Campus Message - March 13, 2020
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13 March 2020
Following the guidance of the University System of Georgia, Valdosta State University will suspend all course instruction from March 16 through March 29, 2020.
This suspension includes all face-to-face classes, the vast majority of online classes, and all dual-enrolled classes. The University System of Georgia (USG) has approved a limited number of wholly online programs to continue as scheduled. Specific guidance from the University will be sent directly to students enrolled in these programs as soon as possible.
VSU will remain open in a limited capacity beginning Monday, March 16.
University Housing will remain open. Students who leave campus for spring break are strongly encouraged not to return to campus.
Students who are unable to leave campus must register through the MyVSU portal no later than noon, Monday, March 16. Access to all residence hall entrances will be restricted to only those who are unable to leave and who have registered to stay on campus.
If you only need access to your residence hall room for a short period of time to collect some personal belongings, but do not plan to stay on campus, please call 229-253-4000 to coordinate access. Again, you are not being requested to move out of your residence hall.
Many of you have questions about how this suspension of classes will affect you or your students. On a new frequently asked questions (FAQ) page on the VSU Health Advisory website, we have answered these questions as completely as possible, along with:
- hours of operation for campus services,
- questions for employees, student assistants, work study, and graduate assistants,
- clinical placements, internships, and student teaching,
- study abroad,
- tutoring and academic support, and
- available services (dining, transportation, etc.).
The health of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority. We will continue to work with USG leaders in collaboration with state officials and DPH to act on the most up-to-date guidance available.
Dr. Richard Carvajal,
President, Valdosta State University
REPORT HEALTH CONCERNS
Key term: Close Contact - this is defined as being within six (6) feet of an individual for more than 15 minutes regardless of whether a face covering is worn.
EMPLOYEES DO NOT come on campus if you believe you have been in close contact with a person having COVID or yourself having symptoms or receiving a positive diagnosis. Instead, notify your supervisor of your absence, seek medical services from your primary care provider, and self-report your information by completing the online form or contacting HR directly at 229-333-5709.
STUDENTS DO NOT come on campus nor go directly to the Student Health Center if you believe you have been exposed to COVID. Instead, call the Health Services at 229-333-5886 to speak with a triage nurse over the phone. Additional guidance will be provided on how to access the health center facility. The health center remains open for walk-in patients with non-COVID medical needs.
Members of the campus community should report all instances of close contact with a person having COVID or themselves receiving a positive diagnosis of COVID. To assist with reporting, a COVID Self Reporting link has been added within MyVSU.
If you have been instructed to self-isolate or quarantine, you should do so at your permanent home for the period given unless it should be extended due to remaining symptoms.