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Important Information for Spring

Academic Calendar

  • Classes will begin on Tuesday, January 19, one week later than announced earlier.
  • Peak Week will remain March 8-13.
  • Spring Break will be March 15-16.
  • The final day of classes will be May 5 as announced previously, with a reading day on May 6.
  • Final exams will conclude on May 12.
  • Commencement for the class of 2021 will remain on May 15. 

Teaching and Learning

  • The daily schedule of classes will follow the same model used this fall, with longer than usual periods between class meetings to allow for sanitization and physically distanced movement around the campus.
  • Courses, including those in physical education, will be offered via dual mode (a mixture of in-person and remote learning) or entirely remote.
  • Students may choose to take all of their classes remotely.
  • Students who live nearby may come to campus for dual-mode classes, to use our designated areas as study halls and to meet with others—following our screening, mask and physical distancing requirements at all times. The library and learning centers will be accessible to these, and all students.
  • The Sophomore Class Atlanta Leadership Experience (SCALE) course will be offered during Peak Week. Students who register for SCALE will be required to also participate in the Office of Internship and Career Development's Career Summit in January. More details will be announced later. 
  • Academic Advising, the Office of Accessible Education, the Resource Center for Math and Science, the Center for Writing and Speaking and the Center for Digital and Visual Literacy will continue to offer support to all students.

 

Residence Life

 

  • Recognizing the value of the residential experience and the requirements for physical distancing, we will proceed with a low-density residential model. All students who wish to live on campus are invited to apply, understanding that, in these extraordinary conditions, we will only be able to accommodate 50 percent of the student body in single rooms for the spring semester on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition, priority will be given to the groups below:
    •  International students
    •  Student athletes
    • Students with demonstrated independent status on their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
    • Housing insecure students.
  • Once we have reached 50 percent capacity, students will be placed on a waiting list and will be assigned as spaces become available.
  • Students desiring to return to residence halls for the spring semester are invited to submit an application for housing between November 2 and 8, 2020.
  • All students approved for housing for the spring semester will be required to enroll in the college's Health Insurance Plan at a cost of $1,736. Visit the Wellness Center for detailed information on deadlines and the enrollment process. 
  • For students who are approved to live on campus, the Office of Financial Aid will review and repackage financial aid awards to reflect room and board charges, where applicable for students receiving need-based aid. For questions regarding financial aid, contact the Office of Financial Aid directly at finaid@agnesscott.edu.
  • The Office of Residence Life will begin emailing decisions to students who applied for spring housing on Monday, November 16. Applicants should check their Agnes Scott email. Students approved for spring housing will receive detailed move-in information, including an appointment link for move-in, pre-arrival checklist and COVID-19 wellness information.
  • Students residing on campus will be required to sign the “Be Well” pledge to uphold the community standards and guidelines issued by the college regarding COVID-19.

 

Student Health and Well-being

  • Students will need to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 (as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) for 14 days prior to returning to campus. Students who develop symptoms of COVID-19 during this time should not return to campus. Instead, these students should contact a healthcare provider for evaluation and guidance prior to returning to campus.
  • All residential students must complete COVID-19 testing through the Wellness Center at the beginning of the semester to gain access to campus. Students will be asked to remain in their rooms until their COVID-19 test results are received (typically, within 48 hours). Commuter students coming to campus will need to participate in the screening process also. 
  • Students living in residence and/or requesting access to on-campus activities/services will be required to complete COVID-19 testing through the Wellness Center every two weeks.
  • Students will complete daily symptom screenings through the Medicat portal.
  • Students will be required to wear masks or face coverings at all times on campus (except when alone in private spaces - i.e., residence room) and must practice physical distancing (at least 6 feet apart).
  • Students, in most cases, will be required to get an annual flu shot and upload their flu shot information into Medicat.

 

Athletics

  • NCAA athletic competition will resume in the spring for all six sports. Student athletes will be notified by the athletics department of their return to campus to begin training and acclimation to new protocols.
  • Athletes will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and frequently before practice and competition. Student athletes will be under strict physical distancing guidelines. 
  • Athletic facilities will be regularly sanitized after every use. Access to athletics facilities will be by reservation and appointment only.
  • The competition schedule will prioritize USA South contests. Overnight travel will be restricted.
  • All sporting events will be spectator-free. There will be options for families and supporters to view games online.
  • Community use of athletic facilities will be restricted to designated times. A weekly schedule will be posted in The Irvine. All users will be required to take a health screening prior to use and there will be restrictions on the number of users to allow for physical distancing. 

Student Engagement

  • New undergraduate students must complete the virtual platform www.Go2Orientation.com/agnesscott before January 15 when they will begin an orientation experience.
  • New and returning students will participate in virtual activities to become familiar with new guidelines and expectations upon returning to campus. A schedule of events will be posted in early January.
  • The January component of Legacy (Legacy Part II) will be offered in synchronous format--zoom discussions, discussion boards and concurrent sessions.
  • Campus programs will be offered in larger spaces that will allow for physical distancing. Streaming options will be available to account for capacity concerns and for individuals who are remote.
  • Off-campus community engagement initiatives will not be facilitated until it is deemed safe to do so. However, the Center for Leadership and Service (CLS) will be working closely with community partners to identify remote opportunities. 

Cleaning and Risk Mitigation

  • While on campus, students, faculty and staff will be required to wear masks (inside and outdoors except when alone in a private office or residence hall room). 
  • Classrooms and common areas will be set up with directional signage and for physical distancing and multiple daily cleaning protocols implemented. 
  • Sanitation stations will be provided in all buildings.
  • All buildings are being tested for adequate ventilation, and mitigation will be performed where necessary.

Faculty and Staff Testing

  • All employees must have a molecular (PCR) test within 7-10 days of returning to campus in January. Additional information regarding surveillance testing will be forthcoming in the Return to Work Guidelines. 
  • Several options are available for testing, including free testing through the Georgia Department of Public Health.