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.

We will require students and instructors to wear masks in the classroom and to maintain social distancing. 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.

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 approved by the United States or the World Health Organization.

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-19 vaccine brand not on this list will need to receive a vaccination from the Wellness Center.

Note: there is no harm in double-vaccinating. 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. More details to come from Residence Life.

Spring Return

Students

No. We are providing an in-person academic program and we are not able to provide a hybrid/dual-mode access to courses. 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 Kelsy Bohlke at kbohlke@agnesscott.edu to learn about the process to seek accommodations that will support you.

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

Yes. Wearing a KN95 or N95 mask will be required indoors for the start of the semester. If you are vaccinated, 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. If you need a KN95 mask, the college will provide you with one a KN95 mask at no charge. Students may stop by Dean Marti’s office (Main Hall, Suite 100) between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. More masks are on order and we plan to provide the community with a second mask once they arrive.

Yes. Through our third-party partner, Curative, on-campus testing is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in the South Candler parking lot. Curative is offering Rapid PCR testing at this time (not Rapid Antigen testing – which we do not accept). Please register for your rapid test at http://cur.tv/agnesscott. Once on the website, click one of the dates and times under the “book now” box. You will then be directed to the standard registration page to complete the process. Rapid PCR testing results typically are returned the same day or the next.

You may also register for the standard test at: www.curative.com. Type Agnes Scott in the “Find a Curative site” box.  

All students, faculty and staff are required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test every two weeks. Your adherence to this protocol will help us provide an accurate picture of the status of our campus. Please upload all test results to Medicat, whether positive or negative. If you receive a positive test result, please contact the Wellness Center at wellnesscenter@agnesscott.edu

For now, dining in Evans is only available for students who are fully vaccinated/boosted AND have uploaded their negative test results. We will add more chairs in a phased approach. Please do not add more chairs; we need you to keep your distance while eating. Students awaiting negative test results, or those with vaccine exemptions should continue to “grab and go.”

If you are exhibiting symptoms, you should immediately isolate yourself in your room and contact the Wellness Center at wellnesscenter@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 you with information as to next steps.

Regardless of vaccination status and whether or not you have symptoms, if you test positive for COVID-19, you immediately contact the Wellness Center if you are a student. You will be directed to isolate yourself at home or in a campus isolation space for at least five full days. The Agnes Scott community will follow these and any updated 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 may be able to “test out” of isolation. Please stay in touch with the Wellness Center who can help you arrange a way to test out of isolation if you are eligible. Once you are able to leave isolation, 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.
According to the latest CDC guidelines, you should quarantine if you are vaccinated (including two doses of Moderna or Pfizer or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) but have not yet received a booster shot or if you are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series. Stay in your room and away from other people for at least 5 days (day 0 through day 5) after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. The date of your exposure is considered day 0. If you develop symptoms, get tested immediately and isolate until you receive your test results. If you do not develop symptoms, get tested 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. If you test negative, you can leave your room, but continue to wear a well-fitting mask when around others until 10 days after your last close contact with someone with COVID-19.
Yes. All community members except those approved for exemptions will be required to have their vaccine booster no later than January 31. For help locating a site to get a booster vaccine, please visit https://www.vaccines.gov/. Please upload your booster record to the Medicat Portal as soon as you have it.
Yes, it is still recommended that you receive a booster shot even if you had COVID-19 previously. Data shows that protection from vaccines and boosters is longer-lasting and stronger than what natural immunity from a prior infection can offer.
If you recently tested positive for COVID-19, please email the Wellness Center wellnesscenter@agnesscott.edu.You will have to wait to get your booster until you are completely recovered from your symptoms (typically about 10 days).

Faculty/Staff 

All faculty and staff are required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test every two weeks. Please upload all test results to Paycor, whether positive or negative. If you had a confirmed COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days, please email the Wellness Center before scheduling a test. Your adherence to this protocol will help us provide an accurate picture of the status of our campus. 

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. 

For now, wearing a KN95 or N95 mask will be required indoors. If you are vaccinated, 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. K95 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 report your positive COVID-19 test to Paycor. All positive test results should also be forwarded to the Wellness Center.

