Spring 2021 at Jacksonville UniversityDetermined to Stay

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Jacksonville University is excited to welcome students back to live, learn and grow on our campus for the Spring 2021 semester. In order to do that safely, every member of our campus community must continue to do their part. Though vaccinations against the virus are underway in the U.S., we expect it may take months before the vaccine is widely available to the general public. This means we must remain diligent in protecting our health and that of others this spring term.

This webpage is designed to help you understand your role in maintaining a healthy campus. This information is fluid and subject to change as we learn new information about COVID-19 and adjust to updated guidance. We will update this site and add new announcements as decisions are made.

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Know the Symptoms of COVID

Hi, students. We are so excited to have you back on our campus. It's just not the same without you.
This is Dr Borne from the Student Health Center, and I want to tell you a few things about COVID-19 and give you a few reminders.
Last semester here on our campus, it was very common for us to see students who complained of nasal congestion, thought they had allergy symptoms, sore throat, maybe even a slight cough. Some students presented to us with COVID-like symptoms of a loss of taste or smell, and we want to remind you that it is very important to be very much aware of your symptoms and contact us at the Student Health Center anytime you think that you may
have COVID-like symptoms.
We are here to support you. Reach out to us at (904) 256-8080, and let us know how we can help you.

How to Stay on Campus

What You Need to Do

  • Wear a face covering in all indoor spaces, except your own residential room, even if you have been vaccinated.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Stay 6 feet away from anyone you do not share a living space with, even if you have been vaccinated.
  • Check your health daily and stay home if you feel even a little bit sick.
  • Meet virtually as much as possible. No large gatherings, and no parties.
  • Avoid crowded places or places where social distancing is not being observed.
  • If you have been exposed to COVID-19, or if you have chosen to get tested somewhere off campus, let us know.
  • If you have been vaccinated for COVID-19, please let us know so that we can plan fall accordingly:

What We're Doing

  • Spring semester starts Jan. 25 and ends May 7 for traditional undergraduate students.
  • Face coverings are required in all indoor spaces and any time 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained.
  • Facilities team is cleaning & disinfecting more frequently.
  • Campus Safety and Security are conducting temperature checks and asking health screening questions before allowing visitors on campus.
  • Many faculty and staff are on campus in staggered or adjusted schedules to minimize traffic on campus.

If You Feel Sick

  1. Stay home.
  2. Call your health provider.
  3. Report positive test results:

All students, faculty, and staff should perform daily self-checks and watch for COVID symptoms.

How did we come up with this plan? The Planning Process

The health and safety of every member of our campus remains at the forefront of every decision the University makes. The information found here reflects months worth of collaborative discussions with senior leaders, consultation with outside experts, evaluation of best practices across higher education, and careful consideration of the overall JU experience. These important discussions are ongoing and fluid, as is the COVID-19 public health crisis and global response.

The policies on this website have been developed by a broad committee including senior leadership and faculty experts based on a close review of published guidelines and recommendations produced by the CDC, OSHA, WHO, ACHA, and the FDOH, in addition to outside consultation with our legal counsel, Public Health experts from Mayo Clinic’s Infectious Disease Unit, and the Duval County Department of Health.

The task force that developed this plan continues to meet weekly to review the latest developments so that we can adapt swiftly to the changes in our environment. This website will be updated regularly to reflect any adjustments to the plan.