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Face masks are encouraged in all university facilities/buildings, except in the case of fully vaccinated people, who the CDC maintains can gather indoors and outdoors without wearing a mask.

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Face masks are encouraged in all university facilities/buildings, except in the case of fully vaccinated people, who the CDC maintains can gather indoors and outdoors without wearing a mask.

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Employees experiencing symptoms can schedule a COVID-19 test by calling 706-721-1852 or talk with a provider about symptoms by utilizing the AU Health Virtual Care app or website.

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Augusta University prohibits all non-essential travel. AU will allow essential travel for the foreseeable future under the following guidelines:

  • All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to take full advantage of virtual attendance for meetings, conferences and other events.
  • Travel is considered essential if it is for:
    • Research, patient care, and business meetings that cannot be conducted virtually
    • Projects and work that are time sensitive with fixed deadlines.
  • Essential travel must be requested and approved in advance through the chain of command of the employee requesting permission to travel up to the member of the President’s Cabinet.  No essential travel will allowed without the Cabinet Member’s approval..
  • 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 up to the member of the President’s Cabinet and must be secured in writing in advance of travel. Travel for student recruitment activity is exempt and does not require President’s Cabinet approval.
  • Augusta University prohibits all academic or work travel for faculty, staff, and students, without specific advance approval from the applicable Executive Vice President outside Georgia—except for the Augusta Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), for the foreseeable future.
  • 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 for the foreseeable future.
  • When faculty, staff, and students are approved for travel to attend essential meetings or other events that are hosted face-to-face, face coverings must be worn and social distancing must be utilized during any in-person interactions.

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.

For more information regarding student events, please see the ""In Person Event Protocol"" at https://www.augusta.edu/student-life/sle/events.php

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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.

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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.

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According to the CDC, fully vaccinated individuals (2 weeks after second dose in 2-dose series or 2 weeks after single-dose vaccine such as Johnson & Johnson) can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart and conduct outdoor activities without wearing a mask expect in certain crowded settings or venues.

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While we are still encouraging virtual meetings where possible, if a unit needs to consider a face-to-face event that will have less than 50 people in a space that still allows social distancing, then you do not need President/Provost approval. However, you will need approval from your Dean or VP, simply because there is an attestation box when scheduling events on campus via classroom scheduling.

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 for events with 50 or more attendees or events held off campus that are AU sanctioned. 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. Requests for exemption will be approved only in truly exceptional situations.

NOTE: The link above should open your file manager due to it being a Word document. Save the form and then you should be able to complete the form.

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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+. Additional populations were added as of March 15, 2021. For more details, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine

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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. You are considered “fully vaccinated” for COVID-19 ≥2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson). For more information please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html 

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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 

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

For more information regarding student events, please see the "In Person Event Protocol" at https://www.augusta.edu/student-life/sle/events.php

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At this time, no external groups or non-affiliated entities can host events on campus.

For more information regarding student events, please see the "In Person Event Protocol" at https://www.augusta.edu/student-life/sle/events.php

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Outside guests are allowed to participate in events/meetings hosted by an Augusta University -affiliated entity, provided that the total attendee count is no more than 50 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 or exceed up to 50 participants. 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.

For more information regarding student events, please see the "In Person Event Protocol" at https://www.augusta.edu/student-life/sle/events.php

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

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Essential travel outside of Georgia may be approved by the Executive Vice President with supervisory authority over the traveling employee.  However, air travel is not allowed.

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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.

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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.

 

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Outside guests are allowed to participate in events/meetings, provided that the total attendee count is no more than 50 people (total attendees must include one AU staff person). Exceptions can be made on a case by case basis.

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Yes, external guests can attend on-campus meetings hosted by an Augusta University-affiliated entity.

Outside guests are allowed to participate in events/meetings, provided that the total attendee count is no more than 50 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.

Indoor on-campus events/meetings cannot exceed any room occupancy guidelines for social distancing set by the Division of Facilities Services or exceed up to 50 participants. 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.

For information regarding student events, please see the "In Person Event Protocol" at https://www.augusta.edu/student-life/sle/events.php

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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. Outside guests are allowed to participate in events/meetings, provided that the total attendee count is no more than 50 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.

Indoor on-campus events/meetings cannot exceed any room occupancy guidelines for social distancing set by the Division of Facilities Services or exceed up to 50 participants. 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.

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Outside guests are allowed to participate in events/meetings, provided that the total attendee count is no more than 50 people (total attendees must include one AU staff person). Exceptions can be made on a case by case basis.

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

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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.

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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.

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  • 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.
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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.

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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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Sporting events will resume in the spring semester.

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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.

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

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

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"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/ 

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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/

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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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"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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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    

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  • 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. 
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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.

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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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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.

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  • 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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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

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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
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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.
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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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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
  • 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

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

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

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

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

Faculty
  • 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

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

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

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

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