Fall 2021 Return Plans

The fall semester will begin on August 23, 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.

Move-In Dates

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

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 & Testing 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.

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.

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.

Agnes Scott will continue to serve as a COVID vaccination center. If the CDC makes this recommendation, we will continue to offer vaccination.
Yes. More details to come from Residence Life.
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.

Fall Return

No. All classes will be conducted in person.
Yes. Masks will be required indoors. If you are vaccinated, you may remove your mask in your individual work 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.
Fully vaccinated students will not have to socially distance themselves. Exempt non-vaccinated students will receive instructions on how to socially distance in classrooms, the dining hall, and other campus buildings. The Covid Task Force will continue to monitor and will adjust recommendations following CDC guidelines.

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. Starting in August 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 vaccinatedProof of vaccination or a negative COVID will not be required for visitors to campus. This includes those who are moving students onto campus on Move-In Day.

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.

Yes. The policy is the same for all residence life buildings.

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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