Campus Reopening Project - Frequently Asked Questions - Students
If a COVID-19 case is identified in your area, Environmental Services will provide additional disinfection of spaces where the individual spent time on campus prior to the onset of symptoms or their positive test. The process for requesting disinfection services varies based on that individual’s role on campus:
- 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 (email@example.com 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
- 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.
Students who live on campus who test positive for COVID-19 should leave campus immediately and return to their permanent residence, if at all possible. Students must remain off campus until they are able to meet guidelines for return outlined in the following university guidance:
If a student who has tested positive for COVID-19 is unable to leave campus housing, Housing and Residence Life will take the following steps:
- The student may be moved to an isolation room.
- The Office of the Dean of Students will partner with Student Health and Student Counseling & Psychological Services to connect the student with health resources.
- The Office of the Dean of Students will partner with Housing and Residence Life to conduct daily check-ins for students who isolate on campus.
There are two different types of withdrawals that may fit your individual circumstances. The procedures for either a medical or hardship withdrawal are outlined below.
Please note that quarantine for COVID-19 does not automatically qualify a student for a medical or hardship withdrawal.
- Students seeking to withdraw due to their own medical issues (which includes severe illness or complications as a result of COVID-19) must apply for a medical withdrawal. A medical withdrawal is intended for a student whose own medical conditionprevents them from completing the semester. (That is, a student cannot medically withdraw due to a family member’s medical status. They can, however, submit a hardship withdrawal for that.)
- A medical withdrawal is a withdrawal from all classes for the semester, and should include written documentation from the student’s physician. An extenuating circumstance request for a partial withdrawal should include the specific courses the student wishes to withdraw from, and written documentation from the student’s physician as to why the medical condition only affects these specific classes. Note that a medical withdrawal does not qualify for a refund of tuition and fees. Complete withdrawals are processed using the University Refund Policy.
- The University will follow the normal published policy and procedures for medical withdrawals.
- Students seeking to withdraw from classes due to a family member’s medical issues or another hardship must apply for a hardship withdrawal. This includes hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- A hardship withdrawal is intended for a student who has experienced an unexpected occurrence (i.e. a crisis or other unavoidable circumstance) that would impede their academic progress. This unexpected occurrence might include the injury, illness, or death of an immediate family member; a fire or other personal disaster; a financial crisis (loss of job by the student or the head of their household); or an employer-initiated job change. Note that the possibility that a student will fail a course is not considered a hardship, and that a hardship withdrawal does not qualify for a refund of tuition and fees. Complete withdrawals are processed using the University Refund Policy.
- The University will follow the normal published policy and procedures for hardship withdrawals.
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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.
Although student life-related meetings and events are always encouraged to be virtual, we understand this is not always feasible. As we want to ensure an impactful student experience even in the midst of COVID-19, we will allow in-person student events/meetings, but only under the following conditions:
- All student-focused events/meetings outside of the classroom must be registered through JagLife (augusta.presence.io) at least two weeks in advance.
- Attendance must be taken and uploaded to JagLife within 24 hours.
- Masks/face coverings are required for all in-person student events, whether hosted inside or outside. Mask/face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing.
- In-person student events and meetings must take place on-campus or at a venue within the immediate Augusta area.
- On-campus events and meetings cannot exceed any room occupancy guidelines for social distancing set by the Division of Facilities Services.
- Off-campus event venues must employ all CDC physical distancing guidelines.
- In-person student events and meetings are capped at 50 participants, including organizers, and must be planned with physical distance measures.
- Outside guests are not allowed to participate in student events or meetings.
- Events and meetings may employ an appointment schedule or rotation system if they need to accommodate multiple groups of 50 people.
- Organizers must plan for at least a 30 minute break between each rotation for disinfecting purposes.
- Service vendors are allowed on campus only when they follow CDC cleaning and physical distancing guidelines.
