Return-to-campus procedures

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.

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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