COVID-19 Guidance for Fall 2021
This is the most recent guidance from the University System of Georgia (USG) regarding Fall 2021 operations. Please note the USG is monitoring guidance from the CDC and the Georgia Department of Health, and these guidelines could change.
FACE COVERINGS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING
Effective immediately, masks and social distance protocols are no longer required within VSU buildings. However, masks or face coverings are strongly encourage in VSU campus buildings by all individuals-vaccinated or not.
Unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated. Vaccines remain available for all members of the university community from Student Health Services. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are available and in good supply at the Student Health Center. The Pfizer vaccine is now fully approved by the FDA, and full approval for the Moderna vaccine is expected soon.
Please note that VSU will not be tracking vaccinations for the greater university community. Therefore, adherence to this guidance is based on personal responsibility. Some subgroups of our community (such as student athletes, student health professionals, student teachers, etc.) may be subject to vaccination reporting at the direction of an affiliated organization.
ALTERNATE WORK ARRANGEMENTS (EMPLOYEES)
Alternate Work Arrangements (AWA) or accommodations granted to employees for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 due to increased risk for severe illness with COVID-19 ended on June 30, 2021. Lack of vaccination is not grounds for a request for continuing an AWA or accommodation.
***Please note that qualified individuals with a disability can submit requests for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) work accommodations through the Office of Human Resources.
ALTERNATE EDUCATIONAL ARRANGEMENTS (STUDENTS)
Alternate Educational Arrangement (AEA) or accommodations granted to students for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 due to increased risk for severe illness with COVID-19 ended on June 30, 2021. All students are back to their traditional educational arrangement as of the Fall 2021 semester. Lack of vaccination is not grounds for a request for continuing an AEA or accommodation.
***Please note that qualified individuals with a disability can submit requests for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) academic accommodations through the Access Office.
With limited exceptions, employees with current COVID-19 related telework assignments should have returned to their pre-COVID-19 work arrangements and all such arrangements by June 30, 2021. All telework requests and designations are based upon management discretion and in accordance with a determination of what best serves the institution and students. Valdosta State University requires that telework arrangements be approved by the appropriate Cabinet member and documented with Human Resources.
USG institutions will continue to ensure vaccine availability to faculty, staff, and students either through vaccination opportunities on campus or in partnership with a local provider. Institutions are not responsible for assessing current COVID-19 vaccination rates for their institution.
The Student Health Center offers COVID testing and vaccination services to all employees and students. For COVID Vaccines, please use the link below to schedule an appointment or call 229-333-5886.
QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION
Students, faculty, and staff who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated against the virus and show no symptoms. Individuals who have not yet been fully vaccinated and who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, show symptoms, or anyone diagnosed as COVID-19 positive should continue to self-report in the MyVSU Portal.
STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND ENGAGEMENT
VSU has resumed traditional student life activities in the Fall 2021 semester. The recommended mitigation practices by the Georgia Department of Public Health should be practiced and observed during these activities and within the physical spaces these activities take place.
EVENTS AND GATHERINGS
VSU will follow the most recent Executive Order from the Governor related to events and gatherings as well as follow appropriate mitigation practices recommended by the Georgia Department of Public Health. Event reservation policies will include additional mitigation guidelines as needed.
VSU will follow the state government position on travel. As of May 2021, travel is limited to essential travel as approved by the appropriate Cabinet member.
VSU will continue to follow NCAA and Gulf South Conference guidelines for COVID-19.
All guidance listed here is subject to change based on recommendations from the Georgia Department of Public Health. Valdosta State reserves the right to adjust plans as necessary.