Below is the required forums for events:
|General Meeting||Microsoft Teams, other virtual platforms|
|Trainings||Virtual preferred, in-person secondary|
1 Engagement events involve programs in which the objectives and learning outcomes may be hindered if held virtually.
- Students who are sick are encouraged to take time to rest and recover.
- Students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should adhere to the following protocols:
- Although you may not know you have been exposed, there is still a possibility that your symptoms may be a result of COVID-19.
- Students who have been exposed to someone who has texted positive for COVID-19 should adhere to the following protocols:
- Students who have been exposed to COVID-19 will need to self-quarantine at their permanent home or local off-campus residence. Resident students living in residence halls should quarantine in their assigned room if they cannot relocate to a location off campus.
NOTE: All on-campus roommates are considered close contacts and thus, will need to be referred for testing and undergo self-quarantine until the results of the test are known.
Currently, the Richmond County Department of Public Health (RCDPH) is performing contact tracing of any laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases. This means that if you are identified by RCDPH as a close contact of a confirmed case, they will notify you and they will provide you with specific guidance.
The Georgia Department of Public Health has prepared the following video describing the process of contact tracing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LANQADjaEY
The Vulnerable Population is defined through the CDC. Students who have these certain medical conditions should contact the Office of Testing and Disability Services to inquire about alternative education arrangements. Students will need to provide medical documentation of their diagnosis in order to begin the request process. Testing and Disability Services will assist students in informing faculty of their immune-compromised status. Additional information regarding alternative education arrangements can be found by visiting the following web address: https://www.augusta.edu/tds/documents/covid19alternativerequestform2020.pdf
Please keep in mind that AU is taking all necessary precautions to mitigate risk such as maintaining social distancing, frequently disinfecting classes and other common areas, and requiring the use of a face covering while inside buildings on campus. AU will work with students to provide accommodations for in-class lectures whenever possible, however alternatives to in-class lectures and/or labs are not always possible.
Yes, sporting events will resume in fall. The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) will allow Fall sports to compete beginning October 1, 2020.
Yes, sporting events will resume in fall with audiences under the guidelines of the PBC “Return to Play” plan.
Student Athletes will be allowed to return to campus August 3, 2020.
Student Athletes will be allowed to return to campus to practice on August 14, 2020.
All Student Athletes will be tested during their annual physicals after August 3, 2020. All Student Athletes at high risk of exposure (men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball) will be tested within seventy-two (72) hours of competition and weekly per NCAA recommendations.
Faculty 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 706-721-2663. 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.
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.
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.
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
- 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/
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.
Please refer to the CDC website for directions on washing cloth face coverings.
Sign up for your fall move-in appointment by logging in to the housing portal. There will be a limited number of students allowed to check for each time slot, so be sure to sign up right away.
Each student is allowed to have two supporters/helpers during your move-in time. Please do not invite those who are ill or may be immunocompromised.
If you do not see an appointment time that works for you and your supporters, please contact the Housing office at email@example.com.
Our Campus Recreation facility reopened for registered students and patrons on July 1, 2020.
Until August 10, the Campus Recreation Center will only be accessible to current students and current members. Students enrolled in classes for the Fall 2020 semester are able to purchase a membership for July, through August 9th, which will be $15. No other new memberships or guest passes will be issued at this time.
Face coverings should be worn inside all buildings including while exercising at Campus Recreation. Any exercise that cannot be done safely while wearing a face covering should be done outside.
In addition, until further notice, the locker rooms will only be used as restrooms. Lockers and showers in the locker rooms will not be available. There are exterior lockers available for patrons to use while working out. These are at no charge and are cleaned after each use.
Hours of Operation for Campus Recreation
July 1st - August 9th (CLOSED July 3rd in University Holiday / Independence Day)
Monday - Friday: 6:30am to 6:00pm
*Monday-Friday: CLOSED 9:30 am to 11:00 am for cleaning, sanitization, and other necessary procedures.
