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Fall 2021 FAQs

FALL RETURN

Per the announcement on March 17th, 2021, the fall semester will begin on August 23rd, 2021. The college will return to a fully in-person residential and instruction model, with students and instructors in physical classrooms.

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

  • Saturday, August 14, 2021 (new international students)
  • Wednesday, August 18, 2021 (new domestic students) 
  • Saturday, August 21, 2021 (returning domestic and international students)

For information for new international students and international students who wish to return to Agnes Scott in the fall, please visit the international FAQ page.

VACCINE AND TESTING INFORMATION

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. 

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

Agnes Scott will continue to serve as a COVID vaccination center. If the CDC makes this recommendation, we will continue to offer vaccination. 

Yes. We will continue to provide testing services. Testing will be required for those who are not fully vaccinated. The Wellness Center will also test any symptomatic students, regardless if they have been vaccinated or not.

VISITOR GUIDELINES

No. The expectation is that all our community members will be fully vaccinated.
Yes. Appropriate safety protocols will be required (mask, physical distancing, etc.) Please note, each student will be allotted a maximum of two guests to accompany them during move-in and orientation. All sessions during orientation will be available virtually. More information will be shared during the summer months. 

We encourage all students to be fully vaccinated before they return to campus in the fall. To find the closest vaccine anywhere in the U.S., please visit vaccines.gov.  However, the Wellness Center will be able to provide the Moderna vaccine to any student 18 or older arriving on campus under-vaccinated. 

CAMPUS INFORMATION

Yes. Members of the public will be expected to adhere to all of the campus safety protocols.
Yes. The policy is the same for all residence life buildings.
At this point, we plan to 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.

GRADUATE AND EXTENDED PROGRAMS

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.