Resources and information regarding COVID-19 are available on JagWire and myAugusta: Public Resources Healthcare Resources
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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. Supervisors 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. 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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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:

  • Augusta University employees: The cleaning process is triggered when a case is reported to REPORTCOVID@augusta.edu
  • Augusta University students: Although the cleaning process is triggered when a student self-reports to Student Health, it is recommended that an academic program representative contact Laura Meyer Chapman in the Biological Safety Office (lmeyer@augusta.edu or 706-721-7458) to request cleaning.
  • Non-university employees that work in campus buildings (i.e. AU Health or AUMA employees): A department representative should contact Laura Meyer Chapman in the Biological Safety Office (lmeyer@augusta.edu or 706-721-7458) to request cleaning (the cleaning process is not triggered when employees self-report to Employee Health).
  • If the individual is on campus when they develop symptoms, it is recommended that affected areas be closed off until EVS can provide disinfection services, if at all possible. If the COVID-19 positive individual has not been on campus on the day that they develop symptoms or receive their positive test result there is no need to close off any campus areas other than that individual’s personal office or cubicle space. The high-touch points in the public areas of the building and in the departmental spaces should already have been disinfected by the combined efforts of Environmental Services and department staff as indicated in the preceding guidance. Environmental Services will provide additional disinfection of affected spaces once they receive the disinfection request.  
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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.

Faculty

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

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

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

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Augusta University will allow certain travel during the fall semester with the following guidelines:

  • Augusta University prohibits all academic or work travel for faculty, staff, and students, without specific advance approval from the President and the Provost, outside of the United States through December 31, 2020.
  • Augusta University prohibits all academic or work travel for faculty, staff, and students, without specific advance approval from the President and the Provost, outside Georgia—except for the Augusta Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) through December 31, 2020.
  • All non-essential travel is prohibited until further notice.
  • Essential travel is allowed if travel occurs within the state of Georgia. If travel is to occur outside the State of Georgia, approval must be received from the President and the Provost.
  • All faculty, staff, and students will be encouraged to take full advantage of virtual attendance for meetings.
  • When faculty, staff, and students are attending approved, essential meetings that are hosted face-to-face, social distancing should be utilized during any in-person interactions.
  • Augusta University or academic-related travel (e.g., instruction, clinicals, internships, clerkships, admissions recruiting) may be permitted within Georgia and the surrounding Augusta MSA with the required approvals under existing University policies and must be secured in writing in advance of travel.
  • In special cases, clinical rotations may be held outside of Georgia (and the Augusta MSA) for students or medical residents currently living outside of Georgia (and the Augusta MSA). On a case-by-case basis, the respective Dean or Chair will need to approve the clinical rotation outside of Georgia as meeting the essential travel threshold and use best efforts to verify COVID-19 is not present at that site. Students who are currently on clinical rotations outside of Georgia and the Augusta MSA may continue their respective rotation with permission from their Dean. All state and local directives must be followed should there be any restrictions in place regarding return from specific locations that might require quarantine or other measures, but such students are not otherwise prohibited from returning to campus at the completion of the out of state/out of area rotation.

NOTE: The Augusta MSA includes Aiken and Edgefield Counties in South Carolina.

Faculty

If your work modification includes not returning to face-to-face teaching this fall and you need assistance in setting your classes up in an online format, reach out to the Center for Instructional Innovation for assistance. These skilled instructional designers can be contacted by calling 706-737-1742 or by submitting a request for services at www.augusta.edu/innovation/request.php.

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.

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

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

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

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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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Yes, sporting events will resume in fall.  The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) will allow Fall sports to compete beginning October 1, 2020.

Faculty

Yes, sporting events will resume in fall with audiences under the guidelines of the PBC “Return to Play” plan.

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Student Athletes will be allowed to return to campus August 3, 2020.

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Student Athletes will be allowed to return to campus to practice on August 14, 2020.

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

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

Faculty

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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Even prior to COVID-19, the Division of Facilities Services has been installing CDC recommended filters in Augusta University buildings. Air filters in all buildings will be replaced and/or inspected prior to the start of fall semester which is part of the routine maintenance procedures.
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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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Yes, employees will be required to practice social distancing. As employees transition back into the workplace, departments will make arrangements to support social distancing. If you have concerns, please contact your immediate supervisor for further discussion.
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The Greenblatt Library will open August 3. The Reese Library will open August 10.