Saturday - Sunday: CLOSED
Fall Semester (beginning August 10th)
Monday - Friday: 6:00am to 8:00pm
*Monday-Friday: CLOSED 9:30 am to 11:00 am for cleaning, sanitization, and other necessary procedures.
Saturday: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Please stop by or send any other questions you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org.
YES, we will have intramural sports. We will introduce some new sports which will work well with physical distancing recommendations including table tennis, cornhole, and disc golf. We will not host contact sports such as basketball or flag football. Please follow us on Instagram: aug_campusrec, and check out our website, www.augusta.edu/campus-recreation, for updates.
Yes. Anyone traveling from outside the U.S. will be expected to self-quarantine in their Augusta place of residence (including campus residence halls) for 14 days before coming to class, and therefore should return to the U.S. no later than Monday, August 10 (earlier for some graduate and professional programs).
Students who are required to quarantine because of international travel and will miss class days should reach out to their faculty members to provide notice of quarantine and any documentation they have regarding dates of travel back to the United States.
The Office of the Dean of Students also can provide support with contacting your faculty members to notify them of your need to quarantine. Documentation will need to be provided to the Office of the Dean of Students regarding dates of travel back to the United States.
***F-1 INTERNATIONAL STUDENT INFORMATION: For more specific details, see the International and Postdoctoral Services website
- Return to campus
- Enroll in AU courses already available online
Summerville Campus undergraduate program students – No later than the start of classes on 10 August 2020
Graduate and Professional students – No later than the start of classes on 10 August 2020 – unless notified by your program that an earlier arrival date is required.
AU's Fall 2020 instructional plan is currently designated as hybrid (a combination of online and in-person course offerings)
On July 14, 2020, the SEVP Broadcast Message 2007-01: COVID-19 and Fall 2020 issued on July 6, 2020, and the Frequently Asked Questions posted on July 7, 2020, were rescinded. F-1 students may now take a full online course load and remain in the United States.
Yes, you may enroll full or part-time.
If you enroll in Augusta University courses,
- Full-time- your F program SEVIS record will remain active.
- Less than full-time - you must apply for and receive authorization to enroll in less than a full course of study as soon as possible for your F program SEVIS record to remain active. See IPSO Student Forms page.
- Students should assume classes will be taught face-to-face unless indicated otherwise in POUNCE. See the Notes section in POUNCE for whether the course is hybrid or online.
- Face-to-face, or in-classroom, instruction will follow social distancing protocol. Students are strongly encouraged to wear masks/face coverings, and may be required to wear masks/face coverings depending upon the classroom environment.
- Hybrid courses are taught as a combination of online and regular classroom instruction where up to 50% of class sessions may be delivered via distance education.
- Online or fully at a distance instruction delivers content, lectures, discussions and tests solely at a distance.
- Partially at a Distance Course means more than 50% of the course will be delivered using distance technology but some visits to a classroom or instructional site will be required. Courses taught this way will have “Partially at a Distance” in the Notes Section of the Schedule of Classes.
- Students should review the Student: Schedule of Classes Reader Guide for helpful information on reading their schedule of classes.
- Faculty will communicate course specifics to students through guidance in D2L. Students are encouraged to engage the D2L platform as soon as possible after they register for a course.
A hybrid class means you will be expected to meet in person and work remotely online. A hybrid class structure allows faculty to meet with students while following the new, reduced space guidelines for classrooms. For example, classrooms that once held 40 now may only seat 20, so faculty might meet with half of their class on a Tuesday and the other half on a Thursday.
Individual faculty have developed hybrid schedules for their subject to support your learning and meet the course goals. This means not all courses will have the same hybrid schedule. Check your course syllabus for more information on how your classes will be structured.
Given the different class schedules this term, time management is probably going to be more important than usual. Consider meeting with an academic coach to develop a fall plan tailored for you.
These are not the best devices for academic work. See the Bring Your Own Device page for more information about devices that work better.
