Return to campus procedures - Jan Term and Spring 2021

Based on new guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health regarding return-to-school guidance, the Cabinet has agreed to the following plan, effective January 4, 2021.

1. All persons directly exposed to COVID-positive individuals MUST be quarantined and excluded from the college setting and all extracurricular activities, regardless of students, professors, or staff wearing masks or the use of physical barriers (e.g., plexiglass).

2. These quarantine guidelines for persons exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID or someone who is suspected of having COVID must be followed.

Symptomatic individuals with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 can return to campus after:

  • 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared AND
  • At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND
  • A physician has cleared the individual to return to work AND
  • Symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved
    Note: the day of exposure counts as day 0.

Asymptomatic persons with known exposure, may return if after 10 full days:

  • The individual does not experience any COVID symptoms during the quarantine period and must maintain a self-monitoring record
  • Persons who return to work after 10 days should continue to self-monitor an additional 4 days for COVID symptoms. If any symptoms are experienced once returning to campus, the individual is to quarantine immediately and follow the symptomatic guidelines
    Note: the day of exposure counts as day 0.

3. Testing upon Jan Term return

All students must obtain a negative PCR test to return to campus.

Tests must be administered within 5 days of returning to campus. For example,

  • For persons returning to campus on January 4th, a PCR test must be performed on December 30 or later.
  • For students moving back on campus Sunday, January 31, a PCR test must be performed on January 26.
  • Test results from faculty and staff must be sent to Lucinda Muncy ( prior to returning to work.
  • Failure to return test results, may require the employee to take vacation until the results are received.

4. During the first two weeks in the office (January 4-15), employees are required to:

  • Maintain strict adherence to campus COVID policies in classrooms. Classes will be held as usual because social distancing and mask wearing occur uniformly.
  • No in-person meetings—utilize Teams to meet with students and colleagues.
  • Keep office door shut.
  • Limit 1 person in shared spaces (copy room, breakroom)
  • Monitor symptoms daily, including a temperature check before arriving to campus.

*Plan developed from the Department of Public Health guidance from December 10, 2020 for schools and colleges.

Return-to-campus procedures - Fall 2020

Student Engagement has been tirelessly preparing for your return to campus. Below you will find information about new college policies, commuter student return to campus, residential student return to campus, COVID-19 test requirements and much more.

Please pay careful attention to this information. All of these plans are designed to protect you in the classroom, dining hall, residence halls and other student spaces.

COVID-19 Policies

1. Masks – All students, faculty, staff and visitors will be required to wear masks in public spaces and in classrooms. Masks will not be required to be worn in residence hall rooms. As mentioned in previous emails, the college will provide all students with two cloth masks. Commuter students may pick up their masks in the Student Engagement Office on the first floor of Smith Hall. Residential students will be provided with masks at move-in.

2. COVID-19 Negative Test – All students are required to submit a negative COVID test result before returning to campus. The specimen collection date of your COVID test must be on or after July 22, 2020. Keep in mind that test results take time to receive, so you should schedule your test early. If you live in Georgia, visit for free testing site options. CVS is also offering testing nationally - Additionally, you may contact your family physician or local urgent care centers for testing options in your community.

a. Commuting Students – Commuting students must submit their COVID negative test result to prior to the first day of classes on August 24, 2020. You can also submit your test results in person at commuter student check-in [see below for details] before attending the first day of classes.

b. Residential Students – Below you will find information about staggered move-in dates for residential students. Once you identify your move-in date, it is important for you to schedule your COVID test with enough time for you to get your results. You must submit your test results to or in person on the day of your move-in. We strongly suggest submitting all materials in advance of move-in.

Students will not be allowed to attend classes in-person without a COVID negative test. Moreover, residential students may have their move-in delayed if their test results have not been received.

3. Guests – All guests to the college will be required to check in at Banks Hall for screening. Students living in residence will not be allowed to have off-campus guests in their residence hall at any time. Additionally, commuting students will not be allowed in any on-campus housing facilities. These policies will be strictly enforced, and students found responsible for violating these policies may be removed from on-campus housing.

More important details are nested under the headings below:

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We will continue to share information as other details are finalized. We look forward to seeing you on the Hill!

Brian A. Carlisle, J.D.
Vice President and Dean of Students