COVID-19 Update: Winter Break and Returning to Campus

The latest update from the COVID-19 Task Force:

The fall semester has come to a close, and we wish everyone a well-deserved break! We continue to encourage everyone to observe the latest public health guidance this holiday season.

As the COVID-19 Task Force prepares to reconvene in January, we want to remind the Oglethorpe community of the current policies that will continue to carry over into J-Term and spring 2022. The Fall 2021 COVID-19 Handbook will carry over into J-Term, and any updates to spring semester policies will be reflected in the Spring 2022 COVID-19 Handbook.

COVID-19 Booster

The CDC recommends a booster shot for anyone over the age of 18. While not required at this time, the COVID-19 Task Force strongly encourages everyone to get a booster prior to the holiday season, which should offer improved protection against COVID-19 and its variants. View details surrounding booster shots.

Vaccine Policy

As was the case in fall 2021, students, faculty and staff are expected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Individuals may apply for a medical or religious accommodation.

Any students and employees who did not confirm their vaccination status or apply for an accommodation in fall 2021 must do so through the appropriate acknowledgment form below. Those who are new to Oglethorpe starting in 2022 should complete the appropriate form by January 15, 2022.

Additionally, if your vaccination status has changed, please update your status through the appropriate form.

COVID-19 Testing

We are carefully monitoring recommendations from our public health consultants and other health experts regarding the rapid community spread of the omicron variant. In response, additional testing requirements may be added as part of the return to campus. Please monitor your emails carefully for further details and updated information.

At this time, unvaccinated students and employees will continue to be tested for COVID-19 throughout J-Term and spring 2022. Students, faculty, and staff will be notified via email when they will need to get a COVID-19 test and must submit a valid test as instructed. Students and employees will be responsible for obtaining their own COVID-19 test, and both PCR and antigen tests will be accepted.

Wear Your Mask!

Face-coverings will continue to be required indoors on campus, unless you are alone in your office or room, or while actively eating or drinking. Individuals should report COVID-19 violations, incidents or concerns through this form. For students, reports are addressed through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities and may result in removal from campus. Reports pertaining to faculty and staff are addressed through the appropriate human resource guidelines and may result in disciplinary action.

CDC Guidance and Updates

Please be aware of the latest news regarding COVID-19, as well as the risks surrounding the new Omicron variant. Everyone should review the following resources from the Centers for Disease Control as you prepare for the holidays.