Coronavirus Overview

Updated March 24, 2021

All VSU campus community members age 16 and over are eligible for the COVID Vaccine as of March 25, 2021

The Student Health Center at VSU is taking appointments for those CURRENT students, faculty, and staff who want to be vaccinated. To make your appointment, click here

More Information:

  • Those eligible include current VSU students, faculty, and staff. Retirees, former employees, former students, and spouses or relatives of current campus community members are currently not eligible
  • The current vaccine VSU has is the Pfizer vaccine
  • You must be able to receive the vaccine on campus at the Student Health Center. 
  • The vaccine is currently not mandated by the University System of Georgia

Updated March 8, 2021

Virtual Town Halls planned to discuss COVID-19 Vaccination

Valdosta State University's COVID-19 Task Force is holding two Virtual Town Halls to talk about the vaccines and to answer questions from the campus community and the public. "A Conversation About COVID Vaccination" will feature health experts from South Georgia as panelists. The town halls will be on the VSU Facebook and YouTube pages. 

First Town Hall
Friday, March 12 at Noon

Second Town Hall
Thursday, March 18 at 4:00pm

VSU Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/valdostastate
VSU YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/valdostastateuniv

Panelists: 

Dr. William Grow, Health Director, South Health District

Dr. Charlene Blache, Pediatrician, Southern Pediatric Clinic in Valdosta

Ken Lowery, Epidemiologist, South Health District 

Zsuzsanna Bartha, Nurse Practitioner, VSU Student Health Center

Cecilia Pierce, Registered Nurse, VSU Student Health Center

Dr. Robert Smith, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and COVID-19 Task Force Co-Chair

Dr. Vince Miller, Vice President for Student Affairs and COVID-19 Task Force Co-Chair


Updated February 18, 2021

COVID Vaccination Plan Announced for VSU Community

Valdosta State University expects to start vaccinating the campus community against COVID-19 soon. The vaccine distribution will follow the guidance of the Georgia Department of Public Health. All students, faculty, and staff are eligible to receive the vaccine. The vaccine is currently not mandated by the University System of Georgia, but it is highly encouraged. There is no cost to get the vaccine.

If you'd like to read more about the vaccination plan and phases, the COVID Vaccine Survey, and how the appointment process will work, click here



Updated January 4, 2021

Spring 2021 Back to Campus Virtual Town Hall Planned

Parents and students can get any questions answered before returning to campus on January 11. The virtual town hall will be held on both VSU's Facebook and YouTube pages.

January 7, 2021
4:00pm
VSU Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/valdostastate
VSU YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/user/valdostastateuniv


Topics Include:

  • COVID safety updates
  • Academic updates
  • Parking/transportation updates
  • Housing updates
  • Dining updates
  • Communication updates
  • And much more…

Spring 2021 semester at VSU will have more face-to-face classes while continuing with COVID-19 safety protocols. 

Classes resume at VSU on Monday, January 11, 2021. Here are a few things we'd like to highlight for all students, faculty, and staff:

  • Per USG policy, masks are mandatory in all buildings on campus and outside on campus when social distancing guidelines cannot be guaranteed
  • All classrooms will continue to be socially distanced
  • Dining areas on campus will continue to be socially distanced
  • Campus buses will continue to have rider limits to ensure social distancing
  • COVID testing will continue for students in the Student Health Center
  • Students, faculty, and staff who test positive or are exposed to COVID will need to self-report through MyVSU
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in all classrooms and in entrances to buildings on campus
  • Blazer Athletics is excited that some of its sports are having seasons in Spring 2021. If you plan to attend, please know that masks will be required when not eating or drinking, and athletic venues on campus will be socially distanced. 

Return to Campus Survey

Once again, all students, faculty, and staff must complete the Return to Campus Survey before returning to the VSU campus in January. You will see it when you open your MyVSU page. Please note that the most recent updates to the survey will require a response before you will be able to navigate to any other areas on the site. Also, if any of your submitted information changes between your completion of the Return to Campus Survey and your actual return to campus, you must disclose the change in the self-reporting portal. As in the past, follow the guidance of the Return to Campus Survey, and do not return physically on campus if instructed to wait until someone contacts you.

 

 


 

Updated July 8, 2020

VSU has finalized the reopening plan for fall semester with the University System of Georgia.

Details from the plan are available at www.Valdosta.edu/return.

VSU will resume on-campus classes for the Fall semester with a primary focus on the safety of our students and employees. VSU employees began a phased return to campus on June 15, following social distancing and sanitation protocols. For more information on the return to work plan, please visit our online guide.

VSU is currently operating on a modified schedule for campus services. For details on how this affects specific offices and services, visit our campus operations guide. 

To see resources for New Students, please visit our update pages in Undergraduate Admissions and Blazer Beginnings Orientation.

Current Updates

For an archive of messages sent to campus about COVID-19, visit the campus messages page.

  • Campus leaders have finalized the reopening plan for Fall semester with the University System of Georgia. Details from the plan are available at www.valdosta.edu/return 
  • The academic calendar for Fall 2020 has been changed to cancel Fall Break in October and transition to online instruction after Thanksgiving break. 
  • All orientations this summer are being held virtually. For details, including registration information, visit our orientation website.
  • Requests for alternate work arrangements for employees at high risk from symptoms of coronavirus should be submitted to Human Resources at hrstaff@valdosta.edu
  • In accordance with Governor Kemp's order for state agencies to reduce their budgets by 14% for fiscal year 2021, administration is working with leaders at the system office and on campus to implement a revised budget for fiscal year 2021.
  • For information on the reported cases in the state of Georgia see the Georgia Department of Health daily report.
  • Valdosta State has received federal funding under the CARES Act. These emergency financial aid grants are for student expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus including eligible expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care. More information, including eligibility requirements and the application, can be found on the CARES Act website
  • All USG institutions will require face coverings in all campus facilities and buildings beginning July 15. Details are available in Campus Messages.
  • You can search our FAQ, which is being continually updated, for more information.

This website will be updated as new information becomes available and as the situation unfolds.


Valdosta State University continues to closely monitor activities and developments related to the spread and management of coronavirus (COVID-19) in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health. This site and resources are meant to support the health and wellness of our university community.

Spring 2021 Virtual Town Hall

A spring return to campus virtual town hall is planned for students, parents, faculty, and staff to ask any questions they may have about the start of VSU classes. Here's the information:

January 7, 2021
4:00pm
VSU Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/valdostastate
VSU YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/user/valdostastateuniv


Topics Include:

  • COVID safety updates
  • Academic updates
  • Parking/transportation updates
  • Housing updates
  • Dining updates
  • Communication updates
  • And much more…

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.  

 

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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. 

Report a Social Distance Concern