Phones and Chromebooks are useful for simple tasks like checking emails, but they do not work well for engaging in the class. It is likely that you will not be able to see all the material presented (think about how small a phone screen is, then imagine you are looking at a biological diagram, math problem with multiple layers, or an annotated poem). You also may not be able to access some online functions, such as whiteboards.
Both are types of online teaching.
Synchronous means you are expected to be online when the faculty is online, at the time the course is scheduled, so you meet much like a regular class but virtual instead of in-person.
Asynchronous means you can access the course content at any time, not just at the scheduled time.
You might have a blend of both options in one class. For example, you may have a couple of modules that are asynchronous – so you can complete them at any time – but then meet for a synchronous class period to discuss the content or take an exam.
Yes! We have a folder on D2L that has all the information you need to learn about the different online tools your faculty will be using. Scroll through your class list on D2L and look for “Online Resources for Online Learning Readiness.” This folder includes information on internet connections, software, D2L options, and more. We are constantly updating and adding information, so contact the Academic Success Center at email@example.com or 706-667-4777 if there is something more we should include.
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.
- Contact your faculty member or faculty advisor by phone or in D2L to make an appointment and ask what guidelines will need to be met within the office spaces. D2L is the main course communication tool for classes.
- Students advised through the Academic Advisement Center will receive an email from their advisor after school starts in August. Students with questions about their fall term schedules can reach out to their advisor directly. Advisor contact information can be found on the website.
- If meeting face to face, students are required to wear masks/face coverings and ensure 6 feet social distancing practices.
- Consult with your faculty regarding specific expectations in labs. Because labs are highly experiential and often in enclosed spaces, a mask/face covering is required.
- The safety of our staff, faculty and students is the top priority when we return to campus for Fall 2020.
- To that end, the university will—among other things:
- implement recommended social distancing guidelines;
- encourage good personal hygiene and safe cough protocol;
- require personal protective measures like masks/face coverings while inside Augusta University facilities/buildings;
- add social distancing signage, including elevator signs and floor markers;
- add additional rigorous sanitizing measures; and
- limit hours for some services.
- For everyone’s safety and wellbeing, students are encouraged to:
- Obey all signage and instructions regarding social distancing protocols for classroom spaces, teaching labs, residence halls, and public facilities such as the library, bookstore, and shuttles.
- Carry a mask/face covering at all times, and wear it 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 students, masks/face coverings are not required in one’s own residence hall room or suite, when alone in an enclosed study room, or in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met.
- Avoid person-to-person contact, including hugs and handshakes.
- Limit any face-to-face group congregations or assemblies where social distancing cannot be maintained.
- Practice good hygiene: Wash hands thoroughly and often. Utilize hand sanitizer dispensers. Minimize direct contact with campus equipment, surfaces, and spaces (doorknobs, light switches, devices, vending machines, etc.).
- Stay off campus if experiencing a fever or any COVID-related symptoms, or recently had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID until they can be tested and cleared.
- Speak up if they notice signs of strain on themselves or others. The university has many resources to support students academically, psychologically and socially.
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.
All students are required to wear an appropriate mask/face covering while inside Augusta University facilities/buildings. Mask/Face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing. Masks/Face coverings are not required in one’s own residence hall room or suite, when alone in an enclosed office or study room, or in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met.
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.).
A student unable to wear a mask/face covering due to a medical condition must contact the Office of Testing & Disabilities Services with medical documentation of their diagnosis to request an exemption from the mask/face covering requirement. The Office of Testing and Disability Services will assist students in informing faculty of their status.
“Technology enhanced” indicates that technology is used in delivering instruction.
Please refer to the CDC for a definition of a close contact.
No. Until further notice, campus spaces cannot be used or rented by outside/external entities.
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.
Bringing visitors to campus should be avoided and/or strictly limited. Individual campus visit programs for prospective students may continue with social distancing guidelines.