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.

The CDC defines an exposure as a "close contact," which is spending 15 minutes or more closer than six (6) feet to someone who has COVID-19. (Source)

You do not need to quarantine if:
  • You are fully vaccinated, have received your booster, and you do not have symptoms.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, you also do not need to quarantine if you had a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 90 days.

You should quarantine for five (5) days if:
  • You developed COVID-19 symptoms after the exposure
  • You have not yet received your booster (regardless of symptoms)
  • You are unvaccinated (regardless of symptoms)
  • You should wear a well-fitting mask around others during your quarantine and for 10 days after your exposure. You should also obtain a test at least five (5) days after your last close contact. This test may be a rapid antigen test or a rapid PCR test (now available at Curative).
If you have received your booster shot, you should have already uploaded your vaccine card demonstrating your booster to Medicat. Employees also have the option to upload their vaccination cards or bi-weekly negative test results to Paycor.com (Profile Summary, Personal Information, Immunizations). Your supervisor, manager and college leaders cannot see or access the immunization tabs in any of these databases; this information is only available to P&C and the Wellness Center.

Also, please note that if you have already had a previous COVID-19 infection, it is still recommended that you receive a booster shot. Data shows that protection from vaccines and boosters is longer-lasting and stronger than what natural immunity from a prior infection can offer. If you recently tested positive for COVID-19, please wait to get your booster until you are completely recovered from your symptoms (typically about ten days).

Safety Information

Yes. Students and all members of the campus community are welcome to study in and to borrow items in-person at McCain Library. Additionally, electronic access to library resources continues to be provided. All students are asked to wear masks when inside McCain Library. When outdoors on the Cameron Terrace, fully vaccinated students can study without wearing a mask or physically distancing. Exempt unvaccinated students must continue to wear a mask at all times.

Yes. Library events and research consultations will return to in-person format, following CDC and campus guidelines. Zoom appointments will also be available if preferred. Skill Builder Workshops will continue to be recorded and posted online to increase accessibility.
Yes - group study rooms (for 2 or more students) will be available by appointment through the library’s website; room keys must be checked out and returned at the Circulation Desk.
Yes, the book store will be open daily from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday - Saturday and Sunday 12 – 6 p.m. Phone orders will be accepted and Students also have 24/7 access for online (non-textbook) orders and ASC swag.
Yes. The CWS will offer in-person tutoring sessions during usual office hours Sunday-Friday. Students will also have 24-hour card access to the CWS Hub, G-14 (maximum capacity is 10 people), to work, use the available computers, or print. Masks must be worn at all times.
Students and all members of the community will be invited to participate in in-person worship services, Interfaith events, study groups, support groups, and one-on-one meetings with the Chaplain. Virtual options for pastoral care visits will still be available. The Julia Thompson Smith Chapel will be open during the day for all members of the community who wish to visit for their own time of prayer, reflection, or meditation. Student groups will once again be able to reserve the Chapel for gatherings and meetings.
Intercollegiate competition schedules will return to complete conference and non-conference contests and will be played in the designated regular season. The athletic training room, locker room, and weight room for intercollegiate athletes will reopen and resume normal operating hours with enhanced sanitization protocols.
The Athletics department is planning to resume the attendance of spectators at Agnes Scott home athletic events in accordance with campus large-scale event guidelines.
Gellerstedt Track has reopened for community use. Other facility use - such as Byers Tennis Courts, Woodruff Gymnasium, and the pool - still requires a reservation until further notice. Open hours will be posted weekly in The Irvine. For information please view SNAP Fitness protocols.
Physical education classes will return to in-person activities with enhanced sanitization protocols.

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 required while indoors. KN95 or N95 masks are strongly recommended.
  • Masks are optional outdoors if attendees are vaccinated; and required for unvaccinated individuals.
  • Invited guests for meetings, campus events and tours are permitted inside campus buildings while following campus vaccine and mask protocols.
  • Campus buildings remain closed to the general public. Guests who need to enter a particular building should contact the appropriate division or department to schedule an appointment prior to arrival.
  • 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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