Campus Safety Protocols and Procedures

 The college will continue to follow CDC guidelines for mask-wearing, physical distancing and hand washing.

Campus Information

Campus buildings will be open to the public. Members of the public will be expected to adhere to all of the campus safety protocols.

Agnes Scott strongly recommends the wearing of masks indoors. Faculty have the discretion for requiring masks in their classrooms. We will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC and public health authorities about precautions for teaching and learning in a college environment.

Vaccine Information

For any questions about this requirement, students should contact the Wellness Center. Faculty and staff should contact the Office of People and Culture.

For students, verification of your vaccination status must be submitted through the Medicat portal. This requirement can be met by receiving a full course of any vaccine, including boosters, approved by the United States or the World Health Organization.

Faculty and staff will upload vaccine/booster records to Paycor.

Agnes Scott College will require proof of vaccination with one of the following World Health Organization-authorized vaccines:

  • Pfizer/BionTech
  • AstraZeneca
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Covishield
  • Sinopharm

Students who already received a COVID vaccine brand not on this list will need to receive a vaccine at an off-campus location. The student can contact the Wellness Center if they need assistance finding a place to get vaccinated or locate a vaccination site

Note: there is no harm in double-vaccinating or mix-and-match booster dosing. Research has shown it provides robust immunity after an unproven vaccine.

Students who have a documented medical or religious justification for not being vaccinated will need to contact the Wellness Center to request an exemption.

Faculty and staff should contact the Office of People and Culture. Please note that students who receive an exemption may not be approved for some curricular and co-curricular experiences such as faculty-led travel.

Yes. Information will be provided by Residence Life.

Fall Return

Students

We are providing in-person undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate academic programs. We have always had some remote graduate courses, but the majority are in person. For students who are immunocompromised; or with other medical conditions who are advised by their health care providers to avoid classroom settings in the current environment, please reach out to the Office of Accessible Education by contacting Rashad Morgan at rmorgan@agnesscott.edu or Jessamyn Doan Ewing at jdoanewing@agnesscott.edu. Rashad and Jessamyn will provide information about the accommodations process to best support you.

If you need to miss class because of a positive case of COVID or any other illness, let your instructors know immediately so that they can connect you with assignments and access films or other material used in class, if possible.

Wearing a KN95 or N95 mask will be strongly recommended while indoors for the start of the semester. Faculty may require masks in their classes.

If you are fully vaccinated and boosted, you may remove your mask in your individual spaces, and wearing masks outdoors is optional. For those who are not vaccinated and meet the exemption rules, masks are required at all times, indoors and outdoors.

No routine or surveillance testing is currently required for students, faculty or staff once arriving on campus. If you think you may have COVID, students should contact the Wellness Center at covidsupport@agnesscott.edu for testing immediately.  

If you are a student exhibiting symptoms, you should immediately inform your roommate (if applicable), isolate yourself in your room and contact the Wellness Center at covidsupport@agnesscott.edu to report your symptoms.

Avoid contact with others and be sure to wear a well-fitting mask. Student Health Services and our student support team will be in contact to provide information on the next steps.

  • All students are required to immediately report any positive COVID-19 test result (from off-campus or on-campus testing) to the Wellness Center by emailing covidsupport@agnesscott.edu. You may also call the Wellness Center at (404) 471-7100 during open hours.
    • Students should also alert their professors that they have tested positive to receive classwork assistance. Reporting is important to the health and safety of the campus and you should not attend class or gatherings until cleared to do so. 
    • You will receive medical care and isolation information once you report.  
  • Students within driving distance of campus will return home to isolate themselves for a minimum of five (5) days. You will receive guidance from the Wellness Center about testing and release after this initial period. You can expect to need isolation between six (6) and ten (10) days and will be directed by the Wellness Center. Students who cannot go home must mask at all times other than while sleeping and will be isolated in place unless they or their roommate have a documented medical condition that places them at risk of severe disease. Depending on the severity of the cases and extant risk factors, students may be isolated in on-campus buildings, or in some rare cases, in other accommodations. 
  • All students who are isolated will be instructed on how to access classwork and dining services based on their individual circumstances.
If you are fully vaccinated and have a booster, there is no need to quarantine - unless you develop symptoms. Please get tested or use an at-home antigen test to test yourself five days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID. New CDC guidelines ask that exposed individuals wear a mask around others for ten days after exposure. If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately and get tested. Stay isolated until you know your test results.

If you are not fully vaccinated or do not have a booster, you will need to quarantine for at least five days following exposure. Please get tested or use an at-home antigen test to test yourself five days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID. If you test negative and do not develop symptoms, you can leave quarantine but wear a well-fitting mask around others for ten days. If you develop symptoms, get tested immediately and avoid contact with others until you receive your test results. If you test positive, please follow the isolation protocol above
Yes. All community members except those approved for exemptions will be required to have their vaccine booster. For help locating a site to get a booster vaccine, please visit https://www.vaccines.gov/.
Yes, it is still recommended that you receive a booster shot even if you had COVID previously. Data shows that protection from vaccines and boosters is longer-lasting and stronger than what natural immunity from a prior infection can offer.