Academic support units – the Academic Success Center (ASC) https://www.augusta.edu/academicsuccess/, the Writing Center (WC) https://www.augusta.edu/pamplin/writingcenter/ and the Math Assistance Center (MAC Lab) https://www.augusta.edu/scimath/mathematics/mathassistancecenter.php – are currently providing online peer tutoring and coaching for students engaged with all modes of instruction. Visit the websites for more information and directions on how to meet with a tutor or coach.
- D2L is Augusta University’s electronic Learning Management System (LMS). This will be the most important landing spot for your academic journey. There you will find your courses, important announcements, your course syllabi, communication with your faculty, support through the Academic Support Center, and so much more. Go to the Student Quickstart Guide for access to the Learning Management System and all other digital resources.
- Students are expected to log into D2L prior to the first day of class to read the syllabus and determine how instruction will occur and when they should attend class face-to-face or expect a hybrid approach.
Faculty will also email you via your official Augusta University email account -- firstname.lastname@example.org. It is a good idea to make sure you check your augusta.edu email regularly.
If at all possible, we recommend that you bring your own laptop this year. Your classes will be held both in the classroom and online, so you will need access to a computer to participate in the online portion of your course. We know purchasing a laptop is not possible for all students, so we have laptops available to borrow for the term. If you need a loaner laptop or additional technology support, please complete the Student Technological Needs Form on the Jags Care web site.
- Log in to D2L and select “About your Faculty” for phone and email contact information.
- Students should log in to POUNCE at pounce.augusta.edu.
- Your faculty member will guide you. It will be important to have a computer with a camera and internet access.
- Consult with your faculty and site/internship coordinator. Also remember that Career Services is available to support you.
- Students experiencing symptoms should not attend class face-to-face. Students experiencing symptoms which prohibit them from online learning are encouraged to take time to rest and recover, and not expected to engage academically while ill.
- If able, students can stay engaged in their courses online through D2L. Students are encouraged to contact your faculty member for further individual guidance.
- Anyone returning from outside the U.S. and/or a regional hotspot for any reason – personal travel or otherwise – may be required to self-quarantine at home for 14 days and may be required to be tested for COVID-19 before being permitted back on campus, either for work or for study.
- Faculty, staff and students who engage in travel outside of the US and/or to a regional hotspot and do not adhere to the requirement to self-quarantine may be subject to corrective action.
- Yes, the University System of Georgia has created contingency plans in case the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic reaches levels deemed unsafe to once again continue face-to-face operations. One of the contingencies calls for a transition to fully online classes. The decision regarding which contingency plan will be followed will be made by Augusta University in consultation with the University System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Public Health and local county health departments and would apply to either a resurgence of the first wave or a true second wave (associated with the Fall Flu season).
- At this time there are no plans for all students to be tested before they may return to campus.
Residence halls will open with normal occupancy standards and social distancing. The number of residents will not be limited below unit occupancy. Students will be encouraged to observe preventative actions and talk with their roommates about expectations for health and safety.
- Housing and Residence Life is taking many steps to comply with CDC and state guidelines:
- Housing and Residence Life will create a supplement to the Guide to Community Living to address community living considering the circumstances of the pandemic.
- Housing and Residence Life will create a Safety and Security Addendum to the housing contract that students will sign upon checking into their room assignment. The addendum will require students to agree to and understand new implemented policies to community living.
- For Fall 2020, Housing will restrict all visitation in residence halls. Each person who enters any residence hall building or community will be required to scan their Jaguar ID Card (JagCard). This scan will identify students who live in that community.
- Social distancing standards will apply to all public spaces within residence halls including laundry rooms, study rooms, community rooms, computer labs, and kitchens.
- Housing and Residence Life will employ a socially distanced move-in process for all resident students similar to the move-out process we facilitated in spring 2020. Students will be assigned a move-in time via our Housing electronic portal.
- Housing and Residence Life will limit appointments per hour and per hall/building. Volunteers will assist with sanitizing carts and high-touch areas during the move-in process, and these individuals will receive training and appropriate PPE provisions for the task.
