Employee Preparation

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.

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 method below. Those new to Oglethorpe starting in 2022 should complete this by January 15, 2022.

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

As we continue to review our vaccine requirement for 2022, we greatly encourage everyone to get a COVID-19 booster as soon as possible!

Working on Campus

Faculty and staff whose duties require them to be on campus this week must have a COVID-19 test completed no later than Monday, January 10, 2022. Faculty and staff should consult with their supervisors about the possibility of flexible work arrangements through January 17, 2022. Everyone is encouraged to conduct meetings remotely through this time.

All other faculty and staff must submit a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to returning to campus, or a negative antigen test (including at-home tests) 24 hours before returning to campus. Employees are responsible for obtaining their own COVID-19 test and should upload their test result through PayCom. Please refer to the instructions below and reach out to HR Director Sandy Butler for further questions regarding this process.

Those who have COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, or have a household contact testing positive for COVID-19 should not return to campus at this time and consult with their supervisor.

For Faculty

Faculty will have the option to teach in-person or remotely for J-Term. Students will be notified by the registrar ONLY if there is a shift in the delivery method of their course.

Instructors should work with students in quarantine or isolation to arrange to access to course materials during that time.

Faculty who are unable to teach their classes should contact their Division Chair and the Provost immediately, per the Faculty Handbook (Section IV.P). If possible, the instructor should arrange for another faculty member to substitute.

Faculty needing special teaching accommodations should contact Sandy Butler, Director of Human Resources.

COVID-19 Testing for Unvaccinated Employees

Individuals who are unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated must participate in random COVID-19 testing when requested to do so. Students, faculty and staff will be notified via email when selected for COVID-19 testing and must submit a valid test via the link included in the email as instructed. Students and employees will be responsible for obtaining their own COVID-19 test, and both PCR and antigen tests are accepted. Faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, must report their case to HR Director Sandy Butler. Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate

COVID-19 testing is available through many sources, including private physician offices and pharmacies (where there may be a charge) and county departments of public health (where they are generally free).

Please contact Sandy Butler for questions on COVID-19 testing for faculty and staff.

Please note, that any individuals who are not currently vaccinated, but become fully vaccinated at a later date will then be exempt from these testing protocols. If you would like to update your vaccination status, please do so through PayCom.