will have to stay within their existing travel budget for domestic and international travel.

 

BE MINDFUL of COVID REQUIREMENTS of OTHER COUNTRIES

(For academic and personal travel outside the US.)

♦As a first step in planning any trip abroad, check the Travel Advisories for your intended destination. https://travelmaps.state.gov/TSGMap/ 

 

♦Many countries have their own COVID requirements. The US government requires a negative COVID test upon re-entry.

See the order per CDC here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html 

 

♦CDC guidelines for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals who need to travel internationally:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html 

 

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Faculty Employee

Yes, be sure to review the Employee Event Protocol for guidance.

https://augustauniversity.app.box.com/s/o2eol0cf03qzzne869rh7li157cmfci2 

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.

Faculty Employee

South Carolina does not have a residency requirement, so non-residents are eligible to receive the vaccine in the Palmetto State. This is unlike neighboring Georgia, where one must be a Georgia resident to receive the vaccine there.  https://bit.ly/3toAzui  It is advised that you receive both doses from the same vaccine provider. https://scdhec.gov/covid19/covid-19-vaccine/covid-19-vaccine-faqs 

Faculty Employee

Yes, meetings can be hosted in-person. Unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings and social distance when gathering face-to-face. Please refer to our event protocol for the latest guidance related to campus events (You will need to highlight, copy & paste the link(s) in your browser).

https://augustauniversity.app.box.com/s/o2eol0cf03qzzne869rh7li157cmfci2 

https://www.augusta.edu/protocol/documents/in-person-student-event-guide-rso-060121.pdf

 

Faculty Employee

The University System of Georgia (USG) will remain open on September 3, 2021.  The following guidance is provided in compliance with the intent of the Governor's COVID-19 Vaccination Day for state employees.

To encourage unvaccinated University System of Georgia (USG) employees to schedule their COVID -19 vaccine appointment by December 31, 2021, and to thank those who are already vaccinated, the USG will provide employees with eight (8) hours of administrative leave. This leave is in lieu of and aligns with Governor Kemp’s Vaccination Day closing of state offices on September 3, 2021.   To make this process as convenient as possible while maintaining service to our students and campus community, USG employees may request time off by completing the Vaccine Admin Day Request Form and submitting to their supervisor for approval between September 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.  

Two new Time Reporting Codes (TRCs) have been added to Time and Labor to record time off for the Vaccine Admin Day.  The TRCs are:

  • 00VLH:     Vaccine Admin Day - Hourly
  • 00VLM:     Vaccine Admin Day - Monthly

Once a request for Vaccine Admin Day leave is submitted by an employee, manager or time approvers will update the Timesheet with the appropriate hours (not to exceed 8 hours in total).

Attached are the USG provided FAQ's and below are additional FAQs:

  • Will the vaccine administrative leave need to be entered for exempt employees as well? Yes, for tracking and reporting purposes all leave must be documented for exempt and non-exempt employees.
  • Are student employees eligible for the leave? No.  Student employees are not eligible for the vaccine administrative leave. 
  • For clarification, employees do not need to be vaccinated to request the day, correct? Correct.  Employees do not need to be vaccinated to request this leave.  However, in alignment with the Governor’s intent for the administrative day off for state employees, USG encourages all employees to consult with their medical professional and to get vaccinated.  

Our priority is to protect the health and safety of our campus community by encouraging and supporting all of our employees to be vaccinated. If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, please contact your medical professional. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine or to find available vaccination locations, please visit https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine.

Should you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at 706-721-3770.

Faculty
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

When needed, faculty 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

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: https://jagwire.augusta.edu/facilities-leads-rigorous-efforts-to-ready-campus-for-safe-reopening/ 

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 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

Two (2) KN-95 masks can be provided per faculty member upon request

Faculty will need to call 706-721-5024 to request the KN-95 masks.

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