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University System of Georgia updates guidelines for return to campus this fall

With the new academic year set to begin this month, Augusta University is staying vigilant amid the Delta variant of COVID-19. 

As COVID-19 cases in the CSRA increase, the number of hospitalized patients is also rising. Augusta University’s COVID-19 Resource page is updated daily to include statistics of positive cases. The following are guidelines and recommendations as of Monday, Aug. 2:

  • Masks are encouraged, but not required for faculty or students except in clinical spaces such as Augusta University Medical Center,  College of Nursing’s Nurse-Managed Health Center or the Dental College of Georgia clinics. Vaccines are encouraged but not required.
  • While masks/face coverings are not required on campus, they must be worn while using public transportation, including university shuttles.
  • Classes during the fall semester will be taught as advertised. An exception may be granted by the provost through the college dean in cases where a faculty member tests positive for COVID but can still teach online.
  • Vaccinated people are not required to quarantine unless they are symptomatic and await testing. 
  • Augusta University President Brooks A. Keel, PhD, will hold a town hall meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, with more updates. Guests can attend in person at the Auditoria Center or watch the livestream.

Upcoming student vaccine clinics

The university will host two student vaccine clinics in the ballroom of the Jaguar Student Activities Center:

  • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25
  • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31

Registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.

The University System of Georgia recognizes COVID-19 vaccines offer safe, effective protection and urges all students, faculty, staff and visitors to get vaccinated either on campus or with a local provider.

Additionally, everyone is encouraged to wear a mask or face covering while inside campus facilities. The system continues to work closely with the Georgia Department of Public Health to prioritize the health and safety of our campus communities.

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