Fall 2021 Plans
Students, faculty and staff are expected to be fully immunized against COVID-19 for the Fall 2021 semester. Individuals may apply for a medical or religious accommodation. Students and employees were asked to confirm their vaccination status or apply for an accommodation through the appropriate acknowledgment form. Details about the vaccine mandate and the acknowledgment forms can be found on the COVID-19 Communications site. To date, 97% of our students, faculty and staff have completed their acknowledgment form. Way to go, Petrels!
Working on Campus
Staff were required to be back on campus in early August. We are currently working on policies to address flexible work arrangements for certain areas that will go into effect in September. Staff should talk to their supervisors about the possibility of working from a remote location. Staff needing special accommodations should contact Sandy Butler.
In-person classes will continue as planned. Appropriate masking is required in all classrooms, and faculty lecturing in the classroom must wear a mask. Please note that due to their limited effectiveness, face shields are not an acceptable type of face covering and anyone who chooses to wear a face shield must also wear a mask.
Each course should have alternative methods of participation for students in quarantine or isolation, or some other way for students to make up assignments. Individual instructors may set their own policies, which should be included on their syllabi.
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).
- Schedule a free PCR test through Covid Care Georgia (this site is located 3 miles from campus).
- Drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Perimeter Mall.
- Find other testing locations throughout Georgia, and schedule a test through county health departments.
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 using the appropriate form below.