 

Reese Library will be open 8:00 AM-5:00 PM Monday, August 3 to Friday, August 7.

 

NOTE: The hours listed below will be in effect starting August 3 for Greenblatt and August 10 for Reese.

 

Fall 2020 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.
  • Curbside 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 Curbside 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. https://www.augusta.edu/library/
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Yes, the university is distributing two cloth facemasks for every student, faculty, and staff member. 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.

 

Students will be allowed to pick up their two masks from central locations on our campuses using their JagID after August 3. We will share more specific details in the coming weeks.

Faculty

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

In keeping with the guidelines, Augusta University will:

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

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

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

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

Faculty

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

Faculty

No, masks/face coverings are not required when the individual is alone in an enclosed office. However, the mask/face covering should be close at hand (for example, hanging off the ear or under the chin) in order to be quickly reapplied any time another person enters the office.

Faculty

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

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No. Until further notice, campus spaces cannot be used or rented by outside/external entities. This includes if those meetings/events are “sponsored” by employees/internal units. Bringing visitors to campus should be avoided and/or strictly limited.

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Bringing visitors to campus should be avoided and/or strictly limited. Individual campus visit programs for prospective students may continue with social distancing guidelines.

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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

Employees are encouraged to avoid any travel outside the Augusta Metropolitan Statistical Area whenever possible and to take full advantage of virtual attendance. Only essential travel within Georgia will be allowed if virtual attendance is not feasible or not an option.

 

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

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

Faculty

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.

 

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

Faculty

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

 

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

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

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, meetings involving external participants are prohibited until further notice unless specific advance approval has been received from the President and/or the Provost.

 

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

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

Faculty

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

 

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

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No. Continuing Education programs/training involving external participants coming on campus are prohibited until further notice without specific advance approval by the president and/or provost.

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

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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

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

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The current ratio of fully online to face-to-face courses is 10%. The expectation is that it will remain below 12%.

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  • 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 fall 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.
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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.

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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Faculty may use Respondus Monitor to administer exams. Consult with IT Services for support and preparation in D2L.
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  • Yes, exam schedules remain the same regardless of what occurs during the semester.
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  • 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.
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Facilities is working to install signage, rearrange/remove furniture, and to affix marks on the floor to ensure social distancing expectations for all individuals, including students, in common spaces.

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Employees should receive communication from their immediate supervisor, department chair or director regarding the transition schedule. Members of the President’s Cabinet - Vice Presidents, Deans and Directors - have been authorized to develop schedules that work for operational needs of their respective colleges, schools, divisions and departments. These leaders are also engaging their department chairs, directors and other members of their management teams to determine plans. There are two target dates that will impact the schedules being developed, as follows:

· Wednesday, July 1, 2020 – this is the beginning of the fiscal year, the beginning of the year for fiscal year employees, the beginning of the year for some health sciences educational activities, and when our new residents begin their residencies, among other things. Thus, this date has been identified as an important date for key services to be available. This date is also the first day that the USG authorized Non-Closure Emergency Leave will no longer be available, so any employee approved for that leave during April, May and June will need to plan to either return to on-site work or, if work is not available, the employee will be expected to take available leave to remain in paid status.

· Monday, August 3, 2020 – this is the beginning of the academic year for those faculty and staff who may be on academic year appointments. Classes begin for fall term on Monday, August 10, so the week before represents a timeframe for key start of term activities for students, faculty and staff.

College/School/Department plans with specific dates for their employees have been completed and communication to employees should begin shortly.

Faculty

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 should contact Employee Health & Wellness (https://my.augusta.edu/human-resources/employee-health-and-wellness/), and students should contact Student Health Services (https://www.augusta.edu/shs/). Those units will coordinate with AU’s Chief Medical Officer for further guidance in reaching out to the DPH.

Faculty

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

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 return to the workplace in accordance with your specific departmental return-to-work transition plan. Departments are taking measures to ensure the work environment is safe for employees to return. If there are other circumstances preventing your return to the workplace, please review 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

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

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  • 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

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

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

At this time, no study abroad will be permitted for the fall semester.

Faculty

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

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