- Housing move-in will span one week (August 3-7). Similar to spring 2020 move-out, students will be limited to 2 guests to assist them with moving in.
- We encourage students to bring only essential items (i.e. bed linens, towels/washcloths, school supplies, laundry materials, shower curtain and toiletries, toilet paper/paper towels, and clothing for warm weather as they can go home to change out between seasons) to campus. Students should also bring items related to personal health and safety such as cleaning supplies, masks/face coverings, and a personal supply of hand sanitizer.
- Augusta University does not recommend that vulnerable students live in the residence halls. Students who are considered to be at a higher risk for severe illness as defined by the Georgia Department of Public Health should carefully consider whether or not moving into a residence hall is the appropriate option for them.
- Yes, Housing and Residence Life is introducing more stringent sanitation procedures. All cleaning and disinfecting procedures will be in accordance with Center for Disease Control and Georgia Department of Public Health guidelines.
- Some changes include:
- The University Village (UV) clubhouse will be cleaned and sanitized on a daily basis.
- The UV main lobby and computer lab will have a hand sanitizing station.
- High-touch areas in all residence halls (including elevator buttons, egress bars, keyless entry stations, door handles, lobby restrooms, laundry rooms, front desk counters, electronic signature pads, lobby tables, and computer lab/print stations) will be cleaned at least four times a day and recorded for quality assurance.
- Oak and Elm Halls will have a hand sanitizer station in each main lobby and place stations on each floor at the elevator landing lobby.
- COVID-19 prevention supplies will be provided in common areas. This includes soap, alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol, facial tissues, and trash baskets.
- Currently, the university plans for resident students to remain in on-campus housing even if we must transition to online instruction due to COVID-19. The university will continue to collaborate closely with the Georgia Department of Public Health and the University System of Georgia in making these decisions.
- Opening our dining facilities in a safe manner for the fall will be imperative. All dining facilities will open in accordance with social distancing requirements. The following procedures will be observed:
- Social Distance Occupancy
- Atrium Dining Hall - 150 people max
- JSAC - 200 people max
- Ed Commons & Allgood Hall - N/A
- Harper St. - 40 people max
- Social Distance Occupancy
- Changes in delivery or meal options
- Atrium Dining Hall - Self-serve items [salad bar, waffle maker, etc.] replaced with prepared options
- JSAC - N/A
- Ed Commons & Allgood Hall - N/A
- Harper St. - N/A
- Standards for disinfecting surfaces for our university-controlled spaces (Allgood Hall and Education Commons) will be set based on guidance from the Workplace Health and Safety Plan. Standards for disinfecting surfaces in our vendor-controlled spaces (Atrium, JSAC, and Harper St.) are defined by the vendor, but must meet all university standards.
- Our policies, practices, and guidelines regarding social distancing in dining facilities will align with state-level instructions regarding seated dining for Atrium, JSAC, and Harper Street. Other campus locations like Allgood and Education Commons are carry-out only and are not considered dining areas. There are common areas near these carry-out outlets which are not dining specific, but we will have tables and chairs removed as needed to be consistent with social distancing guidelines. In addition, the following will take place at all dining facilities:
- Tables and chairs will be adjusted (removed or added) in all dine-in facilities to reflect the social distancing occupancy levels identified above.
- The staff member at the door will keep count of total guests for the Atrium.
- Sneeze guards have been added at retail locations.
Complete the Technological Needs Survey on the Jags CARE web site to request a loaner laptop for fall semester.
Information about learning online, including access to internet, can be found here. For example, students may use EduRoam, a system purchased by the University System of Georgia that allows all AU students to access wireless network locations using the same credentials (user/password) they use at their home institution. The system is available nationwide, so all students can access the system no matter where they live. Students can also complete the Technological Needs Survey on the Jags CARE web site to request assistance.
Vending machines will be wiped down by cleaning staff multiple times per day.
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.
Not at this time.
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.
Last Updated: August 21, 2020