Faculty/Staff 

If you are returning to campus in August, please get tested before arrival. We do not require surveillance testing at this time.

 

In general, no. We want to do our best to be in person as much as possible. However, as determined by the Curriculum Committee, you may deliver up to 15% of your classes remotely (about two weeks), but given that you may need to be remote if you contract COVID, please use this allowance sparingly. If a student needs to miss class because of a positive case of COVID or any other illness, follow standard procedures: let the student know about missed work or assignments, provide access to films or other material used in class if possible, and allow some flexibility to your normal attendance policy. 

Wearing a KN95 or N95 mask will be strongly recommended indoors for those who are fully vaccinated and boosted. Faculty have the discretion to require students to wear masks in their classes.

If fully vaccinated and boosted, you may remove your mask in your individual workspaces, and wearing masks outdoors is optional. For those who are not vaccinated and meet the exemption rules, masks are required at all times, indoors and outdoors. KN95 masks are available for faculty and staff in the Office of People and Culture on the second floor of Hopkins Hall.

If you test positive for COVID-19:

  • Please notify your supervisor of your absence from work (taking sick days) or from the office (working remotely if you are able to do so).
  • Please upload your positive COVID test results to Paycor.

Regardless of vaccination status and whether or not you have symptoms, if you test positive for COVID-19, you should isolate yourself at home for at least five full days. Please follow these CDC guidelines:

If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving and you have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, you are able to leave home after five days. You must continue to wear a well-fitting mask when at home and in public for five additional days. 

If your symptoms are not resolving after five days or you continue to have fever, you must continue to isolate for five additional days. If you have a fever, continue to stay home until you are able to stay fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.

For more information about isolation protocols, please refer to the latest CDC guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html.

 *Please note: You may have received a message from Curative that you need to quarantine or isolate for 14 days. That is dated information and is not correct. Please follow the above guidance.

Visitor Guidelines

The expectation is that all our community members will be fully vaccinated

Yes. The policy is the same for all residence life buildings.
  • Community members and all campus-related guests must be fully vaccinated and up to date with the COVID-19 booster
  • Masks are optional indoors or outdoors for vaccinated and boosted visitors.
  • Invited guests for meetings, campus events and tours are permitted inside campus buildings while following campus vaccine and mask protocols.
  • Spectators at Agnes Scott Intercollegiate Athletic Events must present proof of vaccination and booster upon entry to indoor events.
  • Masks must be worn at indoor athletic events; and are optional for vaccinated spectators at outdoor events. 
  • Concessions have been suspended.There is no eating or drinking indoors.
  • Non-Agnes Scott sponsored events or third-party rentals must adhere to the campus vaccination and mask policy and have their protocols approved by the Department of Athletics.
  • Entry is limited to persons receiving instruction (e.g., swim or tennis lessons). Spectators are not permitted, with the exception of parents accompanying minor children. Parents must observe from the third-floor gallery for swim lessons and are not permitted on the pool deck. 
  • All spectators and guests must exit our athletic venues within 15 minutes of the conclusion of the event/activity.
  • Off-campus guests must provide proof of vaccination upon arrival. Speakers or other key presenters may provide proof of vaccination and booster in advance as agreed upon.
  • Masks are mandatory indoors at all times. KN95 or N95 masks are strongly recommended.
  • For events during times and in locations near academic classes and general student activity (e.g., meetings/workshops during weekdays where there may be a high risk of exposure for students):
    • Off-campus guests must provide proof of vaccination upon arrival. 
    • Masks are mandatory indoors at all times. KN95 or N95 masks are strongly recommended.
  • For events during times and in locations where there is no student activity or engagement (e.g. wedding activities-low risk of exposure for students):
    • All guests ages 12 and older are strongly recommended to be vaccinated, with a booster or show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, Rapid Test or home test within three days of the event.
    • Masks while indoors are strongly recommended, and social distancing where possible. KN95 or N95 masks are strongly recommended.
    • Masks are optional outdoors if attendees are vaccinated, and required for individuals who are not vaccinated.
    • Guests are not allowed in any buildings outside of those approved for the particular event.
    • The lead client contact will be responsible for removing all personal belongings for attendees immediately after the event. For smaller meetings/events that don’t require custodial support as a part of their rental, the lead client contact will be responsible for making use of onsite PPE to sanitize tables, chairs and equipment prior to departure.

Graduate and Extended Programs

Yes. The same rules apply to all community members.
The Office of Residence Life will send housing assignments and move in information in July.
Face coverings will be required in all communal spaces, as will maintaining appropriate physical and social distancing. Vaccination is required prior to the start of fall semester.
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